Carnegie Mellon University

Main Campus Events

The Office of Government Relations works with campus organizations as well as outside groups to bring elected officials to the university's main campus in Pittsburgh. The office has been the primary point of contact for many high profile campus events, including appearances by former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Tim Caine, Michelle Obama, Senator John McCain, Governor Tom Wolf, and Mayor Bill Peduto, amaong many others. The goal of these efforts is to give our federal, state and local leaders a chance to witness Carnegie Mellon's world-class education and research programs first hand. 

White House Frontiers Conference

In October 2016, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh co-hosted the White House Frontiers Conference, a national event focused on building U.S. capacity in science, technology and innovation. 

The speakers included more than half a dozen CMU faculty members, administrators and alumni. Among them:

  • Rayid Ghani, a CMU alumnus, director of the Center for Data Science and Public Policy, and senior fellow at the Computation Institute and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, participated in the “Data-Driven Criminal Justice Reform Deep Dive Panel.”

  • Andrew Moore, the dean of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science, participated in a panel discussion called “Challenges of AI.”

  • Costa Samaras, an assistant professor in Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, participated in the Panel on Educating for Climate-Smart Design.

  • Steven F. Smith, director of the Intelligent Coordination and Logistics Laboratory and a research professor of robotics, participated in “Ignite Talks: AI for Good.”

  • Astro Teller, captain of Moonshots, is a computer science alumnus and was the keynote of the global track. The track discussed breakthrough technologies and climate information, tools and services.

  • Red Whittaker, CMU’s Fredkin Professor of Robotics, was a participant in the “Audience Interactive Q&A: Not Just to Visit, But to Stay.”

  • Jeannette M. Wing, a consulting professor of computer science at CMU and corporate vice president of Microsoft Research, engaged in an ndustry panel on “Best Practices in AI.”

Planning an Event?

If your department or academic center would like to hold an event at which an elected official would be a welcome addition to the guest list, please contact Tim McNulty, Associate Vice President for Government Relations, at 412-268-7778 or for help in arranging that visit. We can also work to include elected officials in campus-wide celebrations.