Carnegie Mellon University

Enigma machine

April 06, 2018

From Enigma to AI

The Legacy of Pamela McCorduck and Joseph Traub at CMU

By Shannon Riffe

In recognition of Pamela McCorduck's recent gift to CMU of over 50 calculating machines, letters, and books – including two Enigma machines – university leadership and special guests join Pamela on stage for a walk down memory lane to recount the academic achievements and philanthropic highlights of her extraordinary life with her late husband Joseph Traub, a former Computer Science Department Head. 


  • Pamela McCorduck, Author and Philanthropist
  • Andrew Moore, Dean, School of Computer Science
  • Julia Parsons, WWII Codebreaker (MM 1942) 
  • Mary Shaw (CS 1972), A.J. Perlis University Professor, School of Computer Science
  • Keith Webster, Dean, University Libraries and Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives

This event is free and open to the public.

Walk-ins are welcome but only those who have registered will have a confirmed seat. Register here.