Social Innovation @ CMU
Courses in Social Innovation
Course#: 90-811, Instructor: Tim Zak
This course provides an introduction to the field for budding social innovators, future funders and enablers of their efforts, and anyone else interested in learning more about the novel ways that some of the world's most pressing problems are being addressed. The context for social innovation and the "power shifts" driving the field will be presented. The introduction of human-centered design and solution prototyping concepts will allow participants to begin formulating their own ideas to solve big problems. Fundamentals in introduction plan modeling and refinement, along with an overview of both traditional and emerging capitalization strategies such as microfinance, competition prizes, venture capital, and government funding, will shape implementation plans. Particular emphasis throughout the course will be on highlighting specific examples of innovative products, services, environments, organizations, and modes of interaction aimed at changing the lives of the least fortunate. Finally, there will be discussion on the future of the field with attention focused on the efforts of global corporations and other enterprises to adapt social innovations to address the needs of consumers in established global markets.
Course#: 90-827, Instructor: Mark Wessel
The course considers the characteristics of economic growth and conditions in the developing countries today, and the determinants of levels of output, consumption, capital formation and income distribution. Attention is focused on simple growth models as well as on dynamic dual economy models of development. The sources of economic growth are surveyed along with the role of investment, population, labor productivity and education. Particular attention is given to the role of agriculture in development and to the potential contribution of foreign investment. The role of the expansion of domestic markets in industrialization is also considered. Policies designed to accelerate development are reviewed and assessed.
Course#: 90-845, Instructor: Tim Zak
This course is for students interested in learning how to start a social innovation venture. While some participants may ultimately become social entrepreneurs, the course content is applicable to a wide variety of contexts in the public, private, and social sectors.
Through a variety of lectures, group exercises, directed working sessions, guest appearances by subject matter experts, readings, and case studies, students will be guided through an intensive, three-phased venture development process:
- Phase #1: Assessing individual strengths, conceiving potential social venture concepts, and developing a compelling “pitch” to elicit necessary support
- Phase #2: Testing the feasibility, impact, and market potential of a social venture to justify additional analysis, prototyping, and effort
- Phase #3: Developing a comprehensive social venture plan that details operational, organizational, and financial considerations as well as social impact objectives to optimally position a social venture prior to launch
Guided by the practices of some of the world’s leading start-up incubators, this course will provide students with a structured, flexible, supported, and fast-cycle environment to take social ventures from “ideas to implementation”.
Course#: 94-812, Instructor: Joseph Mertz
This course looks at meaningful ways that information and communication technologies, especially the Internet and mobile phones, are being used to support development in the world’s poorest communities. How can technology be used to address the challenges of healthcare, education, good governance, environmental sustainability, disaster management, and economic development? And how is technology misapplied? Technology for development has received increased interest in academia, industry (emerging markets), government (a shortcut to development), social enterprise (enabler of micro-credit, micro-finance, micro-insurance), and beyond. This has created a rich literature and interesting debates that draw on insights from a large number of fields. This course brings together technology and policy students to investigate jointly how technology can play a positive role in international development.
Course#: 94-831, Instructor: Kristin Hughes (School of Design) and Tim Zak
In this combined lecture and lab-based course, students gain a sense of the history of social innovation in design, and the current and future role public policy has in shaping and defining conditions for change. This “systems thinking” approach, when applied to challenges at a societal and cultural scale, recognize the relationship between global and local concerns, the need to inform through verifiable data and evidence, and the role that crafters of public policy and design can have in promoting positive social change. During the course students look at (1) the role of design and proven practices, frameworks, and methodologies that identify “root cause” problems and (2) understand roles, skills and evaluation methods that crafters of public policy and design need to advance social innovation. In the final 6-weeks of the course, students use a design framework and proven methodologies to conceptualize a solution to a specific social problem.
Course#: 95-822, Instructor: Joseph Mertz
In this course, students develop consulting and management skills while collaborating on site with a community leader of a non-profit community organization. Students learn process consulting, project management, communication, relationship management, problem identification, and analysis.
The class meets twice a week for instruction and discussion. In addition, each student is partnered with a leader in a community organization who they work with one-on-one 3 hours a week on-site.
The goals of the consulting partnership are:
- To expand the capacity of the community organization to use, plan for, and manage technology.
- In a way that is sustainable.
