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June 14, 2012

Personal Mention

Colleen McMullen, executive director of diversity strategies & programs at the Tepper School of Business, has received the 2012 Sterling H. Schoen Achievement Award from The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. The award is presented annually to individuals in recognition of their courageous leadership and commitment in advancing the goal of equal opportunity for underrepresented minorities in American business. McMullen leads a comprehensive effort to develop diversity and inclusion strategies and programs for the Tepper School. Through collaboration with leaders across campus and throughout the business community, McMullen has worked successfully to improve outreach and recruiting methods for prospective students, faculty and staff, and to include research-related topics of diversity and inclusion in graduate business education. In 2011, she was selected by the New Pittsburgh Courier as one of their “50 Women of Excellence,” which honors the achievements of African-American women in the Pittsburgh region.  McMullen also serves on CMU President Jared L. Cohon’s Diversity Advisory Council. Read the full story.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Radu Marculescu and his team of collaborators earned the Best Paper Award at the IEEE/ACM International Symposium of Networks-on-Chip (NOCS2012) last month in Lyngby, Denmark. The paper, "An Optimal Control Approach to Power Management for Multi-VFI Platforms," was co-authored with post-doc Paul Bogdan and visiting students Rafa Tornero and Siddharth Jain. The paper addresses the fundamental problem of energy-efficient design of future multicore systems. More specifically, it introduces a completely new framework for identifying and exploiting the effects of workload variability on run-time power management of multicore platforms. Their research was sponsored by the NSF and SRC.

Mechanical Engineering Professor Jonathan Cagan, Psychology Professor Kenneth Kotovsky and mechanical engineering graduate students Steven Chen and Katherine Fu have won the Best Paper Award in the area of Design Cognition at the 2012 International Design Computation and Cognition Conference. Their paper is titled “The Role of Design Team Interaction Structure on Individual and Shared Mental Models.”

Alumnus Daniel H. Wilson’s 10th book has been published. “Amped: A Novel” tells the story of people whose brains are implanted with technological devices that make them capable of superhuman feats. The technology causes a civil rights battle for “amped” humans. Wilson’s “Robopocalypse” was a New York Times bestseller. For more on Wilson’s sci-fi books, go to  Wilson earned master’s degrees in robotics in 2003 and 2004 and his Ph.D. in robotics in 2005.

Nancy Koelbler, circulation services supervisor at the Sorrells Engineering & Science Library for almost 18 years, died on June 7 after an extended illness. She was 63. Koelbler took great pride in her work, and especially enjoyed being part of the change from Dewey Decimal to Library of Congress classification in the University Libraries. She is warmly remembered by friends and co-workers for her good cheer and sense of humor.