A Message From the Provost
Carnegie Mellon has a compulsion for excellence. This character trait is evident throughout the Carnegie Mellon family, in our faculty, staff and students. As a colleague of mine, Jim Duderstadt, chair of the National Academy task force on transforming the research university, has said, "I was at Carnegie Mellon and I saw the future."
Carnegie Mellon's approach is uniquely powerful, relevant and successful. We have proved its power in our contributions to higher education and research, and we have applied its power to provide solutions to real-world challenges.
While we are often reluctant to brag about ourselves, the truth is that Carnegie Mellon is a distinctive and distinctively successful research university. I think it is fair to say that no university in the United States has come further faster.
With autonomous robots that perform in hazardous environments, cognitive computer tutors that help students learn math, and "green" buildings aimed at preserving the environment and enhancing productivity, Carnegie Mellon is making a relevant difference for humankind.
A cornerstone of our approach is the confidence that, with our small and focused centers of excellence in a vibrant, highly collaborative university environment, we are distinctly poised to have unprecedented impact during the next decade in our region, our nation and the world.
Carnegie Mellon has adopted a strategy in which we are leveraging our strengths to provide the greatest results. We don't aspire to be everything to everyone, but we are striving to be the very best in the relevant fields we choose to pursue. Among these are information technology, biotechnology, humanities and the arts, and environmental science. Our focus areas complement, leverage and synergize one another, because the truly significant problems facing society are inherently interdisciplinary. We may be just over 100 years old and small compared to our peers, but we cast a huge shadow and seek to be among the best universities in the world.
You can't study air pollution without chemical, mechanical and civil engineers, chemists, and public policy specialists all working together. Similarly, you can't be at the forefront of global climate change, or computer security, or crime and violence policy without bringing many disciplines together.
Our interdisciplinary approach to education and research has made us incredibly relevant to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.
Provost and Executive Vice President, Carnegie Mellon University