Garrett Speaks at U.S. State Department
Dean James H. Garrett, Jr. recently spoke at the U.S. State Department about the university’s involvement with Sun Yat-sen University and the new Joint Institute of Engineering (JIE). Garrett, head of CMU’s top-ranked College of Engineering and the Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, spoke Nov. 21 at the U.S.-China Consultation on the People to People Exchange Education Working Group. Garrett said the new foray into China "represents an opportunity to create a new approach to engineering and research in China that is built on CMU’s highly-ranked educational and research model." To implement the collaboration, Garrett pointed out that CMU is helping SYSU hire and train faculty. In addition to hiring faculty, Garrett reported that SYSU is building a 250,000-square-foot building on the SYSU campus in Guangzhou to house the JIE faculty, students, research and teaching laboratories. "Another aspect of our collaboration with SYSU is a complex for the SYSU-CMU International Joint Research Institute in the Shunde District of Foshan City," said Garrett. "This is a place where students and faculty can work with companies, or start their own company, to transfer inventions from the lab to the marketplace." The facility also will house a cleanroom and other engineering labs to complement what is available at the JIE building.
Koushil Sreenath Brings Robotics Technologies to MechE
Assistant Professor Koushil Sreenath is the newest faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, bringing with him a range of exciting robotics innovations. With a courtesy appointment in the Robotics Institute, Sreenath has developed control algorithms that make robots walk, run, and fly — opening up a new world of unexpected applications.
2013 Fenves Travel Grants Announced
Yuxin Wang will be traveling to Bethlehem, PA to present her research at the 2014 Pennsylvania Section of the American Water Works Association Annual Conference in May. Her talk will discuss the results of her study that looks at the varying methods and collection sites for collecting drinking water samples. Matineh Eybpoosh will be attending the SPIE Smart Structures/NDE Conference in San Diego, CA in March to present a paper that discusses her preliminary work that addresses the main challenges in real-world application of non-destructive evaluation of pipelines using guided-waves. Argha Namhata will be presenting at the upcoming American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 2013 in San Francisco, CA this December. His paper discussed developing a new predictive system for methane and hydrogen sulfide gas solubility in waters at shale gas sites. The Steven J. Fenves Travel Grant was created to provide graduate students the opportunity to travel to professional conferences in order to present a paper discussing their research.
Hertz Becomes MechE Manager of Academic Programs
Chris Hertz, former MechE Graduate Program Administrator, is now the Manager of Academic Programs for the MechE department, responsible for managing the academic affairs team in addition to continuing to administer the graduate program.
Kovačević to Head Electrical and Computer Engineering
BME/ECE Professor Jelena Kovačević will become Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering, effective April 1, 2014. The current ECE Department Head, Ed Schlesinger, is leaving CMU to become the Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to her roles in BME and ECE, Jelena is the Director of the Center for Bioimage Informatics at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests include bioimaging, as well as multiresolution techniques such as wavelets and frames. She received the Dipl. Electr. Eng. degree from the University of Belgrade and her MS and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, in 1988 and 1991, respectively. From 1991-2002, she was with Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ. She was a co-founder and Technical VP of xWaveforms and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. In 2003, Jelena joined Carnegie Mellon University.
Rollett Wins Cyril Stanley Smith Award
MSE professor Anthony Rollett has been named as the winner of the Cyril Stanley Smith Award for insights into grain growth and texture development derived from quantitative, mesoscale, computer modeling using anisotropic grain boundary properties. He will receive the award at the 2014 The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society meeting this February in San Diego.
Ransom to be Asst. Dean at Syracuse; McLaren is Interim Liaison
Michael Ransom has accepted the position of Assistant Dean for Advancement in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. Ransom will lead a team managing Advancement activities that include development strategy and the College's individual giving, corporate, and foundation relations groups. Ransom will begin his new position on January 6, 2014. Lorena McLaren will serve as interim liaison to CIT from Corporate and Institutional Partnerships while a search is conducted for Ransom's successor.
Luminosity Ranks CMU Fifth Smartest College
The brain-training software Luminosity recently published a list of the smartest colleges, which are based upon how students performed on Luminosity challenges about memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention and problem solving. Carnegie Mellon University was ranked fifth smartest in the United States.
MechE Collecting Items for Holiday Donation Drive
MechE staff has a holiday tradition of giving at this time of year. This year MechE has a Wish Tree for the Light of Life Rescue Mission in Pittsburgh and are collecting for the Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley as their holiday projects. Mission Wish Tags are ready to be picked from the tree and donations of gently worn coats and blankets are appreciated. Items such as food, toys and treats, etc. are being collected for the animal shelter. Any donations can be dropped off at the Mechanical Engineering Department main office (402 Scaife Hall) through December 20, 2013.
CMU Leader in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
CMU has spun off more startup companies per dollar of federal research money spent than any other university in the country: a record 36 startups were produced by CMU's award-winning professors and students in 2013. CMU President Subra Suresh revealed the record and highlighted the startups' accomplishments at LaunchCMU, a research and entrepreneurial showcase presented by the university's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).
Small and Team to Study Costa Rican Water Management
CEE-EPP Professor Mitchell Small is joining an international team of researchers at CMU, the University of British Columbia (Canada), the French Center for Agriculture Research for Development (CIRAD), and the Costa Rican Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CIRAD) to study the benefit of improved climate knowledge and forecasting for water management in Costa Rica, where portions of the country are currently experiencing severe water shortages.
Zenyuk Wins First Place in Poster Competition
MechE Ph.D. student Iryna Zenyuk placed first in the student poster competition in the PEM Fuel Cell Symposium at the Fall 2013 Meeting of the Electrochemical Society (ECS). Her poster, titled "Coupling of Deterministic Contact Mechanics Model and Two-Phase Model to Study the Effect of Catalyst Layer|Microporous Layer Interface on Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell Performance," reported on a combined experimental and modeling study of the effect that porous material interfaces have on the operation of polymer electrolyte fuel cells.
Gibson Publishes New Book
CEE/EPP Alumna Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson (E '07) recently published Environmental Burden of Disease Assessment: A Case Study in the United Arab Emirates. The publication characterizes the environmental burden of disease in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), measured by the excess number of deaths and illnesses in the population due to exposure to environmental hazards. MacDonald Gibson and the members of her team use a methodology that can be used and applied in risk analysis and reduction methods to any region or country. Based on the results of the assessment, the publication summarizes the subsequent steps that are recommended to further reduce the burden of disease resulting from various environmental risk factors.
Donahue Answers Environmental Questions at Town Hall Event
ChemE/EPP professor Neil Donahue was part of a panel of experts that responded to questions from Donora residents and students about environmental issues at a public town hall event. The event was at the Donora Municipal Building for the 65th anniversary of an environmental disaster that occurred in 1948; 20 people died and 7000 became sick.
Alumnus Receives Young Manufacturing Engineer Award
Cong Wang, who graduated from MSE in 2009, recently received the Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
Fu Wins Best Paper
Senbo Fu, dual degree doctoral student in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), won Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE International Conference on Green Computing and Communications (IEEE GreenCom) last August in China for the paper he co-wrote entitled "Optimized Thermal-aware Workload Distribution Considering Allocation Constraints in Data Centers."
Smart Infrastructure: Business Risks & Opportunities Webinar
CEE Professor Burcu Akinci was invited to participate as an expert panelist for a webinar hosted by Engineering New-Record (ENR) discussing the opportunities for smart infrastructure providers. The panelists discussed the Business Risks & Opportunities associated with constructing, operating and managing smart infrastructure systems. Akinci talked about the state of the art research that is being conducted within Civil and Environmental Engineering department and Smart Infrastructure Incubator at Carnegie Mellon University in relation to this topic.
Glassdoor Names CMU Second Best Place to Work
Glassdoor, an online jobs and career community that allows employees to share information about their employers, recently ranked the top 25 places to work. Carnegie Mellon University placed second. The rankings are based upon employee reviews.
Grossman Delivers Richard S.H. Mah Lecture
Ignacio Grossmann delivered the Richard S.H. Mah Lecture at Northwestern University on October 30, 2013. He gave the talk "Optimal Synthesis and Planning of Sustainable Process Systems: Water, Biofuels and Shale Gas." The Mah lecture was established in the memory of Professor Richard Mah, a leader in Process Systems Engineering, and long time faculty member at Northwestern.
Kryder Attends Open Innovation Forum
Mark Kryder, University Professor of ECE, attended the Open Innovation Forum in Moscow, Russia and presented a paper on "Nanotechnology boosting computer hardware development: what will come after hard drives?" and participated in two panel sessions, one on "Scenarios and Prospects of the Microelectronic Industry Development in Moscow" and one in the Chief Technology Officer Forum on "Open Innovation."
MechE Named Bike-Friendly Again
Local advocacy group Bike Pittsburgh has named the department of Mechanical Engineering one of 35 Bike Friendly Employers in Pittsburgh. The department provides a map of Pittsburgh bike routes as well as a pump and repair tools in the copy room. The department has many dedicated student and faculty bicyclists and was named a Bronze-Level Bike Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists last year.
EPP Participates in PENNDOT Workshop
Earlier this month a team from CMU and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation held a workshop for their Connected and Autonomous Vehicles 2040 Vision Project in Harrisburg, PA. The CMU group will develop scenarios of implementing automated and connected vehicles and the resulting economic, environmental and social impacts to PENNDOT operations going forward to 2040. Team members included EPP professor Chris Hendrickson, current grad student Sonia Mangones and alumna Yeganeh Mashayekh (E '13).
Isbiliroglu Models Buildings’ Behavior During Earthquakes
CEE's Yigit Isbiliroglu published a paper in Earthquake Spectra entitited "Coupled soil-structure interaction effects of building clusters during earthquakes," which presents his latest accomplishments in earthquake modeling. The paper is co-authored by CEE alumnus and Assistant Professor in the University of Memphis' Center for Earthquake Research & Information Ricardo Taborda and by Jacobo Bielak, Isbiliroglu's advisor and the Paul Christiano University Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
Chigier Gives Talk at Young People's Synagogue
Mechanical Engineering Professor Emeritus Norman Chigier will present a talk, "Energy Issues of the Present and Future," on November 17, 2013 at Young Peoples Synagogue.
CEE Teams Sweep Division in Pittsburgh's Great Race
CEE teams swept the top honors in the Open Collegiate category of the 2013 Pittsburgh Great Race. The department organized four teams and were the top four finishers in their competing division. Team A (Dave Dzombak, Joe Moore Aniela Burant and Melissa Daly) placed first within the division and received a plaque and medal at an awards ceremony held in City Council chambers at the City-County building this week. Team B was Enze Li, Nicole Fiorentino and Jule Carr. Team C was Neil Patel, Vaibhav Agrawal and Chelsea Kolb. Team D was Ron Ripper, Suman Giri, Engin Anil and Sarah Ramp.
Fireside Chat with Pinczuk and Evans
Carnegie Mellon University's San Francisco Bay Area Alumni Chapter hosted another event in the series of popular Gateway to Silicon Valley Fireside Chats October 9. Alumnus Krishna Mohan (MS SE '12), president of the chapter, was the host for the evening, introducing Stuart Evans, Distinguished Service Professor at CMU-SV, and guest of honor Ana Pinczuk, a 2010 graduate of CMU-SV's Software Management program. The talk centered on the fast paced innovations happening today and how companies can strategize and execute in this environment.
Song Wins SRA Merit Award
EPP grad student Jeff Song is the winner of the SRA Ecological Risk Assessment Specialty Group (ERASG) Student Merit Award competition. He will present his paper, "Determining detection rates of environmental DNA sampling for monitoring the risk of invasive fish species," at the 2013 annual meeting.
Antowski Submits Designs to Artbox Project 2013
MSE staff member Marygrace Antkowski was invited to submit her creative design in the Pittsburgh City Paper's Artbox Project 2013. Her artbox can be found on Butler Street in Lawrenceville.
Collaborative Innovation Research Center Established
Dean James H. Garrett. Jr. announced the establishment of the CMU-SYSU Collaborative Innovation Research Center (CIRC) and the appointment of Jimmy Zhu as the center's director. CIRC is a center fully within the College of Engineering (CIT) at Carnegie Mellon University. The mission of the center is to promote, enhance and facilitate collaborative research activities between Carnegie Mellon faculty and JIE faculty and to enhance technological innovation. Zhu joined Carnegie Mellon's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1997 from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In 2003, he was appointed as the ABB Professor of Engineering. Since 2005, he has been the director of the Data Storage Systems Center in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Zhu is also the Co-Director of the SYSU-CMU Joint Institute of Engineering. By pairing the excellence of both Carnegie Mellon and Sun Yat-sen University, we look forward to building the JIE into a world-class institution and the CIRC will provide funding for CMU faculty to collaborate with JIE faculty on a variety of new research activities.
Prieve Participates in Oil Sands Tailings Workshop
PBS Features Plaid Parliament of Pwning
PBS recently featured the Plaid Parliament of Pwning, a CyLab computer security research team made up of CMU students and staff. The group competes in hacking competitions that identify security threats and help to protect computers from malicious attacks. ECE Professor David Brumley is quoted.
Burant, Lowry and Karamalidis Present at Goldschmidt Conference
In late August, CEE Ph.D. candidate Aniela Burant traveled to Florence, Italy to present a research paper at the 2013 Goldschmidt Conference, an annual gathering of researchers working in geochemistry. The paper, "Setschenow Constants for Prediction of Salting-Out of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Brines," was written by Burant and her advisors, CEE Professor Greg Lowry and Assistant Research Professor Thanasis Karamalidis, both of whom presented at the conference and chaired sessions. Lowry convened a session on environmental application of engineered nanomaterials, and Karamalidis a session on water-rock-petroleum interactions.
Marks Named Recipient of Cohon Fellowship
CEE Ph.D. candidate Marguerite Marks has been awarded the Jared and Maureen Cohon Graduate Fellowship in Civil and Environmental Engineering for the 2013-2014 academic year. Her doctoral studies focus on using air quality models to investigate the effects of atmospheric particulate matter on global climate.
