Carnegie Mellon University
February 02, 2022

Reappointment of Michael Trick as the Dean of CMU Qatar

Dear Members of the Carnegie Mellon Community:

I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Michael Trick, the Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Operations Research, as dean of the Carnegie Mellon University campus in Qatar (CMU-Q).

Since his appointment as dean in 2017, Dean Trick has grown the CMU-Q program, expanding both its course offerings and enrollment. CMU-Q graduates have had an increasing impact on education, research, creativity and entrepreneurship in Qatar and around the world. In 2021 alone, we celebrated CMU-Q students winning the Qatar National Arabic Debate Championship, the campus offered a new coding program for nearly 200 pre-college students to learn basic programming skills, and CMU-Q  researchers used artificial intelligence and a fleet of autonomous marine robots to better explore the marine environment around Qatar. Under Dean Trick’s leadership, CMU-Q expanded its robust program offerings while ensuring the campus community members thrived.

As Dean Trick enters his second term, I look forward to continuing our strong partnership as he leads CMU-Q and its undergraduate programs in biological sciences, business administration, computer science and information systems. More than 400 students from 53 countries call Carnegie Mellon’s Qatar campus home and we are so proud to have this creative and collaborative campus as part of our CMU community.

Dean Trick’s reappointment follows the evaluation of an ad hoc committee charged with reviewing his performance as a leader and administrator. I want to express my gratitude to the following members of the committee for their thorough review and recommendations:

  • Richard Scheines, Bess Family Dean, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences (chair)
  • Jonathan Caulkins, H. Guyford Stever University Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy
  • Mary Jo Dively, Vice President and General Counsel, and Secretary of the Corporation
  • Fuad Farooqi, Area Head of Business Administration and Associate Teaching Professor of Finance
  • Khaled Harras, Area Head of Computer Science and Full Teaching Professor of Computer Science
  • Selma Limam Mansar, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and Full Teaching Professor, Information Systems
  • Richard Mundy, Chief Operations Officer, CMU Qatar
  • Marion Oliver, Co-Area Head of Arts and Sciences, and Teaching Professor, Mathematics
  • Gordon Rule, Head of CMU Qatar Biological Sciences Program
  • Duane Seppi, BNY Mellon Professor of Finance and Head of Computational Finance Program
  • Molly Steenson, Vice Provost for Faculty
  • Annette Vincent, Associate Dean of Diversity and Climate and Associate Teaching Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Becky Culyba, Vice Provost for Operations and Strategic Initiatives (ex officio)

I also thank all of the members of our community who assisted the committee in its work.

Please join me in congratulating Dean Trick on his reappointment!


Jim Garrett

Provost and Chief Academic Officer