- And leads to a new vision for how technology can support the organizations mission.
- 90-880 The Strategy and Management of Technological Innovation
- 91-809 Organizational Change: Transition and Transformation
- 93-711 Entrepreneurship in Creative Enterprises
- 94-810 Introduction to Supply Chain Management and Systems
- 94-811 Strategy Development
- 94-823 Measurement and Analysis of Social Media Initiatives
- 94-840 Lean Entrepreneurship
- 95-732 Interactive Marketing
- 95-782 Global e-Business Strategy
- 95-794 Tech Startup: Tools and Techniques
- 95-859 Innovation and Technology
Carnegie Institute of Technology
- 19-648 Special Topics: International Climate Adaptation & Infrastructure Innovation
- 19-683 Innovation Policy and Processes
- 19-648 Engineering and Technology Innovation Management in Practice
- 19-696 Sustainable Development and Innovation
- 39-600 Integrated Product Development
College of Fine Arts
- 51-787 Introduction to DeXign the Future
- 51-792 Designing and Leading a Business
- 51-796 Design Ethos and Action
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- 88-771 Entrepreneurship, Regulation, and Technological Change
Mellon College of Science
- 09-710 Introduction to Green Chemistry
School of Computer Science
- 15-602 Special Topic: Innovating for Underserved Communities: Field Research Basics
- 15-603 Special Topics: Seminar on Innovating for Underserved Communities
Tepper School of Business, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- 45-805 Entrepreneurship for High Growth Companies
- 45-806 Entrepreneurial Alternatives
- 45-807 Commercialization and Innovation: Strategy
- 45-824 Venture Capital & Private Equity
- 45-905 Funding Early Stage Ventures
- 45-907 Commercialization and Innovation: Workshop
- 45-908 Marketing for Entrepreneurs
- 45-909 Designing and Leading a Business
Projects & Research
Carnegie Mellon has conducted hundreds of research projects and initiatives related to social innovation and entrepreneurship. Included below are just a few representative examples:
This initiative assessed the operations and impact of wheelchair distribution and lifecycle management in Latin America. The project was carried out by Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College and the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology in partnership with the American Wheelchair Mission (AWM) and the Teletón Children’s Rehabilitation Centers or CRITs (Spanish: Centro de Rehabilitación Infantil Teletón) in central Mexico.
The initial focus involved evaluating patient needs and the processes related to wheelchair donations at two CRIT locations. Findings from this work revealed that donated wheelchairs frequently fell into disrepair and, due to the financial challenges of patients’ families, the donated wheelchairs were often in need of repair and sometimes unused or discarded.
A follow-on project refined earlier recommendations for repair services, and developed and pilot tested a sustainable and generalizable model for increasing the independent mobility of people with disabilities around the world. This effort resulted in the 4R Model for Lifelong Mobility (repair, reuse, recycle, and retrofit), which was piloted at the CRIT in Guanajuato, Mexico.
The “4R” project focused on strategies to increase the “person months” of wheelchair availability for people with disabilities rather than focusing on donated wheelchairs alone. In addition, it took a population-level approach with the aim of replicating the model at other CRIT sites within Mexico, and potentially other CRITs in Latin America, to better achieve equilibrium between the need for wheelchairs and the level of donated wheelchairs available at any one center.
Latham Street Commons is a Pittsburgh-based social innovation laboratory for CMU faculty, researchers, and students as well as local residents, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, and impact investors.
Latham Street sits along a stretch of Penn Avenue dividing the Garfield and Friendship neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Geographically, this road bisects an eroding, postindustrial and underprivileged part of town with a rapidly gentrified, technology driven, and affluent neighborhood. This stark dichotomy has eroded the sense of community between the two areas, resulting in problems all too common in such a polarized environment— unequal access to services, isolation, and urban blight.
The initiative has already generated significant social impact and multiple avenues for continued research and venture development. Learn more in this recent articlefrom the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Each year, farms in Southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA) lose millions of dollars in lost income due to excess food production while food shortages and hunger problems continuously exist in the region. This project comprehensively evaluated the regional food supply chain from farm to table with a focus on increasing farmer profits by selling and repurposing “seconds”, crops just under the highest quality levels but still edible and safe.
The team economically justified the viability of an aggregation center to convert seconds into high-value products like baby food and sauces that could subsequently be resold, through technology-enhanced logistics systems, to a variety of distribution channels and end customers.
