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Sept. 8: Carnegie Mellon Faculty, Invited Guests Share G-20 Expertise With Campus Community, Public Throughout September


Ken Walters   

Carnegie Mellon Faculty, Invited Guests Share G-20
Expertise With Campus Community, Public Throughout September

PITTSBURGH—As part of the regional activities leading up to the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Sept. 24-25, Carnegie Mellon University will host several events with faculty and distinguished guest speakers to inform and educate the community on topics related to the G-20 Summit.

"The G-20 happening in Pittsburgh is a 'teachable moment' for us," said Indira Nair, vice provost for education and professor of engineering and public policy. "These events offer a glimpse into the global economy and a focus on some nations to introduce students and community members to the G-20 conference."

The G-20 brings together the leaders and central banking officials of the world's 19 largest national economies, plus the European Union. Carnegie Mellon embodies the transformation of Pittsburgh from a steel-town industrial economy to an international center of knowledge and innovation, which was one of the reasons cited by President Obama for choosing the city as host of the summit. The university is a leader in new industry and job creation, and it has earned an international reputation as an economic engine, which has driven Pittsburgh's renaissance.

For more details and a full list of campus-related G-20 events, visit The Web site includes profiles of 25 Carnegie Mellon faculty members who are experts on topics of importance to the G-20. The site also includes a podcast series with faculty experts on G-20 issues and a campus events page that lists related events leading up to the summit. The podcasts are also accessible at

Campus events include:

Using Smart Technologies To Improve Our Infrastructure

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, Singleton Room, Roberts Engineering Hall

James H. Garrett, Jr., head of Carnegie Mellon's Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department and co-director of the Center for Sensed Critical Infrastructure Research (CenSCIR), will moderate a panel that will discuss how to harness new and emerging smart technologies for buildings, transportation systems and other critical infrastructure. Panel participants include Jurij Paraszczak, director of emerging business research and smarter planet initiatives at IBM; Benson Gabler, corporate sustainability manager at The PNC Financial Services Group; Guy Costa, public works director for the City of Pittsburgh; Jose Moura, co-director of CenSCIR and a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department; Burcu Akinci, CenSCIR faculty member and a professor in CEE; and Piervincenzo Rizzo, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

A Primer for the Upcoming G-20 Economic Summit in Pittsburgh

7:30–9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, Rivers Club (Downtown)

Chester Spatt, the Pamela R. and Kenneth B. Dunn Professor of Finance and director of the Center for Financial Markets at Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business, will discuss the pledges resulting from the previous G-20 in London and how current global economic conditions will influence the discourse in Pittsburgh. The event is sponsored by the Tepper School Pittsburgh Alumni.

Carnegie Mellon's G-20 Forum — An Expert Preview of the Pittsburgh Summit

7–8:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14, McConomy Auditorium

Lee Branstetter, associate professor of economics at the Heinz College, Jendayi Frazer, distinguished service professor at the Heinz College and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Marvin Goodfriend, professor of economics and chairman of the Gailliot Center for Public Policy at the Tepper School of Business, and Gabriel Sod Hoffs, an economic strategist at Farallon Capital Management, will speak. They will present an overview on economics, policy, development and some of the countries that will be participating in the summit. The moderator for the event will be Robert Wilburn, distinguished service professor and director of the Heinz College in Washington, D.C.

Media Preview: How Journalists Plan To Cover the G-20

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21, Singleton Room, Roberts Engineering Hall

Pradeep K. Khosla, the Philip and Marsha Dowd University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, dean of the College of Engineering and founding director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab, and M. Granger Morgan, head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, will moderate a panel of journalists including Newsweek/MSNBC Political Editor Howard Fineman and reporters from The Wall Street Journal and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Reviving Economic Growth: Action Plan for Pittsburgh G-20 Summit, a Pre-G-20 Conference Hosted by the Atlantic Council and Carnegie Mellon

8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept 23 (specific location to be announced)

In advance of the Pittsburgh Summit for the G-20, the Atlantic Council and Carnegie Mellon, with support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will host an expert conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the university. The conference will examine the steps needed to revitalize economic growth and restore confidence in globalization following the current crisis. Through a series of candid discussions and lectures, senior government officials, business leaders, key policy analysts and Carnegie Mellon faculty experts will look at the mix of political, social, global and local forces needed to renew the world economy. Topics of conversation include the market impact of innovation; the role of trade and financial regulation in restoring growth; the forces behind educating the workforce for the 21st century economy; and social and political challenges of renewing globalization. A report prepared by the conference participants, "Renewing Globalization and Economic Growth in a Post-Crisis World," will be available at the conference and by mid-September from Carnegie Mellon University Press.

Carnegie Mellon is a member the Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership (, a public-private partnership of organizations throughout the Pittsburgh region that have come together to welcome the world to Pittsburgh during the G-20 Summit.