Sunday, August 10, 2014
Celebrating the graduating Class of 2014 at Silicon Valley
Dean James Garrett at the Silicon Valley campus graduation ceremony
Carnegie Mellon University and the Silicon Valley campus held the 12th graduation August 10, recognizing 70 students completing master's degrees in Software Management and Software Engineering with the Class of 2014. James Garrett, dean of the College of Engineering, presided over the ceremony, joined by Dr. Bob Iannucci, director of the Silicon Valley campus.
This year the campus welcomed guest speaker Stephen Hoover, CEO of PARC, a Xerox company, to deliver the keynote address. Hoover, who earned his master's and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon, offered his advice to graduates on success with a few key "bumper sticker" style slogans — "innovation is a contact sport," "people are the hardest part" and "culture eats strategy for breakfast."
Iannucci also announced the recipients of two campus awards, given annual to recognize exceptional students and graduates in their service to the university, alumni and the community. Amin Ariana MS SM '11 received the Director's Return on Education Award, presented by Jon Cagan, co-director of CMU's new Integrated Innovation Institute. In the three years since graduating, Ariana has been a full time entrepreneur and started two companies; currently, he is co-founder of the startup Funds4All. The second award, for Outstanding Research Assistant, went to Harsh Vinayak, who is graduating this year in the Software Management program. Martin Griss, principal research scientist, presented the award to Vinayak for his work with a campus research proposal and project to improve wireless emergency alerts, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and led by Griss, Iannucci and Associate Teaching Professor Hakan Erdogmus.
Andrew Shaindlin, CMU's associate vice president for alumni relations and annual giving, was also in attendance to welcome the university's newest alumni, encouraging them to keep in contact with their fellow alumni in CMU's international network.
More than 700 students have graduated from programs at the SV campus, which offers graduate degrees from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Information Networking Institute and the newly formed Integrated Innovation Institute. The campus also graduated the first students from the ECE Ph.D. program in spring 2014.