October 16, 2018
Laurence Ales Named Director of Undergraduate Research in Economics
Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business Undergraduate Economics Program has named Laurence Ales, Associate Professor of Economics at the Tepper School of Business, as Director of Undergraduate Research in Economics. This newly established position was created to support students in the Undergraduate Economics Program to pursue research opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.
“This role was created so that our undergraduate economics students are in the best possible position to achieve a high level of academic success and produce impactful research,” said Chris Sleet, Professor of Economics, Head of Economics at the Tepper School. “Laurence Ales is the ideal candidate to pave the way for this new role. He has a successful history in teaching and mentoring students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.”
Ales will work directly with economics students to help them develop research skills and find data resources to support their projects. In addition, he will match students with faculty members who have similar interests to support independent work or to create positions as research assistants.
“It will be my great pleasure to support our undergraduate students in this new role,” Ales said. “Research is an essential piece of the economics program, from investigative projects in the early years through the Senior Project capstone course. As Director of Undergraduate Research in Economics, I will be in a position to cultivate student success in their research efforts throughout their time at Carnegie Mellon.”
Part of Ales’ role will also be to mentor economics students who are applying to graduate school. “We’re incredibly proud of the accomplishments our economics students have made, both while at CMU and after graduation,” said Carol Goldburg, Executive Director of the Undergraduate Economics Program, Adjunct Professor of Economics. “It’s important that we give them every opportunity to achieve, and Laurence’s support will provide our students with research competencies to utilize regardless of what career they want to pursue, spanning industry, government, nonprofit or academic work.”
Ales came to Carnegie Mellon in 2008 after receiving his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the study of inequality and the design of tax policy. His recent work studies the impact that future disruptive technologies will have on labor markets and determines the best response of policy makers. He teaches the Emerging Markets elective in the undergraduate program and the Global Economics course in the MBA program. He received the 2018 George Leland Bach Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2017 William H. and Frances S. Ryan Award for Meritorious Teaching, and the 2012 Richard M. Cyert Award for Excellence in Teaching.