James H. Garrett Jr., dean of the College of Engineering, has been named the 2016 Metcalf Award Winner by the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP). The award, which will be presented at the ESWP annual banquet tonight (Feb. 18) at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, recognizes engineers who make outstanding contributions to the region. As dean of the College of Engineering, Garrett has launched major research initiatives in additive manufacturing and smart cities, both serving to drive regional growth and inspire future engineers. As a co-founding director of the Smart Infrastructure Institute, Garrett’s research focuses on using sensors and data analytics to assess the condition of civil infrastructures. Find out more.
Chris Pistorius, the POSCO Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, will receive the Association for Iron & Steel Technology's (AIST) 2016 F. Elliott Lectureship Award. This lecturer is selected in recognition of distinguished contributions in chemical process metallurgy and materials chemistry to the iron and steel industry. Pistorius conducts research in the Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research, focusing on steel cleanliness, reaction kinetics, ironmaking and electrochemistry. He will receive the award at the AIST President’s Award Breakfast on Tuesday, May 17 in Pittsburgh, as part of AISTech 2016, the 13th annual Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition. The event is the largest annual technology forum for the global steel industry. Find out more about Pistorius.
Martin Gaynor, the E. J. Barone Professor of Economics at the Heinz College, will be one of three featured experts at the Astellas Innovation Debate at The Royal Institution of Great Britain. Moderated by BBC broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby, this year’s debate is titled “Situation Critical: Making Healthcare Fit for the Future.” Watch the debate live at 1:30 p.m. EST, Feb. 25, and join the conversation on Twitter using #innovatedebate. Gaynor is an expert on competition in health care markets and on the role of incentive structures within health care. Find out more about Gaynor.
The American Marketing Association has announced that Kannan Srinivasan, the H.J. Heinz II Professor of Management, Marketing and Information Systems at the Tepper School of Business, will be the 19th recipient of the Paul D. Converse Award. The prestigious award, which is given only once every four years, was established in 1946 by the American Marketing Association to honor researchers who have contributed significantly to the theory of marketing and toward the advancement of science in marketing. Srinivasan will be presented with the award at a symposium at the University of Illinois April 21-23. Kannan’s co-awardees are: Steven Shugan, University of Florida; Robert Lusch, University of Arizona; and Ajay Kohli, Georgia Tech University.
CMU's Vincent Aleven, David Klahr, Ken Koedinger and Carolyn Rose (l-r) recently attended and presented their accomplishments at a three-day National Science Foundation conference celebrating the achievements of the NSF's six Science of Learning Centers, including CMU and the University of Pittsburgh's LearnLab. The presentations on the center's educational research accomplishments underscore the importance of establishing a sustainable science of learning community to produce breakthroughs that impact education. LearnLab is a partner of the Simon Initiative, which harnesses a cross-disciplinary, learning-engineering ecosystem that has developed over several decades at CMU with the goal of measurably improving student-learning outcomes. Koedinger, professor of human-computer interaction and director of LearnLab, and Aleven, associate professor of human-computer interaction, gave a talk on “Improving Learning and Learning Science Through Technology.” Klahr, the Walter van Dyke Bingham Professor of Cognitive Development and Education Sciences, and Pitt's Tim Nokes presented “Timing is Everything…Sometimes.” Rose, associate professor of language technologies and human-computer interaction, and Pitt’s Lauren Resnick reported on “Technology-Infused Professional Development: Towards Socializing Intelligence in Urban Classrooms.” Find out more.