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Dean: Fred Gilman

Number of Undergraduate Students: 761

Number of Graduate Students: 330

Number of Faculty: 132

Student/Faculty Ratio 8:1

Did You Know?

  • MCS has been home to 9 of the university’s 17 Nobel Laureates, including John Nash Jr. who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics in 1948 and won the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in 1994.
  • MCS students’ achievements have earned them recognition as Rhodes Scholars, Gilliam Fellows, Goldwater Scholars, NSF Graduate Research Fellows, Department of Homeland Security Scholars and Beckman Scholars.
  • In Professor Terry Collins’s Green Chemistry course—which was the first university course on green chemistry when it was taught in 1992—students learn how to design safer substitutes for hazardous chemicals and find green ways to reduce their adverse impacts.
  • If you look with a telescope into the night sky you may see 4177 Kohman, an asteroid named for Emeritus Chemistry Professor and Adjunct Professor of Physics Truman Kohman. 4177 Kohman is a typical main-belt asteroid that orbits the Sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter once every 6.02 years.
  • More than 70% of MCS students are involved in undergraduate research. And they aren’t just repeating experiments that have been done before. MCS students are discovering new science, publishing their results in top journals and presenting their work at local and national conferences.
  • MCS alumni and faculty’s inventions have changed the world. MCS alumna Stephanie Kwolek (S’1946) invented Kevlar®, the fabric used in bulletproof vests. Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski developed atom transfer radical polymerization, which transformed the way plastics are made. Professor Alan Waggoner created the CyDyeTM labeling technologies, which have been widely commercialized and have made a profound impact on biomedical research.
  • The Mellon Institute has been a backdrop in several movies, including George Romero’s “Monkey Shines” (1988), “Hoffa” (1992), “Lorenzo's Oil” (1992), “The Mothman Prophecies” (2002), and "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012).  Dr. Bunsen Honeydew appeared on the Muppet Show in 1976 as a graduate of “Carnegie Melonhead University.”
  • Prior to its merger with the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1967 to form Carnegie Mellon University, the Mellon Institute for Industrial Research, founded in 1913, was a major, independent research institute dedicated to solving specific problems proposed by industrial manufacturers. Mellon Institute Fellows made many significant advances over the years, including a Nobel prize to Paul Lauterber (2003) for “discoveries concerning magnetic resonance imaging.”
  • In the early 1940s, the silicone rubber in Silly Putty was discovered by a Dow Corning employee working on a research fellowship at Mellon Institute. Earl Warrick was working with silicone compounds and came up with the strange, pliable material that stretches, bounces and absorbs printed impressions.