In the developing world, more than 2 billion people suffer needlessly from treatable diseases due to the lack of treatment awareness and access to doctors. Furthermore, rural patients are often exploited into expensive and counter-productive medications by local health-agents without medical training. With the recent rapid advancements in mobile technologies, it is now possible to leverage mobile phones as a communications and information exchange mechanism to reach patients who live far away from qualified doctors or those who cannot afford to see doctors.
A team from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College built a system from the ground up to provide remote diagnostic assistance for doctors and their patients with a focus on developing countries. It included a web portal allowing multiple physicians to comment on a specific case through a wiki documentation system, process logic to facilitate communications, security features for the system and underlying database, interfaces to integrate with related client systems, and extensive documentation of the overall system. In addition to developing a working prototype of the system, the student team also conducted research on information security in the healthcare industry, developed a systems service workflow process, and made recommendations for technologies and vendors in relevant hardware and software aspects of the system architecture.
A business training and lending model for Zambia’s rural farmers.
The challenge of maintaining a stable source of food is a widespread problem across the world. This is particularly true in the Western Province of Zambia, where the scarcity of agricultural services and market access hinders farmers from consistent food production. Most of the population is made up of subsistence farmers who lack management skills and access to credit to enhance and expand their farms as businesses.
Through this project, a student team developed an integrated model for ProjectEDUCATE to provide business training and funding access to small-scale farmers in the Mongu district of Western Zambia.
A systems synthesis project, the “Creating Seedbeds for Social Innovation” project examined if social innovation helps to drive economic development in a region. The project resulted in the development of the “Fertile Ground Index” which can help to measure a region’s social innovation potential based on a variety of factors. The project helped to reveal key external factors that influence social innovation and the link between social innovation and economic development.
Fellowships and Initiatives
The David Lingren Fellowship for Social Innovation was established in 2007 to support first-year students at the Heinz College who have demonstrated a commitment to further developing the field of social innovation and entrepreneurship. Students have used the fellowship, for example, to develop a social venture, conduct research in a relevant area, and craft new public policy solutions to pressing problems.
Mr. Lingren is a graduate of the Tepper School who is committed to using social entrepreneurship to address many of the challenging issues facing society.
The Anne V. Lewis, HNZ 1990, and Edward J. Lewis Post-Graduate Fellowship in Social Innovation was established in 2010 to provide necessary physical space and seed capital to select Heinz College graduates launching financially sustainable organizations addressing social needs. The 5-year initiative provided critical support to early-stage social ventures spinning out of CMU before the establishment of of a variety of ISI partnerships with accelerators and incubators, both regional and national, catering to social entrepreneurs.
As a result of David Lingren and the Lewis' foresight and commitment, as well as a variety of campus-based initiatives, a number of social ventures launched from CMU continue to have significant impact in the communities that they serve including:
Based on research conducted at the Heinz College, three graduates passionate about the green economy and community development launched GTECH Strategies (Growth Through Energy and Community Health) in 2007 to reclaim idle land and create both renewable energy and jobs. The founding team quickly put ideas into action and started farming, by hand, Pittsburgh's largest remaining brownfield, the Almono site and successfully piloted the concept of growing crops to remediate land and produce biofuel feedstock. The process elevated property values and served as a bridge to commercial and residential development, and the overall effort proved successful in both catalyzing change in place and bringing together diverse and complimentary partnerships to create scale.
In 2008, the GTECH management team received the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship, an international award supporting the work of early stage social entrepreneurs and their vision for social change. In addition, in 2010, Co-Founder and CEO Andrew Butcher received an Hitachi Foundation Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneur Award. Both awards catalyzed the growth of GTECH into a change-making organization and a community leader on both a regional and national level. This enabled the organization to expand their reach, increase the size of their team, and focus on applying innovation and environmental equity to the community development system.
In nearly a decade of development and impact, GTECH has innovatively addressed a variety of issues including vacant land, residential energy efficiency, waste cooking oil, green infrastructure, green jobs, brownfield reuse, and community capacity building.
