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Media Contact Information   Kelly Kimberland Phone: 412-268-8467 Fax: 412-268-5758 E-mail: public-relations@sei.cmu.edu

Tina Maggio, Office of Rep. Doyle 412-241-6055

March 6, 2000

PITTSBURGH – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) and Dr. Stephen E. Cross, Director of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), launched a benchmark program today, the Doyle Technology Insertion Demonstration and Evaluation (Doyle-TIDE) Program. This program will supercharge the region's economy by linking Pittsburgh's traditionally strong manufacturing base with our ever-growing information technology field to create a high-tech manufacturing collaboration unlike anywhere else in the country.

Although emerging software technologies have great potential to enhance manufacturing competitiveness, the utilization of this technology by our local manufacturers has been minimal. The goals of the Doyle-TIDE program are to develop techniques through demonstration projects that can be easily adapted to other manufacturers, provide shared knowledge in a public environment from which everyone will benefit, and enable manufactures to experience an increase in their productivity and bottom line.

“I am very excited about the Doyle-TIDE Program because there are currently no other projects such as this in our region or anywhere in the country for that matter,” stated Rep. Doyle. “This program will enable our manufacturers to remain competitive and take on a more integral part in the manufacturing of raw materials for this country as we move through the information technology era.”

The Doyle-TIDE Program is based on the revolutionary idea that the digital economy and heavy manufacturers can grow together and complement each other. It will demonstrate how advanced software engineering techniques can improve the manufacturing process and will share the knowledge and expertise that is extracted from the demonstration projects with all area manufacturers.

The projects initiated through Doyle-TIDE have the potential to establish western Pennsylvania as the future high-tech manufacturing center for the country. It will create a partnering of our traditional manufacturing base with the new software technology industry allowing both industries to coexist as well as prosper.

“This program has great potential for this region. Pittsburghers have always been known for their business sense and work ethic. An increase in the bottom line is their first measure of success. The results of Doyle-TIDE will demonstrate that the implementation of software technology into manufacturing lines will make companies more cost-effective and efficient,” stated Dr. Stephen Cross. 

Rep. Doyle was responsible for securing $5 million in federal funds for the startup of the Doyle-TIDE Program which will be administered by the Software Engineering Institute, a federally funded research and development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University. 

More detailed information is available about the Doyle-TIDE Program at http://www.sei.cmu.edu or at http://www.house.gov/doyle/.

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