Panel discussion to focus on university-city partnerships

University Of Notre Dame And South Bend

A panel discussion focusing on the importance of universities and cities working together to help solve pressing problems will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 29) at the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley; South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Robert Bernhard, Notre Dame’s vice president for research; and undergraduate Alicia Czarnecki are the panelists participating. They will discuss the importance of city officials and universities working together to develop innovative solutions to challenges facing cities, while providing unique educational opportunities for students to work on real-world problems. The focus will be on a number of initiatives currently underway between Notre Dame and the city of South Bend, including the MetroLab Network, Smart Cities Initiative and the Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem.

The panelists will respond to a series of questions from a moderator and time will be set aside for questions from the audience.

Contact: Alisa Zornig Gura, College of Engineering, 574-631-8175,

Originally published by William G. Gilroy at on September 26, 2016.