CMU receives $30 million energy research grant

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Carnegie Mellon University today announced a gift of $30 million from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, the university's largest private foundation grant ever.

The grant will be used to "dramatically expand its strategic initiative to address energy research, education and innovation" and will enhance the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation's efforts to coordinate activities throughout the university aimed at "improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources," a news release stated.

The grant will support energy research projects, faculty and student recruitment; and the building of the Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall, which will be the home of the Scott Institute.

In a news release, CMU President Jared L. Cohon said, "Developing sustainable energy solutions is of fundamental importance for America and 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."

Also in the news release, M. Granger Morgan, Scott Institute director , the Thomas Lord Professor of Engineering and head of CMU's Department of Engineering and Public Policy, said, "Carnegie Mellon's work in the energy sector is distinct because it combines technology with policy-focused research. This approach allows us to create strategies that provide incentives to the private energy sector to advance reliable solutions with a minimal impact on the environment."

The Richard King Mellon Foundation gave $25 million to CMU in 2007 for life sciences initiatives.

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Education writer Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.


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