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July 12, 2023

Personal Mention

Ph.D. student Colin Martin recently participated in the Duluth, Minnesota Grandma's Marathon, where he placed 23rd out of a total of 6,689 runners. He finished the marathon in 2 hours, 17 minutes and 28 seconds, a time that qualified him for the 2024 Olympic trials in February. Martin is a third-year graduate student currently pursuing a doctorate in chemistry with the Armitage Group. He is currently conducting research related to peptide nucleic acid synthesis and its applications to human disease therapies. Read more.

Alaine Allen,associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, and distinguished service professor in Engineering and Public Policy, has been named one of the Pittsburgh Business Times' 2023 Women of InfluenceIn her position as associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, her focus is on student, staff and faculty inclusion, and finding ways for colleagues to work together to mentor and teach all populations. At CMU, the initiatives Allen has been involved in are numerous. As team leader of a group of engineering educators from CMU, Johns Hopkins University and New York University, she helped secure a $3 million National Science Foundation Project ELEVATE grant to promote equitable advancement and support early career faculty in the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) populations for those in underrepresented groups. She also serves as the campus representative for The National GEM Consortium – a program that provides a fellowship community for underrepresented groups at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science. She leads efforts to provide professional development and social opportunities for CMU’s 140 GEM fellows to connect with each other and staff mentors. Read more.

Yan Huang, a professor of business technologies, won an Amazon Science research award for her work exploring the human-algorithmic bias and improving fairness from managerial and technical perspectives. Huang joins nearly 80 other recipients of the award, which offers unrestricted funds and promotional credits to support research in multiple disciplines at academic institutions and nonprofit organizations. The awardees represent 54 universities in 14 countries. “I am deeply honored to receive this award from Amazon for my work on bias in AI,” said Huang. “Algorithmic bias is a growing concern. Since algorithms are often trained using data generated by humans, we need to determine how machine learning inherits different types of human bias and how to improve fairness from managerial and technical perspectives.” Read the story.

Who's New at CMU?

Carnegie Mellon welcomes the following new staff members this and last week.

  • Adel Akhavanmalayeri, Surgical Research Fellow, Biomedical Engineering;

  • Angelica Perez-Johnston, CFA Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, College of Fine Arts;

  • Shuqi Ke, Research Associate, Electrical & Computer Engineering;

  • Louise Aravich, Associate Director, Student Services, Tepper School of Business Masters Program;

  • Phillip Kim, Early Childhood Educator, HR Operations;

  • Robert Simon, Executive Director, Master of Science in Computational Finance Program, Tepper School of Business;

  • Wooten Gough, Associate Director, Student Services, Tepper School of Business Masters Program;

  • Keltin Grimes, MTS Assistant Engineer, Ai-4M, Software Engineering Institute;

  • Lauren Moran, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Director of First-Year Orientation and Family Engagement, First-Year Orientation and Family Engagement;

  • Lisa Price, Security Officer, University Police;

  • Robin Yeman, Space Domain Lead, Ssd Program Development and Satellite Office, Software Engineering Institute;

  • Shawn Baum, Steamfitter I, Facilities Management Services.;

  • Steven Brewer, Machine Learning Engineer, Ai-4M, Software Engineering Institute;

  • Amy Troppman, Procurement Specialist, CMU Cloud Lab, Mellon College of Science; and

  • Matthew Kotyuk, Gardener I, Facilities Management Services.