Samantha Bushman founded Talk, The New Sex Ed during her time as the ISI's inaugural Lewis Fellow in response to several pressing, unmet needs among young people: the practical knowledge and skills to effectively navigate the complexity of teenage life, the opportunity to ask “real questions" about sex, and the support necessary to make informed, responsible choices about their relationships and sexual health. The two-fold model she designed addresses the pitfalls and limitations of existing approaches, empowers parents to convey their beliefs and values to guide teens' decisionmaking, and leverages the contributions of highly-trained educators. The parent program provides strategies for creating a productive, meaningful dialogue with their child and the teen program combines best practices with the concept of a near-peer educator who is both old enough to be credible, and young enough to readily connect with participants. Talk’s mission is to create a national corps of recent college graduates dedicated to this effort.
Sam conceived and began to develop her idea during the spring 2008 offering of the Social Innovation Incubator class. After conducting three successful pilots, Sam forged school partnerships, adapted the teen program to be delivered in the classrooms, and raised additional investment capital.
EarthSpark International, launched in 2009 by Dan Schnitzer, a PhD student in CMU's Engineering and Public Policy program, is a non-profit incubator for clean energy enterprises that deliver sustainable energy services in off-grid Haiti. The organization works with Haiti's unelectrified communities to expand access to high-quality, low-cost solutions through both energy retail activity (supporting dedicated local entrepreneurs selling solar products and improved cookstoves) and innovative pre-pay micro-grid systems.
SparkMeter, a for-profit social venture established by Schnitzer in 2013, has developed a microgrid metering system that enables utilities to implement pre-payment as well as real-time monitoring and control on microgrids and central grids. The low-cost system consists of four hardware components, a cloud-based operator interface, and a mobile money or cash-based pre-payment system.
In 2015, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to EarthSpark's spin-off Haitian social enterprise, Enèji Pwòp, for a feasibility study to assess and rank the viability of developing pre-pay microgrids in approximately 100 Haitian towns. This grant will support Enèji Pwòp and EarthSpark’s shared goal of building 80 microgrids in Haiti by 2020. In addition, EarthSpark inaugurated the EKo Pwòp micro-grid which provides clean, reliable power to 430 homes and businesses in downtown Les Anglais in the South of Haiti. The newly installed grid is powered by a state-of-the-art hybrid generation system, which includes a 93kW solar PV array, 400 kWh of battery capacity, and a small diesel backup generator. The system is also serviced by SparkMeter smart meters which enable customers to pre-pay for electricity and shift load limits, a ‘smart’ system that facilitates metering and billing and enables a more efficient grid operations. With 75% of the population of Haiti currently lacking electricity access, this town-sized, solar-powered smart grid is providing residents and businesses in Les Anglais with clean, affordable, reliable electricity from a grid that can serve as a model to be refined and replicated in other rural towns across the country and around the world.
SponsorChange was started by Raymar Hampshire (Lewis Fellow '12) with a simple question: "How can I increase volunteerism in the social sector?" He wanted to understand why people volunteer at nonprofits and, importantly, why they don't volunteer. After considerable research, surveys, and direct interviews conducted as part of his course work at the Heinz College, he concluded that the ability to volunteer is a privilege that not everyone has the time and resources to afford.
The resulting social enterprise, SponsorChange, empowers volunteers by creating a pathway to meaningful skill-based project opportunities at social impact organizations while helping them raise funding (through Sponsors or "philanthroteers" (philanthropists + volunteers)) to pay down their student loan debt.
Open Curriculum is a nonprofit social venture developed by Arun Arora (Lewis Fellow '13) focused on creating the place where teachers can find the best K-12 curriculum including standards-aligned and curated lesson plans, activities, and exercises. He was a grantee of the Points of Light Foundation, member of the inaugural class of Pittsburgh-based start-up incubator Thrill Mill, and part of the first group of nonprofit ventures accepted into the famed Silicon Valley tech accelerator Y Combinator.
Student Incubators & Competitions
The IdeaLab encourages student social entrepreneurs to turn their great ideas into reality through business development activities. Our mission is to create a cluster of social entrepreneurs at Carnegie Mellon by providing a forum for graduate students to bring their concept-level ideas for a social venture to the next level.
The IdeaLab student-facilitators will guide entrepreneurs through the business development pipeline with practical tools and exercises that will help entrepreneurs.
Graduate students from all Carnegie Mellon schools can apply to The IdeaLab to develop a business idea – or apply to become a member of an entrepreneurial team. The program runs for a full semester.
