Carnegie Mellon University

BXA Intercollege Degree Programs

Interdisciplinary Academics + Arts


  • Lingdong Huang (BCSA 2019) created the world’s first successful programming language based on the Classical Chinese grammar system. Wenyan-lang uses the same tone and syntax found in Classical Chinese literature rather than merely replacing English characters with Chinese.
  • Zaria Howard (BHA 2018) and a team in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry received an $80,000 NEH grant to apply machine learning and computer vision to identify, annotate and organize the Teenie Harris Archive, making it more easily searchable by scholars and the public. Held by the Carnegie Museum of Art, the archive is one of the most important records of African-American life in the mid-20th century.
  • John Choi (BCSA 2017), Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship Innovation Scholar, is the first recipient of the Tellerman Family Innovation Scholarship. He created the startup Choitek, an Olympus PROBE Project, that aims to bring an easy-to-build robot kit to market and was part of the CMU contingent honored at the National Maker Faire in Washington, D.C.
  • Jacqueline Barnes (BHA 2016) was selected as an inaugural Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellow for authors and illustrators of color creating stories to enrich and diversify children’s literature.
  • Jake Berntsen (BHA 2016) is a member of the popular brass band Beauty Slap. He created new technology to live mix electronic funk dance music with the instrumentalists' brass sound. The group released their first full-length album and frequently books shows across the country.

  • Kaytie Nielsen (BHA 2016) has been named a Marshall Scholar. She is studying screenwriting in the United Kingdom, building on her successes in filmmaking and social justice advocacy. Katie previously won a nationally competitive fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation. The award provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for individuals from various fields and backgrounds who have limited exposure to Asian culture. She also received a Fulbright Award as a first-year creative writing and directing student.
  • Harrison Apple, PhD (BHA 2013) is an interdisciplinary artist and historian. They are the co-founder of the Pittsburgh Queer History Project, an oral history and media preservation initiative focused on after-hours nightclubs and working-class LGBTQ lives in Pittsburgh. They received their PhD from the University of Arizona Department of Gender & Women’s Studies with a doctoral minor from the School of Information. Their intellectual work covers intersectional feminist philosophies, political theories of social membership, and archival science. Harrison’s work has been published in Transgender Studies Quarterly, Out and Introduction to Transgender Studies.

  • Kathy "Yaeji" Lee (BHA 2015) is a rising singer, DJ and producer who is packing clubs and festivals internationally. Known for her unique style of mixing American and Korean lyrics, she has played Coachella and Lollapalooza, covered Fader magazine, highlighted as Billboard Dance's "Ones to Watch" and selected as Forbes' "30 Under 30" for topping music charts and shifting culture.
  • Sarah Ceurvorst (BHA 2013) was chosen as an Art21 Educator, providing a year-long intensive experience that focuses on ways contemporary art can support learning. She was previously awarded the 2017 Pennsylvania Art Education Association’s Early Career Art Educator Award.
  • Courtney Wittekind (BHA 2013) received a rare National Science Foundation fellowship in the social sciences and is Carnegie Mellon’s first student to win the Rhodes Scholarship in the arts and humanities. She is working toward a PhD at Harvard after completing a MPhil at Oxford focusing on art, activism, and anthropology on behalf of displaced persons and refugees.
  • Robyn Gray (BCSA 2011) is co-founder of two independent game studios, Other World Interactive and The Elsewhere Company, that design narrative experiences and program immersive worlds. Her work has won several awards at game and film festivals including Sundance.

  • David Lasky (BHA 2009) carved the crucifix for the 2015 Papal visit to Madison Square Garden as Tait Tower’s lead sculptor. He also designs and fabricates scenic stage elements for music stars including Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Madonna, One Direction, Katy Perry, Skrillex and Britney Spears.
  • Natasha Patamapongs (BHA 2008, MEIM 2018) performed at the Thai White House for the Prime Minister and his council with the Mahidol University Jazz Orchestra as part of the United As One gala for over 6,000 people directly involved with the Thai Cave Rescue.
  • Jonathan Minard (BHA 2007) is co-writer and director of the film "Archive," winner of the Sundance Institute 2015 Sloan Fellowship to support science and technology themes. He also created Clouds, an interactive movie presented in virtual reality, which premiered as part of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, and was awarded Best Interactive Film at the Tribeca Film Festival.
  • Kim Markel (BHA 2006, HNZ 2007) is named by Dwell as their "Young Guns 2017: New Designers Making Wavesfor her recycled plastic Glow Chair, which received several design and innovation awards.
  • Diane Loviglio (BHA 2005) is currently a Lead User Experience Researcher at Google after they acquired her successful startup Boon + Gable, an online style service that raised $2.5 million in seed funding and whose retail partners included Neiman Marcus, J.Crew and Bloomingdale's.
  • Berit Nowicki (BHA 2005) created Emotive Agility and provides coaching and corporate training. She specialize in body language and emotional intelligence training to communicate and manage emotions in her clients’ personal and professional lives.

  • Sola Fasehun (BHA 2004) began an independent film company Fasehun Films. She has earned nominations and awards at Cannes and other film festivals as producer for numerous short and feature films. Her production credits also inculde Broadway's revival of Godspell starring Orange is the New Black's Uzo Aduba.

