Class of 2010 Graduates-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Class of 2010 Graduates

Eighty-one students from Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley’s Master of Science in Software Engineering and Software Management programs received their diplomas on Sunday, August 8, in a ceremony with over 350 people in attendance. The class of 2010 represents the eighth class of students graduating from the Silicon Valley campus, established in 2002 at Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

In the Scottish tradition of Carnegie Mellon, a bagpiper in full regalia led the formal procession of students and faculty. The event was attended by graduating students, their families, friends, Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff, including College of Engineering Dean Dr. Pradeep Khosla, and leading members of the Silicon Valley community.

This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Scott Dietzen, entrepreneurial veteran of Java/application server pioneer WebLogic and Web 2.0/open source darling Zimbra. Dr. Dietzen is an alumnus of Carnegie Mellon, receiving his master’s and Ph.D. in computer science in 1992. Most recently, Dietzen was Interim Senior Vice President of Applications at Yahoo! In this role, he helped look after Yahoo! Mail, Messenger, Flickr, Groups, Answers, and Zimbra, managing a 600+ person organization and the associated P&L.

Dietzen joined Yahoo! in 2007 via the $350m acquisition of Zimbra, a vendor of messaging and collaboration software, where he was President and CTO. Prior to Zimbra, Dietzen was CTO of BEA Systems, where he helped craft the technology and business strategy for WebLogic that drove BEA from $61m in revenues prior to the WebLogic acquisition to $1B. Dietzen went to BEA in 1998 via the $200+ million acquisition of WebLogic.. He is credited with helping put together the J2EE standard, launching the Web application server category, launching the Java Community Process, and driving the web services collaboration with Microsoft and IBM.

Scott Dietzen
        Scott Dietzen

In his keynote address, Dr. Dietzen encouraged students that “Smart phones, open source and clouds have dramatically reduced the hurdles to delivering the next-generation of software innovation. You just need to come up with the spark.” In his memorable speech, Dietzen shared a top ten list of on-going technology disrupters and charged students that “Accessibility to computing via these true consumer devices---mobile phones and tablets---is going to continue to transform our industry … In retrospect, we take them so much for granted that it is hard for us to comprehend the simple elegance and dramatic impact of the spreadsheet, or the hyperlink, or now the touch-screen.” Read the transcript.

Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering Dean Dr. Pradeep Kholsa gave the graduation address, while Silicon Valley campus Director and Associate Dean of the College of Engineering Dr. Martin Griss presided over the ceremony.

Dr. Ray Bareiss, Director of Educational Programs, presented the Outstanding Service award and the Dean’s Return on Education award. Steve Ray received the Outstanding Service Award, in recognition of his contributions to the Carnegie Mellon community through leadership in the academic program, in campus initiatives, in improving the student experience, and developing a sense of community within the student body. After acceptance, Ray stated, "Being part of the Carnegie Mellon community is really a privilege to me, and I am glad I have been able to give back. I am looking forward to being a member of the Carnegie Mellon community as an alumni."

The Dean’s Return on Education Award was created to recognize graduates and recent alumni who successfully put their Carnegie Mellon education into practice by advancing their careers, contributing to their companies, and inspiring others to do the same. Bertrand Damiba, Sarah Laiwala, Fernando Guayasamin and Rom Lemarchand, MS Software Engineering alumni from the class of 2008 received the award in recognition of their entrepreneurial success with their award-winning company SecuriMobile, Inc.

Jackson and Acer
    Dr. Collin Jackson and Mustafa Acer

This year's Outstanding Research Assistant Award went to Mustafa Acer for exemplary performance and contribution as a research assistant. The award was presented by Dr. Collin Jackson, who, together with Mustafa Acer, worked on a project measuring a proposed browser risk metric using advertising networks as a measurement platform. Their paper was published at the Web 2.0 Security and Privacy workshop in May. In addition, Mustafa developed a Google Chrome extension and is now running a new experiment. Google recently awarded Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley a research grant to continue the web security research efforts that Mustafa started.

Acer offered, "The efforts leading to this award, which came as a surprise to me, would be nowhere near possible without the guidance of my advisor Dr. Collin Jackson and the support of my fellow classmates. This recognition shows the emphasis Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley puts on academic research along with education, and I hope it will encourage future students to participate more actively in innovative and challenging research projects."

The graduation ceremony ended with a bagpiper-led recessional. The ceremony celebrated the history, life, and future of Carnegie Mellon, recognizing its achievements and heralding the promise of a bright future for its graduates.

Over 500 students have received diplomas from Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley since its inaugural graduation in 2003. More than 90% of alumni report greater career acceleration than their counterparts due to the educational and professional preparation they received at Carnegie Mellon.