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Workshops are conducted weekly on different aspects of building a business, including how to conduct market research, how to develop a leadership team, or how to construct a supply chain model. Individual meetings continue throughout the month with short, weekly checkpoints that enable teams to share their successes, challenges and concerns.
The Social Innovation Solutions Challenge is an annual competition focused on developing product-based social innovations to address some of the world’s biggest problems related to basic human needs. Sponsored by Idea Foundry, a regional social innovation accelerator and investor, and organized by CMU's Institute for Social Innovation, the competition features multidisciplinary teams of students from across the university. Students vie for the opportunity to win a variety of prizes with Apple iPads going to the winners.
The 2015 competition attracted eight teams of undergraduate, masters and PhD students, from across campus, including 26 students from the Heinz College representing the MISM, PPM, MEIM, and MSHCPM graduate programs. In addition, seven students from CIT participated with the remainder from the School of Computer Science and the College of Fine Arts. The teams were organized by preferred geographic focus areas (Africa, India, Latin America, US inner city and China) and developed ideas for new products addressing basic human needs such as food, education, healthcare, water and shelter. Ultimately, three teams were selected to present at the final judging round.
First prize winners, who each walked away with an iPad Air 2 were Daniel Clerk (CIT, ETIM), Michael Benison (Heinz, MSPPM), Mansi Grover (Heinz, MISM), Kautilya Nalubolu (Heinz, PPM), and Rishika Narala (College of Fine Arts, BA-Architecture) with their idea for a Solar Powered Oil Expeller in West Africa.
Second prize winners: Brendan Carroll (Heinz, MISM), Duc Le Hoai (Heinz, MISM), Jackson Whitmore (Heinz, PPM), Tony Chong (School of Computer Science, MSRD), Dawei Wang (School of Computer Science, MSRD) with their idea for Accessible Precision Agriculture using drones in Brazil.
Third prize winners: Ankit Jain (CIT, PhD - MechE), Jillian Epstein (Engineering, Materials Science Engineering), WeeLiat Ong (CIT, PhD - MechE) with their idea for using the moringa tree seed for water purification in India.
The U.S. Steel Tower in downtown Pittsburgh is not only the city’s tallest building; it also has the largest and highest roof in the world. While many people would assume that the tower has reached its full potential, students from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College recently helped design an even more extraordinary future for this building’s triangular rooftop.
The High Point Park competition recently challenged students to theoretically transform this one-acre roof. The competition was led by David Bear, a fellow with CMU’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry.
Bear was eager to share his vision with students so they could build upon it.
"This rooftop venue could be a beacon for the progressive transformation the city has endured in the last few decades from a steel town to an innovative center for technology, art, education and green initiatives," said Bear.
Students from CMU’s School of Architecture submitted creative and sustainable design proposals for the first phase of the competition. The best entries were then selected and used in the second part of the competition — a case challenge aimed at analyzing the practical potential of each design. Teams of students from the Heinz College’s Institute for Social Innovatio (ISI) and CMU’s Tepper School of Business were given five days to take the sketches and develop a business plan based on the “triple bottom line” in order to maximize profits and benefits for people and the planet.
The first-place proposal was developed by a cross-disciplinary team of students who envisioned a business plan tailor-made for Pittsburgh. The winning design, entitled Vertical Crawl, imagined the roof as a new addition to Carnegie Museums. Their design included cutting-edge steel technologies, a habitat for local urban falcons, restaurant partnerships with institutions such as Primanti Brothers, and collaboration with local tourism companies such as Just Ducky Tours. Finally, the team developed a plan for the project’s economic sustainability, complete with financial statements and economic forecasts. Other innovative ideas for the roof included a dome equipped with a solar powered LED grid that would shield a high-altitude ice skating rink.
Babs Carryer, adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at CMU’s Heinz College and the Tepper School of Business, and one of the competition organizers, noted that CMU is the perfect place to tackle complex challenges like the High Point Park case.
"Carnegie Mellon is known for fostering a collaborative environment," said Carryer. "It’s one of the few institutions that could bring together students with the diverse skills that this project required."
Carryer is also the innovation advisor for the ISI.
Students also benefitted from the synergies created by collaboration among interdisciplinary teams. Abhay Doshi (MISM ‘10), a Heinz College student who worked on the first-place team, relished the opportunity to partner with students from the School of Architecture.
“The architects are a different breed, and I'm sure they must feel the same about us,” said Doshi. “But, this is why I enjoyed the project so much. It was an amazing experience.”
