The lights along the tunnel

Carnegie Mellon University receives record $150 million gift from Richard King Mellon Foundation

The Richard King Mellon Foundation announced its largest-ever grant to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) — $150 million.

This historic investment will be transformational, with half serving as the leading gift for the construction of a $210-million science building on the university’s campus in Oakland, and the other half toward the development of a $100-million robotics innovation center and institute focused on advanced materials and manufacturing at Hazelwood Green. 

“Pittsburgh’s future — and the future of U.S. innovation and global competitiveness — are inextricably linked to scientific and technological advances, and how well organizations, communities and industries can stay ahead of the rapid pace of change. Carnegie Mellon is positioned at the forefront of science and innovation’s great promise, and this visionary grant will fuel the research and activities that will build this exciting future,” said CMU President Farnam Jahanian. 

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