Ashoori Presents at AWRA 2013 Conference
CEE Ph.D. candidate Negin Ashoori was recently invited to present her research at the American Water Resources Association 2013 Water for Mega Cities: Challenges and Solutions Conference in Beijing, China. In her presentation "Water Supply for Los Angeles, California: Sources, Stressors, and Sustainability," Negin discussed her work in identifying how various stressors, such as climate change, population growth, competing demands, and water quality concerns will impact current and future water supplies in the Los Angeles area.
Jia Joins INI and ECE as Assistant Research Professor
Limin Jia has joined the Information Networking Institute and Electrical and Computer Engineering as an assistant research professor. She will also serve as academic advisor for the INI's MSISTM program. Jia has been involved with research at CyLab since 2009, first working as a post-doctoral researcher and then as a systems scientist. Her research focuses on formal aspects of security. She is particularly interested in applying language-based security techniques as well as formal logic to model and verify security properties of software systems. She is a graduate of Princeton University with a Ph.D. in computer science. She earned a bachelor's in computer science and engineering from University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei.
Best Iberian Ph.D. Thesis Granted to Silva
José Luís Silva won the 1st edition of the Best Iberian Ph.D. Thesis on Information Systems and Technology. Silva is a professor of the dual degree Professional Master's in Human Computer Interaction (MHCI), taught by the Universidade da Madeira and Carnegie Mellon University, within the CMU | Portugal Program.
Freedman Awarded NSERC Postgraduate Award
Ph.D. student Justin Freedman has been awarded the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarship Doctoral Award for his studies in mechanical engineering. NSERC, the Canadian equivalent of the National Science Foundation, provides funding to high-caliber students who are engaged in doctoral programs in the natural sciences or engineering. Freedman is a part of Assistant Professor Jon Malen's group researching nanoscale thermal transport in bulk structures. His focus is the measurement of heat-carrying phonons through semiconductor materials. He and his group aim to find out why a material's thermal properties change in nanostructures.
3D Printing Demonstrated to Commerce Under Secretary
On a recent visit to Carnegie Mellon University, U.S. Commerce Under Secretary for Economic Affairs Mark Doms received a demonstration of the work Adam Feinberg and his research team have been developing on the 3D printing of biological soft materials. Feinberg, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering, and his biomedical engineering doctoral students T.J. Hinton, John Szymanski and Rebecca Duffy presented their approach to 3D printing that allows for not just tissue, but also soft biomaterials, to be "printed."
Brumley and Christin on PBS NewsHour
ECE and CyLab's David Brumley and CyLab's Nicolas Christin will be on WQED's PBS NewsHour on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. The show will feature the challenges of hacking and cybersecurity.
Eleven CIT Students Named ACS Scholars
Eleven CIT students were named 2014 Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars: Katia Bazzi (ChemE), Jaqueline Budz (ChemE, BME), Jeffie Chang (CEE), Madeline Cramer (MSE and BME), Christopher Ejiofor (EPP), William Elmore (CEE, EPP), Holly Fitzgibbon (MSE), Alexander Munoz (MechE), Michael Ryan (ECE), Emerson Silva (MechE) and Niharika Singh (ECE). Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars are selected each year by their deans and department heads to represent their class in service and leadership. These undergraduate seniors embody Carnegie Mellon's high standards of academic excellence, volunteerism, leadership, involvement in student organizations, athletics or the arts.
Fischhoff Co-Organizes NAS Conference
For the second straight year, EPP's Baruch Fischhoff co-organized a conference at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) that included scientists with stories to tell and scientists who can help them to tell those stories. The colloquium attracted more than 500 scientists and communicators, with more than 10,000 watching live webcasts. CMU also was represented by Gabrielle Wong-Parodi, a research scientist in engineering and public policy.
SASE Students Win InnoService Design Competition
The CMU InnoService team won the grand prize of $3000 at the InnoService Design Competition for the idea of a device called Perfek'cha that would always brew the perfect tea. The group comprised of five Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) members, four of whom are part of CIT: Yiru Yao (sophomore, ECE and Decision Sciences), Joanne Tse (junior, ECE), Raymond Hu (sophomore, MechE), Amy Yuan (senior, ChemE) and Reyna Pacis (junior, chemistry).
Alla USTA/ITA National Small College Division III Champion
CEE sophomore Abhishek Alla was crowned the USTA/ITA National Small College Division III Champion on Saturday, October 12. The Championships were held in Ft. Myers, Fla.
Ilic Gives Four Talks on Smart Grids
ECE/EPP Professor Marija Ilic recently gave four invited talks on Smart Grids. These included: "Toward IT-Enabled End-to-End Smarter Electric Energy Systems" at an NAE meeting on Smart Grid Development in U.S. and China, May 30-31; "Control Architectures for Future Power Grids" at the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program in Washington, DC. on September 3; "Possible Framework for Integrating New Technologies at Value in Electric Energy Systems" at Lehigh University's "Future Green Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities" conference, September 6; and "Smart Grids: End-to-End Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) for Sustainable Socio-Ecological Energy Systems," at University of Maryland's Institute for Systems Research (ISR) on September 30.
Thomas Receives SIGDA Pioneering Achievement Award
ECE Professor Donald Thomas will receive the SIGDA Pioneering Achievement Award in November for his ground-breaking work in making the Verilog Hardware Description Language more accessible for the design automation community and allowing for faster and easier pathways to simulation, high-level synthesis and co-design of hardware-software systems.
CIT Staff Receive Andy Awards
Romayne Botti, associate dean for finance and operations for CIT, and Samuel Boyer, senior director of organizational development for CIT, have received Andy Awards. Romayne received the award for Outstanding University Citizenship, while Samuel received the award for Outstanding Culture. In addition, several CIT staff members were recognized with staff service awards for 30 or more years of service, including: David Belotti (ECE, 30 years), Dora Moscatello (MSE, 30), John Wiss (MechE, 30), William Pingitore (MSE, 35), and Marian Kovalchik (ECE, 40).
Best Paper Win at BTAS
A paper written by an three members of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering received the Best Paper Award at the recent IEEE Sixth Conference on Biometrics: Theory, Application and Systems (BTAS). The co-authors include ECE doctoral student Stephen Siena, Vishnu Naresh Boddeti, who completed his Ph.D. in ECE in December 2012, and Vijayakumar Bhagavatula, an ECE professor and CIT's Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs. The paper was titled, "Maximum-margin coupled mappings for cross-domain matching."
Marshall Wins at ARL 2013 Summer Student Symposium
CEE Ph.D. candidate Jason Marshall was awarded third place in the 2013 U.S. Army Research Laboratory Summer Student Symposium: Graduate Student Division. The annual event is a program focusing on undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in technical fields with participation in various summer research activities. Marshall's presentation discussed a newly developed method for the multiscale analysis of materials.
Schlesinger Named Dean of Engineering at JHU
Ed Schlesinger, Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has accepted the position of Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Schlesinger, the David Edward Schramm Memorial Professor, has served as ECE's Department Head since 2005. He joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1985.
Fernandez Earns Best Paper Honors
ECE Ph.D. student Joseph Fernandez earned best paper honors at the 8th International Symposium on Image and Signal Processing and Analysis (ISPA 2013) workshop for his paper, "Zero-Aliasing Correlation Filters." The paper, co-authored with ECE Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatula, presents a new method to remove circular correlation effects that were previously unaccounted for, and ignored for many years, in correlation filter design.
Students Compete and Win at Tizen Hackathon
A group of CMU-SV students participated in the Tizen Devlab and Hack and won first prize, which amounted to $1,000, for their app called Big Brother. The team included Ruchir Patwa, Devika Nair, Manuel Nakamurakare and Vedant Bhatt–all students from the Information Networking Institute's bicoastal MSIT programs. Their app monitors a user's activities to use as a trigger for setting the device to an appropriate mode, as defined by the user's preferences. As a user moves from place to place, such as from home to school, or from activity to activity, such as from work to a meeting, the mobile device acknowledges the change and sets itself accordingly.
EnergyBiz Quotes Morgan
EPP Department Head M. Granger Morgan was recently quoted in EnergyBiz about vulnerabilities in the electric grid.
Donadee Wins Best Paper and Presentation at NAPS 2013
ECE Ph.D. student Jonathan Donadee won first prize for Best Paper and Presentation at the North American Power Symposium (NAPS 2013) in Manhattan, Kansas earlier this month. More than 100 students participated in the contest. The paper, titled "Optimal Energy Storage Operation for Arbitrage and Ancillary Services: The Infinite Horizon Approach," proposes the infinite horizon, average reward, Markov decision problem as a framework for the optimal scheduling of bulk electric grid scale energy storage that performs multiple grid services simultaneously. The advantages of this scheduling approach are that it accounts for the inherent uncertainties of providing ancillary services to the electric grid, and that it can be done in an "offline" way. The goal of this work is to maximize the potential value of energy storage resources in the bulk electric power grid. He is advised by ECE and EPP Professor Marija Ilic.
Alumni Honored at 2013 CEE Alumni Awards Luncheon
The CEE department recognized the achievements of a number of its alumni at this weekend's CEE Annual Alumni Awards Luncheon. The Recent Alumni Achievement Award went to Aurora Sharrard (MS CEE '04, Ph.D. CEE '07) and Pingbo Tang (Ph.D. CEE '09); the Outstanding Alumnus Service Award to John Kenny (BS CE '82) and Kevin O'Brien (BS CE, MS CEE '00); the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Linda MacNair Perry (BSCE '80); and the Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible Distinguished Public Service Award, which was given for the first time at Sunday's awards ceremony, was given posthumously to Lt. Col. Raible (BS CE '95).
Six INI Students Receive Conference Scholarships
As a gold-level sponsor of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference, the INI sponsors students annually through Women@INI conference scholarships, which cover registration and travel expenses. An essay contest is held in August in order to select the attendees. This year, the INI awarded conference scholarships to six students: Samantha Allen, MSISTM (MS25); Maria Carrion, MSIT-MOB (MS25); Neha Kapoor, MSIN (MS24); Meghna Lav, MSIN (MS24); Swati Singh, MSIT-SM (MS24); and Yiqi Wu, MSIN (MS25). The conference will take place October 2-5 in Minneapolis.
PopTech Names Hong and Majidi to Science Fellows List
PopTech, a global social innovation incubator and thought leadership network, has named ECE's Jason Hong and MechE's Carmel Majidi to its list of 11 PopTech Science Fellows for 2013. The yearlong fellows program helps high-potential working scientists become more effective communicators, collaborators and leaders both within and beyond academia. Hong and Majidi will join the other Science Fellows, as well as 11 Social Innovation Fellows, in Maine next month for an intensive training program that will help them become more effective communicators, collaborators and leaders. Each will make presentations of their work at PopTech's Sparks of Brilliance conference in Camden, Maine, Oct. 24-26. Hong investigates privacy and security issues for pervasive computing, including smartphone apps. His work, which has been featured in The New York Times and the CBS "Morning Show," focuses on the human element of these security issues and examines how to empower people so that they have better control over and feedback about their personal information. Majidi studies the next generation of biologically compatible robots, assistive medical devices and electronics. These "soft-matter technologies" include systems that are flexible and adapt their functionality to the changing demands of their operator and environment.
ECE Professor Delivers Keynote at PATMOS
ECE Professor Radu Marculescu presented a keynote talk at The International Workshop on Power and Timing Modeling, Optimization and Simulation (PATMOS) 2013 in Karlsruhe, Germany on September 9th. The objective of PATMOS is to provide a forum to discuss and investigate emerging challenges in methodologies and tools for the design of upcoming generations of integrated circuits and systems, including reconfigurable hardware such as FPGA's. Marculescu addressed fundamental issues related to the modeling and optimization of power and performance of next generation of integrated systems while taking a cyber-physical approach.
Russell Speaker at Reimagine Aging Conference
ICES' and BME's Alan Russell recently was a keynote speaker at a conference entitled "Reimagine Aging" in Cambridge.
Justice Department Commends NETL-RUA Researcher
NETL scientist and CEE alumna Barbara Kutchko (PhD '08) has received a Certificate of Commendation for outstanding performance and invaluable assistance in support of the activities of the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. The award recognizes Kutchko for timely and expert presentation of data obtained from samples associated with the uncontrolled release event at BP’s Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
NSF Funds New X-ray Computed Tomography Facility
A NSF Major Research Infrastructure grant has allowed CIT to acquire a nano-scale resolution X-ray computed tomography system for a XCT facility. The facility features cutting edge nano-CT instrumentation for the highest resolution 3D X-ray imaging available outside of synchroton beamline facilities. The advantage of X-ray CT is that it enables non-destructive, 3D imaging of an opaque material's internal structure in ambient and controlled environments.
Rajkumar and Autonomous Car to be on CNBC Tonight at 9
Singh Leads Students on STEM Outreach
MechE assistant teaching professor Satbir Singh led students from the Carnegie Mellon racing team and undergraduate students from two honor societies to bring engineering to kids. The racing team showed off their Formula SAE car at the Carnegie Science Center. The kids got under the hood to see how engineering makes for one exciting race day. They also visited University Park Elementary School in Monroeville where they explained to kids how the movement of everyday objects, like a ball on a ramp, can be explained by principles of physics.
Siewioreks Visited by Sidney Crosby
Dan Siewiorek, Director Of Quality of Life Technology Center and the Buhl University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science, is quoted in a video posted on Pens TV Online in which Sidney Crosby delivers season ticket holders their tickets. The video also includes Dan Siewiorek's wife Karon Siewiorek and his daughter Nora Siewiorek, who is the new assistant director of the Energy Science, Technology and Policy program.
U.S. News Ranks CIT 7th Best Undergraduate Engineering School
U.S. News and World Report has announced its latest undergraduate rankings. CIT overall was ranked 7th, moving up one spot. Four programs were in the top 10: Computer Engineering is ranked 2nd, Electrical Engineering is 8th; Material Sciences and Engineering is 9th and Environmental Engineering 10th.
CIT Staff Members Nominated for Andy Awards
Congratulations to the following CIT staff members who have been nominated for Andy Awards!
