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The Innovators Forum

An exciting series connecting the world's top innovative minds with the university community. Future editions of The Innovators Forum will continue to host "big thinkers."

Past Forums

Industry-Academic Partnerships

Industry-Academic Partnerships: A New Global Era: August 25, 2015

The panel, which included leaders and perspectives from industry and academia,  addressed this new type of collaboration that is flourishing at CMU and driving ideas that are shaping our world. The event also saw the announcement of a historic $35 million gift from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), marking a new era of partnerships between leaders in industry and academia.

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Carl Wieman

Carl Wieman: January 31, 2014

How can science be taught better? Who better to answer that question than a Nobel Laureate. Carl Wieman holds a joint appointment as Professor of Physics and of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University.

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Vinod Khosla

Vinod Khosla: April 24, 2013

CMU alumnus and former university trustee Vinod Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures, focused on impactful clean technology and information technology investments. An entrepreneur, investor, and technology fan, Khosla was a co-founder of Daisy Systems and founding CEO of Sun Microsystems where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors.

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Thomas Tull

Thomas Tull: March 5, 2013

A groundbreaking producer and business leader in the film and entertainment industry, CMU Trustee Thomas Tull is the founder, chairman and CEO of Legendary Entertainment. As executive producer of The Dark Knight Rises, part of which was filmed on the CMU campus, Tull was an advocate for filming the movie in the city of Pittsburgh. He revolutionized the movie industry through Legendary Entertainment by pairing major motion picture production with Wall Street private equity and hedge fund investors.

Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott: January 17, 2012

An author, advisor and thinker, you might say that he operates in the world behind Facebook and the global #Occupy movement. Tapscott is the leading authority on the impact of the digital revolution on business and society. The Huffington Post describes his bestselling book Macrowikinomics as providing a "game plan for all of us to fix a broken world."

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Jon Rothberg

Jonathan Rothberg: November 1, 2011

Alumnus and University Trustee Jonathan Rothberg has been a trailblazing innovator in the field of biotechnology for 20 years. He has founded several companies that sequence DNA and stand to reshape the fields of medicine, agriculture, nanotechnology and alternative fuels.

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