Catalyzing Interdisciplinary Encounters

Strategic Recommendation

Catalyze interdisciplinary encounters among faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

CMU has a long tradition of interdisciplinary innovation resulting from bottom-up collaborations among colleagues, with new ideas often resulting from informal interactions. CMU will:

  • Create conditions on campus that promote more interactions to build such serendipitous connections and strengthen interdisciplinary encounters.
  • Invest in programs and events at all levels—including by the Provost, Vice Provost for Research, Deans, and others—that foster meaningful bottom-up collaborations among faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
  • Develop communication mechanisms for faculty, staff, and students to share interests, and promote shared research opportunities and creative endeavors.