Outstanding Dedication: Charlotte Ambrass (ECE), The ECE Sponsored Research Administration Team: Meighan Harding and Charlotte Ambrass (ECE), Sherry Stokes (CIT)
Outstanding Commitment to Students: Andrea Francioni Rooney (CEE)
Outstanding Innovation: The CIT Research Administration Team: Keri Baker (BME), Daniel Giammatteo (CIT), Meighan Harding (ECE), Donna Marano (CEE), Cathy Schaefer (CyLab), and Jasmine Sun (MechE); The INI's Pittsburgh-Silicon Valley MSIT Programs Team: Mira Angelova, Jessica Becker, Lisa Currin, Nancy Doyle, Jennifer Burkett Feyrer, Kari Gazdich, Kurt Haverstock, Christa Jones, Jamie Lehneke, Marilú S. Lundeen, Pat Manski, Robert Neill, Ann Ritchie, Gabriel Somlo, Nicholas Tsamitis, Terri Weinberg, Linda Whipkey (INI) and Mayrasol Alvarez, Sylvia Arifin, Gerry Panelo Elizondo, Wendy Fong, Jessie Hao, Ngoc Ho, Sylvia Leong, Albert Liu, Stacy Marshall, Hector Rastrullo, Mikelynn Romero, Ruben Romero, Jazz Sabian, Mary Christine Zeise (CMU-SV).
Outstanding Culture: Samuel Boyer (CIT)
Outstanding University Citizenship: Romayne Botti (CIT)
Outstanding Community Contributions: Eftihia Barron (ECE)
Integrated Innovation Institute Launched
CIT, CFA and Tepper are pleased to announce the transformation of the Master of Product Development (MPD) program into the jointly-supported Integrated Innovation Institute. Built on primary disciplines in product innovation covering functional performance (engineering), human interface (design), and economic value (business), the Institute focuses on education and research in innovation methods and practice. The Institute unites the three schools to cross-train students to become elite innovators, which enhances the effectiveness of thinking and generating results. A unique enterprise among educational institutions, the Institute is co-directed by Eric Anderson (CFA - Design), Peter Boatwright (Tepper), and Jonathan Cagan (CIT – Mechanical Engineering). As a progression of the MPD program, the Institute will include professional masters degree programs, executive education and applied research including industrial consortia. With its formation, the highly-successful and internationally-regarded MPD program will change its name to the more appropriate Master of Integrated Innovation for Products and Services. In addition, the Institute will manage the Master of Science of Software Management (SM) offered at the CMU-Silicon Valley Campus. The SM degree focuses on the innovation and entrepreneurship of software systems, and management of that process. The Integrated Innovation Institute will be housed in a newly-acquired CMU building at the corner of Forbes and Craig Streets in Pittsburgh (a former PNC Bank retail location). A dynamic, refurbished space and building addition will provide a gateway to the CMU campus from the west on Forbes, highlighting Carnegie Mellon's interdisciplinary innovative culture.09_
MechE Alum Creates Heart Valve Start-Up
MechE alumnus Doug Bernstein, along with CMU grads Arush Kalra and Jaime Quinterno, have founded Peca Labs to create a new kind of pediatric heart valve. The small office is beginning to gather more supporters with news of backing from Innovation Works in July. The team hopes to bring their device, which will affect a small number of children undergoing a rare heart surgery, to market using FDA's Humanitarian Device Exception.
Sheng Shen Selected for DARPA Young Faculty Award
MechE Assistant Professor Sheng Shen has been selected as a recipient of the DARPA Young Faculty Award. He aims to create more effective thermal interface materials (TIMs) out of nanostructures. The results could be applied in electronic packaging of computer chips and thermal management of laser modules.
Hill Writes New Book: Geeks on a Mission
Alex Hills, distinguished service professor of engineering and public policy, has published a new book about the awe-inspiring work of some Carnegie Mellon students in CMU's Technology in the Global Community program. The just-released book, Geeks on a Mission, tells of experiences that changed the students' lives as they donated their summer vacations to work in developing nations around the world. Hills, who visited, advised and mentored them as they worked on their projects in developing nations, has devoted much of his own career to public service.
Oberoi and Finger Win Best Paper Award
Alum Sharad Oberoi (CEE MS ’06, PhD ’11), CEE professor Susan Finger and Eric Rose (ISR) recently won the Best Paper Award at the 10th ASME International Conference on Design Education for their paper entitled "Online Implementation of the Delta Design Game for Analyzing Collaborative Team Practices."
CIT Among Global Leaders at Summer Davos
Two CIT members have been invited to participate in various meetings and panel discussions at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China (Summer Davos) from September 11-13: EPP's Erica Fuchs and alumnus and past faculty Lan Xue. Also being honored as a Technology Pioneer is Nest Labs, a startup founded by alumnus Matt Rogers that designed the Nest Learning Thermostat, an energy-saving, programmable device that can be controlled remotely.
Zink Joins MPD as Program Coordinator
Emma Zink has joined the Master of Product Development Program (MPD) as program coordinator. Her duties will include working with current and future students, helping to integrate the program into its new space — the former PNC Bank on Forbes Ave. across from the Panther Hollow Inn — and aiding in the future expansion of the program.
Rajkumar Keynote Speaker at COMPSAC
ECE's Raj Rajkumar was a keynote speaker and gave a talk titled "Intelligent Transportation with Cyber-Physical Technologies" at the 37th Annual International Computer Software & Applications Conference (COMPSAC) held in Kyoto Japan from June 22-26.
Two Faculty Members Join CMU-R
Taha Selim Ustun and Aminata Garba, both assistant teaching professors, have arrived in Pittsburgh for this academic year. The two will join the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda after spending time at the Pittsburgh campus.
Botti Joins Board of Children's Institute of Pittsburgh
Romayne Botti, Associate Dean for Finance and Operations in the CIT Dean's Office, has joined the board of The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh.
Sanfilippo Named Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives
Matt Sanfilippo has been appointed to the position of Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives in CIT. Sanfilippo will support and help enable strategic research opportunities across the college, and steward the development of proposals for major research opportunities along strategic themes. Additionally, he will provide collaboration, communication and networking support among the existing CIT research center executive directors, along with industrial relations and government relations personnel who are engaged in the pursuit of research opportunities with industry and federal and state government.
Wilson Named to PHLF Board
CEE and EPP alumnus Todd Wilson (E' 06) has recently been named serve on the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) Board of Trustees. The focus of the organization is to identify, preserve and renew historically significant places and, through education, educate people about the rich architectural heritage in the Pittsburgh city and surrounding region.
Dowd-ICES Fellows Announced for 2013-14
The 2013-14 Dowd-ICES Fellowship recipients are Amy Dale (EPP), Pengfei Li (MechE), Tong Lu (MechE) and Hang-Ah Park (MSE). Established in 2001 through a generous grant from Philip and Marsha Dowd, the Philip and Marsha Dowd Engineering Seed Fund provides support for graduate students working on cutting edge research projects that do not have other sources of funding.
ECE Recognized at 50th Design Automation Conference
At this year's 50th anniversary banquet of ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference (DAC), six CMU/CSSI current faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering were recognized with a record number of 21 awards for their scientific and technical contribution throughout the half-century long history of the flagship conference. Including past CSSI members and alumni, the number of awards reaches 26, with a distant second at less than 20 for UC Berkeley. Leading the group is Don Thomas, who has received six awards, including a DAC top 10 author in third decade, prolific author award, and service award for creating the University Booth. Larry Pileggi and Randy Bryant were also recognized at the anniversary banquet by five awards, including DAC prolific author awards for both, DAC top 10 author (Pileggi) and most citations for a DAC paper (Bryant). Other ECE faculty recognized at the ceremony include Dan Siewiorek, Diana Marculescu, and Xin Li, who received DAC prolific author awards (Siewiorek, Li) and service award for creating the Student Research Competition (Marculescu).
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranks CIT 8th Best in World
Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013 ranked Carnegie Mellon University as 8th in the world in the field of engineering. According to their website, "Universities are ranked by several indicators of academic or research performance, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, papers published in Nature and Science, papers indexed in major citation indices, and the per capita academic performance of an institution."
Casanova Receives SEAMS 2013 Best Paper Award
Carnegie Mellon | Portugal's Paulo Casanova won a best paper award at the 8th International Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems (SEAMS 2013). The paper, which focuses on systems behavior, was co-written by Paulo Casanova, David Garlan, Bradley Schmerl and Rui Abreu.
MechE Students Heat Up the 50th Society for Cryobiology Meeting
At the 50th Anniversary of the Society for Cryobiology in Bethesda, Maryland, a team of MechE students met with great success. Justin Feig won the prestigious Peter J. Steponkus Crystal Award. Feig and four other students, Anjali Sehrawat, Lili Ehrlich, David Eisenberg, and Chandrajit Thaokar, were awarded the highly competitive Student Travel Award for their conference papers. Team Rabin, a group of students from the Biothermal Technology Laboratory, also won an International Cryobiology Young Researchers event (a Scavenger Hunt in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in DC) and were awarded at the conference banquet.
New Officers Elected to Lead WINI
The Women@INI (WINI) student organization elected new officers recently in preparation for the upcoming academic year. Meghna Lav will be the WINI chair located at the Pittsburgh campus. Devika Nair Syama, Xinfeng Le and Swati Singh will be co-chairs at the Silicon Valley campus. All of the chairs are second-year students (MS24) at the INI. The organization's staff coordinator, Jessica Becker, is also new this year.
71 To Receive Degrees at Silicon Valley this Sunday
Carnegie Mellon's Silicon Valley campus will hold its 11th graduation ceremony this Sunday, Aug. 11, when 71 students will receive their graduate degrees: 37 in software engineering and 34 in software management. This year's keynote speaker is Cindy Padnos, who is recognized as one of the most influential women in Silicon Valley.
Bravo-Lillo and Cranor Receive Distinguished Paper Award
A paper entitled "Your Attention Please: Designing Security-Decision UIs to Make Genuine Risks Harder to Ignore" that was co-authored by EPP student Cristian Bravo-Lillo and EPP's and CyLab's Lorrie Cranor received a distinguished paper award at the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security.
Alumnus Elected to Royal Academy of Engineering
Stratos Pistikopoulos, who earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from CMU in 1988, has been elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering. Pistikopoulos is a professor at Imperial College in London. Membership to the Royal Academy of Engineering, which includes some of the most accomplished engineers from academia and business in the United Kingdom, is the highest recognition that an engineer can receive in the UK.
YinzCam Named One of Fastest-Growing Mobile Startups
YinzCam, a mobile sports app founded by ECE Associate Professor Priya Narasimhan, has been named to Venture Beat's list of 20 fastest-growing mobile startups. YinzCam is in great company, with the likes of Pinterest, Spotify and Imgur.
Cohon Elected to Unisys Board of Directors
President Emeritus and CEE Professor Jared Cohon was elected to the Unisys Board of Directors and appointed to the Compensation Committee. Unisys Chairman and CEO Ed Coleman said of Cohon, "With his distinguished academic career, his experience in leading a major university and his international experience, we are confident that he will make significant contributions to our Board and to the future success of Unisys."
CMU Ranks Among Best Colleges and Highest ROI
CMU was ranked 2nd among 81 PA colleges that offer students the highest lifetime return on investment by AffordableCollegesOnline.org. In addition, CMU was ranked 42nd on Forbes' annual ranking of America's Top Colleges. CMU was also featured in a Forbes slideshow on the "100 Most Financially Fit Colleges."
Sampson Receives AIST Best Paper Award
The AIST Metallurgy Technology Division selected MSE Ph.D. student Erica Sampson as the recipient of the Jerry Silver Award for Best Paper 2013 for her work entitled "Effect of Silicon on Hot Shortness." Originally established in 1991, then re-established as an AIST award in 2005, this award was named in honor of Jerry Silver in recognition of his leadership in the development of student affairs and programs for the Iron & Steel Society. The award is presented to the author of a process metallurgy or product applications technical paper judged to be the best of class by the AIST Metallurgy Technology Division. This award will be recognized during the AIST Metallurgy, Processing, Products & Applications Technology Committee Meeting, co-located with the MS&T 2013 conference in Montreal, Canada in October 2013.
Carnegie Aquanauts Compete in Submarine Races
On June 24th – June 28th, the Carnegie Aquanauts competed in the 12th annual International Human-Powered Submarine Races (ISR) held at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in West Bethesda, Maryland. The team, made up of MechE alums Siri Ramos and Jayon Wang, sophomore Nicholas Harrington and CMU alum Bradley Schneider, aimed to navigate a human-powered submarine along an underwater 100-meter course. In their first time competing, the Carnegie Aquanauts won first in their class, competing against 20 teams from the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Germany and Oman.
Apportable Announces $2.4M in Seed Funding and is Featured in WSJ Blog
Apportable, a startup company co-founded by CMU-SV professor Collin Jackson, recently raised $2.4 million in seed funding to boost products and services. In addition, the app was featured in the Wall Street Journal's Venture Capital blog for its success in helping music icon Björk bring her iOS app to Android users.
Dzombak to Testify on Capitol Hill
CEE Professor David Dzombak has been invited to testify before a joint hearing of the House Subcommittee on Environment and Subcommittee on Energy on Wednesday, July 24 at 10 a.m. He will be testifying about the role of the EPA Science Advisory Board in providing peer review of the EPA research study on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on water resources. Dzombak chairs the SAB committee responsible for the reviews. View the hearing via live webcast.
Ozdoganlar Named Associate Director of ICES
As of July 1, Burak Ozdoganlar has assumed the position of ICES Associate Director. He will work closely with Associate Dean for Research and ICES Director Gary Fedder to help manage day-to-day operations of ICES; engage with CMU faculty and executive staff to help identify and develop new multi-disciplinary proposal opportunities within the scope of ICES; network with industry, government and academia to link CIT faculty members with external people in areas of mutual interest; guide the promotion of ICES research through various media; co-direct the state-funded Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) and Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania (RAMP) programs; and manage the annual Dowd and Northrop-Grumman graduate fellowship selection.
Griss Chairs International Conference on Software Reuse
Martin Griss, director of Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley, recently returned from the 13th International Conference on Software Reuse in Italy, where he was general chair of the event. Sponsored by the International Society for the Advancement of Software Education, the 2013 conference was held June 18-20 in Pisa. The program included workshops, demonstrations and tutorial sessions for software engineers, managers, researchers and academics from dozens of global organizations.
