As I posted in a previous blog post, higher-education is a key driving factor for the Pittsburgh economy. Students from across the globe are coming to Pittsburgh for top notch academics . Although there are many universities in and around the Pittsburgh area, three of the most prominent are Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University. All with their own unique strengths, these universities have been pioneering innovative research since their establishment.
It is important to highlight the respective achievements and current undertakings of these universities, all of which are shaping the field of higher education not only in the Pittsburgh area but around the globe.
The University of Pittsburgh:
Pitt has a long history of researchers creating ground breaking discoveries while simultaneously delivering high quality liberal arts education . For example, they pioneered the first vaccine for polio, one of the deadliest diseases the world has ever seen and produced a nobel peace prize winner in Wangari Muta Maathai. With highly touted science and medicine programs, they continue to make a difference in critical disease research. Recently, William Klimstra, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the Pitt’s Center for Vaccine Research, and a team of scientists received a $4 million federal grant to study mosquito viruses in an effort to develop vaccines and therapies. With no cure for any of these particular mosquito-borne illnesses, Pitt is taking on the challenge in full stride with their highly talented team of experts.
Carnegie Mellon University:
The long history of the University has been starred by its achievements in science and technology. Particularly in recent years, CMU has drawn together some of the brightest minds across the globe. Take for example its Collaborative Innovation Center. Established in 2005, the center is designed to bring CMU and tech companies together to develop innovative ideas and products for the market place. The center has drawn the attention of tech giants such as Google and Microsoft, both setting up their own respective labs. Additionally, the university is currently working with Google to create a new platform that will enable Internet-connected sensors, gadgets and buildings to communicate with one another. The Google project is a multi faceted effort designed to create an “internet of things” (IoT) to enhance human to human interaction and human to computer interaction. Additional details can be found here.
Similar to the other Pittsburgh institutions, Duquesne has prided itself as being a top research institution. Recently it was ranked No. 16 among small research universities by The Chronicle of Education measuring faculty productivity among more than 7,300 U.S. doctoral programs. Although it may be considered a small research university, its reach is global. The university recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of State to take a team of researchers to Ghana to examine extraction methods at offshore oil sights to examine these techniques and their societal, economic and environmental challenges to improve extraction methods in the marcellus and utica shale regions.
Pittsburgh has become a hub for higher education. In fiscal year 2012-2013 higher education brought $8.99 billion to the local economy and supported more than 70,000 jobs in the area (1). With quality education and innovative research, the Pittsburgh area will continue to attract high quality educators and students. In addition, the specializations that these institutions carry are seen throughout the many different sectors of the Pittsburgh economy. Specifically as it relates to Bravo’s energy practice, technology and energy often come hand in hand in order to allow for the most efficient operation. For example, Identified Technologies, a homegrown drone company, uses aerial mapping by drones in order to survey land for different energy operations such as pipelines or compression stations. This growing attraction can, in part, be attributed to the higher education institutions that make up the area. With such innovation, Bravo Group is continuing to expand its horizons for what is to come in the Pittsburgh area.