Save the Date: Carnegie Mellon in Boston

Live in Boston or planning to be in the area on June 9? Join Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon and the Boston Alumni Chapter at a special event.

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2011
Time: 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Location: The State Room, 60 State Street, 33rd Floor, Boston, MA 02109

Panel Discussion:
Human vs. Artificial Intelligence: What Will the Future Bring? Ask a distinguished panel of experts spearheading CMU’s new brain, mind and learning initiative. Are computers like IBM’s Watson really that smart? What can they teach us about how the human brain thinks and learns? How can a deeper understanding of the brain lead to breakthroughs in autism, Alzheimer’s and dyslexia research? How will advances in artificial intelligence shape industries from finance to health care? Be there to take part in the conversation.

Cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served prior to a panel discussion. Dessert and coffee will follow the program.

Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your network of contacts in the Boston area, as well as reconnect with alumni, parents, friends and students.

Space is limited, so RSVP by June 1. Visit the Inspire Innovation site for more information.



They may be “small,” but small undergraduate research grants (SURG) can make a big impact.

As early as their first year, students can apply for SURG grants up to $500 to fund individual research projects. Group projects can receive up to $1,000.

For some students, the extra support makes the difference. Find out how a SURG grant led to a spinoff company and a patent for one Carnegie Mellon student.

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Spring Carnival is Here!

Don’t miss out. Visit the alumni site for the weekend schedule, parking & shuttle information, and 2011 reunion details.


John Wells

Hollywood producer – and Carnegie Mellon alum – John Wells (A’79) recently paid a visit to his alma mater.

While on campus, Wells had the opportunity to connect with students in the School of Drama and share what he’s learned over the years.

Thanks to a transformational gift from Wells, Carnegie Mellon students in the directing program will now have even greater learning opportunities. The university has established the John Wells Directing Program in honor of his accomplishments and in recognition of his support.

Wells’ gift establishes The John Wells Visiting Professorship in Directing, which will draw leading practitioners from theater, film and television to direct master classes, give lectures and work with students on productions.

It will also support student fellowships in directing, called “Wells Fellows.” The fellowships are intended to help the school attract and retain the brightest and most talented students.

Finally, the School of Drama will also be able to subsidize the cost of visits from guest artists, cross-disciplinary symposia and other activities to enrich the school’s theater training.

Wells is best known for his roles as executive producer of “ER,” “Third Watch,” and “The West Wing.” Shows produced by Wells have received more than 200 Emmy Award nominations and have won more than 50 Emmy Awards. They’ve also received more than 50 Golden Globe nominations and won four Golden Globes. Not to mention Wells is also a five-time winner of the prestigious Peabody Award.

“My education at Carnegie Mellon has been a central component of my success,” Wells said.

“The quality of the education, the interaction with the extraordinary faculty and the classical foundation I received I’m still using every day of my professional life. I’m honored to have been a graduate of Carnegie Mellon.”