Campus News in Brief

CMU receives energy research donation

The Richard King Mellon foundation recently donated $30 million to Carnegie Mellon directed to expand energy research, education, and innovation.

The gift, which is the largest private foundation grant in Carnegie Mellon’s history, will aid the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation in its goals of improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable, and sustainable energy sources.

“We are deeply grateful to the Richard King Mellon Foundation for this generous gift,” President Jared Cohon said in a university press release. “Developing sustainable energy solutions is of fundamental importance for America and for the world, and this gift will play a key role in helping the university and the Scott Institute solve some of our most important energy challenges.”

Funds from the grant will be used to support various energy research projects and the construction of the Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall, future home of the Scott Institute.

In 2007, the Richard King Mellon Foundation granted $25 million to Carnegie Mellon — the previous record-holder for largest private foundation grant — to fund initiatives in the life sciences.

The Scott Institute supports teams of engineers, scientists, economists, and others who work to tackle a range of issues, including developing efficient means of producing energy and making solar and wind power more accessible.

“Carnegie Mellon’s work in the energy sector is distinct because it combines technology with policy-focused research,” said M. Granger Morgan, director of the Scott Institute in a university press release.

“This...provides incentives to the private energy sector to advance reliable solutions with a minimal impact on the environment,” he said.

Professor given SIGSOFT curriculum award

Anthony Wasserman, professor of software management practice at Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley campus, is the recipient of the Influential Educator Award from the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) for his work in software engineering curriculum.

Wasserman, who is also the executive director of the Center for Open Source Investigation, is being recognized for his contribution to software engineering curriculum development.

“I am honored to receive this prestigious award, as I try to bring new ideas into our educational programs and curricula,” Wasserman said in a university press release. Before his work at Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley Campus, Wasserman was founder and CEO of Interactive Development Environments, Inc. Wasserman earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Wasserman will receive the award on May 24 at the 35th International Conference on Software Engineering in San Francisco, Calif.