Carnegie Mellon University

Spring 2009


Multidisciplinary Black Designers Launch Professional Hub

"Designers for the Twenty First Century" (D421), a network for black designers, will launch its virtual hub and network on June 17 at NeoCon in Chicago's Merchandise Mart. Co-founder Eric Anderson, president of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and associate professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon will be the featured speaker. This event and the following reception are free to the public.

Within the United States, black Americans are significantly underrepresented in the design field; consequently, those in the field are often isolated and lack social support. D421 is a virtual design hub that uses current and emerging models of social networking and media tools to initiate, facilitate and celebrate the past and current work of black designers and support the development of future design practitioners and leaders. D421 is intended to help close gaps in design education and practice, increase the diversity of the global talent pipeline, and serve as an asset to design and business communities. In the future, members of D421 hope to establish and connect to parallel professional networks in order to continue providing increased knowledge, services and opportunities to underrepresented design communities. Visit for more information.

Eric Sloss


Bagpipes Blare the Sounds of Carnegie Mellon Tradition

Nick HudsonTo honor Andrew Carnegie’s Scottish heritage, Carnegie Mellon created a bagpipe performance degree program. Only six students have graduated from this prestigious program that has the rigor of a conservatory music training and the world class one-on-one teaching that is characteristic of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Music. Nick Hudson, the most recent graduate of the bagpipe performance program had the opportunity to share his expertise teaching Hoda and Kathie Lee on the NBC’s Today Show how to play the bagpipes. Watch the lesson.

While in school, Hudson also has been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Wall Street Journal and CBS News' "Assignment America." Check Hudson out on YouTube as he explains the basics of bagpipes.

Notably, during the same Today Show show on which Hudson appeared, Kathie Lee and Hoda interviewed Carnegie Mellon School of Drama alumna Tamara Tunie. Tunie talked about her role as Dr. Melinda Warner in the season finale of “Law & Order.”

Eric Sloss


Golfers Named To All-Region Team, All-American Scholars

LeeThe Carnegie Mellon golf team had two members named to the 2009 PING Mid-Atlantic Region team by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Senior Alex Timmons (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) was honored for the third straight year, while junior Christopher Lee (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward) was honored for the first time.Timmons

Timmons finished the season with an average round of 77.5, the second lowest on the team. The senior led the Tartans with eight top ten finishes and ends his career with a school record 27. Timmons shot his lowest round of the season at the Guy Kuhn Invitational carding a three-under-par 69 during the second round. He also holds the school record for most individual career victories with five.

Lee was crowned the University Athletic Association (UAA) Individual Champion while leading the Tartans to the team title with a scoring average of 76.8. He fired his lowest round of the year at the ECAC Championships carding a one-under 71. 

Timmons and Lee, along with Joshua Chen (Woodridge, Conn./Amity) also were recently named Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars for Division III by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Read more about the Mid-Atlantic Region team and All-American Scholars honors.

Listen as Head Golf Coach Rich Erdelyi discusses team's success in 2008-09.

Mark Fisher


Alice Wins Duke's Choice Award

AliceSun Microsystems presented its Duke’s Choice Award for Java Technology in Education to Carnegie Mellon’s innovative Alice software system during the JavaOne conference at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

Randy Bryant, dean of the School of Computer Science, accepted the award during the conference’s opening session June 2. The Duke’s Choice Awards program recognizes the year’s most influential Java technology-based applications submitted by developers and companies around the world. The winners are chosen by Sun Fellow and Vice President James Gosling, a 1983 graduate of Carnegie Mellon, along with a panel of Java technology experts at Sun.

Alice is a teaching tool that engages novice programmers in the creation of 3D animations using a drag-and-drop interface. The key research project of the late Randy Pausch, Alice is used in about 15 percent of U.S. colleges and universities, as well as a growing number of secondary schools. The project team now is headed by Associate Teaching Professor Wanda P. Dann and by lead developer and Project Scientist Dennis Cosgrove.

The latest version, Alice 3, will include a standard Java language interface so students can create programs either by using the drag-and-drop editor or by typing on a keyboard. Alice 3 will be released later this summer.

Last year, Sun announced it was teaming with Carnegie Mellon to support Alice’s continued development. Over the next three years, Sun will work with the university to globalize Alice, providing tools to translate it into different languages and develop drag-and-drop artifacts unique to a variety of cultures. Sun will work with the Alice development team to bring the system to a worldwide audience of educators and students.

Byron Spice