New Paradigms of Teaching and Learning-Inauguration of Dr. Subra Suresh - Carnegie Mellon University

New Paradigms of Teaching and Learning: Biographies

Justine Cassell, Charles M. Geschke Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Justine Cassell has been the Charles M. Geschke Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon since 2010. Prior to her arrival at CMU Dr. Cassell was the Founding Director of the Center for Technology and Social Behavior, and the Technology and Social Behavior joint PhD in Communication and Computer Science, at Northwestern University. She previously held a tenured appointment at the MIT Media Lab. Dr. Cassell won the Edgerton prize at MIT in 2001, was the recipient of the AT&T Research Chair at Northwestern in 2006, in 2008 was awarded the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for Leadership, in 2011 was named to the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Robotics and Smart Devices (which she now chairs), and in 2012 was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. Cassell has spoken at the World Economic Forum meetings at Davos in 2012 and 2013.

Daniel J. Clancy, Engineering Director, Google

Daniel J. Clancy is an Engineering Director at Google who works in the Research organization pursuing initiatives in Human-Computer Interaction, Market Algorithm, Social Computing, and Education. Previously, Dr. Clancy led the YouTube, Product Search, and Google News engineering teams and was responsible for Google Book Search. Prior to coming to Google in January 2005 he was the Director of the Exploration Technology Directorate at NASA’s Ames Research Center. The Directorate supports over 700 people performing basic and applied research in a diverse range of technology areas intended to enable both robotic and human exploration missions. Dr. Clancy played numerous roles at NASA, including participation in the team that developed the agency’s plan to return humans to the moon and eventually Mars.

Mark S. Kamlet, Provost and Executive Vice President, Carnegie Mellon University

Mark S. Kamlet has been Provost (Chief Academic Officer) and Executive Vice President of Carnegie Mellon University since 2000. He is also Professor of Economics and Public Policy, with joint appointments in Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College and in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He joined Carnegie Mellon as a faculty member in 1976. From 1990 to 1993 he served as Department Head of Social and Decision Sciences. From 1993 to 2000 he served as Dean of the Heinz College. As Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Kamlet oversees the research and educational activities of the academic side of campus. This includes budgetary and space issues as well as the appointment, reappointment, promotion, and tenure processes for faculty. He has also been actively engaged in the university’s technology commercialization activities, the growing internationalization of the university’s global footprint, and the role of technology in education.  

Rahim Rajan, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Rahim S. Rajan is a Senior Program Officer in the Postsecondary Success strategy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this capacity, Mr. Rajan leads grant making and investments in the development and adoption of high-quality personalized learning technologies such as adaptive learning, blended MOOCs, and interactive courseware to advance and improve undergraduate education in the United States. Prior to joining the foundation Mr. Rajan helped develop and launch a number of not-for-profit technology startups working at the intersection of network technologies, scholarly communications, and the global academy. In 2000, he joined JSTOR, focusing on global business development, marketing, and strategic initiatives, and in 2005, he joined the executive management team of Aluka (now part of ITHAKA), a start-up focused on helping to digitize and globalize access to high-quality research and primary source collections from and about the developing world.  

Tan Chorh Chuan, President, National University of Singapore

Tan Chorh Chuan is the President of the National University of Singapore (NUS); Chairman of the National University Health System; Deputy Chairman of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology, and Research; and Member, Board of Directors of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. A renal physician, he obtained his MBBS, Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine), and PhD from NUS, MRCP (UK) from the Royal College of Physicians, and research training at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford. He served as Dean of Medicine from 1997 to 2000, and Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health, from 2000 to 2004, where he led the public health response to the 2003 SARS epidemic. He played a key role in building up the biomedical sciences initiative in Singapore, for which he was awarded the National Science and Technology Medal in 2008. He is a member of the Global University Leaders Forum and Science Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum. He was the Chairperson of the International Alliance of Research Universities, a consortium of ten leading research-intensive universities from 2008 to 2012.