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Welcome, Carnegie Mellon Ambassadors

The Carnegie Mellon University story weaves research, creativity, hard work, innovation and a deep-rooted belief in education into a powerful force that is changing the world.

Your ongoing advocacy has immense value and makes a real impact on CMU’s behalf. The stories you find here several times a year will empower you to talk to your friends, families and colleagues about the amazing things happening at CMU.

With the help of our Ambassadors, the story of CMU — an institution poised like no other to have a real and lasting effect on a global society that is rapidly changing — will resonate around the world.

March 2024

It should be no surprise that global, national and regional leaders have for decades relied on Carnegie Mellon’s foresight and expertise to guide policies and advance key initiatives. Recently, though, it feels as if the pace of our interactions is accelerating. Why is that? I hypothesize that during this critical juncture for our modern society, a time when the world is adapting to — and preparing itself for — a rapidly changing future, CMU and its faculty members are at the center of creating solutions to the most challenging issues of our time, from AI innovation and ethics to pandemic data science and modeling. As a result, our experts and their pioneering solutions to improve the world are in higher demand.

Case in point: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg traveled to our Pittsburgh campus in January to take part in a town hall with CMU faculty and students about a range of topics. He told the audience he had been eager to visit us since his agency’s announcement last year that CMU would lead Safety21, a $20 million national University Transportation Center to ensure technologies are developed and deployed with safety, equity and sustainability in mind. CMU students engaged Secretary Buttigieg in a robust discussion, and in his conversation with Safety21 Director and Professor Raj Rajkumar, he was bullish about his expectations for this six-university collaboration: “We believe your insights will help us save lives.”


President Farnam Jahanian