Friday, June 25, 2010

CMU and Bombardier Join Forces to Launch New $2.2 Million Smart Infrastructure Incubator in Pittsburgh

Carnegie Mellon University and transportation giant Bombardier will open a new multidisciplinary $2.2 million research center this fall to explore joint research in a variety of critical technology areas to enable more efficient and sustainable civil infrastructure and transit operations.

Montreal-based Bombardier is one of the primary founding partners of the new Pennsylvania Smart Infrastructure Incubator (PSII), and will be joined by other partners from a variety of industries in the near future. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania also is providing a significant economic development grant through the Redevelopment Assistant Capital Program (RACP) to help establish the incubator.

"Tomorrow's infrastructure will blend traditional concrete-and-steel physical infrastructure systems with cyber-infrastructure systems such as computers, networks and sensors in ways that are just emerging," said Matthew Sanfilippo, executive director of the PSII.

"Pennsylvania has a wealth of companies, universities and institutions that are inventing many of these emerging technologies that will build or re-build the world's infrastructure. We intend to bring these organizations together to leverage and highlight this new resource to help make Pennsylvania a visible leader in these critical emerging technologies."

A key component of the PSII will be the new Bombardier Collaborative Center that will be housed at the university's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) where it will bring together international industry, economic development organizations, government and academic players in smart infrastructure to make western Pennsylvania a major hub for this infrastructure revolution.

"The development of Smart Infrastructure is an example of how, today, application domains cut across disciplinary boundaries. At Carnegie Mellon University, we have always embraced this approach to advancing technology and we look forward to working with our partners to put Pennsylvania at the forefront of Smart Infrastructure research, development and education," said Ed Schlesinger, head of ECE.

The PSII also will include a soon-to-be-announced corporate sponsored smarter infrastructure analytics laboratory in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as projects and resources in several other research departments and locations.

"Creation of the Bombardier Collaboration Center at Carnegie Mellon will enable joint research in fields such as smart guidance systems, rail control solutions, sensing robotics and so much more," said Romuald Ponte, vice president of engineering at Bombardier's Systems Division and the Centre of Competence. "We will also work with the university to explore creation of a master's level degree program in transportation systems," said Ponte, who pointed out that the new collaboration will enable Bombardier's global workforce to feed real-time information to researchers about operating conditions and performance dynamics from various parts of the world.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for both industry and the state as we move forward to highlight this region as a hotbed for advanced infrastructure technology and the jobs these technologies will create," said State Senator Jay Costa, (D-43rd District) a primary sponsor of the RACP grant.

"A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation systems and equipment, this new collaboration with Carnegie Mellon also will help us to provide a path for students to enter the rail industry with skill sets and collaborative experience geared toward the future," Ponte said.

The world's trillion-dollar network of rails, roads, bridges, water distribution systems and power networks have varying amounts of automated management and monitoring, but the new Carnegie Mellon/Bombardier collaboration will improve these critical emerging technologies and train a new generation of employees to design and operate them.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Free Reception June 28 Will Explore How Travel to India is Simplified by Direct Flight from Pittsburgh to Paris

Anyone interested in learning more about how traveling to India is made easier by Delta Airlines’ direct service to Paris is invited to a cocktail reception at the Hilton Pittsburgh (Downtown) on Monday, June 28 from 6-8 p.m.

"Delta’s gateway service to Paris together with Air France connections to major Indian markets such as Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi provide some of the best ways to get back and forth from Pittsburgh," the invitation reads.

"Spend a relaxing evening with friends and colleagues while you learn how Delta and Air France can make your travels easier. Hear first hand about how taking this nonstop flight can trim hours off your trip.

“Let Delta and Air France executives answer any questions you might have and hear Allegheny County Chief executive Dan Onorato talk about the importance of the service to the Pittsburgh region. Pass this invitation along to your friends and colleagues.”
For information about the flight, go to

There is no charge for the June 28 reception, but registration is requested by sending email to Kelly Dunbar at

The reception is sponsored by the Regional Air Service Partnership, Pittsburgh International Airport and the Hilton Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh-Based Wabtec Forms Joint Venture To Manufacture Couplers For Chinese Transit Market; Wins First Order

Wabtec Corp. announced that it has formed a joint venture in China to manufacture couplers for the Chinese transit market and has won its first order, a $7 million contract to provide couplers for subway cars for the Hangzhou Metro line in Zhejiang province.

