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January 26, 2017

Personal Mention

Dan NaginDaniel S. Nagin, a leader in criminology and related fields and the Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics at the Heinz College, received the 2017 National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Reviewing. He is the first CMU faculty member to receive the award, which was established in 1977. The award recognizes authors whose reviews have synthesized extensive and difficult material, rendering a significant service to science and influencing the course of scientific thought. The field rotates among biological, physical and social sciences, and includes a $20,000 prize. Read more.

Brandon LuciaElectrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Brandon Lucia was featured in ACM’s "People of ACM" bulletin, which “highlights the unique scientific accomplishments and compelling personal attributes of ACM members who are making a difference in advancing computing as a science and a profession.” In this issue, Lucia talks about his work with intermittent, energy-harvesting computer systems along with the underlying concepts of Chain, a programming language that his research team developed to guarantee the reliability of energy-harvesting computers. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the largest educational and scientific computing society in the world, providing its members with opportunities to expand their professional lives while also searching for ways to address the challenges of the computing industry. Read an excerpt.

MostafamPh.D. student Mostafa Mirshekari was recently named one of two civil and environmental engineering students who were awarded a John and Claire Bertucci Fellowship to support their graduate studies. Mirshekari, who is advised by professor Hae Young Noh, looks at using footstep-induced floor vibration to monitor and characterize occupant behavior and characteristics, such as their identity, location and activity types.This information can be used to better serve the occupants and increase operational efficiency in smart structures, marketing and health care. He completed his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Tehran (Iran) and has also earned three master's degrees relating to construction management and structural engineering.


Yuji IjiriFormer CMU professor Yuji Ijiri, founder of the transitional momentum accounting practice, also known as triple-entry accounting, died on Jan. 18. He was 81.

Born Feb. 24, 1935, educated and employed as an accountant in his native Japan, Ijiri later adopted the Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA), now the Tepper School of Business, and CMU as his workplace and home for the final half-century of his life. He earned a Ph.D. in industrial administration at Carnegie Mellon in 1963 and, after four years at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, joined the faculty of GSIA. He remained a central Carnegie Mellon figure from 1967 until his death.

Until his retirement in 2011, Ijiri was the R.M. Trueblood University Professor of Accounting and Economics, emeritus. During his time in this position he collaborated and taught alongside such notables as Nobel laureate Herb Simon; former university president Richard Cyert; global operations and accounting visionary Bill Cooper; Ijiri’s thesis adviser James March, political scientist and co-author of the Behavioral Theory of the Firm; and global economics expert and Federal Reserve historian Allan Meltzer. Read more.