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Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University was formed in 1967 by the union of the Carnegie Institute of Technology[?], founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie, and the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research[?], founded in 1917 by Richard Beatty Mellon[?]. It is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Originally, the Carnegie Institute of Technology was called "Carnegie Technical Schools" until 1912. The school is often referred to as CMU.

Today it consists of seven colleges and schools, and is a world leader in engineering, computer science, robotics, cognitive psychology and industrial administration, with excellent programs in the sciences and arts.

Carnegie-Mellon's sports teams are called the Tartans. They participate in the University Athletic Association.

See also: Software Engineering Institute

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Back in the 1980s, the graduate program of the Computer Science department of CMU was very atypical compared to other graduate schools in the US. The department offered only PhD study program with no Master degree as an intermediate step. The PhD program also required a minimum of six years of residency. It was called the "do or die" program among the graduate students. In many other schools, students could bail out with a Master degree if they couldn't make it all the way. The CMU program demanded absolute dedication and commitment with no alternative. At the time, they prized themselves as the best Computer Science graduate program in the nation specializing in Computer Networking, Operating Systems (Mach) and robotics researches. Today this tradition lives on as Carnegie Mellon University continues to offer one of the best graduate and undergraduate programs in Computer Science.

See also: Herbert Simon



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