I was invited for a tour of Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley a few weeks ago. Okay, I might have invited myself, but they were very nice and agreed. Did you know that they’ve making little tiny robots and creating mobile madness in Mountain View since 2002? Their 10th anniversary is June 9th and they’re planning a big celebration. Here’s a link to some videos and the info session. They’ve actually been doing much more than making robots for the last 10 years. They offer full-time and part-time programs in software engineering, software management, electrical & computer engineering, technology innovation management, and more. Obviously, you should check out their website for the details.
They’re doing some amazing research as well, some of it focuses on cyber security, including browser, mobile and wireless. Protecting the cloud from theft, corruption, and natural disaster, while allowing the information and property to remain accessible and productive is what we want and they seem to have it figured out. Or at the very least, they’re working on it, day and night.
Another area that Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley is doing a great deal of work is with their Disaster Management Initiative. In a major disaster, the technology that we normally use to communicate, would potentially fail and we would need help. They’re preparing to provide solutions. They have a strong relationship with NASA, and many other organizations, and they also have the ability to bring in any experts or help that we might need in a crisis. They would be able to coordinate citizens, emergency responders and establish command centers. They know how to harness the power of social media. They’ve actually studied our tweeting habits. And in a time of disaster, people wouldn’t want to learn a new technology or software in order to ask for help; people want to tweet. I had no idea they’re doing this right here in Mountain View and now I’m feeling quite a bit safer.
The building that Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley is in was a hospital 90 years ago. It has an archway that looks like an old drive-through. That’s where the ambulances would park to unload patients. And their basement used to be the morgue. It’s true and as soon as I heard that part, I couldn’t wait to write about it! I love Mountain View.