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This article is about a center of higher learning. For the foundation which supports scientific research, refer to the Carnegie Institution of Washington. For the Carnegie Institute which operates the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, see that article.


The Carnegie Institute of Technology (Carnegie Tech or CIT), one of the predecessors to Carnegie Mellon Universitymarker, was founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie as the Carnegie Technical Schools. His stated intention was to build a "first class technical school" in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker, for the children of local steel mill workers. In about a century, it has expanded from four small programs to become Carnegie Mellon.

Since 1970, Carnegie Institute of Technology refers to the college of engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

History

By 1905, the massive buildings of the Carnegie Technical Schools were being constructed in a field east of the University of Pittsburghmarker. The first students of the School of Science and Technology began classes in unfinished buildings, still surrounded by new construction. The school initially offered two- and three-year programs to train the children of Pittsburgh's working class.

In 1912, with the original campus nearly complete and three more schools (the School of Fine and Applied Arts, the School of Apprentices and Journeymen, and the Margaret Morrison Carnegie School for Women) holding classes, the Carnegie Technical Schools changed its name to the Carnegie Institute of Technology and began offering four-year degrees.

Expansion and merger

Over the next five decades, Carnegie Tech became well-known not only for its engineering and science programs, but also for its progressive programs in drama and fine arts and its rigorous approach to the social and management sciences. This recognition as an academically prominent institution set the stage for merging with the Mellon Institutemarker, a private applied research institute.

Out of this 1967 union, Carnegie Mellon Universitymarker emerged as one of the United States' most prestigious research universities.

Revival of the Carnegie Institute of Technology name

In 1970, Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering and Science was divided into the Carnegie Institute of Technology (engineering) and the Mellon College of Science.

Athletics

In 1926, Carnegie Tech's football team beat Knute Rockne's Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The game was ranked the fourth greatest upset in college football history by ESPN.

The expense of the modern game soon became too much for smaller institutions to maintain. Smaller programs, such as Carnegie Tech, found themselves in a position of having to downgrade to survive. Some also believed that maintaining a top football program was not in line with a top academic institution. A little known story is that in the fall of 1954, Carnegie Tech completed an undefeated season, including one tie, and was invited to play in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas when bowl participation was still truly for the elite teams. The members of the team were asked to vote on whether to participate, which they unaninimously supported. However, the university declined to participate, with some citing the university's desire to uphold its academic reputation as the reason.

Academics

For information related to academics at Carnegie Institute of Technology prior to the 1967 merger, refer to Carnegie Mellon Universitymarker.


Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT), also known as the College of Engineering, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in seven academic departments and two institutes:
Hamerschlag Hall is one of the principal teaching facilities of the College of Engineering

Graduate-level degrees

Graduate-level degrees are also offered through:

Other interdisciplinary graduate programs

Other interdisciplinary graduate programs are available in the following areas:
  • Engineering and Technology Innovation Management
  • Architecture, Engineering and Construction Management
  • Product Development
  • Air Quality Engineering


Research centers and institutes

Carnegie Institute of Technology operates numerous research centers and institutes.
  • The Bone Tissue Engineering Center
  • The Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center
  • Center for Advanced Process Decision-Making
  • Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies
  • Center for Bioimage Informatics
  • Center for Circuits and System Solutions
  • Center for Complex Fluids Engineering
  • Center for Integrated Study of Human Dimensions of Global Change
  • Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research
  • Center for Nano-enabled Device and Energy Technologies
  • Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research
  • Center for Silicon System Implementation
  • Center for the Study and Improvement of Regulation
  • Center for Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems
  • Center for Wireless and Broadband Networking
  • Climate Decision Making Center
  • Data Storage Systems Center
  • General Motors Collaborative Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon
  • Information Networking Institute
  • Institute for Complex Engineered Systems
  • Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
  • Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research


References

  1. Tech's Greatest Victory
  2. With Rockne gone, Irish took a Michigan-like tumble


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