President in the News
Carnegie Mellon expects its biggest commencement as three classes are honored
May 11, 2022
Upward of 25,000 students, alumni, family and others are expected at Carnegie Mellon University on Friday through Sunday as the institution celebrates its 124th commencement and its largest — honoring not only the Class of 2022 but also graduates from 2020 and 2021. Two of the weekend's keynote speakers are returning to their hometowns — Nobel Prize-winning chemist Frances Arnold and Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Billy Porter. Carnegie Mellon President Farnam Jahanian noted the historic scale of this year’s event, saying it is matched by the community’s anticipation “to return to this cherished tradition in person” for students and families whose educational pursuits were upended by the deadly pandemic.
TCS Pace Port Pittsburgh co-innovation and advanced research center launches at CMU
April 22, 2022
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), an information technology services and consulting company based in Mumbai, India, has launched TCS Pace Port Pittsburgh, a brand new co-innovation and advanced research center on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus that's designed to utilize the latest advances in technology and collaborations between local startups, entrepreneurs students and educators to help companies innovate faster. “Collaboration between universities and industry is key to addressing the pressing global challenges that face our society. This is the latest chapter of our ongoing partnership [with TCS] to drive innovation and entrepreneurship at the leading edge of technology, science and society,” CMU President Farnam Jahanian said.
Pittsburgh Business Times
CMU earns gold rating for commitment to green practices, sustainability
March 8, 2022
Carnegie Mellon was awarded its second consecutive gold ranking by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) as measured through AASHE's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), which is a self-reporting structure for colleges and universities to measure their environmental efforts. “Our university’s participation in STARS is a great example of our community’s shared responsibility and accountability in creating a more sustainable planet, and strengthens the campus-wide partnerships necessary to maintain sustainability-focused programs,” said President Farnam Jahanian.
President Jahanian joins Duke University panel to discuss the evolving role of American universities in the innovation economy
March 2, 2022
President Farnam Jahanian participated in a virtual panel discussion hosted by the Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law with leaders from top U.S. research universities. Jahanian spoke about the importance of U.S. research universities to American prosperity, competitiveness, national security and economic development and how increasing federal investment in R&D at universities is necessary to improving the nation’s position as a leader of innovation, technology and talent.
Record $10 million gift will establish Joseph Ballay Center for Design Fusion at CMU
February 28, 2022
Carnegie Mellon’s prestigious College of Fine Arts received the largest gift in its history, $10 million, to establish the Joseph Ballay Center for Design Fusion in the School of Design. CMU Emeritus Professor of Design and alumnus Joseph Ballay and his wife, Sue, are donating the funds. This center "reinforces CMU’s culture, in which the creative and the technical live side-by-side, strengthening each other,” said Carnegie Mellon President Farnam Jahanian.
Farnam Jahanian and Rich Fitzgerald: Autonomous vehicle testing bill essential to regional economy
January 26, 2022
Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian said in a joint op-ed with Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald that passage of Pennsylvania SB 965, which ensures the continued safe development of autonomous vehicle technology in the state, would help the Pittsburgh region capture the potential of the self-driving vehicle industry that is poised to grow to a $1 trillion market size within this decade.
CMU hosts bipartisan event to unveil new autonomous vehicle legislation in Pennsylvania
January 5, 2022
Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian said it’s important to change state law to allow companies to test self-driving cars and trucks on Pennsylvania roads. If the bipartisan bill is approved, Jahanian said, it could allow the state to become “a hub for the transformative technology of the future.” That could include not only testing technology developed in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania, but also manufacturing the components the emerging industry would need.