“With this JV and its first contract, we have continued to increase our presence in China, one of the fastest-growing rail markets in the world,” said Albert J. Neupaver, Wabtec’s president and chief executive officer. “This rapidly growing market offers significant growth potential, as we develop ways to leverage our technology and product expertise.”

The joint venture, Wabtec Golden Bridge Transportation Technology Company, is owned by Wabtec and Hangzhou Golden Bridge Railway Equipment Co., Ltd., which has operational and marketing expertise in the Chinese transit market.

Wabtec, which can trace its corporate lineage back to the Westinghouse Air Brake Co., is a global provider of value-added, technology-based products and services for rail and other industrial markets. Through its subsidiaries, the company manufactures a range of products for locomotives, freight cars and passenger transit vehicles.

Wabtec also builds new switcher and commuter locomotives, and provides aftermarket services. It operates facilities throughout the world.

For more information, go to

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

GlobalPittsburgh Helps Welcome Vietnamese Ambassador To Discuss Partnership Opportunities With Pittsburgh-Area Academic Institutions

GlobalPittsburgh on Monday welcomed His Excellency Le Cong Phung, Ambassador to the United States from Vietnam, for a meeting with representatives of Pittsburgh-area academic institutions to discuss education opportunities and partnerships with Vietnamese colleges and universities.

At a breakfast meeting co-hosted by GlobalPittsburgh and Robert Morris University, Ambassador Phung was greeted by RMU Provost David L. Jamison, and engaged in conversation with representatives from RMU, the University of Pittsburgh, Washington & Jefferson College and Community College of Allegheny County.

Vietnam wants to send thousands of students to study in the United States each year, and wants to create partnerships with American colleges and univsersities to improve its system of higher education, Ambassador Phung told the group.

“We have a good education system, but I must admit that we have a bad college-unversity system,” he said. “As Vietnam’s economy continues to develop, we need a well-trained labor force….I hope that universities in Pittsburgh will work with us to create cooperative agreements.”

During his visit, Ambassador Phung also met with representatives of Penn State Greater Allegheny, which signed an agreement earlier this year to train about 100 faculty members from Duy Tan University in Da Nang to deliver 24 business courses. This training will occur over the course of four years, beginning this summer. (See related ARTICLE)

He also participated in several meetings intended to strengthen the Sister City relationship established in 2008 between Pittsburgh and Da Nang, the third largest city in Vietnam. He met with numerous political leaders, corporate representatives and non-governmental organizations in the region.

Ambassador Phung was joined by Dr. Nguyen Hong Thach, Economic Counselor in the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

GlobalPittsburgh’s programs and services benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Region by making positive connections and encouraging successful partnerships between companies, organizations and individuals that lead to increased international awareness and understanding, and a wide variety of economic benefits.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Energy Inc. Conference & Expo to Explore Business Opportunities in Western Pennsylvania Energy Sector - August 17

The Energy, Inc. Conference & Expo will explore business opportunities in Western Pennsylvania's energy sector on August 17, 2010 from 1-7 p.m. at Pittsburgh's David L Lawrence Convention Center.

Organized by the Pittsburgh Business Times, the half-day conference, reception and trade show will focus on business opportunities for companies in Western Pennsylvania's energy industry, with a special emphasis on traditional energy sources such as natural gas, coal and nuclear power.

The event will kick off at 1 p.m. with registration, a one-hour reception and trade show. From 2-5 p.m. speakers will discuss energy opportunities in the Greater Pittsburgh Region. There will be a reception sponsored by CONSOL Energy Inc. in the trade show area from 5-7 p.m.

Energy Inc. attendees will be provided with two drink tickets for this reception. The cost to attend Energy Inc. is $99 for Business Times subscribers, $119 for non-subscribers.

Speakers for the 2010 Energy Inc. are:

Ray Walker
Senior Vice President, Range Resources
Chairman, Marcellus Shale Coalition

Gary Leidich
Executive Vice President, FirstEnergy Corp.

Nicholas DeIuliis
Executive Vice President & COO, CONSOL Energy Inc.

