Carnegie Mellon University

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Two Endowed Professorships Created to Support Carnegie Mellon Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty
November 12, 2019
"Exceptional people with pioneering ideas have fueled Carnegie Mellon's game-changing research and education from the very beginning, so investing in human capital development is one of the most important ways that we can retain our global leadership," CMU President Farnam Jahanian said. "Endowed professorships provide a singularly powerful tool to support these bright minds, and we are grateful to Cadence, Lip-Bu and Ysa for their exceptional generosity toward this critical priority."
The Times Herald

U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces $8 Million Grant at Special Traffic21 Conference at Carnegie Mellon
November 7, 2019
"The work of Traffic21 and its university transportation center has resulted in three spinoff companies that have created hundreds of technology jobs in Pittsburgh, attracted tens of millions of dollars in private investment," noted CMU president Farnam Jahanian at a special two-day conference that began Thursday.

Highmark gives $35 million to Carnegie Mellon University wellness center
November 7, 2019
CMU president Farnam Jahanian said students' mental and physical health is critical to ensuring their lifelong success, both personally and professionally. "We are delighted to dextend our partnership with Highmark Health to bring to fruition our vision for a unified, comprehensive facility that supports many facets of students' well-being," said Jahanian.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Carnegie Mellon University and ANSYS Transform Engineering Education and Research to Spur Next Industrial Revolution
October 31, 2019
"As a hallmark space in Carnegie Mellon's maker ecosystem, ANSYS Hall will ensure that the next generation of engineers is trained to lead in this new economy and that CMU researchers have the tools they need to tackle critical societal challenges," said CMU President Farnam Jahanian. "We are so grateful to have such an extraordinary partner in ANSYS, and we look forward to the cutting-edge innovations that this collaboration will foster."
MDJ Online

CMU sets $2B fundraising goal; half of it already is in hand
October 30, 2019
Carnegie Mellon President Farnam Jahanian said society is at a pivotal point, and as such, "this is truly a unique moment for Carnegie Mellon." He said the scale, scope and pace of advances in areas from artificial intelligence and neuroscience to data-mining is unprecedented, offering promise but also risks in various aspects of life. "How well society manages the intersection of technology and humanity will set the stage for the next several decades," he said. "We believe Carnegie Mellon is so well positioned to help write the story of this century."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Where Online Learning Goes Next
October 4, 2019
Today’s educators have to rethink higher education for a world that’s being overturned by technology. As Farnam Jahanian, President of Carnegie Mellon University, recently observed, “The unprecedented pace of societal change makes the need for reform more urgent. There is great pressure on higher education as the engine of progress in a knowledge-based economy.”
Harvard Business Review

Mill 19 Opening Signals New Era of Manufacturing
September 4, 2019
Carnegie Mellon University researchers and robots will soon occupy a state-of-the-art facility at the newly constructed Mill 19 building on the 178-acre site known as Hazelwood Green. “Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green represents both our storied past and the promise of the region’s future as a global innovation leader,” said CMU President Farnam Jahanian. “The opening of this hub will usher in a new era of manufacturing while also serving as a powerful reminder of what we can achieve when public, private, civic and community partners come together to fuel innovative discovery and broaden opportunity.”
Mirage News

CMU moves to boost its presence at Hazelwood Green with land acquisition
July 24, 2019
Carnegie Mellon University is preparing to expand its presence at Hazelwood Green, a significant boost in the development of the 178-acre riverfront site. “This is a transformative opportunity for the university, both to create flexibility to address our space needs for the future and to continue to attract new industry partners and jobs to the area,” CMU President Farnam Jahanian said in a statement. “We recognize the responsibility this brings and embrace the opportunity to engage our Hazelwood neighbors and partners with our faculty, staff and students to shape plans for the site.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Argo AI Invests $15 Million For Robocar Research Center At Carnegie Mellon
June 24, 2019
Argo AI, a Pittsburgh-based artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicle tech company, is investing $15 million to establish a Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research at Carnegie Mellon University to improve self-driving technology. “We are thrilled to deepen our partnership with Argo AI to shape the future of self-driving technologies,” Carnegie Mellon President Farnam Jahanian said. “This investment allows our researchers to continue to lead at the nexus of technology and society, and solve society’s most pressing problems.”

Monticello High School's Madeline Michel to Receive 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Tony Award
May 23, 2019
The Tony Awards announced today that Theater Director Madeline Michel from Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia, will receive the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award. This is the fifth anniversary of the award and "the role of arts in education and in society has become more essential with each passing year," said Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian. "This year's selection pays tribute to all drama teachers, Madeline Michel especially, who are making the world a better place by amplifying students' voices through theatre." 
Broadway World

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and its Effect on the Battlefield
May 10, 2019
U.S. Special Operations Command partnered with Carnegie Mellon University to host the 19th Sovereign Challenge Conference held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 30 – May 3. The conference included a visit to Carnegie Mellon University, a world-renowned institution known for producing industry leaders in the fields of science and engineering. CMU President Dr. Farnam Jahanian, welcomed them. “Melding of cyber and the physical world means access to data is growing, but lines are becoming blurred,” said Jahanian. “The professors and students at this university are in the forefront in trying to understand how the physical and cyber will intersect.”

