PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA). – Zoom announced Thursday that it will be opening research and development centers in Pittsburgh, as well as Phoenix.
“Both Phoenix and Pittsburgh have incredibly well-educated, skilled, and diverse talent pools that are well-positioned to help support Zoom’s ongoing growth and continued success,” said Eric S. Yuan, CEO of Zoom. “We plan to hire up to 500 software engineers between these two cities in the next few years, drawing largely on recent graduates of the many local universities. We look forward to expanding our team and seeing what we accomplish together as we continue to build our world-leading video communications platform with best-in-class reliability, scalability, privacy, and security.”
While the video communications company expects to have an office available near Carnegie Mellon University in the fall 2020, they will begin hiring immediately and will have employees work from home until the office is ready, and the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
“We are so thrilled that Zoom is planning to establish a research and development center in Pittsburgh, a world-leading hub for engineering, computer science, and artificial intelligence,” said Farnam Jahanian, President of Carnegie Mellon University. “With our visionary faculty and exceptionally talented students, Carnegie Mellon is catalyzing revolutionary work to accelerate digital transformation across markets and industries, and we look forward to partnering with Zoom to enhance their remarkable momentum in defining the future of virtual interactions.”
According to U.S. News & World Report, Carnegie Mellon is home to the nation’s No. 1 ranked computer science graduate program, No. 4 engineering graduate program, and No. 6 undergraduate engineering education program.
Zoom will join Facebook, Google, Aptiv, Argo Al, Bosch, Honeywell Robotics and other top innovative technology companies to make office locations in the Pittsburgh area.