Carnegie Mellon University
December 15, 2022

Year in Review 2022

Peter Kerwin
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This past year, the dedicated members of the CMU community strove for sustainability here on Earth and reached for the stars. They developed technologies that will transform society to the benefit of all. They took home Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards and dozens of nominations. And the generosity of our donors and partners through Make Possible: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon helped to position the university at the frontier of what is possible.

Here are a few stories to showcase some of what Carnegie Mellon University accomplished this year.

The Future of Manufacturing

Joe Biden

Biden Delivers Passionate Call To Action To Invest in American Innovation

President Joe Biden interacts with faculty and students during a visit to Mill 19, CMU's advanced manufacturing research facilities.

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The White House

CMU President Jahanian Joined U.S. President at Signing of the Historic CHIPS and Science Act

The CHIPS Act, a $280 billion package aimed at boosting semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S., will bring important advanced technological opportunities to Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania.

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A teleconference with President Biden and CMU President Jahanian

Carnegie Mellon, Region, To Share Benefits of $62.7M Build Back Better Grant

The grant will expand Pittsburgh's well-established robotics, AI and automation cluster to 11 counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania and help address regional challenges.

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Groundbreaking Research

A haptic interface

Haptic Effects in Virtual Reality

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have devised a practical way for people to receive tactile feedback in virtual worlds.

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A researcher

CMU and Mayo Clinic To Collaborate on Transplant Innovation

The institutions will bioengineer innovative approaches to address current barriers in organ transplantation.

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Jessica Hammer

CMU Launches Center for Transformational Play

The new research center will strengthen research and development of transformational games and position CMU as a hub for game research and development.

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$20M from NIH Provides Infrastructure, Leadership for Project To Map the Human Body

CMU researchers support a global atlas of the human body at the cellular level, to accelerate understanding of how cell and tissue organization and function affect human health.

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The CMU Array

Researchers Nanoprint Electrodes for Customized Treatments of Disease

Researchers pioneered the CMU Array — a new type of microelectrode array for brain computer interface platforms.

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An illustration of dolphins

Experts Study Marine Mammals To Learn About Human Hearing

Barbara Shinn-Cunningham is gaining a deeper understanding of human hearing by studying the brains of marine mammals.

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Looking out a window while diving to the Titanic

Carnegie Mellon Researcher Dives to Titanic To Test Text-to-Video Technology

Alex Waibel recorded himself narrating his dive to the legendary wreck inside a submersible.

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A laundry folding demo

Robots that Can Feel Cloth Layers May One Day Help with Laundry

New research from CMU's Robotics Institute can help robots feel layers of cloth, which could allow robots to assist with household tasks like folding laundry.

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CMU in Space

CMU Building Moonshot Mission Control for Upcoming Lunar Exploration

A new command center in Gates Hall will provide equipment to the crews of the Iris, MoonRanger and future space missions.

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An illustration of Moon Ark

MoonArk Twin Joins Permanent Collection at the Smithsonian

A marker designed to last hundreds of thousands of years on the moon is envisioned to spark wonderment for future humans.

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An illustration of a suit in use on the moon

Moon Buddy Team Working with NASA on Spacesuits for Lunar Exploration

The SUITS challenge seeks an augmented reality interface that will assist astronauts during moonwalks.

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A rocket

Satellite Designed at CMU Launches into Low-Earth Orbit

The Tartan-Artibeus-1 Satellite was aboard SpaceX's successful Falcon 9 launch of Transporter-3.

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Coma Cluster

Hey Siri: How Much Does This Galaxy Cluster Weigh?

A team led by CMU physicists has developed a deep-learning method that accurately estimates the mass of the Coma Cluster.

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A VR display

Guiding the Clean Energy Transition

CMU co-sponsored the Global Clean Energy Action Forum with the Department of Energy to lead the discussion of how to move toward a clean and sustainable future.

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Gates Center

'Walking the Walk' Toward a Cleaner Planet

Carnegie Mellon's commitment to sustainability is evident across its beautiful Pittsburgh campus.

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The SDGs

Mendelson Testifies on SDGs Before House Committee

Ambassador Sarah E. Mendelson, co-chair of CMU's Sustainability Initiative, was invited to speak on the Sustainable Development Goals.

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A green USA

A Major American Investment in Climate and Environmental Policy

CMU experts weigh in on the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act.

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ETC Game Guided by Global Goals

The game allows the player, as mayor of Shapetopia, to enact policies that reflect the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Nicholas Muller

Carnegie Mellon Professor Launches ESG Index

Professor Nicholas Muller created the ESG Index to track monetary damage created by pollution.

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Artificial Intelligence


CMU Launches Responsible AI Initiative To Direct Technology Toward Social Responsibility

CMU brings AI research under the umbrella of fairness, accountability, transparency and ethics.

