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August 29, 2013

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Jonathan Cagan, the George Tallman and Florence Barrett Professor of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and co-director of the Master of Product Development program, has been appointed director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering. Engineering Dean James Garrett Jr. said Cagan's role will be to bring greater visibility to all aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship in the college and to work with CMU's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to create programs that will promote increased innovation and entrepreneurship. Cagan also will develop an overall strategy for better integration and coordination of innovation and entrepreneurship across all campuses of the engineering college, especially the Silicon Valley campus. Read the full announcement

"Necessary Fictions," new works by Patricia Bellan-Gillen, the Dorothy L. Stubnitz Professor of Art, will be exhibited at James Gallery, Sept. 27 through Nov. 9. An opening reception will be held from 6 - 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27 at the gallery, located at 413 South Main Street in Pittsburgh’s West End Village. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.

Emma Zink has joined the Master of Product Development Program (MPD) as program coordinator. Her duties will include working with current and future students, helping to integrate the program into its new space — the former PNC Bank on Forbes Ave. across from the Panther Hollow Inn — and aiding in the future expansion of the program. Zink comes to CMU having worked in academic advising and admission counseling at the University of Pittsburgh and as an assistant director of admissions for Juniata College. She received a master’s degree in higher education management and bachelor’s degrees in business administration (marketing) and theatre arts from Pitt. The MPD program is a joint offering between the College of Engineering, the School of Design and the Tepper School of Business.

Obituary: Hugh Young

Hugh David Young, emeritus professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon, died Tuesday, Aug. 20. He was 82. An influential teacher and mentor to thousands of students, Young was a member of the Carnegie Mellon community for more than 60 years.

He came to Carnegie Mellon (then Carnegie Tech) in 1948 as a freshman as one of 10 recipients of the Westinghouse Scholarship. Over the next 11 years, he earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in physics at the university.

Young taught close to 10,000 students and his devotion to his students reached beyond the physics classroom. His office door in Wean Hall was always open for students looking for advice about school or about life, and he often volunteered to help with first-year orientation programs, fraternities and even a rock-climbing group. He and his wife, Alice, opened their home to students, most famously welcoming students for Thanksgiving dinner each year.

"Hugh Young has left an indelible mark on undergraduate education at Carnegie Mellon. With a gentle and caring soul, Hugh touched both the academic and personal lives of many here over more than six decades. We will greatly miss him," said Fred Gilman, dean of the Mellon College of Science.

"Hugh's influence and legacy are beyond measure, stretching across generations of students. Even more, his love of learning, the brilliance of his teaching, and his care for his students serve as inspiration for me and the many Carnegie Mellon faculty who were privileged to know him and strive to follow in his footsteps," said Stephen Garoff, incoming head of the Department of Physics.

Read more about Hugh Young.