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Engineers and Industry Break Ground for PSII

Article Posted On 11/11/2010

On Wednesday, November 10, Carnegie Mellon University researchers and founding industrial partners Bombardier Corporation and IBM celebrated the virtual groundbreaking of the Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Incubator (PSII), which will support next generation infrastructure, transportation and manufacturing technology.

The ceremony brought together Carnegie Mellon University faculty and leadership and the leadership of major Pennsylvania and U.S. companies and government leaders to "break ground" on $2.2 million in the new PSII research facilities.

This facility is being constructed with state and corporate contributions. It will serve as a training and research hub for collaborative industry/university development of advanced infrastructure and manufacturing as a core part of Carnegie Mellon's Manufacturing Accelerator Initiative. The PSII is designed to support the exploration of a variety of critical technology areas to create more efficient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems such as buildings, pipelines, and transportation and transit facilities.

Some of the key corporate and academic officials who attended the event include Eran Gartner, president of Bombardier Systems Division in Berlin, Germany; Josef Doppelbauer, chief technical officer of Bombardier in Berlin, Germany; Romuald Ponte, vice president of engineering at the Systems Division of bombardier in Pittsburgh, Pa.; Wayne S. Balta, vice president of corporate environmental affairs and product safety at IBM, Jared L. Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon University; and state Sen. Jay Costa (D-43rd District).

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