  • Joana Ricou (BSA 2004) is named one of the “14 Emerging Women Artists to Watch in 2017” by artnet News. Her belief that art can both support and contribute to science and vice-versa has led to collaborations with galleries, schools and museums in Portugal and the USA, including the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Science Center, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Ponce Museo de Arte (Puerto Rico) among others. In 2012, Joana received a fellowship from the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University and a Spark award from the Sprout Fund. Joana received commissions to support her exploration of the microbiome as an artistic medium from the Eden Project and the Wellcome Trust (2015) and, from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (2016).
  • Leah Messina (BHA 2003) is Sinuate Media’s CEO and founder who launched in 2006. Her marketing consulting firm emphasizes the collaboration between digital and traditional strategies. This guiding principle is embodied in her concept of organic marketing TM, a widely used term in the digital marketing space to describe the fusion of social media with emerging technology, barter media and traditional marketing methods to provide engaging and effective search results.

  • Laura Gonzalez (BSA 2002) is the CEO, principal developer and product designer specializing in 3D interactive visualization for her company Dynamoid.

  • Pamela Jordan (BHA 2002) and Brian Mathias (BHA 2007) have been granted the German Chancellor Fellowship.
  • Carrie Schneider’s (BHA 2001) solo exhibition of photography "Reading Womenwas the first show in the relaunch of CMU’s Miller Gallery to the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art. She was a Fulbright Fellow whose work is held by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, Quebec.

  • Jessica Phillips-Silver (BHA 1999) is an associate researcher in neuroscience and adjunct professor of music at Georgetown University. She documented the first case of the musical disorder "beat deafness," and has studied people who have trouble connecting physically with rhythm.

BXA Class of 2024 Honors

Timothy James Carullo +*
Spoorthi Cherivirala +*=
Eric Li +*
Connor Viani Maas +*
Valerie Joy Nayak +*=
Zachary Joseph Sussman +*
Chelsea Tang +
Annika Wu +*
Laura Yu Wu +*

Hikari Lyane Harrison *=
Anthony Y.H. Hong +*
Joey Mok +*

Evelyn Bang *
Julian Hsieh +*
Ellis Carson Jones +*-
Nicholas Jun +*
Anabelle Masina Kang *
Kaisa Grace Lee +*=
Shannon A. Lin +=
Bridget Amanda Nance +*
Annie Nguyen +*=
Sion Park +*
So Young Park +-
Angela Ren +*-
Peggy Shen +*=
Bernard Sheng +*
Grayson Elizabeth Ticer +*=
Heying Wang +*
Cheryl Zhang +*-
Tianan Zhang +*=
Haisu (Kelly) Zheng +*

George Jacob Armentrout +*
Rui Chang +*
Laurence Gao +*=<
Emily Marie Krueger +*
Ethan Lee +*<
Ines Rodriguez Hsu *
Juniper Spiegel +*
Carmyn Talento +*<
Shuyi (Zoe) Yang +*=<
Zixin Yang +*
Shangyi Zhu *

EA Additional Major
Jude Bissonette +*=
Janika Ja-Min Oh +*

+ University Honors
* BXA Intercollege Honors
- Dietrich College Honors
^ College of Engineering Honors
= College of Fine Arts Honors
< Mellon College of Science Honors

BXA Intercollege Deans' List Spring 2024

Spoorthi Cherivirala
Marc Dunand
Alexis Giauque
Leo Gong
Jocelyn Hao
Roy Huang
Bee Jackson
Andy Jiang
Jason Jiang
Willie Kim
Ethan Kwong
Leo Lin
Connor Maas
Juhyun Park
Jaden Singh
Zachary Sussman
Chelsea Tang
Arjun Walia
Jeffrey Wang
Annika Wu
Xiao Yuan
Mark Zhou
Chloe Zhu

Samuel Greco
Anthony Hong
Rebecca Kim

Richard Ahn
Tobi Aina
Deeya Bachani
Evelyn Bang
Matthew Blankley
Paige Brady
Zoe Brown
Jasmin Cha
Jessie Chen
Hayeong Choi
Mimi Chuang
Emma Deng
Lily Du
Diane He
Maddie Hoogstraten
Julian Hsieh
Shui Hu
Kayley Ji
Ellis Jones
Nicholas Jun
Arrim Jung
Kiran Kadewari
Anabelle Kang
Ilyas Khan
Claire Kim
Shannon Lee
Michael Li
Zsofia Markus
Bridget Nance
Isa Paez-Pumar
Sojung Pak
Ashley Park
Audrey Pavlica
Angela Ren
Kate Russo
Rosemary Seet
Jamie Tseng
Lillian Van Veen
Heying Wang
Sarah Wang
Camellia Wang
Sabrina Xu
Elly Young
Chaeil Yun
Helen Zhang
Jiuman Zhang
Ruoxi Zhang
Serena Zhang

Christina Barabino
Lorie Chen
Athena Chuang
Laurence Gao
Nathan Gaynor
Liberty Lapayowker
Ethan Lee
Sam Regardie
Juniper Spiegel
Madelyn Streisfeld
Carmyn Talento
Monica Wan
Angel Wang
Zoe Yang
Helen Yang