Carnegie Mellon University
September 10, 2021

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

A statement from President Farnam Jahanian

Tomorrow marks 20 years since the attack on our nation on September 11, 2001.

The events of 9/11 are forever etched in the minds of anyone old enough to remember the day, and two decades later, we all continue to feel their impact. During this milestone anniversary, we pause to reflect on the weight of this history, to honor the almost 3,000 people who perished that September morning — including many brave first responders — and to remember all those who put their lives on the line to keep our country safe. We especially honor the memory of the seven CMU alumni who perished: Lawrence Kim (DC 1997), Frederick Kuo Jr. (ENG 1969), Gary Lasko (TPR 1965), Alan Linton (TPR 1997), Norma Lang Steuerle (DC 1969), Jonathan Uman (TPR 1990) and Matthew D. Yarnell (DC 1997).

Tomorrow, the CMU community will commemorate the anniversary with a lone bagpiper playing at the 9/11 Memorial Tree located on the Cut on our Pittsburgh campus. The piper will play at the four moments of impact: 8:46 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:37 a.m. and 10:03 a.m. Eastern Time. The Student Leadership, Involvement, and Civic Engagement (SLICE) office is also arranging for a student trip Saturday morning to the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Space is limited, but tickets are still available via

Each year, this day reminds us of the humanity that unites us, the comfort and support of a close-knit community that sustains us, and the many blessings we may take for granted. I hope each of you will be able to commemorate this anniversary in a way that is personally meaningful to you.


Farnam Jahanian
Henry L. Hillman President’s Chair