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Carnegie Mellon University is receiving a $150 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to help build a new science building on the campus of the Pittsburgh university and a robotics innovation center and materials and manufacturing institute nearby.
The gift is the largest single grant in the foundation's 74-year history, according to the university, and "the latest step in a partnership between CMU and RKM that began in 1964."
The grant will provide the university "with the resources to accelerate three of its key strategic initiatives -- science, advanced manufacturing and robotics innovation," Farnam Jahanian, president of Carnegie Mellon, said in an article announcing the grant and posted on the university's website. "While advancing our education and research missions, these initiatives will also further CMU's commitment to positive societal impact, both regionally and nationally."
The new $210 million science building "will complement the university's simultaneous $40 million investment in the nation's first academic cloud laboratory that will feature highly automated, remote-controlled robotic instruments for experimentation and data collection," according to the article. "The groundbreaking cloud lab's capabilities will quickly advance discoveries, as well as democratize science by expanding researcher and student access to invaluable equipment."