Rajkumar Delivers Three Keynotes
ECE and CS Professor Raj Rajkumar gave three recent keynote addresses: "Intelligent Transportation Systems of the Future" at the Third International Workshop on M2M Technology in Taipei, Taiwan on June 22; "Intelligent Transportation Systems: A Peek into the Future" at the Tenth ACM International Workshop on VehiculAr Inter-NETworking, Systems, and Applications (VANET) in Taipei, Taiwan on June 25; and "Cyber-Physical System Applications and Challenges in Transportation" at the Second International Conference on Transportation Information and Safety (ICTIS) in Wuhan, China on June 29.
Alum Named CEO of Sovereign Bank and Santander Holdings USA
CEE alumnus Roman Blanco was recently named CEO of Sovereign Bank and Santander Holdings USA. He most recently served as CEO of Santander Bancorp and Banco Santander Puerto Rico, and before that, was CEO of Banco Santander Colombia for five years. Pittsburgh Business Times covered his new appointment.
Fischhoff Co-edits New Book
EPP's Baruch Fischhoff has co-edited a new book, Counting Civilian Casualties: An Introduction to Recording and Estimating Nonmilitary Deaths in Conflict, with CMU's Jay D. Aronson and the University of Pittsburgh's Taylor B. Seybolt. The new book surveys the challenges of counting civilian casualties, presenting and evaluating methods for ensuring that these tragic killings are properly acknowledged.
Six CIT Students Named to UAA Presidents Scholar-Athlete Team
CIT had six student-athletes named to the University Athletic Association (UAA) Presidents Scholar-Athlete Team: Daniel Ching (Men's Track & Field; MSE); Evan Gates (Men's Cross Country; MechE, BME); Jacqueline Guevel (Women's Track & Field; CEE); Matt Sarett (Men's Soccer; BME, ECE); Breanna Stillo (Women's Swimming & Diving; ChemE, BME); and Sam Thompson (Football; MechE).
Kirby Transitions to SYSU-CMU Joint Institute of Engineering
Reenie Kirby has transitioned from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department to the SYSU-CMU Joint Institute of Engineering (JIE). She is now working with both Professor Jimmy Zhu, co-director of the JIE, and Jessica Sun, the program manager. Her new office is 347 Roberts Engineering Hall.
Blue Belt First CMU Spinoff to Receive FDA Clearance
Blue Belt Technologies Inc., a medical technology company developing the next generation of "smart" surgical instruments with precision robotics, has become the first spinoff from Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC) to receive FDA clearances. Blue Belt's management team and advisors include the following members of CIT: Anthony DiGioia III (E'79, '82), co-founder and advisor, who is also an adjunct CEE faculty member; Branko Jaramaz (E'92), CTO and co-founder; and Jim Moody (E'82, '91), director of robotics.
Subrahmanian Delivers Keynote Talk
ICES' Eswaran Subrahmanian gave a keynote talk, titled "Games for Designing and Designing for Games," at the ISAGA 13 International Simulation and Gaming Association Conference in Stockholm Sweden on June 25, 2013.
Rajkumar Talks to Time Magazine
Raj Rajkumar, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, spoke with Time about autonomous vehicles. He explains how the switch to autonomous vehicles will be gradual, but that, as cars become more autonomous, accidents should decrease because many accidents are caused by human error.
Cranor Talks at Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium
Lorrie Cranor, a professor of engineering and public policy and the director of the CyLab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory (CUPS), gave the keynote talk at the 13th Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium on July 10. Her talk was titled "Privacy Notice and Choice in Practice."
Eicholtz Selected for ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowship
Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student Matthew Eicholtz has been selected as an ASME Graduate Teaching Fellow for the 2013-2014 academic year. The award supports his studies in conjunction with a full teaching assistantship in the department. The fellowship is intended to encourage outstanding doctoral candidates in mechanical engineering (and related engineering fields), particularly women and minorities, to pursue an academic career.
Gates Named First Team Capital One Academic All-America
Evan Gates, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in May with a mechanical and biomedical engineering double major, was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He was recently featured in TribLive because of this achievement.
Iannucci Named Associate Dean and Director of CMU-SV
Bob Iannucci, Distinguished Service Professor at the Silicon Valley campus and the Director of the CyLab Mobility Research Center, will become the Associate Dean and Director of the Silicon Valley Campus, starting on September 1, 2013. His personal research interests include mobile and embedded computing, scalable systems, sensor networks and emergency communications systems. Dean James H. Garrett, Jr. spoke about the appointment, stating, "His extensive experience directing research activity at several internationally-recognized companies in the Silicon Valley, his stellar research reputation, and his more recent experience as an interdisciplinary educator and researcher at the CMU-SV campus, make Bob [Iannucci] ideally suited to be the Associate Dean and Director of the CMU-Silicon Valley campus."
Alum to Receive Outstanding Young Researcher Award
ChemE alumnus Christos Maravelias, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison has been selected to receive the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Computing and Systems Technology of AIChE. The award, which Maravelias will receive at the AIChE meeting in San Francisco, is given to an individual under the age of 40 to recognize outstanding contributions to the chemical engineering computing and systems technology literature.
MechE Grads Step Up to StartUp
MechE grads Matt Stanton and Hahna Alexander have started SolePower, a company to bring their invention–a power-generating shoe insert–to market. The waterproof insole can be slipped into a shoe to power a battery that is stored outside the shoe, and that can be detached to charge devices. SolePower was featured on WTAE Channel 4, in PopCity, in CNET and on Discovery News.
Cagan Named Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Jon Cagan, the George Tallman and Florence Barrett Ladd Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will take on the role of Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for CIT, effective immediately. As the Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for CIT, Jon will serve as CIT’s liaison to the new CMU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). In this role, he will seek to bring greater visibility to all aspects of I&E in the college; work with CIE to create programs that will promote increased I&E; help to develop an overall strategy for better integration and coordination of I&E initiatives across all campuses of the college, especially our Silicon Valley campus; communicate any I&E education or funding opportunities; and leverage his work on innovation education and practice in seeking new I&E opportunities for CIT.
Dale Awarded for Best Ph.D. Presentation
EPP doctoral student Amy Dale and Alberto Garcia won the best Ph.D. presentation award at the Technology, Management & Policy (TMP) consortium hosted by TPP at MIT earlier this month. The presentation was on modeling the environmental fate and transport of nanosilver (with a focus on sediments) for the purposes of risk assessment.
Gaspard a Finalist for 2013 Cartier Women's Initiative
Former BME Ph.D. student Sanna Gaspard was selected as one of the three finalists representing North America in the 2013 Cartier Women's Initiative, an international business plan competition. Her plan is about a low-cost, high-tech device that she developed as a Ph.D. student. The device is able to monitor early-stage pressure ulcers.
Peha Receives Brown Engineering Medal
Jon Peha, a professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, received the Brown Engineering Medal and spoke at the graduation for Brown University’s College of Engineering.
Graduate Students Hack To Another Win at AngelHack
A team of CMU-SV students hacked their way to two API prizes at AngelHack Silicon Valley. The team, which included Software Engineering graduate students Owen Chu, Clyde Li, Kate Liu, David Liu, and Sean Xiao in addition to Ph.D. student Yuan Tian, impressed the judges with their app, Sticky. Companies host competitions using their products through the Sticky site, attracting users to vote on their favorite products and receive coupons from the company. The companies then receive demographic information on their voters.
iStep Team Travels to Bangalore
This summer, Madelyn "Maddie" Gioffre (CEE, BME), Vivek Nair (ECE) and Aditya Kodkany (ECE) are part of the iStep team that is in Bangalore, India working with the Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind on assistive technology projects. The team is busy developing new games and exercises for the Braille Writing Tutor, a small device that helps blind children learn how to write in Braille. They are also working on performing a needs assessment for a new school for children with multisensory disabilities.
Rabin Elected to Board of American College of Cryosurgery
Yoed Rabin, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was elected as a Member of the Board of Directors for the American College of Cryosurgery. According to the ACC's website, the group "strives to foster advancements in cryomedicine and ablative therapies by providing a scientific forum for the exchange of ideas and methodology for cryosurgery and related sciences."
Haslett Elected Treasurer of Administration Professionals
Sue Haslett, Executive Assistant to the Dean, has been elected Treasurer of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. She will begin her term in September 2013.
Nguyen Creates Winning Pebble App
Evernote and Honda recently joined together to hold their first design hackathon in Silicon Valley over the course of three days. CMU-SV Ph.D. student Le Nguyen and his teammate, Weiyi Liu, chose to hack with the Pebble API and won their category for the app BeSafe. BeSafe allows users to share their location and audio info simply by touching a button on the Pebble watch. Especially useful in emergency situations, users can also directly call someone for help.
Acquisti Presented at TEDGlobal 2013
Alessandro Acquisti presented at the four-day TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The conference explores international ideas, issues and creativity. His talk, "The Battle Between Public and Private," discussed how blurry the boundary between the two have become in recent years and suggested that privacy tradeoffs are coming as a result of the analysis of big data.
Ilic, Xie and Liu Publish New Book
ECE and EPP Professor Marija Ilic, ECE alumnus Le Xie and ECE Ph.D. candidate Qixing Liu have co-edited a new Springer book titled Engineering IT-Enabled Sustainable Electricity Services: The Tale of Two Low-Cost Green Azores Islands, now available through amazon.com. This book is perhaps the first-of-its-kind model-based illustration of changes in current operations and planning practices necessary to enable robust integration of renewable resources without increasing long-term electricity service cost.
Obituary: Alumnus M. Lucius Walker Jr.
MechE alumnus M. Lucius Walker Jr. (E'58, '66), a member of the Carnegie Mellon Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1982, passed away Thursday, June 6. He was a professor at Howard University for nearly forty years, and served as Howard's dean of engineering for more than 20 years before retiring in 2002. He published many scientific research articles covering topics such as transportation systems analysis, fluid mechanics and bioengineering.
Tsamitis Talks About Keeping Kids Safe Online
Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the Information Networking Institute, was interviewed on KDKA-TV News, Pittsburgh's CBS affiliate, about children and internet safety. She discusses ways that parents can protect their children, emphasizing that educating kids about online threats is one of the best ways to keep them safe. She also talks about software that parents can download, and recommends how to set social media privacy settings for teenagers.
Five CIT Alumni Win 2013 Alumni Awards
Five CIT alumni are 2013 Carnegie Mellon Alumni Award winners: Alan Washburn (ECE'62, '63 and MCS'65), Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award; Richard Creech (CEE'84), Alumni Distinguished Service Award; Marullus Williams (INI '95), Alumni Service Award; Lenny An (ChemE'11, E&TIM'12), Student Service Award; and Sangita Sharma (MSE/BME'13), Student Service Award. They will be honored at this year's Alumni Awards ceremony on Friday, September 27, during Ceilidh Weekend. These awards recognize alumni, students and faculty for outstanding service to the university and honor alumni who have achieved exceptional success in their chosen professions.
Griss to Speak as Keynote Panelist
Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley campus director Martin Griss will be a featured plenary panelist at the 6th International Conference on Cloud Computing. With the theme "change we are leading," IEEE Cloud 2013 will be held at the Santa Clara Marriott from June 27–July 2.
CMU-SV Women Researchers Present at 2013 WITI Conference
Seven CMU-SV women engineers had their research highlighted at the The Women in Technology Foundation's (WITI) 2013 Women Powering Technology Summit. They are: Ph.D. students Irina Brinster and Priya Sundararajan; MS Software Management students Medha Ghatikesh, Aditi Modak and Lata Krishnamohan; Sophie Lebrecht, co-founder of Neon Labs, which was incubated at CMU-SV; and Professor Jia Zhang.
Energy Secretary Selects Alumnus as Advisor
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has recruited CIT alumnus Joseph Hezir as one of his advisors. Hezir worked at OMB for 18 years, and later co-founded EOP, a group focused on solving energy and environmental issues. In recent years, he has been involved in lobbying Congress about environmental concerns and nuclear energy research.
Rabin and Taylor SPARK Disruptive Innovation
MechE Professor Yoed Rabin was invited to speak on the engineering aspects of cryomedicine last week at a SPARK retreat on transplant medicine at Nemacolin Woodlands. MechE Adjunct Professor Mike Taylor also gave a presentation on hypothermic organ preservation. "SPARK Retreats: Strategic Planning for disruptive innovation @ Highmark & CMU" are part of the new partnership between Carnegie Mellon University and Highmark's newly formed Allegheny Health Network, targeting disruptive healthcare technologies.
Student Team's Paper Accepted to International Conference
A research paper by a student team–made up of INI students Shrikant Adhikarla, Divya Natesan, Isaraporn (Cherry) Kulkumjon and Matthew Schlau–has been accepted to the IEEE International Conference on Services Computing (SCC 2013). The team was advised by faculty member Jia Zhang, an associate research professor at Carnegie Mellon's Silicon Valley Campus, and NASA researchers. The topic of the piece is service oriented computing (SOC).
Dayal Awarded the EMI Leonardo Da Vinci Award
CEE Assistant Professor Kaushik Dayal has recently been awarded the ASCE 2013 EMI Leonardo Da Vinci Award for his important contributions to understanding far-from-equilibrium molecular dynamics; domain patterns in ferroelectrics; and phase transformations in peridynamics analyses.
Zhu Appointed CMU Co-Director of Joint Institute of Engineering
Jimmy Zhu, director of the Data Storage Systems Center and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been appointed as the CMU Co-Director of the SYSU-CMU Joint Institute of Engineering (JIE). The Institute is the result of a partnership between Carnegie Mellon University and Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) of China, which will expand and strengthen engineering education and research in Guangdong Province, China.
CEE Students Develop Structure for FMS
Every year, CEE's "Design and Construction" course, taught by Lawrence "Larry" Cartwright, allows students to get hands-on experience constructing a space that will make CMU's campus even better. This year, the students focused on a problem developed by the construction of the Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall: Facility Management Services (FMS) needed to find a new space to store the electric vehicles it uses to maintain the campus. The students designed a structure for FMS to solve this problem.
