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.
With 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.