Stephen Trauber
Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Global Head of Energy Investment Banking, UBS Investment Bank, Houston

Dr. Anthony Cugini
Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Congressman Tim Murphy
U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania, 18th District

Sponsorships and booths are available for the 2010 Energy Inc. program. For more information:
Booths: Dena Trusiak,, 412-208-3814
Sponsorships: Kimberly Eckenrode,, 412-208-3813

Tickets for the event are $99 for Business Times subscribers and $119 for non subscribers.

CLICK HERE for registration information.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pittsburgh-Based VITAC Providing Closed Captioning for World Cup Streaming on ESPN3

Pittsburgh-based VITAC Corp. is providing realtime closed captioning services for ESPN's live streaming of World Cup soccer matches on VITAC captioners are covering the simulcast feeds on both the cable side and the website for the live events, VITAC announced. Captions on the website can be turned on and off and will be seen as live, just like those on TV.

This is believed to be the first time that a cable network has added live captions to a streaming webcast simultaneous with TV captioning, according to VITAC VP of Sales Darryn Cleary.

Whether you're deaf, hard-of-hearing, want to know how to spell a player's name, or keep tabs on your favorite team at work, check out the site and register your name (it's free), then turn on the CC while watching all of the World Cup matches exclusively at

For more information, go to

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Support World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh Educational Programs with Book Purchases Sat. June 19

Books from Around the World
June 19, 2010
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 510 South 27th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (SouthSide Works)

Check out World Affairs Council "Staff Picks" of internationally-themed books, participate in games and craft activities, and support the Council – all at the same time! Twenty percent of your purchase at Joseph-Beth Booksellers will be donated to the Council’s educational programs.

Click here to download your 20% voucher. By turning this voucher in at the register at the time you make your purchase, Joseph-Beth Booksellers will donate 20% of what you spend back to the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. Please note, this voucher can be presented at any time between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.

Registration is not required for this event.

With Generous Support from:


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh to Host Free Breakfast Program With Belfast, Ireland Economic Development Representative June 14

The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh, in cooperation with U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), will host a free breakfast meeting with Mark Finlay, director of the Belfast, Ireland-based economic development group President’s Club, Ltd., on Monday, June 14 at 7:30 a.m. at the Allegheny HYP Club in downtown Pittsburgh.

The President’s Club promotes business in Ireland’s “island-economy,” forming collaborative networks and forging links between the United States, Ireland and Europe.

A chartered surveyor by profession, Mark J. Finlay is a successful entrepreneur with diverse interests and experience across the UK & Ireland, the United States, and Europe. He is responsible for complex project delivery, award-winning urban regeneration, and economic initiatives and is an accomplished public speaker and authority on: relationships with North America, the role of “the City,” the creative industry, and engagement and empowerment of neighborhoods.

Finlay will discuss the vibrant, emerging city of Belfast, showcasing its business, cultural, academic and investment partnership opportunities.

The Allegheny HYP Club is located at 619 William Penn Place. There is no charge for the program, but registration is required by calling the Ireland Institute at 412-394-3900.

The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh is committed to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and fostering links between Pittsburgh and Ireland. More information is available at

Monday, June 7, 2010

Pittsburgh Restaurant Gains National Attention for Serving Only Cuisine From Countries Where U.S. Engages in Military or Political Conflict

Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant in Pittsburgh that only serves cuisine from countries where the United States is engaged in military or political conflict. Its first iteration - Kubideh Kitchen, serving an Iranian street-food favorite - has gained national media attention.

"I can't believe someone didn't think of this sooner," writes Seattle Weekly reporter Jason Sheehan, who sings the praises of Conflict Kitchen on his From the Gut blog.

"Can taste create understanding?", asks in an ARTICLE posted on its website.

"The food is served out of a take-out style storefront, which will rotate identities every four months to highlight another country," Sheehan quotes from the Conflict Kitchen website. "Each Conflict Kitchen iteration will be augmented by events, performances, and discussion about the culture, politics, and issues at stake with each county we focus on."

Kubideh Kitchen is an Iranian take-out restaurant that serves kubideh in freshly baked barbari bread with onion, mint, and basil. Developed in collaboration with members of the Pittsburgh Iranian community, the sandwich is packaged in a custom-designed wrapper that includes interviews with Iranians both in Pittsburgh and Iran on subjects ranging from Iranian food and poetry to the current political turmoil.

