The Simon Initiative - Carnegie Mellon University

Harnessing a Learning-Engineering Ecosystem

Herbert Simon
Herb Simon’s 100th Birthday

Herbert Simon would have turned 100 years old on June 15, 2016. Winner of the 1978 Nobel Prize in Economics, the A.M. Turing Award, the National Medal of Science and many other awards, Herb Simon joined the CMU faculty in 1949. And for the next 50 years, his work, and his vision, helped to turn Carnegie Mellon into a major international research university. The Simon Initiative is named in his honor.

Eberly Center
Call for Proposals: CMU’s Inaugural Teaching & Learning Summit

CMU faculty and graduate students are invited to submit proposals to showcase their work in effective and/or innovative teaching strategies, TEL strategies, data from classroom research on student learning and data from learning science research. The deadline is June 30, 2016.

Simon ProSEED Grants Awarded to Nine Learning Science Projects

The new technology-enhanced learning (TEL) projects are designed to improve education for CMU students while advancing our understanding of how humans learn.

“These grants represent a unique investment in education at CMU that pays dual dividends down the road — first in improving outcomes for our learners and then in providing a foundation for future funding,” said Norman Bier, executive director of the Simon Initiative.

Why Simon?

Named for the late Nobel and Turing Award laureate Herbert Simon, this initiative harnesses a cross-disciplinary, learning-engineering ecosystem that has developed over several decades at CMU with the goal of measurably improving student learning outcomes. Learn more.