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June 22: Carnegie Mellon Names Martin L. Griss To Head Innovative Silicon Valley Campus


Chriss Swaney       

Carnegie Mellon Names Martin L. Griss
To Head Innovative Silicon Valley Campus

grissPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Martin L. Griss has been named director of Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley campus, effective July 1. He succeeds James Morris, founding director of Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and former dean of Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science.
Carnegie Mellon Provost and Senior Vice President Mark S. Kamlet praised Griss for his vision and broad expertise in software engineering technology.
"It is a great honor for me to be named to this important post as the demand for faster, leaner and more mobile information technology and systems continues to grow," said Griss, currently associate dean of research at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and co-director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab's Mobility Research Center. "As director of Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, I will continue to work with my university colleagues to improve our educational programs and perform innovative research that connects us to important global technology companies."
Pradeep K. Khosla, founding director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab and dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering, said Griss' background, his extensive research and education experience, and his global skills in developing programs for software reuse make him a perfect choice to lead Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley. 
With nearly 40 years of academic and industrial research experience, Griss is world-renowned for his work in software reuse and software agents, which is now focused on context-aware, mobile companions for the globetrotting professional and the "SmartSpaces" sensor-enabled environment for home-based, elder-care projects.  He spent two decades as a principal laboratory scientist at Hewlett-Packard, and as director of HP's 70-person Software Technology Laboratory. He was previously an associate professor of computer science at the University of Utah and an adjunct professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
The South African native received his bachelor's degree in math and physics from the Israel Institute of Technology in 1967, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois in 1971. Griss and his wife Pnina, a retired biologist, live in Mountain View, Calif. They have two children, Doron, 30, and Shelli, 27. Both work in the competitive software entertainment technology industry.
Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, established in 2002 at Moffett Field, offers full-time and part-time master's degree programs in software engineering, software management, networking, security and mobility, and engineering and technology innovation management. Last fall, the campus launched an associated bi-coastal electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. program focused on mobility, security and networking. This August, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley will award its 400th degree. 


Pictured above is Martin L. Griss, director of Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley campus.