Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty Inspiring Students

Our Faculty: Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Carnegie Mellon University professors are at the forefront of their respective fields. What’s more, they provide more than inspiration to the students — they provide mentorship and support. 

Unlike at most schools, CMU undergraduates also have the opportunity to work on groundbreaking research projects with these award-winning faculty members. Find the stories of some of our one-of-a-kind faculty members here.

Recent faculty stories

  • David Creswell: An assistant professor of psychology, his research focuses broadly on how the mind and brain influence our physical health and performance. Learn more
  • Luis von Ahn: This associate professor of computer science builds systems that combine humans and computers to solve large-scale problems that neither can solve alone. Learn more
  • Marcel Just: The D.O. Hebb Professor of Psychology and director of CMU's Cognitive Center for Brain Imaging, Just is unlocking the mysteries of autism. Learn more
  • Jay Whitacre: CMU associate professor and founder and CTO of Aquion Energy, Whitacre offers a perspective on innovation.  Watch video
  • William 'Red' Whittaker: This pioneer in the field of robotics has his eyes on the prize — the Google Lunar X Prize, that is. Learn more
  • Robert Siegler: A professor of cognitive psychology, Siegler's work focuses on children's mathematical and scientific thinking. Learn more 
  • Shirley Ho: This assistant professor of physics is gaining new knowledge about how the universe is expanding and how much dark energy exists in it. Learn more

Faculty Video Spotlight

Jay Whitacre, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy

Whitacre, at the 2012 student-run TEDxCMU event, talks about "how much energy the world needs" in his talk: Reinterpreting the Process of Innovation.

He is also the founder and CTO of Aquion Energy, a startup company focused on electricity storage systems.

Learn more about Carnegie Mellon's entrepreneurial ecosystem

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Randy Pausch

On Sept. 18, 2007, Carnegie Mellon professor and alumnus Randy Pausch delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that made the world stop and pay attention.

It became an Internet sensation viewed by millions and a best-selling book that has been published in 35 languages. 

The Last Lecture


University CenterWith a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, faculty members are extremely accessible. It's not unusual for them to give students their home phone numbers. Approximately 96 percent of faculty members have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in their field.

And 99 percent of all undergraduate classes are taught by faculty.