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May 26, 2005

Vol. 15, No. 44

The "8 1/2 x 11 News" is published each week by the University Advancement Division. News of campus interest should be sent to one of the following editors:   Ed Delaney, 412-268-1609 (
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Eleven Carnegie Mellon students and several new graduates are spending 10 weeks in the Cook Islands, Palau, Micronesia and Sri Lanka to help government and nonprofit agencies develop computer systems that will allow them to better serve their citizens and maintain vital information. The trip is part of Technology Consulting in the Global Community and is based on an undergraduate course in which students work with local nonprofit organizations to implement technology and information systems that meet the organizations' goals. The course is part of the university's TechBridgeWorld initiative, which helps developing nations design and implement technology that can enhance suitable and sustainable development. The students represent the Heinz School, the School of Computer Science and the Information Systems Program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

—Four students will work in the Cook Islands, four in Micronesia, two in Palau and one in Sri Lanka. In the Cook Islands, students will help the government digitize laws, develop systems to manage welfare and border control information, and develop electronic government policies. The Micronesia group will train the medical and technical staffs in four state hospitals to use and maintain computer clusters recently installed by the World Health Organization. The students going to Palau will work with the Ministry of Education to develop a student information system and train staff to use Linux computer clusters in local schools. In Sri Lanka, a student will help a nongovernmental organization use the Web to disseminate information about its programs and fundraising.

—Further information:


Qatar Academy beat out its fellow competitors in a spirited match to win Carnegie Mellon in Qatar's Botball Robotics Challenge, a unique approach to robotics curriculum that emphasizes learning through practical application. One of four area schools to participate, Qatar Academy edged out the competition by scoring the highest points overall. Carnegie Mellon's Matthew Mason, professor of computer science and robotics and director of the Robotics Institute, judged the event with Illah Nourbakhsh, associate professor of robotics. The tournament included three competitive rounds—Web site documentation design, a qualifying round and the double-elimination championship round. Points were given to the teams based on their performance in all three areas.

—"The scoring awards the most points across three categories, and Qatar Academy performed the best overall," said Nourbakhsh. "But all the teams here today are winners—with this intense level of competition you'd never know this was the first robotics club holding their first tournament."


The Tepper School of Business recently celebrated the 2004-2005 achievements of its faculty and staff. During end-of-year events at the school, the following faculty awards were presented: Javier Francisco Peña, associate professor of operations research, was awarded the Leland Bach Teaching Award; Sunder Kekre, professor of operations management and manufacturing, received the Undergraduate Business Administration Teaching Award; and Stanley Zin, the Richard M. Cyert and Morris H. DeGroot Professor of Economics and Statistics, won the Undergraduate Economics Teaching Award.

—In recognizing the school's administrative staff, the Tepper Staff Excellence Award was presented to Amy Ashley-Matta and Betty Cosnek. The Team Award was presented to the Advancement Department: Cheryl Bender, Laura Cotton, Beth Crow, Barbara Feldman, Janice French, Marilyn Hersh, Mike Laffin, Deb Magness, Ann Powers, John Sengenberger, Steve Sharratt, Joanne Tullis and Kathaleen Turley.

—The following staff members were recognized for years of service: Tom Bielek (20), Georgette Demes (20], Donna Erdner (20), Shelley Segal (20), Debbie Shank (20), Betty Cosnek (15), John Rogowski (15), Laurie Stewart (15), Christine Cato (10) and Wendy Hermann (10).


—WPXI-TV will air a segment on the Gladiator Tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicle project featuring Senior Systems Scientist Dimitrios Apostolopoulos at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 29, on "Our Region's Business."

The segment will also air on PCNC later that day at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Gladiator prototype will provide the Marines' Air-Ground Task Force with a tele-operated, semi-autonomous vehicle specially designed to increase human survival by neutralizing threats and reducing risk to Marines on the ground. The unit will be equipped with remote, unmanned scout, reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities. Further information:

—The results from the spring 2005 semester and mini-4 Faculty Course Evaluations are now available. To access results, go to and select "View FCE Results."


—The university has appointed Gregory S. Rohrer, the W.W. Mullins Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, to head the Materials Science and Engineering Department. Rohrer joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1990 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. His research involves developing polycrystalline materials for use in structural, electrical and catalytic applications. "Greg brings significant administrative and leadership experience to this position, including his innovative work as director of the National Science Foundation-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center," said Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of the College of Engineering.

—PBS stations across the country will soon be broadcasting "Escola de Samba," a documentary produced by Tepper School Professor Paul Goodman, a nationally recognized authority on the design and function of effective organizations. The one-hour documentary follows the work of a Brazilian group over a 10-month period as they work to prepare for the country's annual carnival in San Palo. Faculty, staff and alumni collaborated with Goodman to produce the documentary.

—The Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium will give The Esperanto Access to Language Education Award to "German Resources on the Web," a Web site created in 1999 by Associate Teaching Professor of German Anne Green. The Web site,, provides links to the best Web resources, exercises, activities, standards-based thematic units, free online German courses and other resources.

—"Eliciting Design Requirements for Maintenance-Oriented IDEs: A Detailed Study of Corrective and Perfective Maintenance Tasks" by Professor Brad A. Myers, Human Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), Andrew J. Ko, doctoral student, HCII, and Htet Htet Aung, research associate, HCII, won one of four best paper awards at the 27th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE'05) in St. Louis, Missouri. ICSE is the premier software engineering conference.

—History Professor Steven Schlossman has written a new introduction for the re-issue of his seminal book "Transforming Juvenile Justice: Reform Ideals and Institutional Realities, 1825 to 1920." Originally published in 1977 under the title "Love and the American Delinquent," the book is a history of the origins of the juvenile court system in America and remains the empirical benchmark for studies of juvenile courts.

—Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) Professor Brad A. Myers, HCII doctoral student Andrew J. Ko and research assistant Htet Htet Aung won one of four best paper awards at the 27th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE'05) for their work, "Eliciting Design Requirements for Maintenance-Oriented IDEs: A Detailed Study of Corrective and Perfective Maintenance Tasks." ICSE is the premier software engineering conference.


Friday, June 3: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Special Seminar, "Smart Antennas, From Theory to Practice to Theory." Cornelius van Rensburg, Samsung Telecommunications America, Wireless Systems Lab. 2 p.m., Porter Hall B34. Information: official.cmu-news, May 24.

July 6 - 8: "Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security" (SOUPS), Singleton Room, Roberts Hall. The program includes a talk by Bill Cheswick, co-author of "Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker"; two panel discussions, "When User Studies Attack: Evaluating Security By Intentionally Attacking Users" and "Usability of Security Administration vs. Usability of End-user Security"; 10 refereed papers; 20 posters and four parallel discussion sessions. Early registration is due Friday, June 3. For more information, visit

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