CMU-SV Students Place Second at Tizen Hack Competition
A team of Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley (CMU-SV) students won second place for an application they built at the recent Tizen Hack Competition. The app advertises information about recruiting events and was developed by David Liu, Sky Hu, Clyde Li, David Liu, Sean Xiao and Sungho Cho.
Stillo Named to Academic All-America Division III Team
Swimmer and recent CIT graduate Breanna Stillo has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Women's At-Large Team (first team). Stillo, a conference champion in the 200-yard medley relay and three-time school-record holder, graduated in May with a 4.0 GPA in biomedical and mechanical engineering.
Zejnilovic Presents Poster about Algorithms in Networks
Sabina Zejnilovic, a student in the Carnegie Mellon | Portugal Program, recently presented a poster about algorithms in networks at the Inaugural Symposium of the program. Sabina states she "discovered that some slower algorithms are in fact more efficient than the faster ones, as they require overall less communication to achieve the same goal."
Peña Awarded Scholarship for Sustainable Energy Finance
Ivonne Peña, a dual degree Ph.D. Student in Engineering and Public Policy, was awarded one of five available scholarships to participate in the Summer Academy on Sustainable Energy Finance held July 14-19, 2013 by the Frankfurt Finance School and the UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance. This is a highly competitive program, directed towards professionals and experts from different disciplines that work on areas related with financing climate change solutions.
Fedder Named to New Position of Associate Dean for Research
Gary Fedder has been appointed to the newly-created position of Associate Dean for Research, effective July 1, 2013. The Associate Dean for Research's main responsibilities will be to identify major college-wide research opportunities, steward–and in some cases lead–the development of proposals for such opportunities, and to help build and manage a small group of professionals who will assist the Associate Dean and CIT PIs in responding to major research opportunities. Fedder will continue as director of ICES with support from an associate director to be appointed.
Bielak Elected USACM Fellow
Jacobo Bielak, the Paul Christiano University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics. The Fellows Award recognizes individuals with a distinguished record of research, accomplishment and publication in areas of computational mechanics and demonstrated support of the USACM through membership and participation in the association, its meetings and activities. Bielak is currently a member of the Executive Council of the Association.
CMU | Portugal Alumnus Receives Best Young Teacher Award
Denzil Ferreira, alumnus of the Carnegie Mellon | Portugal program, received the Best Young Teacher Award from the University of Oulu in Finland, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing. Ferreira received this award due to his "contribution to developing training material and facilitating student projects on two courses: Human-Computer Interaction and Mobile & Social Computing."
Pileggi Writes Historical Novel
Leah Pileggi, professional assistant in ECE, has written Prisoner 88, a historical novel for middle-school readers. Prisoner 88 tells the story of a courageous boy who faces danger and finds friendship under unusual circumstances. The book is inspired by an actual 10-year-old boy who served time in the Idaho Territorial Penitentiary in the 1880's. Prisoner 88 will be available August 1, and it can be pre-ordered now through Charlesbridge, Barnes and Noble or Amazon.
Acquisti Quoted in Wired UK
CyLab's Alessandro Acquisti talked to Wired UK about the future of facial recognition software in an article about a wearable device that helps the user identify people. He states that this sort of technology will likely begin by providing the names of people the user has already met and then move on to later be able to identify strangers.
Evans Partners with Sierra Ventures on CIO Survey Report
Sierra Ventures recently partnered with Stuart Evans of Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley and the Sierra CIO Advisory Board, which includes Fortune 500 CIOs and CTOs, to produce its CIO Survey Report, "Seizing Opportunity – The Transition from Legacy to Innovation in Enterprise IT." The report is the first in a series that identifies pain points and opportunities for CIOs to increase innovation in IT enterprise.
Mauter Named Wimmer Fellow
EPP professor Meagan Mauter has been selected as one of the 2013-2014 Wimmer Faculty Fellows at the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and Educational Innovation. This program is designed for junior faculty members interested in enhancing their teaching through concentrated work with an Eberly consultant. The Wimmer program, now in its eighth year, is supported by a grant from the Wimmer Family Foundation. This grant provides a stipend to each fellow to acknowledge the intellectual work it takes to be an effective educator.
McHenry Gives Keynote Address
On May 21, Michael McHenry, a professor of Materials Science Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, gave the keynote address at "Frontiers in Science" held at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL): "Fundamentals, Applications and Challenges of Soft Magnetic Materials."
Schlesinger Quoted in WSJ
T.E. (Ed) Schlesinger, Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently quoted in a piece in The Wall Street Journal about money laundering. He states how there is currently no technology that could effectively identify money laundering.
Vancouver Sun Quotes Dean Garrett
The Vancouver Sun talked with James H. Garrett, Jr., Dean of the College of Engineering and Thomas Lord Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, about a recent bridge collapse in Washington state. The accident was caused by a truck hitting part of the bridge's steel framework. Garrett discusses what it means that the bridge had been deemed "structurally obsolete," explaining that while structurally obsolete bridges are considered safe, they do have certain imperfections. The article also mentions that Garrett and his colleagues are researching ways to retrofit older bridges with measuring devices that could help prevent accidents.
Balebako Wins Google Scholarship
Rebecca Balebako, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, has been named a Google Anita Borg Scholar. Thirty students from North America were selected, six of which attend Carnegie Mellon University.
Diversity Magazine Features INI Director and Student
The summer issue of Diversity/Careers in Engineering and Information Technology Magazine offers a focus on college and shines a spotlight on two members of the INI's community, INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis and recent graduate Trenton Johnson. In an article on graduate school titled "IT and CS grad students prepare for leadership roles," the director describes the diverse student body at the INI. From the INI's Class of 2013, Trenton Johnson is highlighted in the article for his pursuit of the Master of Science in Information Technology-Mobility (MSIT-MOB).
Jenn's Work Recognized
EPP Ph.D. student Alan Jenn recently presented his paper, which was co-authored with Christian Blanco, William Chernicoff and EPP Professor Inês Azevedo, at the 2013's International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technologies. He won third place for best student paper. Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, standards were recently passed as a joint effort between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions of passenger cars and light trucks. The paper examines the effects of this policy on the future vehicle fleet mix, broken down by vehicle class and vehicle type, specifically improving on earlier works by capturing consumer behavior.
CEE's Mitch Small Chairs NAS Discussion Panel
Mitchell Small, the NAS committee chair and a professor of civil and environmental engineering, moderated a discussion on a survey of concerns about lesser-studied drilling issues including impacts on rural quality of life, domestic animals, industry transparency and social justice. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quoted Small about how the discussion was beneficial because it allowed scientists to clarify what they know about shale gas drilling and what topics require further study.
Zhang Chosen for Gallagher Young Investigator Award
The U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics awarded MechE Professor Jessica Zhang the 2013 Gallagher Young Investigator Award "for pioneering research in high-fidelity geometric modeling and mesh generation with broad interdisciplinary finite element applications in computational biomedicine, material sciences and engineering." The Gallagher Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding accomplishments, particularly outstanding published papers, by researchers of 40 years or younger. The Gallagher medal and cash award are supported by John Wiley & Sons in recognition of Richard H. Gallagher, the founding editor of the International Journal of Numerical Methods in Engineering.
Biegler Named Head of Chemical Engineering
Lorenz (Larry) T. Biegler will become Department Head of Chemical Engineering, effective November 1, 2013. Biegler, both a university professor and an NAE member, is in his 32nd year as a member of the ChemE faculty, starting as an assistant professor in 1981 and advancing through academic ranks to his current appointment as the Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering. His research interests lie in computer aided process engineering (CAPE) and include flowsheet optimization, optimization of systems of differential and algebraic equations, reactor network synthesis and algorithms for constrained, nonlinear process control.
DuCarme Named to 2013 PING Mid-Atlantic Region
Chemical engineering sophomore Ben DuCarme was named to the 2013 PING Mid-Atlantic Region team by the Golf Coaches Association of America. He is the eleventh Tartan to make the team. He played nineteen rounds and averaged 77.6 per round, making five finishes in the top 10. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on the story.
INI Administrative Coordinator Completes Degree
Marilú Lundeen, an administrative coordinator at the Information Networking Institute (INI), received her bachelor's degree in Hispanic Studies with an additional major in European studies on Sunday. The full-time staff member started taking classes in 2003 while working as the coordinator of Latin American Activities for the late Paul Goodman at the Tepper School of Business. Lundeen said that she "loved the contact with people and classes that were creative, such as 'Political Drama in Spain' and 'Acting for Nonmajors' as well as art classes on 'Picasso' and the 'Ballets Russes.' It was a fresh breath to do something so different and self-fulfilling in my life. ... It's been challenging, but very fun." Prior to earning her CMU degree, Lundeen earned an associate's degree in applied science in 1989.
2013 Meeting of the Minds Award Winners Announced
A number of CIT students were recognized with awards at the Meeting of the Minds, the university's annual undergraduate research symposium. They include: Canute Haroldson (MechE), Alcoa Undergraduate Research Awards, Third Place for "Project Loci: Tangible Interactions with Information Systems"; Neil Abcower (ECE), Boeing Blue Skies Award, First Place for "Low-Level Position Control for the Omni-Directional Bases in a Manufacturing Environment"; Spencer Barton (ECE), Steven Cunningham (MechE), David Lu (ECE), and Rudina Morina (ECE and BME), Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry Award, Second Place for "Mechanical Logic"; Alan Fu (BME and MSE) and Siri Amrit Ramos (MechE), Johnson and Johnson Undergraduate Research Award, Second Place for "Re-designing the Epinephrine Auto Injector"; Adewale Desalu (ECE), Brooke Gladstone (MSE), Sohini Roy (MSE), Andre Sutanto (MechE), Ramyata Upmaka (MSE), Johnson and Johnson Undergraduate Research Award, Third Place for "Scottie Dock: A Mobility Assist Device for Manual Wheelchair Users"; Mikio David (MechE), Richard Schoenwald Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Research Prize, Third Place for "The Design and Optimization of Lorentz Force Driven Engines"; Juan Infante (MSE), SRC-URO Poster Competition, First Place for "Fabrication and Resistive Switching of Ruddlesden-Popper Oxide"; Niharika Singh (ECE), SRC-URO Poster Competition, Second Place for "Joint Logic Restructuring and Pin Reordering against PBTI and NBTI inducted Degradation in 22nm Technologies"; Andrea Pickel (MechE), SRC-URO Poster Competition, Third Place for "Thermal and Thermomechanical Modeling of Solder/Magnetic Nanocomposites for Area-Array Packaging"; Yunhao Young (ECE), Statistics Competition, First Place (Poster) for "Estimating the Hubble Telescope ACS Point Spread Function through Statistical Methods"; Elissa Goldner (CEE), Agnieszka Marszalik (CEE), Toyota Ideas for Good Scholars Award for "Regional Economic Impact on the Twin Ridges Wind Farm"; Karthik Nagarajan (Econ and MechE), Undergraduate Economics Program (UEP) Competition, Second Place (tie) for "School Choice: Diversity Constraints"; Albert Liang (ChemE), Undergraduate Environmental Research Award, Runner Up for "Quantitative Characterization of Physical Solvents using Raman Spectroscopy and Modeling for Pre-Combustion CO2 Capture"; Sarah Ramp (CEE), Undergraduate Environmental Research Award, Runner Up for "Implementing a Stormwater Sustainability Ratings System for Distressed and Vacant Urban Properties."
Students' Research Presented at WiSec Conference
A technical paper by a Carnegie Mellon team was accepted by The Sixth ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec). INI student Shrikant Adhikarla (MS23), ECE student Min Suk Kang along with Silicon Valley faculty member Patrick Tague, assistant research professor at the INI and CyLab, authored the paper, titled "Selfish Manipulation of Cooperative Cellular Communications via Channel Fabrication." WiSec is a major industry conference that took place April 17-19 in Budapest, Hungary.
CBS Pittsburgh Features Culinary Mechanics Course
MechE's Phil LeDuc recently spoke with CBS Pittsburgh about his new course on culinary mechanics. The course involves having students study how engineering influences the taste of food, such as how carrots cut with dull blades taste differently from those cut with a sharp blade. This year, students in the class produced an easily-portable french toast bite that has a bubble of syrup inside. Read more about this course.
Matthews to Serve on BEST
EPP faculty member Scott Matthews has been elected to serve on the board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST). BEST is the National Research Council's principal unit for organizing and overseeing studies relating to environmental problems affecting human health and environmental impact and the assessment and management of related risks to human health and environment.
Stillo Receives Judith A. Resnik Award
BME senior Breanna Stillo is the recipient of the Judith A. Resnik Award, presented annually to an outstanding woman graduating in the sciences or engineering who shows promise for high achievement in her field.
Cribbs To Become Manager of Web Communications
Susie Cribbs, communications manager in the Data Storage Systems Center and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has departed from CMU to become Manager of Web Communications for Duquesne University's Office of Public Affairs. Cribbs, who earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in professional writing at CMU, was formerly the associate director of Internal Communications at Carnegie Mellon, and is an active volunteer for CMU's Kiltie Band.
Savvides to Appear on 60 Minutes
Marios Savvides, assistant research professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and director of the CyLab Biometrics Center, will be on CBS' "60 Minutes" at 7 p.m. (EDT), Sunday, May 19. Savvides will be discussing his work on facial recognition in his Biometrics Lab as it relates to the recent Boston Marathon bombings. He also will address his work on PBS' "Nova" at 9 p.m. (EDT), Wednesday, May 29.
Cohon and MechE Alumnus Ralston to Speak at Commencement
Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon, who is also a professor of civil and environmental engineering, has announced that he will give the keynote address at this year's commencement ceremony, and that mechanical engineering alumnus Aron Ralston (E'97) will be sharing the stage with him as a keynote speaker. Many know Ralston from the Oscar-nominated Hollywood movie 127 Hours, which was based on his book Between a Rock and a Hard Place. He has inspired millions not just with his story of survival in Blue John Canyon 10 years ago, but through his life of adventure, commitment and genuine human decency.