Located next to the Waffle Shop at 124 S. Highland Ave., Conflict Kitchen is a project by John Peña, Jon Rubin, and Dawn Weleski and is funded by the Sprout Fund, Waffle Shop, and the Center for the Arts in Society.

For more information, go to

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

President Obama Reports on National Economy from Pittsburgh, Leverages Region’s Transformation Story as Inspiration for Future

President Barack Obama visited Pittsburgh Wednesday, speaking about national economic issues from Carnegie Mellon University. He pointed to the Pittsburgh region’s economic, environmental and quality of life transformation – strongly propelled by excellence in technology, innovation and community collaboration – as an example of the bright future that’s possible through deliberate investment in innovative, sustainable solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems:

“The possibilities of where this research might lead us are endless. Imagine a new treatment that kills cancer cells but leaves healthy ones untouched, or regenerative medicine that ends the agonizing wait for an organ transplant.

"Imagine a lightweight vest for soldiers and police officers that can stop armor-piercing bullets, or educational software that's as effective and engaging as a personal tutor, or intelligent prosthetics that can enable a wounded veteran to play piano again. And now imagine all the workers and small business owners and consumers who would benefit from these discoveries.

“We can't know for certain what the future will bring … I'm sure there were times when [Pittsburgh] couldn't imagine life without steel mills and the heavy smog that filled these streets. And when that industry shrank and so many jobs were lost, who could've guessed that Pittsburgh would fare better than many other Rust Belt cities, and reemerge as a center for technology, green jobs, health care, and education? Who would've thought that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's logo would one day adorn the U.S. Steel Tower, or that this institute of higher education would be the region's largest employer?
"Who would've thought that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's logo would one day adorn the U.S. Steel Tower, or that this institute of higher education would be the region's largest employer?"
"All of this came to be because, as a community, you prepared and adapted and invested in a better future -- even if you weren't sure of what that future would look like.”

Read the full transcript at

- Bill Flanagan
Allegheny Conference on Community Development

CLICK HERE for Pitt News coverage.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Spain beats Netherlands to Win First World Cup - Pittsburgh-Area Soccer Fans Celebrate Global Connections

Spain beat the Netherlands by a 1-0 score in extra time Sunday to win first World Cup in mile-high Johannesburg. In the U.S. the game will air on ABC and Univision.

GlobalPittsburgh will continue to post scores and updates on our social media network (the GlobalPittsburghNEWS blog, Facebook fan page and Twitter account – all the links can be found on our website at Online streaming is available at ESPN3.

Games will be televised live in the Pittsburgh region (see list of viewing locations below). Due to the time difference, most games will air during the daytime in the Eastern United States.


Click on these links for a SCHEDULE and a full-color TOURNAMENT BRACKET.

Take your pick from any of the locations below airing World Cup games during their normal hours of business. (We recommend calling ahead if you have any questions about schedules.) Drop us an EMAIL if you know of any other good places to watch the games. We'll add them to the list.


All Star Sports Bar & Grill
6302 Robinson Center Drive

A.J.’s Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken
3608 Fifth Ave. in Oakland

Bahama Breeze
The Mall at Robinson
Robinson Township

Chicken Latino Restaurant
155 21st St. in the Strip

El Campesino
4771 McKnight Rd in North Hills

Claddagh Irish Pub
407 Cinema Drive, South Side Works - Pittsburgh

La Prima Espresso
205 21st in the Strip

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle
2339 Penn Ave in the Strip

OTB Bicycle Cafe
2518 East Carson on the South Side

Piper’s Pub
1828 East Carson Street on the South Side

Pittsburgh Indoor Soccer Arena
22 Rich Hill Road
Cheswick, PA 15024-2152
(412) 820-0657

Royal Palace (African Community Celebration Friday 6/11 8 p.m.)
2660 Library Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15234

Buy World Cup jerseys in your favorite country’s colors at:

Mexico Lindo Mercado y Galeria de Artesanas
2027 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill

Passion Sports World (Sebastian Martinez)
Weekend street vendor at the corner of Penn & 21st in the Strip District

More World Cup Links:

Official World Cup 2010 Website

World Cup Wallpapers for your Computer

The GlobalPost Insider's View of the World Cup

Viewing World Cup Games on Your Smartphone