Though these designs are not being considered for implementation by the owners of the building, the proposals put forth by the students are an optimistic vision of what might be possible in downtown Pittsburgh.
Social Innovation Partners
Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH) cultivates the unrealized potential of people and places to improve the economic, social, and environmental health of communities.
GTECH was spun out of research conducted at the Heinz College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007. Recognizing the distinct benefit of turning vacant spaces into green places, the founding team put ideas into action and trialed a range of strategies to help fuel a growing green economy in Pittsburgh. By farming Pittsburgh’s largest remaining brownfield, The Almono site, by hand, GTECH piloted the concept of growing biofuel crops to remediate land and produce biofuel feedstock. Proving that such an approach was successful in not just catalyzing change in a place but effective in bringing together diverse and complementary partnerships, GTECH adapted its approach to a community scale.
At the heart of GTECH’s original strategies is the premise that the process of improving places can be an economic driver. The effort of planning, designing, and most importantly implementing green strategies on vacant land can fuel a community development process – while stemming the often overwhelming challenges of urban decay and disinvestment.
GTECH: A Story of Growth: http://youtu.be/8A6ONgm7NPQ
Manchester Bidwell, founded by globally renowned social entrepreneur Bill Strickland, combines many seemingly disparate elements – adult career training, youth arts education, jazz presentation, orchid and flora sales – into a dynamic whole with a proven record of positively changing the lives of underserved populations in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region.
Its powerful fusion of mentorship, education, beauty, and hope creates a safe space in which students, young and older, can feel comfortable learning. They are so confident in their vision that they founded the National Center for Arts & Technology to create similar educational environments across the nation and the world.
Thread International started as a small group of dedicated social entrepreneurs and has grown to convert millions of bottles into raw materials and fabric each month – catalyzing real change in communities, starting in Haiti, that need it most.
Along with their sister organization, nonprofit Team Tassy, Thread was founded with the questions “What if we used job creation to change the way the world approaches international development? What would happen if we looked at trash as an opportunity to do good and solve problems?”
In the fall of 2012, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) was created to strengthen the already bustling culture of innovation that exists at Carnegie Mellon and to accelerate the commercialization of university research and innovative ideas. In combining the proven strengths of Project Olympus with those of the Don Jones Center, the new center enables the sharing of resources, bringing together a broad range of educational and experiential activities focused on innovation and entrepreneurship-a "one-stop shop" for CMU faculty, students, staff, and alumni.
The Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment (CREATE) Lab explores socially meaningful innovation and deployment of robotic technologies. They specifically aim to:
- Empower a technologically fluent generation through experiential learning opportunities in and outside of school. We define technology fluency as the confidence to author / creatively configure technology to pursue individual and collective goals.
- Empower everyday citizens and scientists with affordable environmental sensing and documentation instruments, and powerful visualization platforms for sense-making and sharing of gathered scientific data - to promote evidence based decision making, public discourse and action.
Carnegie Mellon’s Engineering and Technology Innovation Management (E&TIM) program is a one-year, interdisciplinary MS degree offered by the Carnegie Institute of Technology in collaboration with the Heinz College and the Tepper School of Business.
From nanotechnology to critical infrastructure, biomedical engineering to the environment, energy to information technology, today's opportunities and challenges have both technical and management dimensions.
The E&TIM program equips students for meaningful careers as leaders in innovation and the strategic management of technology.
Project Olympus, a Carnegie Mellon innovation center, operates at the earliest stages of the value creation chain. It aims to augment and accelerate the process of moving cutting-edge research and great ideas to development and business stages through licensing, creating start-ups, and through corporate collaboration and strategic partnerships. Olympus provides start-up advice, micro-grants, incubator space, and connections for faculty and students across campus and with the wider regional, national and global business communities.
Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design is one of the oldest and most respected programs in North America, with a rich history in Product (Industrial) Design, Communication (Graphic) Design, Interaction and Service Design. It is one of the only leading programs to offer design degrees at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels within a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural research university.
Its programs provide students with an understanding of the pressing problems facing society today such as climate change, resource constraints, loss of biodiversity, economic disparity, pollution, loss of vibrant local communities, and privacy issues within a globally connected world
and the ability to work collaboratively in trans-disciplinary teams, which is fundamental to designing for complex problems.