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May 31, 2018

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Kennywood Park Community Day is Saturday, June 9

Carnegie Mellon's Community Day at Kennywood Park is Saturday, June 9. CMU employees can purchase two Funday tickets for $15 each (valid only on June 9) and additional Funday tickets for $23 each. Pavilion 7 will be reserved for CMU attendees. A prize giveaway for children (ages 10 & under) and ice cream distribution will begin in Pavilion 7 (behind Skyrocket) at 1 p.m.

Ticket sale dates and times are as follows:

  • June 5, Cohon University Center, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • June 6, Mellon Institute, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • June 7, Cohon University Center, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & 4-5 p.m.
  • June 8, Cohon University Center, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

You must have your own CMU ID to purchase tickets. Cash only. No refunds or exchanges.

RoadBotics Wins Innovation Award

RoadBotics, a Robotics Institute spinoff that uses smartphone and artificial intelligence technology to monitor the condition of concrete and asphalt surfaces, received the Overall Greatest Impact Award in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) annual Innovation Contest.

The company received several additional citations, including Most Feasible, Most Innovative and Best Value in the Internet of Things category, and Most Feasible in the Sustainable Engineering category.

Christoph Mertz, Robotics Institute principal project scientist, has spent years developing a smartphone-enabled road inspection tool. He co-founded RoadBotics in 2016, along with Mark DeSantis, Benjamin Schmidt and Courtney Ehrlichman, to bring the technology to market.

This year's winners will be recognized June 27­–28 in Reston, Virginia. Learn more about RoadBotics.

Phi Beta Kappa Honors More Than 50 Seniors

Fifty-four seniors were inducted into Carnegie Mellon University’s chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society (PBK) this spring. Only about 10 percent of college students across the United States are invited to join PBK.

“You, I hope, will be a part of a mission that we trace back a quarter of a millennium, to be part of the advocacy for the arts and humanities, to be a champion for free speech and academic freedom,” said PBK Secretary and CEO Frederick Lawrence at the induction ceremony. “That is the radical idea the founders committed themselves to 241 years ago. And now, 500,000 members, 17 presidents, 40 Supreme Court Justices, 130 Nobel Prize laureates later, you take your place with them. You are most welcome in this society of ours.”

Dietrich College seniors Maria Navarro-Gutierrez and Mikaela Wolf-Sorokin, who were inducted into PBK in fall 2017, gave a joint speech at the induction ceremony on their time at CMU and the community around PBK.

See the list of inductees.

Soccer Field To Close for Resurfacing

The Carnegie Mellon soccer field and walkway at the corner of Forbes Avenue and Margaret Morrison Street will close June 4 for resurfacing. The work is expected to take about four weeks. 

Parking Waitlist Open Through June 8

New applicants wishing to obtain parking on campus, current permit holders wishing to move to a different parking location, and students interested in parking on campus for the 2018-19 year can add their name to the parking waitlist now through Friday, June 8. If you are faculty or staff and wish to retain your current parking assignment, no further action is required.

If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please visit Click “login” on the left-hand side of the screen. Once you are logged in, click “order permit” and follow the instructions. You will be able to select up to three locations.

Please note, waitlist assignments are not guaranteed. Please refer to the FAQ page on the Parking and Transportation website for additional information. Contact Michelle Porter at with questions.

EH&S To Conduct Building Evacuation Drills this Summer

The Environmental Health and Safety Department will be conducting several building evacuation drills this summer between 8 a.m. and 12 noon, beginning Tuesday, June 12. The schedule follows.

June 12: Doherty Hall, Wean Hall, Scott Hall, Hamerschlag Hall, FMS-Physical Plant Building, Collaboration Innovation Center, Hamburg Hall and Smith Hall

June 18: Skibo Gym, Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall, GSIA, College of Fine Arts, Hunt Library, Porter Hall, Baker Hall, Scaife Hall and Roberts Hall

July 11: Bramer House, Alumni House, Cohon University Center, Warner Hall, Cyert Hall, Purnell Center for the Arts, Miller Gallery, Gates and Hillman Center, Newell-Simon Hall

July 19: Pittsburgh Technology Center, Information Networking Institute, Software Engineering Institute, UTDC, Mellon Institute, Whitfield Hall and 4721 Fifth Ave.

July 27: GATF, Integrated Innovation Institute, 205 S. Craig, 300 S. Craig, 311 S. Craig, 407 S. Craig, 417 S. Craig, 6555 Penn Ave. and the National Robotics Engineering Center

Dates are subject to change due to weather conditions.