Carnegie Mellon University

The Doherty Award

Carnegie Mellon established the Robert E. Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education to recognize a member of the university community who has made substantial and sustained contributions to excellence in education. The Doherty Award is intended to recognize contributions to the development, implementation and evaluation of educational programs at all levels, and to the creation and maintenance of an environment that fosters excellence in education.

2023 Award Recipient

William Hrusa
Professor of Mathematical Sciences
Mellon College of Science

Bill Hrusa is a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. He holds B.S degrees in mathematics and mechanical engineering from Syracuse University (1978). He completed his graduate studies in applied mathematics at Brown University, receiving an Sc.M. degree in 1979 and a Ph.D. in 1982. He began his career at CMU as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 1982 and hhas been in residence at CMUs Pittsburgh campus continuously since then, except for three semesters (in 1983, 1984 and 1986) which were spent as a visiting faculty member at the Math Research Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He has held several administrative positions in the Department of Mathematical Sciences including interim head, associate head and director of graduate studies; the latter role for 22 years. He is currently the director of the Bachelor of Science in Computational Finance Program. He has won several previous education awards at CMU: the Ashkin Award, the Ryan Award, the Moore Award and the Lazarus Award. He has supervised six Ph.D. students, three honors masters students and well over 100 undergraduate research students. He has served on numerous committees concerning educational activities at CMU, has created (or co-created) several courses and produced educational materials for a variety of other classes as well. He has been heavily involved with SUAMI (Summer Undergraduate Applied Mathematics Research Institute) since its inception in 1991. SUAMI provides research opportunities for students from groups that have been historically underrepresented in mathematics.

He is the academic advisor for the Quant Club, and helps to organize events such as mock interviews, quantitative problem-solving competitions, panel discussions, market making games, etc. 

He has two children (Daniel and Sarah) and one grandchild (so far). When he is not around CMU, his favorite place to be is on the water at Conneaut Lake in his Cobalt Bowrider, his classic Century Resorter or riding his jetski.

He is grateful to have a job that he really loves for more than 40 years where he has the opportunity to interact with wonderful students and colleagues.

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Past Recipients


Howie Choset
Robotics Institute


Amy Burkert
Provost's Office and Biological Sciences


Joel Greenhouse
Statistics & Data Science


Jonathan Cagan
Mechanical Engineering


Mary Shaw
Institute for Software Research

Information listed reflects the recipient at the time of the award.

Eric W. Grotzinger

Biological Sciences

Michael C. Murphy
Campus Affairs

John P. Lehoczky

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Mark Stehlik
Department of Computer Science

Bill Elliott

Enrollment Services

Paul S. Goodman
Tepper School of Business

G. Richard Tucker
Department of Modern Languages

Peter Madsen
Department of Philosophy

William Brown
Department of Biological Sciences

Art Westerberg
Department of Chemical Engineering

Harry Faulk
Heinz College

Barbara Lazarus

Office of the Provost

Steven E. Shreve
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Angel Jordan
Robotics Institute

Susan Ambrose
Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence and History

Hugh Young
Department of Physics

Steve Fenves
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Peter Stearns
Department of History

Elizabeth Jones
Department of Biological Sciences

Indira Nair
Department of Engineering and Public Policy

Joel A. Tarr
Department of History

Lawrence Carra
School of Drama

Tung Au
Department of Civil Engineering

Erwin Steinberg
Department of English

Edwin Fenton
Department of History

M. Granger Morgan
Department of Engineering and Public Policy