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Feb. 20: Information Systems Professor Honored for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching


Jonathan Potts

Carnegie Mellon Information Systems Professor
Honored for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching    

PITTSBURGH—The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS) at Carnegie Mellon University has named Larry Heimann, associate teaching professor of information systems, winner of the 2006–07 Elliott Dunlap Smith Award for Teaching and Educational Service. H&SS gives the award annually to honor excellent undergraduate teaching.  

Larry HeimannHeimann came to Carnegie Mellon in 1998 as a visiting professor of political science in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences. He was invited to become a faculty member for the department's Information and Decision Science major in 1999 because of his interest in software systems, the development of organizational information and information systems resources. That major is now known as Information Systems (IS) and is a freestanding program in H&SS.    

"I am honored to be recognized by my colleagues and students with this award. I love teaching students at Carnegie Mellon — they are intellectually sharp, motivated to succeed and a joy to work with," Heimann said. "I am fortunate to be in a unique program that gives me the opportunity to draw upon both my engineering and social science training to give students a comprehensive view of the information systems profession."    

Heimann has designed several courses at Carnegie Mellon, including Organizational Intelligence in the Information Age, which has been popular among IS majors and non-majors alike. He has led the IS program's community outreach efforts, working closely with the nonprofit organizations that have benefited from IS student projects. The program requires students to complete a course in which they work in teams to develop information systems for nonprofits, which have included Every Child Inc., the U.S. National Senior Olympics and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

"Larry exhibits phenomenal dedication to the IS program and its students. He brings extraordinary talent, enthusiasm and professionalism to his teaching, and he excels in both large lectures and small project meeting venues," said H&SS Dean John Lehoczky. "Students of all abilities appreciate his caring and skillful mentoring and his passion for the IS discipline. He inspires them to produce their very best work."    

Elliott Dunlap Smith was provost of the Carnegie Institute of Technology from 1946 to 1959. He was also the Maurice Falk Professor of Social Relations. He and President Robert Doherty forged the Carnegie Plan for Professional Education, a program to train students to become creative and productive professionals.