Carnegie Mellon University

INTERSECT@CMU 2018: The Future of Business, Technology, and Society

Part of the two-day celebration of the opening of the Tepper Quad, the inaugural INTERSECT@CMU conference was held Sept. 14. Bringing together industry leaders, innovators, and Carnegie Mellon professors and researchers, the conference revolved around the intersections of business and technology in society today.

Panels, Keynote, and Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks by President Farnam Jahanian, Carnegie Mellon University

Opening Remarks by Dean Bob Dammon, Tepper School of Business

Keynote: Jerome Pesenti, VP of AI at Facebook, Inc.

Panel: At the Intersection of Technology and Business: Smart Home, Smart Car, Smart City


Panel: Designing Intelligence: Shaping AI and Society


Panel: Decentralizing Trust: Blockchain's Radical Potential


Poets&Quants at INTERSECT@CMU

During breaks and lunch, John Byrne, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Poets&Quants, went behind the scene with panelists, Carnegie Mellon leaders and faculty, and students.

Conversations: First Break

  • Nick Muller, Associate Professor of Economics, Engineering, and Public Policy; Lester and Judith Lave Development Chair in Economics, Engineering, and Public Policy, Tepper School
  • Raj Rajkumar, George Westinghouse Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Heinz College
  • Homaira Akbari, President and CEO of AKnowledge Partners
  • Sevin Yeltekin, Professor of Economics, Senior Associate Dean of Education, Tepper School

Conversations: Lunch Break

  • Sridhar Tayur, Ford Distinguished Research Chair, Professor of Operations Management, Tepper School
  • Rebecca Doerge, Dean, Mellon College of Science
  • Leanne Meyer, Executive Director and Leadership Coach, Tepper School
  • Jim Garrett, Dean, College of Engineering
  • Dave Mawhinney, Associate Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship, Executive Director of the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, joined by Xunjie Zhang of Nimbus and second-year MBA Sam Blake
  • Second-year MBAs Victoria Lopez, Ben Strickhouser, and Brandon Leung; first-year MBAs Annie and Bill Henderson; second-year MBAs Andrea Caralis, Matt Romeike, and Katie Glass; first-year MBAs: Ever Hernandez, Natalie Gerber, and Asha Banks

Conversations: Second Break

  • Michael Trick, Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Operations Research, Dean of Carnegie Mellon University Qatar, and Laurie Weingart, Richard M. and Margaret S. Cyert Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory 
  • Anita Williams Woolley, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, Tepper School
  • Param Vir Singh, Carnegie Bosch Associate Professor of Business Technologies, Tepper School, and Liliana Reasor, CEO, Suprafin
  • Laurence Ales, Associate Professor of Economics, Tepper School


INTERSECT@CMU 2018 in the News

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Top Facebook Exec Said the Company Uses So Much AI That It Gives Him 'Chills'

Pittsburgh Business Times

VP of AI at Facebook Talks Real-World Learning and Bias at CMU Conference

Pennsylvania Business Report

Fox Appointed to Executive Residence at Carnegie Mellon