Kitchin to Attend China-America Symposium
ChemE Professor John Kitchin is attending the 2013 China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in Beijing, China from May 15-17. The symposium is designed to promote international and cross-disciplinary collaboration, promote innovation in engineering and help develop a network of engineers who excel in their field. Kitchin will present his research on carbon dioxide capture, water splitting, computational materials design and computing in engineering.
Horner and Vaishnav Selected for USAEE Case Competition
EPP students Nathaniel Horner and Parth Vaishnav have been, for the second year in a row, selected as the top runners for the student case competition organized by the United States Associate for Energy Economics (USAEE). Last year, the two won second place.
Thacker, Pioneering Computing Designer, Speaks at CMU-SV
Chuck Thacker spoke at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley’s (CMU-SV) Talks on Computing Systems (TOCS) series on April 30, 2013. In his talk, Thacker led an audience of software engineering graduate students down memory lane, describing the inner workings of Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in the 1970s. Reflecting on the Alto and the laboratory that produced it, Thacker shared his thoughts on the relevance and lessons of a forty-year old technology for the 21st century of aspiring software leaders.
Erra-Hernandez Named UAA Most Outstanding Field Performer
MSE junior Zachary Erra-Hernandez was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Most Outstanding Performer in the field events, as announced Wednesday, May 1. Erra-Hernandez won two UAA titles and claimed a second-place finish while helping the Tartans finish second at the UAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Chi Epsilon Inducts Three New Members
The Chi Epsilon Carnegie Mellon Chapter inducted three new members this spring: CEE undergraduate students Jeffie Chang ('14), Jennifer Chan ('13) and Melissa Daly ('13). Chi Epsilon is the National Civil Engineering honor society in the United States. The organization honors engineering students who have exemplified the principles of "Scholarship, Character, Practicality and Sociability" in the civil engineering profession.
Meeting of the Minds Poster Competition Winners Announced
The winners of the 2013 Meeting of the Minds CIT Senior Honors Research Project Poster Competition were recently announced. First place went to Nathaniel Ondeck (ChemE/BME) for his project "Selective Adsorption on Chiral Nanoparticles." ECE's Evan Quirk received second place for "Quantum Dot Microdisk Lasers for HAMR." Third place went to Sangita Sharma (MSE/BME) for "Self-Assembly and Strength Toughening of Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticle Thin Films Due to Homopolymer Addition."
Pittsburgh Children's Museum Hosts Exhibit by Cranor
The Pittsburgh Children's Museum is hosting an exhibit of six quilts made by Associate Professor Lorrie Faith Cranor. Cranor, who has joint appointments at the Institute for Software Research, the Engineering and Public Policy Department and CyLab, is on sabbatical this semester and is a fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. The exhibit, which is on the yellow wall opposite the "Garage" room, includes a quilt she based on an art installation called "More Light" by Dick Esterle in the museum's great dome. See photos of the exhibit and read more on her blog.
CMU-SV Team Places First in HTML5 Hackathon
Campus Technology reported on CMU-SV's first HTML5 Hackathon, in which a team of five CMU-SV students won first place for their CoCoDojo app. They also won the Microsoft-sponsored Audience Favorite prize and took home $500 from Yahoo!, $200 from Microsoft and an array of other sponsored gifts. The team consisted of Sky Hu, Lydian Lee, Clyde Li, Sean Xiao and Dan Fortner. Their product, a "Collaborative Coding Dojo," allowed several users to simultaneously program together and also featured a virtual whiteboard for brainstorming. Read more about the CMU-SV HTML5 Hackathon.
PA University/Industry Partnership Funds Advanced Manufacturing Research
Since receiving state funding last year, the Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania (RAMP) development program has been providing small incentive grants to innovative research projects in manufacturing. Managed by Carnegie Mellon University through ICES and Lehigh University, RAMP recently awarded 17 grants to faculty-led teams at CMU, Lehigh University and the Pennsylvania State University, each project partnering academic researchers with a Pennsylvania company. One of the many partner companies is Jay Whitacre's Aquion Energy, Inc.
CMU-SV Holds Fireside Chat with Prasad Setty and Stuart Evans
Carnegie Mellon University and the San Francisco Bay Area Alumni Chapter recently hosted the first Gateway to Silicon Valley Fireside Chat with Stuart Evans, CMU-SV Distinguished Service Professor, and Prasad Setty, Google’s Vice President of People Analytics & Compensation, at the CMU Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View, California. The Fireside Chat dealt with several initiatives of Google’s People Organization, including Project Oxygen, an effort to build a better manager and identify what makes a good leader.
Sinopoli Plays Role in Bringing New Technology to Market
ECE Associate Professor Bruno Sinopoli has joined forces with Seco USA Inc. and AidiLab to promote UDOO, a tiny, single-board computer that integrates two processors and bridges the gap between Arduino microcontrollers and the Raspberry Pi single-board computer. UDOO aims to facilitate rapid prototyping of professional solutions and support teaching activities related to physical computing, Internet of Things and interaction design.
Hug Wins 2013 IEEE PES Outstanding Young Engineer Award
Gabriela Hug, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has won the 2013 IEEE PES Outstanding Young Engineer Award. The award recognizes young engineers who have made outstanding contributions in the leadership of technical activities. Hug will be recognized in a ceremony in Vancouver, Canada on July 23.
CIT Intramural Soccer Team Wins CMU IM Soccer Tournament
A team of seven CEE grad students and one BME grad student won the CMU Intramural Indoor Soccer Tournament. The team, called Civilization, beat Fuego FC 6-2 on the evening of April 25 after winning the semifinals with a score of 10-3. Civilization includes CEE students Arka Roy, Mehmet Kosa, Navid Kazem, Suman Giri, and Neil Patel and BME student Tyson Montidoro. The team's captains are CEE students Milad Memarzadeh and Enze Li.
Leitch Awarded GROW Travel Grant
CEE grad student Megan Leitch has been selected by the National Science Foundation and the Academy of Finland for a Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) travel grant to conduct research at Aalto University in Helsinki. Leitch plans to analyze the suitability of nanocellulose aerogels for use in membrane water desalination.
Alum Named Chief Operating Officer for dck Worldwide LLC
CEE alumnus Joseph G. Belechak (E '81) has recently been promoted to chief operating officer, a new position, at Pittsburgh-based contractor dck Worldwide LLC. Since joining dck Worldwide in September 2012, he has been senior vice president of strategy and operational excellence. Belechak has 25 years of experience in the energy (nuclear, electric and gas), consulting, energy services and communications industries.
Chase Selected as Wimmer Faculty Fellow
BME's Steve Chase has been selected as a CMU Wimmer Faculty Fellow for 2013-2014, designed for junior faculty members to enhance their teaching through designing a course, innovating new materials or exploring a new pedagogical approach.
Fallin Earns Qualcomm Fellowship Honorable Mention
Fourth-year ECE Ph.D. student Chris Fallin has earned an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Award competition. Working with Dr. William D. and Nancy W. Strecker Early Career Professor Onur Mutlu, Fallin and his project partner, SCS's Gennady Pekhimenko, are investigating energy-efficient core microarchitecture, with a specific focus on heterogeneity within the core in order to better adapt to different application types.
New Dean's Early Career Fellowship Recipients Announced
Kaushik Dayal (Assistant Professor in CEE), Franz Franchetti (Associate Research Professor in ECE), Erica Fuchs (Associate Professor in EPP) and John Kitchin (Associate Professor in ChemE) are the first recipients of the newly-established Dean’s Early Career Fellowship. The awards were established by Dean Garrett in Spring 2013 to recognize junior faculty members. Candidates are nominated by their Department Head and reviewed by the CIT Faculty Review Committee, who then make recommendations to the Dean.
Griss Delivers Talk on Smart Communities
Director of Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley campus Martin Griss gave a talk at the Palo Alto Colloquia, part of Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center (ATC). Griss' talk, "Making Smart Communities Resilient," focused on recent activities at the campus' Disaster Management Initiative (DMI) to develop interoperable technologies in efforts to empower and connect citizens in communities, first responders and emergency managers in a disaster situation.
Selker to Give Talks at SIGCHI Paris and ENSCI Les Ateliers
Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley's Distinguished Service Professor Ted Selker will give a joint talk with Annie Gentes of Télécom ParisTech on April 24th, 2013 in Paris, France. Their talk will introduce ideas for how to incorporate social awareness into the design of information systems and artifacts. The pair will also be giving a talk about how models and prototypes are a part of the poetic dimension in the process of design at ENSCI Les Ateliers, a French design school.
Robinson Named Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor
Allen Robinson, Head and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been named the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor in Mechanical Engineering. Robinson is also a Professor in Engineering and Public Policy and a member of the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies. Robinson is not only an outstanding educator, but also his research focus on the atmospheric transformation of particulate matter emissions from cars, trucks, and other combustion systems will have a lasting impact on our environment. The Lane Professorship was endowed by Ray and Stephanie Lane in memory of Ray Lane’s late father, a graduate of Mechanical Engineering at CMU.
Bielak Named Paul Christiano Professor of CEE
Jacobo Bielak, University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been named the Paul Christiano Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Bielak, an NAE member since 2010, has made important and lasting contributions to both education and research in earthquake engineering. The Paul Christiano Professorship was made possible through the generosity of a group of donors who endowed the professorship in recognition of Christiano’s significant and enduring contributions to Civil and Environmental Engineering, CIT and the university.
Moura Named Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor of Engineering
José Moura, University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named the Philip and Marsha Dowd Professor of Engineering. In addition to his commitment to his students and his research, Moura has served as a co-founder and co-director of the Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructures Research (CenSCIR). He also founded and directs the Information and Communications Technologies Institute that manages the Carnegie Mellon | Portugal Program.
MIT Technology Review Talks to Savvides
In a recent article about ways in which suspects from the bomb attacks in Boston could have been identified from poor photographs, MIT Technology Review discusses Marios Savvides' research. His work allows for low-quality pictures, or even pictures in which the suspect is partially turned away, to be improved to the point where facial recognition software has a much greater chance of identifying the individual.
Researchers Awarded PITA Grant
CEE Professors Jeanne VanBriesen and David Dzombak have recently been awarded research funding from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA). VanBriesen and Dzombak will be collaborating with ChemE's Meagan Mauter, Aquatech, a Pennsylvania company led by CEE Alumnus Venkee Sharma (E' 87), and CEE graduate student Lauren Strahs. The team will evaluate a recently developed organic carbon characterization method, Parallel Factor Analysis of Fluorescence Spectroscopy, as a way to better predict membrane fouling potential in wastewaters.
CIT Students Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
CEE PhD students George Lederman and Joe Moore along with MechE students Lizmarie Comenencia-Ortiz and Chris McCombhave have been awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF). This competitive fellowship supports their research efforts and studies for three years and provides international research and professional development opportunities. The GRF Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States Institutions. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers.
Time Magazine Highlights CMU and NAMII
The cover story of the most recent edition of Time Magazine reports on the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing. It mentions towns in the Pittsburgh region are home to companies developing specialized metals, robotics and bioengineering thanks in part to their proximity to the "engineering powerhouse" of CMU. The article also highlights CMU's involvement with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
Alum Named eBay's VP of Customer Optimization and Data
eBay has named CIT alumnus Zoher Karu as its first Vice President of Customer Optimization and Data. Karu will be responsible for providing customers with a more personal experience. He previously worked as the Vice President of Marketing Analytics and Insight for Sears.
Alum Writes Piece Published in CNNMoney
David Kelley, who received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from CIT in 1973, wrote a piece published in CNNMoney about how he began his company IDEO. IDEO is a design firm that has helped produce products such as the Apple mouse and Proctor and Gamble's Swiffer.
Researchers Win IEEE Donald O. Pederson Best Paper Award
A team of ECE researchers and their collaborators have won the IEEE Donald O. Pederson Best Paper Award. The paper was part of ECE alumnus Wangyang Zhang's Ph.D. work with his advisors Assistant Professor Xin Li and Adjunct Professor Rob Rutenbar. Collaborators included ECE Professor Shawn Blanton, and IBM's Frank Liu and Emrah Acar. Their paper describes a new methodology for modeling spatial variations of silicon wafers from a minimum set of measurement data.
Pittsburgh Business Times Announces Energy Leadership Winners
The Pittsburgh Business Times has recently announced the winners of their 2013 Energy Leadership Awards: Aquion Energy, which was founded by EPP and MSE professor Jay Whitacre, and MechE alumnus Rich Fiztgerald (E '81). Whitacre is also the CTO of Aquion Energy. The Energy Leadership Awards are designed to recognize individuals and organizations that are creating new opportunities in the Pittsburgh region's energy sector.
Marculescu Named ELATE Fellow
ECE Professor Diana Marculescu has been named a 2013-2014 fellow in the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) program, a national leadership development program designed to advance senior women faculty in academic engineering, computer science and related fields into effective institutional leadership roles within their schools and universities. A program of Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine, ELATE is an intense full-year, part-time fellowship program tailored to the needs of faculty women in engineering and technology.
IEEE Computer Society Honors Gligor
Virgil D. Gligor, the co-director of CyLab and an ECE professor, was recently honored by the IEEE Computer Society. He was one of five technologists to receive a 2013 Technical Achievement Award.
Bielak Presents at T.T. Soong Student Lecture Series
CEE Professor Jacobo Bielak recently presented at the T.T. Soong Student Lecture in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE) at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His talk discussed the use of Hercules, a code developed by the CMU Quake group to model the initiation, path and effects of an earthquake as well as the Domain Reduction Method (DRM), a methodology for incorporating the incoming seismic motion into the analysis of the earthquake response of civil infrastructure in a localized region.
WPTV.com Features Alumnus' Innovative Product
A recent article on WPTV.com featured MechE alumnus Jonathan Buford and his $200 MakiBox 3-D printer. Buford explained that he was interested in making a 3-D printer that is more affordable for consumers, and he's curious about how people will use these devices.
Fenves Travel Grants Awarded
The Steven J. Fenves Travel Grant was created to provide students the opportunity to travel to professional conferences in order to present a paper discussing their research. The following students have been awarded support to attend various conferences over the summer months: Yuxin Wang, Arka Roy, Xue Yang, In-Soo Jung, Sumon Giri, Vaibhav Agrawal and Prashant Jha.
