CyLab Director and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering David Brumley recently authored an op-ed in The Hill titled “Cyber issues are global issues.” In the piece Brumley writes, “cyber threats don’t flinch at geopolitical borders; the U.S. can’t go it alone. Cyber issues are global issues, and therefore they need to be addressed among the broader international community.” He identified three areas in which the U.S. should engage with the international community regarding cybersecurity: artificial intelligence, internet governance and cyber deterrence. Read the op-ed.
Alex Hills, Distinguished Service Professor of Engineering & Public Policy, has just published his third book, "Finding Alaska’s Villages: And Connecting Them." Written for a general audience, the new book describes his adventures traveling Alaska by bush plane and snow machine, braving extreme weather and rough terrain to bring telephone service to small villages across the big state, and later developing a new public radio station to serve the people of Alaska’s huge northwest region. The book can be ordered from any bookseller, and it’s available online from Barnes and Noble.
Baruch Fischhoff recently contributed an opinion piece to Chemistry & Engineering News (C&EN). In “When are industries judged fairly?” Fischhoff maps out the ways that people rate risks, noting that individuals define risk differently, rely on imperfect mental models and search for patterns to make sense of the world. He concludes that industry representatives should communicate the risks and benefits of technology in accessible language to successfully convince skeptics. Fischhoff is the Howard Heinz University Professor with appointments in the Engineering and Public Policy Department and the Institute for Politics and Strategy. Read Fischhoff’s piece.
The American Psychosomatic Society has selected J. David Creswell as the recipient of its 2017 Herbert Weiner Early Career Award. Creswell, associate professor of psychology in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, focuses on how the mind and brain influence stress resilience and physical health. “David is an impressive scientist, collaborator and teacher, and his work is already having an enormous impact on health psychology,” said Michael J. Tarr, head of the Department of Psychology. Creswell is also a faculty member of CMU’s Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and BrainHub. Learn more about Creswell and the award.
Ersin Körpeoğlu won the TIMES (Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Section) Doctoral Dissertation Award at the INFORMS Annual Meeting last month for his doctoral dissertation titled “Innovation and Crowdsourcing Contests,” which examines the design of contests (also called tournaments) in which the organizer seeks solutions to an innovation-related problem from independent agents. Körpeoğlu was co-advised by Tepper School professors Laurence Ales and Soo-Haeng Cho for this research. Körpeoğlu, who earned his Ph.D. from the Tepper School of Business in 2015, is currently an assistant professor at the University College London School of Management.
Professor Emeritus Henry R. Piehler died on Thursday, Nov. 24 in Pawley’s Island, S.C. He was 78. Piehler was a faculty member in the Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy departments for 40 years, and continued to teach several classes following his retirement in 2007. During his distinguished career in materials science and engineering his expertise was in plastic deformation of metals and failure in materials. In engineering and public policy, his research areas were in medical device risk management, engineering manpower utilization, and productivity and innovation. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautics and astronautics and his Ph.D. in metallurgy from MIT.