CMU-Q Fetes 78 New Graduates
May 7, 2019
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) has celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2019, with 78 students receiving their degrees . Farnam Jahanian, president of Carnegie Mellon University, remarked: “Never has life been more complex or so full of potential – and more in need of CMU graduates like you. The story of this century will depend on the things that you do best: answering the questions that will be critical to our future and exploring exciting new modes of discovery.”
Gulf Times

Farnam Jahanian Recounts His Life's Story in Feature Profile
May 1, 2019
"As an immigrant, serving my country was such an honor. I am very proud of my academic record and the research I have done. And I am proud of the students I have mentored, and the impact I have had through entrepreneurship. But, besides my children, what I am most proud of is my service in the public sector." Farnam Jahanian, president of Carnegie Mellon University, writes about life, family, and the work that matters. 
Pittsburgh Quarterly 

Air Force Science and Technology Team Deepens Partnership with CMU Center of Excellence
May 1, 2019
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson announced plans to embed a 10-person science and technology team focused on robotics within Carnegie Mellon University’s Center of Excellence. The partnership underscores the changes that can advance robotics and associated technologies within the Air Force. Farnam Jahanian, CMU president, said, “We look forward to continuing to advance research and education in these emerging fields, which are so critical to the security and economic competitiveness of our nation.”
Air Force Materiel Command

Five Carnegie Mellon Alumni Nominated for 11 Tony Awards
April 30, 2019
Five Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama alumni received a total of 11 Tony Award nominations for their Broadway work behind the scenes. In addition, Judith Light, a 1970 alumna and two-time Tony Award winner, will receive this year's Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award for her advocacy to end HIV/AIDS and her support for the LGBTQ+ community. CMU President Farnam Jahanian said, "We are particularly pleased that members of the Carnegie Mellon community are consistently recognized for their work, illustrating our commitment to educating the next generation of entertainment industry talent across a wide array of professions within the field." CMU is the exclusive higher education partner of the Tony Awards, and will present the fifth annual Excellence in Theatre Education Award.
PR Newswire

‘Hamilton’ star Leslie Odom Jr. to deliver CMU commencement address
April 2, 2019
Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor and singer Leslie Odom Jr. is returning to Carnegie Mellon University. “Leslie’s award-winning acting and music has inspired millions and the CMU community is immensely proud of his success as an alumnus on Broadway, in the recording studio and as a writer,” CMU President Farnam Jahanian said.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review

CMU President to Speak on Effect of Tech Disruption on Higher Education
March 17, 2019
Dr. Farnam Jahanian, the President of Carnegie Mellon University, will deliver a public lecture, “The Future of Higher Education in the Age of Technological Disruption” at CMU’s Qatar campus on Sunday, March 24. Dr. Jahanian is visiting Doha as a distinguished speaker for Qatar Computing Research Institute, part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Dr. Jahanian’s talk will discuss the unprecedented pace, scope and scale of technological advances that continue to catalyze societal and economic transformations and accelerate the pace of discovery across all fields of inquiry. Dr. Jahanian said, “Institutions such as Carnegie Mellon must not only train the next generation of computing talent, but also equip tomorrow’s workforce with the cross-cutting human skills that that will only increase in value as automation matures and pervades more tasks.”
albawaba Business

U.S. Army is investing $72 million into CMU for artificial intelligence research
March 11, 2019
Carnegie Mellon University and the U.S. Army have entered into a $72 million cooperative agreement to accelerate research and development of artificial intelligence technologies. CMU will lead a group of universities that will work in collaboration with the Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory. Dr. Jahanian said, “At this time of accelerating innovation, Carnegie Mellon is eager to partner with ARL and with universities across the nation to leverage the power of artificial intelligence and better serve the army mission in the 21st century.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Conference celebrating new MIT Schwarzman College of Computing explores the changing face of higher ed.
February  28, 2019
Dr. Jahanian delivered the keynote address at the Massachusettes Institute of Technology celebration of their Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. His presentation touched on themes of global transformation catalyzed by rapid acceleration of digital technologies.  “The impact of these technologies is ubiquitous," Jahanian said, noting that these changes require a profound rethinking of the role of education in this rapidly changing environment.
MIT News

CMU to Qatar Alumni: Ethics Integral to Education
February 4, 2019
Dr. Jahanian, members of the Board of Trustees and CMU leadership hosted an alumni event at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), where Jahanian emphasized CMU's work in both artificial intelligence research and in ethics. Jahanian pointed to the alumni of CMU-Q as "an integral part of CMU's borderless vision for education and innovation," saying that CMU's transformative education examines the impact of the technology being developed.  Gulf Times

U.S. Army has opened its AI Task Force at CMU
February 1, 2019
The U.S. Army officially activated its Artificial Intelligence Task Force at the National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville. President Jahanian welcomed elected officials and researchers from nearly a dozen universities to showcase AI solutions that the Army can use not only on the battlefield but also in rescue missions and in protecting civilians.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette