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Biotechnology Innovation and Computation

The M.S. in Biotechnology Innovation and Computation (MSBIC) is a program within the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon and is offered jointly through the Language Technologies Institute (LTI) and the Lane Center for Computational Biology (LCCB). This program is designed to educate leaders in applying software and computing technologies to create innovative solutions for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and health care industries. Students learn to plan, design, build and deliver innovative solutions for these industries utilizing data mining, information retrieval, machine learning, machine translation, computational linguistics, and computational biology technologies. As these industries are rapidly evolving, there is a great need for leaders who can envision, design, plan and deliver solutions that integrate emerging technologies into effective business solutions.

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), established in fall 2012, builds on the strengths of Project Olympus and the Don Jones Center for Entrepreneurship in order to advance university research and ideas. The center works with our colleagues to create meaningful and lasting contributions to Carnegie Mellon’s entrepreneurial mission, contributions that enhance the innovation ecosystem throughout the campuses, within western Pennsylvania, and beyond. The CIE assists faculty, student, staff, and alumni across the entire community in exploring the commercial potential of their innovations.

Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation

The Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC) is responsible for facilitating and accelerating the movement of research and technology out of the university and into the marketplace. Our collaborative and problem-solving approach working with researchers to validate, challenge and extend their work fits well within the overall goals of commercialization.


CyLab is one of the largest university-based cybersecurity education and research centers in the US. CyLab's goal is to build mutually-beneficial public-private partnerships to develop new technologies for measurable, available, secure, trustworthy, and sustainable computing and communications systems and to educate individuals at all levels. CyLab provides technology resources and expertise in technology transfer to and from the public and private sectors.

Engineering and Technology Innovation Management

 Carnegie Mellon University invites engineering and other technical professionals to earn a one-year, interdisciplinary MS degree in Engineering and Technology Innovation Management (E&TIM). 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.

Entertainment Technology Center

The Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at Carnegie Mellon University offers a two-year Masters of Entertainment Technology degree, jointly conferred by Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts and School of Computer Science. Carnegie Mellon is relatively unique among US universities in being able to offer this kind of degree, as we have both top-quality fine arts and top-quality technology programs.

The concept is to have technologists and fine artists work together on projects that produce artifacts that are intended to entertain, inform, inspire, or otherwise affect an audience/guest/player/participant. Because the larger challenge we face in authoring in new media is bringing together different disciplines, our degree program is driven by trying to do this most effectively.

Institute for Social Innovation

Established in 2006, Carnegie Mellon’s Institute for Social Innovation (ISI), housed at H. John Heinz III College, is a multi-disciplinary institute designed to help advance innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability in solving some of the world’s most critical public interest problems.

Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund

The OFEF at Carnegie Mellon University is a new, groundbreaking model for providing early-stage business financing to Carnegie Mellon alumni who have graduated within the past five years. The OFEF is not a business plan competition, in which only entrepreneurs with the best ideas receive funding. Instead, it's open to recent CMU graduates who have the desire to become entrepreneurs and contribute to the university’s innovation ecosystem.

Project Olympus

Project Olympus at Carnegie Mellon University bridges the gap between world-class university research and economy-promoting commercialization. Olympus builds an infrastructure and fosters a culture that will enable talent and ideas to grow in the region by:
- Injecting an entrepreneurial culture into the university’s technology commercialization initiatives.
- Helping students and faculty explore the commercial potential of their research and ideas.
- Developing collaborations that exploit the expertise and resources of academia and the innovation development sector.

Quality of Life Technology Center

The Quality of Life Technology Center is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center (ERC) focused on the development of intelligent systems that enable older adults and people with disabilities to live more independently. The QoLT Center addresses the needs and activities of everyday living by prototyping personal assistive robots, cognitive and behavioral coaches, human awareness and driver assistance technologies. QoLT Research is rooted in human-system interaction and observes the social and clinical factors for deployment and adoption. In addition to R&D, educational programs, commercialization initiatives and unique partnership opportunities are offered. The Center is jointly run by Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Robotics Institute

The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University was established in 1979 to conduct basic and applied research in robotics technologies relevant to industrial and societal tasks. Seeking to combine the practical and the theoretical, the Robotics Institute has diversified its efforts and approaches to robotics science while retaining its original goal of realizing the potential of the robotics field.

School of Design

The Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship recently created an alliance with Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design through its graduate entrepreneurship “Designing and Leading a Business” course. This course serves as the capstone course to a graduate student’s entrepreneurial studies at Carnegie Mellon University.

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