PITTSBURGH, Oct. 1 AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) todayannounced that Carnegie Mellon University received a $25,000 environmentalresearch grant and that university faculty members H. Scott Matthews andDeanna H. Matthews were named AT&T Faculty Fellows in Industrial Ecology.
The grant will support the team's research project, "The Role ofInformation and Communications Technology in Carbon Risk Management," whichwill analyze the impact information and communications technology (ICT) canhave in helping other industries manage risk of carbon emissions (e.g., carbondioxide from fossil fuel combustion).
"This grant will help us continue our leading edge research about theimpacts and risk of carbon emissions," said H. Scott Matthews, associateprofessor of civil and environmental engineering and engineering and publicpolicy at Carnegie Mellon University.
J. Michael Schweder, president of AT&T Pennsylvania, said the program isanother example of AT&T's efforts to support education at all levels,including important research being undertaken at Carnegie Mellon, one of ournation's leading institutions.
"This is critically important work, and we're delighted to support suchleading-edge research that's taking place in Pittsburgh," said Schweder."Their work will contribute to sustainable and economically efficientapproaches for our business and others in Pennsylvania and around the world."
"The project that AT&T is funding at Carnegie Mellon is one that webelieve is essential in continuing the trend in sustainable development onthis planet," said Audrey Russo, president and chief executive officer of thePittsburgh Technology Council. "The objectives of this type of researchcoincide directly with the mission of the Council's GreenTech Network."
AT&T has a long history of enabling research on industrial ecology -- amultidisciplinary science that investigates how the economy and theenvironment can coexist -- through the AT&T Industrial Ecology FacultyFellowship program. The annual grant program, which provides awards of $25,000to three academic researchers at universities across the country, is designedto advance the development of research and help universities produce facultyand students who can contribute to solving global and regional environmentalproblems and help shape environmentally and economically efficient strategies.
Since its inception in 1993, the AT&T Industrial Ecology FacultyFellowship program has provided environmental research grants to leadinguniversities and their outstanding academic researchers across the country.
The two other research teams that received grants in 2008 are:
-- Arizona State University, for a project titled "Virtual ActivityFulfillment: Mapping the Shift From Transport to ICT Infrastructure" and asecond titled "Multiple Functionality and Personal Digital Infrastructure:Substitution Versus Complementarity." The first research team will study howan expanded virtual-reality realm is changing the way commerce is conducted,how workplaces function and how public infrastructure systems are used. Asecond team will research the environmental implications that are associatedwith the growth of multifunctional electronic devices, such as accumulation ofe-waste, and how the telecommunications industry can help address suchimplications.
-- Green Mountain University, Clark University and Oregon StateUniversity, for a project titled "Understanding Business and EnvironmentalValue Opportunities in the Global Supply Chain of China's Information andCommunication Technology Industry." The research team will investigate anddocument how the ICT sector can achieve business and environmental valueopportunities within a changing policy landscape in China.
The AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship program is one way thatAT&T collaborates with premier academic institutions and universities toadvance education and research and to enhance the company's ability to deliverinnovative products and services. For a number of years, AT&T Labs has teamedwith top universities around the world through research and mentoringprograms. Through the Virtual University Research Initiative, AT&T selects anumber of top universities and funds educational expenses of students who areworking on their PhD dissertations and are willing to do research on areas ofinterest to AT&T. Each year, AT&T also holds the AT&T Labs UniversityCollaborations Symposium to bring together its researchers, universityprofessors and interns to discuss current joint research projects and plansfor future projects.
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon is a private research university with a distinctive mix ofprograms in engineering, computer science, robotics, business, public policy,fine arts and the humanities. More than 10,000 undergraduate and graduatestudents receive an education characterized by its focus on creating andimplementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration, andinnovation. A small student-to-faculty ratio provides an opportunity for closeinteraction between students and professors. While technology is pervasive onits 144-acre campus, Carnegie Mellon is also distinctive among leadingresearch universities for the world-renowned programs in its College of FineArts. For more, see http://www.cmu.edu.
About the Pittsburgh Technology Council
The Pittsburgh Technology Council is the largest regional technology tradeassociation in the United States with 1,400 member companies within itsgeographic territory of 13 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Its missionis to contribute to the success of the region's technology businesses, and itfocuses on developing the economic strength of several industry clusters,including information technology, life sciences, advanced manufacturing,advanced materials and environmental technology. The Council's principalfunction is to provide technical, administrative and economic assistance toadvanced technology companies in both the manufacturing and service sectors.The Council achieves this by facilitating entrepreneurial activities,conducting and publicizing industry research, promoting the technologyindustry and providing advocacy and public policy services. The Council alsodevelops cost-saving plans, provides recruiting and human resource assistance,and continues to build an identity for the region's entrepreneurialtechnologies.
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