Rajagopal's Work Highlighted in NewScientist
NewScientist recently wrote an article about a device developed by ECE doctoral student Niranjini Rajagopal and his colleagues. The device monitors electricity usage through electromagnetic waves with 98% accuracy, which can help consumers decrease their electricity bills without having to buy expensive smart appliances.
Alumnus to Chair EPA Committee
EPP alumnus H. Christopher Frey (E '91), Distinguished University Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been appointed by US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to chair the independently chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) for two years.
Alum Named to List of Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executives
CIT alumnus Kevin Joy (E'89) was recently named to Diversity MBA Magazine's list of 2012 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executives. Joy was active in Carnegie Mellon's black student organization Spirit during his undergraduate work, and later during his time at Goldman Sachs, he co-championed one of the teams responsible for diversity in recruiting. Today, he is settled into a job at Heartland Funds, in charge of institutional client development.
Anumanchipalli Receives IEEE Spoken Language Processing Student Grant
Gopala Anumanchipalli, a dual degree doctoral student in Language Technologies at Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and Carnegie Mellon University, was the recipient of one of two IEEE Spoken Language Processing Student Grants for his paper at the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP-2013). The paper is titled A Style Capturing Approach to F0 transformation in Voice Conversion.
New Facilities Reflect Commitment to CMU | Portugal’s Mission
The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI), a not-for-profit innovation institution, which was created in the scope of the Carnegie Mellon | Portugal Program in 2009, opened its new facilities on March 22, 2013. The new space will welcome faculty, researchers and students, as well as support services, and will continue to host research on computer science and human-computer interaction. It is expected that the facilities will help M-ITI in joining the best institutions in Europe working in this area.
EPP Students Receive NSF Fellowships
EPP doctoral students Leslie Abrahams and Casey Canfield have been selected to receive 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowships.
NYTimes Features Acquisti
The New York Times recently featured CyLab's Alessandro Acquisti in an article about users and privacy. The article discussed a number of Acuisti's studies, including a 7-year study of user behavior on Facebook. Acquisti discusses how he became interested in privacy economics, and talks about how, while users value privacy, their actions do not always protect their privacy because their immediate concerns and distractions can keep them from considering long-term consequences.
EPP Research Recognized by ERL
Two papers written by EPP individuals have been recognized as being among the best papers published by Environmental Research Letters in 2012. They include a paper co-authored by EPP professors Jay Apt and David Keith, entitled "Cost analysis of stratospheric albedo modification delivery systems," and another by Vanessa Schweizer (EPP PhD '10) and Elmar Kriegler (EPP visiting scholar, 2006-08). Schweizer and Kriegler examined the internal consistency of the prolific IPCC SRES scenarios and found wide variation in their internal consistency. They also found that, in the absence of climate policy, futures with high carbon dioxide emissions had strong internal consistency under a variety of socioeconomic assumptions, while low emissions futures did not.
CEE's Ergan and Akinci Awarded PITA Grant
CEE Assistant Research Professor Semiha Ergan and Professor Burcu Akinci have recently been awarded research funding from The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA) for their project: "Bridging Facilities Operations with Maintenance to Improve Understanding of Building System Behaviors." Their project, through integrated analysis of data, aims to better understand the behaviors of building systems and look at areas where improvements can be made to more efficiently consume energy.
Beckler Wins Grad Student Service Award
ECE Ph.D. student Matthew Beckler has been selected to receive the 2013 Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Student Service Award. Presented annually during Graduate Student Appreciation Week (this year, April 1–5), the award encourages and recognizes exemplary service to both graduate students and the university—someone who has contributed to an improved quality of life for graduate students; the entire academic community; and even, in this case, the education of Pittsburgh.
Dzombak Named to EPA's Science Advisory Board
David Dzombak, director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research and a CEE professor, has been named to the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board. The panel will assess the EPA's fracking study, which examines the five steps of hydraulic fracking and their potential risk to drinking water.
CEE Alumnus Wins ASCE Leadership Award
Christopher Ejiofor (CE '14) recently received the Student Award Foundation – American Bridge Leadership Award at the ASCE Pittsburgh Section Annual Awards Banquet. The award recognizes the emerging leaders in the engineering programs in the Pittsburgh area. Ejiofor is currently the CMU ASCE chapter president and works with freshmen helping them determine what area of engineering best suits their interests.
Lowry & Gregory Awarded 2012 Best Feature Article: ES&T
CEE professors Greg Lowry and Kelvin Gregory have recently been awarded the 2012 Best Feature Article in Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) Journal. Their article, "Transformations of Nanomaterials in the Environment," explores various scenarios of nanomaterials' impact on the environment once they have been released. The awarded paper will also feature a video summary of their piece.
Ovon Receives "Faculty for the Future" Fellowship
EPP grad student Carol Ovon has received the 2013-2014 Schlumberger Foundation "Faculty for the Future" fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to women pursuing a degree in the physical sciences or a related discipline abroad.
CMU-SV Part of New Resource for Graduating Students
Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley is one of three universities that are a part of the launch for Collegefeed, which was co-founded by CMU-SV graduate Aman Khanna. Collegefeed is a new social site that helps students and recent graduates get connected with employers and allows employers to get to know applicants better than they can in a short interview. CMU-SV students can utilize the resource during their job search. Read more about Collegefeed.
CMU-SV Students Place in Top 10 at EA Hackathon
Three teams from Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley placed in the top 10 at the Electronic Arts (EA) Hackathon. The teams represented the Software Management, Ph.D. and bicoastal Information Networking Institute (INI) programs. The Ph.D. team (Eric Chen, David Huang, and Max Siniavine) placed 4th while the MS SM team (Dan Fortner, Andres Ramirez, and Petch Wannissorn) placed 7th, and the INI team (Ditaya Das, Pooja Gada, and Divya Natesan) placed 8th.
Dean's Office Launches Creative, Insightful Training Series
The CIT Dean's Office has launched the Creative, Insightful Training Series, which is designed to provide staff with continuous learning opportunities that will expand both their personal and professional growth and will strengthen our CIT staff team. The series will include workshops covering a variety of topics, from Microsoft Excel to Sponsored Research Administration. The series is part of CIT Staff Focus, which now has two components: the Professional Speakers Series and the Compelling, Insightful Training series.
Naperville Sun Features Vyas
The Naperville Sun recently interviewed MechE senior Anisha Vyas about her experience in Walt Disneys Imagineering's ImagiNations Competition, in which Vyas' team won second place. The team included MechE's Laura Laham and Andre Sutanto. The article discusses the challenges that the competition poses to students, and Vyas talks about what she enjoyed most about competing. Read more about the CMU ImagiNations Team.
Follow the Construction of Scott Hall
Watch the construction of the new Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall, future home to the new Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. Several camera views of the construction are available. See the latest images and learn more about the building and the institute.
Acquisti Gives Talk at South by Southwest Interactive
CyLab's Alessandro Acquisti recently spoke at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi), which is part of the SXSW conferences that happen yearly in Austin, Texas. He discussed his research about social media security and explained that he was able to use Facebook to predict people's social security numbers with off-the-shelf facial recognition technology.
ECE Launches Technology-Enhanced Hybrid Master's Program
ECE has launched its new Technology-Enhanced Hybrid Program, which allows students to earn their master's degree in ECE without being a residential student for all semesters they're registered in the program. Unlike the department's traditional residential programs, which require students to take courses in person at a Carnegie Mellon location, the Technology Enhanced Hybrid Program allows master's students to pursue a fully integrated, online experience through courses offered to both residential and remote students in the same degree program, in the same virtual classroom.
Hulu Appoints Alumnus as Acting CEO
Hulu announced that electrical and computer engineering alumnus Andy Forssell will serve as the acting CEO of the company, effective at the end of the month. Forssell has been with the company since 2007 and currently is the Senior Vice President of Content. Read about Forssell's experience at Carnegie Mellon University and his career at Hulu.
CEE Alumnus Receives ESWP's Engineer of the Year Award
CEE alumnus Tom Leech (E '69) recently received the Engineer of the Year Award from the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania. The award recognizes individuals who have significant technical and professional accomplishments that contribute to the engineering profession, and who are active in civic and community affairs. Leech has worked for Gannet-Fleming for the past 44 years and is a part-time faculty member of Penn State University. His technical advice is sought on the most complex bridge issues, and he has influenced designs on many western Pennsylvania bridges.
Majidi Receives AFSOR Young Investigator Award
MechE Professor Carmel Majidi has received one of 40 Young Investigator Research awards from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The AFOSR awards program seeks to foster basic creative research in science and engineering and enhance early career development of young outstanding investigators in the field. Majidi's research is rooted in soft robotics and active multifunctional materials.
U.S. News Ranks CIT Fifth Best Graduate Engineering School
U.S. News & World Report has released the 2014 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools" and ranked CIT as fifth in the nation for graduate engineering schools, two points better than the last ranking. Computer engineering (part of ECE) went from fourth in the nation to third, while Civil (part of CEE) moved from 11th place into 10th. MSE also was ranked higher, 12th instead of 14th, and ChemE went from 14th to 13th.
Acquisti Co-Authors a Seven-Year Study about Privacy on Facebook
CyLab's Alessandro Acquisti has co-authored a seven-year study with CMU's Ralph Gross and Fred Stutzman that found evidence of three contrasting trends in the amount of information Facebook users disclosed over time: decreasing public disclosures; abrupt changes in disclosure due to interface and policy changes; and increasing private disclosures. The 2005-2011 study is the first longitudinal study to document how privacy and disclosure evolve on social network sites over an extended period of time. Numerous media outlets have covered the study, including ABC News, The Huffington Post, and a blog in the technology section of The New York Times.
Miller Elected Fellow of AIChE
James Miller, an associate research professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in recognition of his professional achievements, significant accomplishment in the area of catalysis, and especially for his outstanding leadership and service in the Pittsburgh local section of AIChE. Miller earned his bachelor's (1977), master's (1983) and doctoral (1995) degrees from Carnegie Mellon.
Pittsburgh City Paper Features Parzych's Company
Pittsburgh City Paper recently featured MechE junior Casey Parzych, who is the president of the company Midnight Madness Distilling. Parzych started the company last year in an entrepreneurship class with CMU's Doug Heckmann and Anthony Lorubbio. The article discusses the distillery's vodka Fortis, which is made from organic, fair-trade sugar cane, and discusses how the group became interested in producing spirits.
Aquion Energy Recognized
Aquion Energy, a Carnegie Mellon University spin-off and battery technology company founded by MSE/EPP professor Jay Whitacre, has been named as one of MIT Tech Review's 50 Disruptive Companies of 2013.
ICES Participates in National Engineers Week Event
On February 22 and 23, ICES participated in the annual National Engineers Week event at the Carnegie Science Center. The ICES activity "How to Build a Bone" challenged students to construct a bone-like structure from simple materials and by following design parameters. Students then test their bones for strength by seeing how much weight they can support. National Engineers Week occurs each year in February and is designed to inspire people to explore engineering.
Alumna Named Vice Chair of Board of Directors
Kathryn J. Jackson (E'87, '90) has been elected Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for ISO New England Inc., the operator of the region's bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets. She is SVP and CTO at Westinghouse Electric Company, based in Pittsburgh.
Alla Named UAA Athlete of the Week
The Tartan recently covered CEE first-year student Abhishek Alla, who was named the University Athletic Association (UAA) Athlete of the Week for his performance the weekend of Feb. 16–17. Alla helped lead the Tartans to victory with his 2–0 dual-match record against some of the team's toughest competition to keep them at an unbeaten 6–0.
FeedZai Achieves Profitability with Application Focus
FeedZai, a startup created as a result of the Carnegie Mellon | Portugal Program and funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), has achieved profitability 18 months after its first product availability. FeedZai's new fraud prevention software protects over $85B in electronic payments per year for Global 2000 customers.
Alumna Patterson Receives Award from Tennessee Tech
CIT alumna Mary Patterson will receive Tennessee Tech's 2013 Computer Scientist of Distinction award. Patterson completed her undergraduate degree at Tennessee Tech and received her master's degree in engineering administration in 1968 from CMU. Patterson is a retiree of IBM, where she finished her career as Director of Network Consulting for the North American division.
Roy Receives 2013 Ladle & Secondary Refining Best Paper Award
The Ladle and Secondary Refining Technology Committee awarded recent MSE graduate student Debdutta Roy the 2013 Ladle and Secondary Refining Award for Best Paper for her work entitled "The Effect of Silicon on Desulfurization of Al-Killed Steels." Established in 2005, this award is presented to the author of the technical paper judged to be the best of the class by the AIST Ladle and Secondary Refining Technology Committee, which is part of the AIST Refining and Casting Technical Division. Dedbutta will receive this award at a presentation in May 2013.
Obituary: George A. Roberts
George A. Roberts (B.S. '39, M.S. '41, D.Sc. '42) passed away on February 15, 2013 in Dallas, TX at the age of 93. Roberts first worked as a metallurgist for Vanadium Alloys Steel Corporation in Latrobe, PA, eventually becoming its President. In 1966, it merged with Teledyne, Inc. where he became President and Chief Executive until his retirement. He was a former trustee of CMU and provided initial funding for the construction of the George A. Roberts Engineering Hall. Roberts Hall was opened in 1997 and, at that time, it was the first new CMU engineering building in 35 years. Dr. Roberts is survived by his wife Ellen Seay Roberts, and children George Thomas Roberts, William John Roberts, and Mary Ellen Elphick, Margaret Lorenz Griffes, son-in-law Robert Fleming See, Jr., and their children and grandchildren.
Timothy Brown Joins CMU-R
Timothy X. Brown, a professor in computer and energy engineering, has joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon in Rwanda. His research interests include adaptive network control, machine learning and wireless communication systems. Brown's projects include the role of mobility in network control of unmanned aircraft, denial of service vulnerabilities in wireless protocols, spectrum policy frameworks for cognitive radios, and indoor wireless network performance.
Russell Talks at FutureMed
ICES/BME's Alan Russell recently gave a talk on Day 5 of FutureMed, which is a program that promotes one-on-one interactions with world-class faculty in the field of medicine. Russell discussed his research and CMU's Institute for Disruptive Health Technology.
