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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
May 10, 2004

Carnegie Mellon Gives Top Academic Honor to Three Professors
Bryant, Matyjaszewski and Tarr named University Professors

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University has named Randal E. Bryant, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski and Joel Tarr University Professors, the highest academic distinction faculty members at Carnegie Mellon can achieve. The title is awarded on the basis of national or international recognition for research, artistic and literary accomplishments, and other scholarly activities.

"These esteemed faculty members are leaders in their fields who have made lasting contributions to this university," Jared L. Cohon, Carnegie Mellon president.

Randal E. Bryant, the President's Professor of Computer Science, is the newly appointed dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon. Bryant has achieved wide recognition in academia and industry for developing computer-aided design tools that simulate and verify digital circuits, and for his research in symbolic manipulation and parallel computation. Last year he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for pioneering new abstractions for logic circuit simulation, especially the switch-level model for transistor circuits. Bryant is also co-author of a best-selling textbook, which, for the first time, offers a core text that provides an integrated view of the hardware, software and networks that underlie computer systems. The book, "Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective," written in conjunction with SCS colleague David O'Hallaron, was published in 2002 by Prentice Hall. To date, more than 63 colleges and universities in the U.S. and another 15 abroad are using the book in their basic computer curricula.

Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, the J.C. Warner University Professor of Chemistry and director of the Center for Macromolecular Engineering at the Mellon College of Science, is renowned for developing atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), a controlled living polymerization that allows precise, nanoscale control over the formation of polymers. Using ATRP, scientists can mass-produce high-quality materials that combine very different structural and functional properties. These materials include specialty adhesives, durable but scratch-resistant paint coatings, matrices for carbon nanostructures, biomedical materials and toxin-neutralizing systems for use in environmental settings. In a list of the top 100 scientists compiled in 2003 by Essential Science Indicators, Matyjaszewski ranked 16th among all fields of chemistry.

Joel Tarr, the Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of Urban and Environmental History and Policy, is one of the nation's leading scholars of urban history, particularly the history and impact of urban technological systems and the problems of environmental pollution. He is the author of two books: "The Search for the Ultimate Sink: Urban Pollution in Historical Perspective"—which received the Choice Distinguished Academic Book Award for 1997—and "A Study in Boss Politics: William Lorimer of Chicago." He is the editor of four other books, including "Technology and the Rise of the Networked City in Europe and America," for which he and co-editor Gabriel Dupuy won the Abel Wolman Prize for the best book published in public works history. He is also editor of the recently published "Devastation and Renewal: An Environmental History of Pittsburgh and Its Region."

Carnegie Mellon is a private research university with a distinctive mix of programs in computer science, robotics, engineering, the sciences, business, public policy, fine arts and the humanities. More than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions to solve real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A small student-to-faculty ratio provides an opportunity for close interaction between students and professors. While technology is pervasive on its 110-acre campus, Carnegie Mellon is also distinctive among leading research universities because of conservatory-like programs in its College of Fine Arts. For more information, visit


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