The story of Pittsburgh's transformation from an industrial town to an international center of knowledge is mirrored in Carnegie Mellon University's own story — from our founding as a school for Pittsburgh's workers to our position today as a top-tier, global university pioneering innovations in both the arts and technology.
The week of Sept. 21-25 exemplifies the role Carnegie Mellon is playing in shaping the future — spanning the disciplines.
The week begins with the dedication of a new home for one of the world's best schools of computer science: the Gates and Hillman Centers. The university will be welcoming back to campus Bill Gates — co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and chairman of Microsoft Corp. — as he presents the ceremony's keynote address on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney will kick-off a day-long conference organized by Carnegie Mellon and the Atlantic Council — where top minds from policy, business and academic sectors will be exploring the economic and social forces at work in the post-economic crisis world.
A one-of-a-kind experience, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will present a special keynote address to the Carnegie Mellon community on Thursday, followed by an interactive panel of policy experts. The events builds on Carnegie Mellon's identity as a global university — our Heinz College program in Australia is one of a dozen degree programs offered outside the United States.
The week will conclude with Carnegie Mellon Professor Gregory Lehane directing First Lady Michelle Obama's concert for the spouses of G-20 leaders — a responsibility undertaken at the special request of the White House. The honor brings Lehane together with Yo-Yo Ma, students at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and other internationally celebrated musicians.
Whether it's opening the door to the next-generation of technologies, joining world leaders in examining the future of the world economy or shaping an exceptional musical experience, Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, alumni and friends are the ones paving the way.