bend a lot of metal and do a lot of engineering, but we were more indirectly by the recent turndown, says Stuart chief economist for PNC Financial Services Group in Pittsburgh. city is uniquely successful in a variety of areas, like and (higher education and medicine). Companies like Westinghouse and PNC have been major positives. growing smarter and growing Fortune 500 players such as PNC, Heinz, U.S. Steel, PPG and Sporting Goods still call downtown Pittsburgh home. But the ripple effects of the new knowledge-based economy has rolled out along the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. Distinctive century-old neighborhoods are welcoming talented newcomers who share the work ethic: Make it and make it to last.
and Talented Technology
northeast neighborhood of Lawrenceville has been a manufacturing district since the Civil War. Retaining its 19thcentury row houses and close-knit community, it reminds visitors of Park Slope, with a peaceful, parklike cemetery and funky attractions such as Arsenal Lanes, which late-night bowling and live bands. Lately added a crop of new designconscious businesses and an of high-tech talent in robotics and medicine. At the National Robotics Engineering Center, overlooking the Allegheny River in a former foundry, the emphasis is on making functional, reliable and robotics systems. A unit of Carnegie Mellon Robotics of the largest organization for group is an acknowledged leader in machine learning. very experienced in technologies that can make machines says associate director Tony Stentz. make sofware that makes plans and controls There are a lot of scientists making it
At the Robotics Institute, this Autonomous Platform Demonstrator (APD) helps develop, integrate and test unmanned vehicle technologies.
happen, too. More than 100 The employees work at the center, ofen holding joint appointments Hospital of of Pittsburgh on the Carnegie Mellon campus. UPMC has one of the largest have a critical mass of pediatric transplant experts here. There are lots of programs, and Stentz says. a waiting room full of wonder and a large group invites whimsy. more people to The Center designs robots that live outdoors: driverless vehicles that can navigate rough terrain in warfare, maneuver through city or load dump trucks. Other robots can even sort growing plants. a key distinction fom robots used in manufacturing, Stentz says: are very structured and controlled far more challenging to be Such machines, he says, will be widely used within the decade. A few blocks away, at another Lawrenceville new $625 million home of Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical the focus is on results. Boasting one of the largest pediatric transplant programs in the world, takes on the toughest cases. A pioneer in liver transplants in the early 1980s, the hospital has advanced immunosuppressant therapies that prevent organ rejection and is helping to engineer devices such as a walnut-sized pediatric mechanical heart. Since performing the pediatric heart transplant in 1982,
George Westinghouse invents the railroad air brake George Ferris creates the Ferris Wheel
David Strickler makes the banana split
John Harris creates the nickelodeon, the movie theater commercial radio station, KDKA goes on air
Jonas Salk invents the polio vaccine
June 2010 deltaskymag.com