Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has announced a $15 million gift from alumnus and Salesforce president and COO Keith Block and his wife, Suzanne Kelley, to establish a center dedicated to the interdisciplinary investigation of the economic, organizational, and public policy effects of technology.
To be housed in CMU's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, the Block Center for Technology and Society will examine the impact of technology on the human condition, including the ways in which workers at all skill levels can expect to earn a living in the twenty-first century, and will develop innovative policy recommendations designed to promote widespread access to the benefits of technological change.
Block, a member of the university's board of trustees, earned a Master of Science degree in Management and Policy Analysis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon in 1984.
"Foreseeing and addressing the challenges posed by the rapidly increasing role of technology in our lives is a critical focus of our work here at Carnegie Mellon," said CMU interim president Farnam Jahanian. "We are thrilled that Keith and Suzanne have included CMU in their extraordinary generosity, supporting outstanding work on some of society's greatest challenges."