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A diptych showing a piloted and unmanned cockpit simulation

AI Pilot Can Navigate Crowded Airspace

Researchers aim to develop behaviors of their AI to be indistinguishable from a human pilot.

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Ramayya Krishnan

CMU Dean Appointed to National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee

The appointment recognizes the leadership, expertise and ground-breaking work of Dean Ramayya Krishnan.

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An AV in a field

Roboticists Go Off Road To Compile Data That Could Train Self-Driving ATVs

The TartanDrive dataset is likely the largest for off-road environments.

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Tartan Traditions

Commencement 2022

CMU Celebrates Historic Commencement Weekend

Undergraduate and graduate students from the Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 celebrated at the 124th Commencement.

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A swing at Carnival

Spring Carnival Returns in Full Swing

This year’s theme was “Ad Astra” — Latin for “to the stars.”

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A group photo

CMU President Welcomes Class of 2026+

President Farnam Jahanian embraced incoming students at Orientation with a warm welcome to the CMU community.

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The Paz family

A Second CMU Student for First-Generation Family

As a child, junior Monica Paz attended CMU's annual Family Weekend with her parents to visit her older sister.

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Tartan Talent

Siân Heder

CMU Alumna Takes Oscar Gold

"CODA," written and directed by School of Drama alumna Siân Heder, won Best Picture and Heder won for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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A group photo

Three Carnegie Mellon Alumni Win Six 2022 Tony Awards

CMU alumni have earned 58 Tonys to date — onstage and behind the scenes.

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A group photo

CMU Hacking Team Wins Super Bowl of Hacking for 6th Time

The victory builds on CMU's prowess in cybersecurity.

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A collage of headshots

Fulbrights Put Nine Tartans on Global Path

Counting this year's recipients more than 100 Tartans have earned Fulbright awards.

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CMU campus

Carnegie Mellon Receives the No. 1 Rank in Eight Program and Specialty Areas

U.S. News & World Report ranks CMU 22nd overall among National Universities.

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A triptych of the scholars

Three CMU Students Chosen as Goldwater Scholars

Juniors Shweta Gudapati, Daniel Schaffer and Khunpob Sereesuchart are among recipients of this year's award.

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Noah Mitz

Alumnus Noah Mitz, and HDR Michael Keaton Among the Winners at the 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Mitz took home the trophy for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special.

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New at CMU

Scotty Sculpture

Scotty Sculpture Finds Its Forever Home

Carnegie Mellon's new bronze Scottish terrier was sculpted by College of Fine Arts alumnus Ray Kaskey.

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Mary Ellen Poole's installation

Installation Ceremony Officially Welcomes CFA Dean, Heads

Mary Ellen Poole was officially installed as Carnegie Mellon's 13th Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts.

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Farnam Jahanian and Keith Webster

Shaping the 21st-Century Library

Dean Keith Webster and the University Libraries are re-envisioning the future of how an academic library operates.

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A group photo

Sanders Installed as the Dr. William D. and Nancy W. Strecker Dean

William H. Sanders was installed as the 15th dean of the College of Engineering.

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Students in the Tepper Building

Tepper School Launches New Part-Time Accelerated MBA Program

The Part-Time Accelerated MBA provides a path to accelerate the MBA program and reduce tuition in the process.

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Hunt Library

Sloan Foundation Funds New Office to Support Open Source Activities

The office will explore the ecosystem of software around a new core facility and government research and development.

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A group photo

The Lullaby Project Comes to Pittsburgh

The project has been shown to enhance maternal health and strengthen the bond between parent and child.

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The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon


CMU and Mastercard Foundation Partner To Drive Youth-led Digital Transformation in Africa

The $275.7 million partnership will perpetually support advanced engineering and technology education at Carnegie Mellon University in Africa, catalyze opportunities for 10,000 young people to engage with emerging technologies and lead the digital transformation of the continent.

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Joseph Ballay

$10 Million Gift Will Establish The Joseph Ballay Center for Design Fusion

The center will serve as a central hub for design courses, executive education, sponsored projects and collaborations and design research.

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A student presentation

PNC Foundation Grants $3 Million to CMU, Expands Access to Pre-college Programming

The grant will fund the university’s Summer Academy for Math and Science, and an expansion of its ongoing pilot of the Leadership, Excellence, Access and Persistence program focused on the arts and humanities.

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Giorgio Coraluppi

Alumnus Gift Will Advance Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Giorgio Coraluppi Headship will provide support for the department head and for ECE's strategic initiatives and priorities.

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A New Era for CMU's Institute for Contemporary Art

The greatly expanded ICA will open in new location neighboring the Carnegie Museums.

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