Personal Mention-Faculty & Staff News - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Personal Mention

Burcu Akinci and Bruno Sinopoli have been named new co-directors of the Pennsylvania Smarter Infrastructure Incubator (PSII), an interdisciplinary research lab at CMU that fosters the creation of technologies to help cities, government and industries worldwide develop smarter infrastructures. Akinci is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at CMU whose work focuses on leveraging information models and a variety of sensors to streamline construction and facility/infrastructure-management practices. Sinopoli, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at CMU, develops tools for securing and controlling cyber-physical systems. Read the full story.


Some important staffing changes have occurred and are in progress in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Jeff Abels, a member of OSP since 2007, has left his role as subcontracts administrator to lead OSP project management in the implementation of the university’s new Sponsored Projects and Research Compliance (SPARCS) electronic system. Kristen Jackson, former senior pre-award administrator, is succeeding Abels in the role of subcontracts administrator. Jackson also has been with OSP since 2007.  And Anissa Myers, who joined OSP in January, has been promoted to succeed Jackson as senior pre-award administrator. 

Three Carnegie Mellon athletes have been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Capital One Academic All-America At-Large teams for men and women. Senior swimmer Breanna Stillo and junior tennis athlete Katie Cecil were named to the first team for women. Junior golfer Ian Bangor landed a spot on the men's second team. Stillo, a conference champion in the 200-yard medley relay and three-time school-record holder, graduated in May with a 4.0 GPA in biomedical and mechanical engineering. Cecil, who carries a 4.0 GPA in biological sciences, recently earned All-America honors at the NCAA Championships, where she advanced to the quarterfinals in singles. She also earned the NCAA Elite 89 Award for having the highest GPA of a competing athlete at the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships. She also was named the ITA National Arthur Ashe Jr. for Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner. Bangor completed his junior season at the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, becoming the second player in school history to earn an individual spot in the tournament. He finished the season with a stroke average of 74.4, which included three championship-winning rounds of 69. Bangor also was named to the PING Mid-Atlantic Region Team and a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar.