Executive Director, Neuroscience Institute
Before joining CMU in 2014, Balbier helped launch two separate education technology companies in the Pittsburgh region. He first became familiar with CMU when he joined the Heinz Endowments in 1993, working there 13 years as Senior Program Officer for education grantmaking. Balbier had worked for Sen. John Heinz until his death in 1991. It was soon thereafter that he was invited to Pittsburgh to help manage the foundation’s education grant making. In this role he became fascinated with the cross-disciplinary research at CMU in cognitive psychology, engineering, machine learning, robotics and human-computer interaction. Balbier works with the Director of NI to strengthen brain research collaborations between faculty across the colleges and develop resources to advance the Institute’s vision to be an international leader of transformative advances in the neural sciences.
Masters, Public Policy and Management, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
BA, Political Science, Fairleigh Dickinson University
Senior Executive Seminar, Carnegie Mellon University