Faculty and Student Authors Awarded Best Paper at VDA 2013
Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley professors Ole J. Mengshoel and Ted Selker along with Ph.D. student Priya Sundararajan were awarded Best Paper at the 2013 Conference on Visualization and Data Analysis. Their paper, "Multi-Focus and Multi-Window Techniques for Interactive Network Exploration," was recognized along with four other papers at the conference in Burlingame, CA. The CMU-SV paper addressed the issue of comparing nodes in different parts of a network.
Students Win SPI Student Scholarship Competition
Madelyn Gioffre (CEE '15) and Natalie Peracchio (DC '15) have been awarded the third place prize in the SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association's "Plastics Mean Innovation" 2012 Student Scholarship Competition. Gioffre's and Peracchio's winning video discussed a current collaborative project with Engineers Without Borders and students across various departments. The students are developing a machine to automate the recycling process to reuse plastic bottles and create thatched roofing material to be used in Ecuador.
ICES Awards 2013 PA Junior Academy of Science Projects
This marks the fourth year that ICES has awarded middle and high school students' science projects at the annual Region 7 Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS). At this year's competition, held on Saturday, February 2, Derek Wang from North Allegheny Senior High School and Eleanor Yaruss from The Ellis School received ICES PJAS awards.
CMU-R Receives Ricoh Innovations Grant for eHealth Research
Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R) has been awarded a grant from Ricoh Innovations Inc. (RII) to advance research on information and communication technology (ICT) for healthcare in developing countries. The unrestricted grant will be used to support the research of CMU-R Assistant Professor Hedda Schmidtke and Scholar-in-Residence Suzana Brown in the area of ICT for healthcare. An article in College Technology featured the news, and quoted Bruce Krogh, CMU-R's director.
Canfield Selected to Attend NIEES Seminar
EPP doctoral student Casey Canfield has been selected to attend the The National Institute for Energy Ethics and Society (NIEES), a week-long seminar in energy research to examine ethical and societal issues associated with US energy choices. The seminar will take place at Arizona State University in early April.
Alumnus Wins App Contest
An app created by CIT alumnus Neil Soni and Whav Owolabi was one of the 20 winners of the College Knowledge Challenge, a contest that was co-hosted by the Gates Foundation and Facebook. Soni's community-centered app is called CollegeZen, and it helps prospective students find their perfect university. Soni and Owalabi are founders of the startup The College People, which aims to help prospective students, parents and education administrators.
E&TIM Students Win Social Innovation Solutions Challenge
The winning teams of the Heinz College's Social Innovation Solutions Challenge, which calls upon students to submit innovative product solutions to remedy specific social concerns, include E&TIM students: Jillian Chen is on the first place team, which developed a social media site for Latin American school teachers; Prateek Arora, whose team won for a backpack-like water transportation and filtration system, is on the second place team; Dhir Kothari, whose team won for a nutrient bar with an oral re-hydration solution, is on the third place team; and Anisha Jhaveri, Apeksha Mehta, and Ameya Bhat are on the fourth place team, which developed rehabilitation equipment for paraplegics using NASA anti-gravity technology and electric stimulation.
Peha Takes Part in Global Young Scientists Summit
The Global Young Scientists Summit, recently held in Singapore, brought together the next generation of leading researchers from around the world to rub shoulders with laureates from the fields of medicine, chemistry, and physics. The invitation-only meeting was the first such event of its kind held in the country. EPP professor Jon Peha was in attendance and spoke about the new era for radio spectrum management.
EPP Alumna Working to Fight Flooding
The Rockefeller Foundation has pledged $3 million in support of a new public-private program to help cities finance and build defense systems against severe weather events and rising sea levels. The project is a collaboration including c.dots development and CH2M Hill. EPP alumna Shalini Vajjhala is cofounder of c.dots development, a company committed to "public service and private sector innovation."
Alumni Startup ComicBin Launches iPad App
Two alumni at Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley campus have recently launched an iPad app of their startup, ComicBin, a subscription service for digital comics. Jason Goldsmith and Markus Lachinger started ComicBin after graduating in August 2012 from the MS Software Management program focused on software innovation and entrepreneurship. The ComicBin service offers accounts through Facebook and Twitter, allowing members to read comics from a growing database, then discuss and share recommendations with friends. With ComicBin's expansion into the Apple iOS Store, users can now browse and read hundreds of comics on the iPad.
EPP Research to be Presented at Upcoming Conference
Carbon capture research done by EPP faculty members Sean McCoy and Mitch Small and EPP doctoral students Olga Popova and Stephen Rose will be presented at the STGlobal 13th Annual Conference on Science & Technology in Society. Their paper is titled "Spatial stochastic modeling of sedimentary formations to assess CO2 storage potential: A case study for the Pennsylvania Part of the Appalachian Basin."
Azevedo contributes to NRC committee report
EPP Assistant Research Professor and CEDM Executive Director Ines Azevedo contributed to the recently released National Research Council (NRC) committee report on "Assessment of Advanced Solid State Lighting."
2012 CIT Faculty Award Recipients Announced
The 2012 CIT Faculty Award winners have been announced: CEE professor Jeanne VanBriesen received the Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award; ECE and EPP professor Marija Ilic received the Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research; David Brumley, a professor of electronic and computer engineering, and Adam W. Feinberg, a professor of both Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, were awarded the George Tallman Ladd Research Award; MechE professor Kenji Shimada received the Outstanding Research Award; and MechE professor Fred Higgs and ECE professor Larry Pileggi were awarded the Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award.
Goenka Receives Shri Ram Arora Award
Sumit Goenka, a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will be recognized by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) with the Shri Ram Arora Award. Goenka will receive the award at the TMS 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, on March 5.
Privacy Day Highlights Challenges and Showcases Research
At Carnegie Mellon, Data Privacy Day (January 28) was recognized with a CyLab-sponsored panel discussion and poster session. Moderated by CyLab researcher Norman Sadeh, the panel included CyLab researchers Lorrie Cranor and Jason Hong, along with computer science faculty Travis Breaux. Privacy was the overarching topic, but the discussion focused on key points regarding data collection and usage practice, and regulation.
Radu Marculescu Wins Most Influential Paper Award
ECE professor Radu Marculescu and ECE Ph.D. alumnus Jingcao Hu have earned the 10-Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award from the Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC) for their work "Energy-Aware Mapping for Tile-Based NoC Architectures Under Performance Constraints." Established in 2012 with support from the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation, the award honors the most influential paper presented at the ASP-DAC conference a decade earlier.
Small to Chair NRC Study
EPP professor Mitch Small will chair a new National Research Council (NRC) study on Risk Management and Governance Issues in Shale Gas Extraction. The Committee will oversee two workshops this summer as its principal activity.
Un-Conference Brings Together Students and Alumni
The Gathering is an annual CMUSV event that brings together students and alumni to connect, recharge and reflect on issues in the industry. The Gathering 2013 took place on January 12, and over the course of three slotted session times, students and alumni engaged in discussion over topics ranging from how to conquer coding interviews, startup prototypes, continuous deployment, Big Data, moving IT infrastructure to the cloud, to how to start a table tennis tournament on campus. Many left the conference with insight about software issues and tools gained from interfacing with peers throughout the day.
Disaster Management Expert Joins Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley
Art Botterell recently joined Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley Campus as a full-time researcher and Associate Director of the Disaster Management Initiative (DMI). Botterell is an experienced practitioner in the field of emergency information and public warning systems, with more than four decades of experience in government public safety and disaster response with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management System and Department of Defens as well as for state and local agencies and the United Nations Development Program.
Grover Wins Leonard G. Abraham Prize
New ECE faculty member Pulkit Grover earned the Leonard G. Abraham Prize from the IEEE Communications Society. Presented annually, the award honors the best original paper published in any journal financially sponsored or co-sponsored by the society in the past three years. Grover's paper, "Towards a Communication-Theoretic Understanding of System-Level Power Consumption," co-authored with Kristen Woyach and Anant Sahai, appeared in the September 2011 issue of the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications.
Holm Named President of TMS
Elizabeth Holm, a professor of materials science and engineering, will become president of The Minerals Metals & Materials Society in March. She explains she will focus on bringing new people to the society. Holm's new role as president was featured in TribLive.
INI Alumna Among the Team That Devised Grammar-Aware Password Cracker
A team led by INI alumna Ashwini Rao (MS21), a software engineering Ph.D. student in the Institute for Software Research, developed a password-cracking algorithm that took into account grammar and tested it against 1,434 passwords containing 16 or more characters. The grammar-aware cracker surpassed other state-of-the-art password crackers when passwords had grammatical structures, with 10 percent of the data set cracked exclusively by the team's algorithm.
Happy Groundhog Day! Alum is Part of Phil's Inner Circle
CEE alumnus Jason Grusky (CE '95) is a member of Phil's Inner Circle, a top-hatted group of Punxsutawney local dignitaries in charge of planning the annual festivities and ensuring that Punxsutawney Phil (who in the off-season lives in the town library with his "wife" Phyllis) stays content and well-fed. The Inner Circle was created in the early 1960's to oversee Groundhog Day and uphold its traditions.
First Class in Master of IT Strategy Graduates
Five students have become the first to earn their degrees from a unique Carnegie Mellon University graduate program designed to train students to manage the military's top cyber security and information technology needs. The program, established in 2011, draws on expertise from Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering (CIT), School of Computer Science and Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and focuses on big data and analytics, decision and science policy, information security, software engineering and systems engineering and networking.
Grossman Selected as Agustin Vazquez Vera Lecturer
Ignacio Grossmann, a professor of chemical engineering, was selected as the Agustin Vazquez Vera Lecturer by the Instituto Tecnologico de Celaya in Mexico in recognition of his contributions to chemical engineering and his support to the scientific development of Mexico. On Jan. 15, Grossmann delivered the lecture "Discrete and Continuous Optimization Models for the Design and Operation of Sustainable and Robust Process Systems."
Moura Earns 2012 IEEE Signal Processing SPS Society Award
José M. F. Moura, director of the Carnegie Mellon | Portugal program and a BME and ECE university professor, has earned the IEEE Signal Processing Society's 2012 SPS Society Award for outstanding technical contributions and leadership in signal processing. Presented annually, the Society Award honors outstanding technical contributions in a field within the scope of the Signal Processing Society and outstanding leadership within that field, as evidenced by publications, patents, books and lectures.
Berlin Technical University Awards Biegler Honorary Doctorate
Berlin Technical University will award ChemE faculty member Lorenz Biegler an honorary doctorate in recognition of his outstanding scientific achievements in the field of process systems engineering on January 25, 2013.
Tsamitis Speaks at NSF Workshop about SFS Program
Dena Haritos Tsamitis, director of the Information Networking Institute and director of education, training and outreach for CyLab, presented an invited talk at a January 9 NSF workshop hosted by George Washington University on the NSF-funded CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. Tsamitis spoke about best practices for implementing cybersecurity education programs to an audience of university faculty and federal agency employees.
Elastic Intelligence Names Alumnus CEO
Elastic Intelligence, a Menlo Park, California-based provider of a platform to access cloud data has named ECE alumnus Ajay Singh CEO. He previously worked at BMC Software and was the founder and CEO of ProactiveNet.
Huffington Post Features CMUSV in Top Ten Satellite Campuses
The Huffington Post featured TheBestColleges.org's list of the best satellite campuses: those that enhance their flagship campuses and also do their own important work. Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley was ranked #1 in the United States.
CMUSV Researcher Chairs Conference on Cognitive Systems
Patrick Langley, a Distinguished Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley, recently chaired the First Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems. The meeting, which was held from December 6-8 at the Oshman Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, California, brought together researchers interested in the original goals of artificial intelligence.
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CIT Staff Award Winners Announced
The CIT Staff Awards Committee recently awarded the Staff Awards, which honor staff members who demonstrate outstanding qualities such as job performance, dedication, positive attitude and being a team player: Keri L. Baker, Business Manager in the Biomedical Engineering Department, won the Rookie Award; Ann Lyon Ritchie, Manager of Communications at the Information Networking Institute (INI), received the Staff Recognition Award; and Lori D. Spears, Associate Director of the Information and Communication Technologies Institute (ICTI), was awarded the Burritt Education Award.
Oppenheim Serves as Acting Department Head of CEE
Irving J. Oppenheim has agreed to serve as Acting Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, effective January 1, 2013. Oppenheim has been a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon since 1972, with a joint appointment between the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Architecture. He earned his B.E. from The Cooper Union in 1968, his M.S. from Lehigh University in 1970, and his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1972, and he is a Professional Engineer. He has authored more than 180 articles and conference papers, and is Co-Director of CenSCIR, the Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research.
Alums Receive Awards for Start-Ups
The Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund has awarded four CIT alums with funding for their start-up companies: Kelly Collier (E'11) for her company ActivAided Orthotics; Doug Bernstein (E'12) for his company PECA Labs; and Alexander Soto (E'11) and Matthew Bauch (E'12) for their company Tunessence. The OFEF was established by Jonathan Kaplan and his wife and provides early-stage business financing and support to alumni who have graduated from CMU in the last five years.
CMU Ranked 7th by Students in Graduate Programs
Graduate Programs, an online resource that compiles student reviews and testimonies for those interested in pursuing a master's degree, ranked Carnegie Mellon University's engineering program seventh. The ratings are based upon rankings from students through November 2012.
Gregory, Oppenheim and Grieve Receive NSF Award
CEE professors Kelvin Gregory and Irving Oppenheim, along with ECE professor David Grieve, have been awarded a new project from the National Science Foundation's Sensors and Sensing Systems Program in the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division. The grant supports the design, prototyping and testing of a device that will use augmented surface acoustic wave technology to select and separate biological cells from complex mixtures of cells.
Izard Awarded EPA Fellowship
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Carnegie Mellon doctoral student Catherine Izard is one of its recipients of the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study. Izard, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering and engineering and public policy, was one of approximately 80 students nationwide to receive a fellowship.
Tilton Elected Fellow of AIMBE
BME and ChemE professor Bob Tilton has been elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in recognition of his being a top leader in academic medical and biological engineering. He will be introduced as Fellow of AIMBE at the Annual AIMBE event on February 17-19, 2013.