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June 4: Three Carnegie Mellon Faculty Receive Endowed Chairs From Heinz Endowments and Heinz Family Foundation


Ken Walters

Three Carnegie Mellon Faculty Receive Endowed Chairs
From Heinz Endowments and Heinz Family Foundation

PITTSBURGH—Three Carnegie Mellon University faculty members have received endowed professorships from The Heinz Endowments and the Heinz Family Philanthropies. Terry Collins of the Mellon College of Science has been named the Teresa Heinz Professor in Green Chemistry; Ramayya Krishnan of the H. John Heinz III College has been named the H. John Heinz III Dean; and Lowell Taylor of the Heinz College has been named the H. John Heinz III Professor of Economics.  
"The Heinz Endowments and Carnegie Mellon have a very special partnership, one that reflects our shared commitment to education, innovation and environmental sustainability, and most of all a strong future for southwest Pennsylvania," said Chris Heinz, son of Teresa Heinz and the late H. John Heinz III, and a member of The Heinz Endowments' board.
chairs The professorships are part of The Heinz Endowments' and the Heinz Family Philanthropies' continued support of Carnegie Mellon. The two philanthropies have provided funds for a wide range of projects at the university in fields including public policy, green science, architecture, computer science, robotics and the arts.
"These chairs are a testament to the deep long-standing relationship between Carnegie Mellon University and The Heinz Endowments and the Heinz Family Philanthropies. The vision and dedication of the Heinz family, through philanthropy, has allowed Carnegie Mellon to become an international leader in areas such as economic growth, environmental sustainability, technological innovation and health care policy," said Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon. "Krishnan, Lowell and Terry are key contributors to our success in these areas, and I am pleased that we are able to honor them."
Terry Collins, who also serves as the director of the Institute for Green Science, joined the Mellon College of Science faculty in 1987. He is internationally renowned as one of the founders of green chemistry, a field of study aimed at developing chemical products and processes to reduce or eliminate the use and generation of substances that are hazardous to human health and the environment. Collins speaks to audiences worldwide on the subject, and has been a pioneer in green chemistry education, teaching the first course on the topic at Carnegie Mellon in 1992 and currently developing online resources for teachers. In addition to his work in education and advocacy, Collins is an avid researcher, having invented tetra-amido macrocyclic ligand catalysts (TAMLs), a class of catalyst that has the potential to destroy pollutants in the water supply and soil, and to provide more environmentally friendly alternatives to industrial processes.  
Ramayya Krishnan, the W.W. Cooper and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Information Systems, joined the faculty of the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management in 1988 and became the first dean when the school was renamed the H. John Heinz III College in July 2009. As a founder and chair of the Masters of Information Systems Management Program, Krishnan has been a driving force behind the college's graduate information technology programs. He also is considered a strong advocate of innovative initiatives within the college, including the Washington, D.C. Heinz College Center, the revitalized Center for Economic Development and the new iLab Research Center. Krishnan is a well-known researcher, focusing on commerce, risk management and the design policies that take into account competing needs of data access and privacy.  
Lowell J. Taylor, who is the academic director of the Center for Economic Development at the Heinz College, joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1990. He is an internationally recognized researcher who studies basic economic theory and statistical methodology, and policy issues including labor market inequality by gender, race and sexual orientation, and incentive in health care and health insurance markets. In 2000, Taylor served on President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers as a senior economist, working on issues related to labor, health and education policy. Taylor also has been recognized for his excellence in teaching, having won the Heinz College's top teaching award three times.

Pictured above are Lowell Taylor, Terry Collins and Ramayya Krishnan.