5/31/11

It All Adds Up


More than 60 years after Al (E'49) and Mary Rita (MM'51) Mengato met at Carnegie Tech, the university remains a central part of their lives.

The Mengatos value their CMU educations and hope to help today’s students achieve great things. That’s one reason they’ve stayed involved with their alma mater – and given back financially year after year.

“It’s not always a lot, but I’ve given something to Carnegie Mellon every year since I graduated,” said Al.

“If everybody gave a little bit every year, it would all add up,” adds Mary Rita.

Read more about the Mengato's story>>

5/25/11

Geek Pride Day. You Own It.


Help Carnegie Mellon's next generation own it too.

Mission critical:

There's no arguing Carnegie Mellon University students
are some of the brightest around. Blazing new trails.
Pioneering solutions for the world. In a word, they are EPIC.

But, consider this:
  • For every $1 in endowment funds that CMU has for its students, Caltech has $8.88. MIT has $10.59. And Stanford has $12.59.
  • Tuition covers only two-thirds the cost of a CMU education.
  • More than half of our undergrads receive financial aid.

Do your part to keep the legacy alive.

Celebrate Geek Pride Day with CMU by supporting our endowed scholarship fund.

5/18/11

Calling All Entrepreneurs

Carnegie Mellon alum Jonathan Kaplan (TPR’90) revolutionized the consumer electronics industry with his Flip video camera. Now, he’s energizing the entrepreneurial spirit at his alma mater.

Through a generous gift, Kaplan and his wife, Marci Glazer, created the Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund (OFEF) at Carnegie Mellon University. The purpose is to provide early-stage business financing to alumni who have graduated from CMU within the past five years.

The fund is also being supported by fellow alum Peter Stern (E’89), founder of Datek Online and CEO of Bitly.

Kaplan anticipates this fund could reach $25 million within the first five years.

According to Kaplan, it’s not a business plan competition, in which only the best ideas receive funding. Instead, it’s open to all recent CMU grads who have the desire to become entrepreneurs. CMU will create and launch an online application for alumni to submit their proposals later this year.

"Our goal with this effort is to provide Carnegie Mellon graduates with the opportunity to realize their innovative spirit and start new businesses," said Kaplan, former CEO of Pure Digital and five-time entrepreneur. "We'd like to make Carnegie Mellon the destination of choice for young entrepreneurs."

Carnegie Mellon alumni, faculty and students are already creating innovations with impact.

CMU faculty and students have helped to create 200 companies and 9,000 jobs in the last 15 years. And CMU spin-offs represent 34 percent of the total companies created in Pennsylvania based on university technologies in the past five years.

Read the release to find out more>>

5/17/11

Congrats Class of 2011!

“May your boulders be your blessings,” Aron Ralston (E’97) told the 2011 graduates at Carnegie Mellon University’s 114th commencement ceremony.

In addition to Ralston’s keynote address, the graduates and their families also heard remarks from student speaker Alia Poonawala and Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon.

During the ceremony, President Cohon announced that Jonathan Kaplan (TPR’90) — who revolutionized online video-sharing with his creation of the Flip video camera — established, along with his wife, Marci Glazer, the Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund at CMU.

Read more about the Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund at CMU and the 2011 commencement ceremony.

5/12/11

What makes algorithms exciting?


The answer isn’t so much a what as it is a who.

Carnegie Mellon Professor Avrim Blum. That’s who. According to his students, Blum makes the often abstract and difficult subject matter “exciting.”

And now Blum is being recognized for his teaching methods. He recently won the Herbert A. Simon Award for Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

Read more about Blum on cmu.edu>>