Carnegie Mellon to provide new masters program in New York City

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Carnegie Mellon University will deliver graduate instruction in New York City as part of an applied sciences initiative intended to diversify that city’s economy and accelerate growth in its technology sector, officials said today.

The university has reached agreement with Steiner Studios and city officials to open a masters-level Integrative Media Program at Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a city-owned waterfront industrial park. They announcement was made at the Navy Yard by Carnegie Mellon and Steiner officials as well as city leaders including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Carnegie Mellon and Steiner join three previously announced projects created as part of the initiative. Others include:

  • The Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology campus on Roosevelt Island;
  • The Center for Urban Science and Progress in Downtown Brooklyn, operated by an international consortium led by New York University;
  • The Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering at Columbia University

Mr. Bloomburg in 2011 encouraged leading universities from around the world to submit proposals as part of the initiative. To spur development, he offered prime real estate for free and up to $100 million for infrastructure improvements.

The Carnegie Mellon Integrative Media Program is expected to begin in August 2015 and will be housed in a 16,000 square-foot facility.

The program is the initiative’s first applied science program offering hands-on training in creative commercial working environments, Carnegie Mellon officials said. Students will work with those already in the field.

Students will “work in industries integrating technology and the arts, with a focus on applications in film, games, social media, big data, interactive computing, performing and visual arts, integrative innovation in products and services, and urban design,” Carnegie Mellon officials said in a statement announcing the program.

Provost Mark Kamlet, among those in Brooklyn for the announcement, called New York City the perfect setting for the program.

“Along with Carnegie Mellon’s new Simon Initiative in effective technology-enhanced learning, there will be unprecedented opportunities to crystallize new thinking by faculty and students in this area, and design technology to support human creativity, improved learning, and more diverse social interactions on a global scale,” he said in a statement.

Six Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff will lead the instruction and will be in contact with about 40 faculty delivering related instruction in Pittsburgh, university officials said. Forty students and 10 visiting students are expected each year.


Bill Schackner: bschackner@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1977 and on Twitter: @BschacknerPG. First Published November 20, 2013 5:09 PM

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