University of Pittsburgh receives $22 million for energy R&D

The gift will accelerate the research and education efforts of the center, which is dedicated to improving energy technology development and sustainability

Pittsburgh, February 10, 2012 — The Center for Energy in the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering has received a $22 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation-one of the largest private foundation grants in Pitt's history.

The gift will accelerate the research and education efforts of the center, which is dedicated to improving energy technology development and sustainability through the work of more than 70 faculty members and their research teams.

The majority of the Richard King Mellon grant will be used to create new faculty positions and graduate fellowships and to establish a fund for spurring innovative research. The grant, which also will support research infrastructure and center operations, is designed to bolster the center's energy research.

Established in 2008, Pitt's Center for Energy is dedicated to pursuing studies in energy delivery and efficiency, advanced materials for demanding energy technologies, carbon management, and energy diversification.

To date, the Swanson School and University of Pittsburgh have invested $50 million in facilities and programs, and faculty members in energy-related disciplines have attracted more than $35 million in sponsored research.

Funds from the Richard King Mellon Foundation grant will be payable over three years.

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