CMU Launches Energy Institute

Carnegie Mellon University has launched the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, a major research initiative focused on improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources.

Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall
The institute was made possible by a lead gift from CMU alumni Sherman Scott (E'66), president and founder of Delmar Systems, and his wife Joyce Bowie Scott (A'65), a trustee of the university.

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation is a university-wide initiative, and will be housed in Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall, which is being built near Hamerschlag Hall on CMU's Pittsburgh campus.

In addition to the Scotts, CMU has received support for Scott Hall from CMU alumni John Bertucci (E'63, TPR'65) and his wife, Claire Ruge Bertucci (MM'65); CMU alumnus Jonathan Rothberg (E'85) and his wife, Bonnie Gould Rothberg; and the Eden Hall Foundation.

Related: Full story; Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation


An ACS Scholar's Story

By: Caroline Kessler (DC'11)

From my first day on campus, filing into a tent on the CFA Lawn as one of many nervous first-years, to processing into Gesling Stadium as the Student Commencement Speaker, I've learned a lot at Carnegie Mellon University.

My time was full of lively classroom discussions, close relationships with professors and classmates, eye-opening extracurricular activities, and international travel. I've been asked about my favorite memories a lot, and two come to mind right away: having dinner with my poetry workshop in Professor Jim Daniel's home and visiting our campus in Doha as part of the IMPAQT program.

Caroline Kessler at Commencement
Speaking at Commencement was an immense honor and a truly unforgettable experience. I was able to process in with a Nobel laureate, the youngest female Ph.D., other world-renowned figures, and people fundamental to the university, like CMU President Cohon, the deans, and trustees.

As a writer, it was a wonderful experience to share my words and thoughts with my peers, professors, and staff that have inspired me during my time here. I talked about defying the norms of what it means to be a student at a prestigious university and how talented and motivated Carnegie Mellon students are.

During our time at CMU, we were surrounded by people from all over the world, studying so many different things, and trying to make the world a bit better than how we found it.

Since graduating in December, I've been working at San Francisco-based nonprofit, Net Impact. I’ve had the opportunity to connect with CMU alumni in the Bay Area, of which there are plenty. This summer, I'll be one of ten students to attend the three-week Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, where I'll get to write, live, and work with other poets and teachers.

I'm very grateful for the opportunity that the Andrew Carnegie Society provided me and it was a wonderful way to finish my time at CMU.

Related: Caroline's address at Commencement; ACS Scholars program


Inspiring Creativity

Carnegie Mellon University recently announced a $1 million endowment to name a CMU studio dedicated to the collaboration of art, technology and other disciplines across the university.

Alumni Edward H. Frank (CS'85) and his wife, Sarah G. Ratchye (A'83), announced the naming of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry — part of the College of Fine Arts.

Their gift establishes the Fund for Art at the Frontier, which in large part will be used to fund the creation of new works of art that push boundaries and inspire imagination.


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Honoring Coach

It didn’t take long for Sharif Siddiqui (TPR’00) to realize he wanted to give back to Carnegie Mellon University. During Siddiqui’s senior year, the former soccer player began thinking about ways he could thank CMU for the opportunities he received as a student and athlete.

Sharif Siddiqui, Ben Kartzman and Tommy Seier 
Siddiqui, along with fellow men’s soccer alumni Tommy Seier (DC’01) and Ben Kartzman (DC’00, CS’00), recently followed through on their ambition by establishing the Nick Gaudioso Leadership Scholarship. Gaudioso was CMU’s head soccer coach from 1981-2007.

“During college, we obviously had a great experience,” Siddiqui said. “As we were finishing our senior year, a lot of the guys discussed ways we could give back to the school. At the time, we didn’t have the financial means, but fortunately as our careers have progressed, we have the means to give back.”

For Siddiqui, who has been an annual supporter of the athletics program, the idea to recognize Gaudioso was a no-brainer.

The scholarship will be a four-year award to an incoming freshman. Per NCAA bylaws, athletic ability will not be a factor in determining recipients of the scholarship. Siddiqui hopes that the money he, Seier and Kartzman contributed is just a start for the fund, which they established as part of the Endowed Scholarship Trustee Challenge.

Nick Gaudioso
“The goal is to get more soccer alums to donate in Nick’s name and grow the size of the scholarship,” Siddiqui said. “It would be great to fund multiple students.”

“Nick always trusted us to make the best decisions for ourselves as it related to our academics and always supported us in putting school first,” Kartzman said.  “He reminded us to make the most of every minute we had together because he knew how great it was to be in that environment. It's no coincidence that some of my best friends in life are the guys I played soccer with during my time at Carnegie Mellon.  Nick fostered that culture for generations of student-athletes and we're humbled to have the opportunity to honor him in this small way.”

Related link: Make a gift to CMU Athletics


SURF to the Moon

The poster on the bulletin board read, "We're going to the moon."

Corinne Vassallo (A'13) said, sign me up.

With the help of a SURF grant, the music major was able to pursue her desire to contribute to the Google Lunar X project at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Love a (CMU) Donor

Each February, the university comes together for “Love a Donor” week—a chance to thank thousands of individuals who support Carnegie Mellon with their giving.

Having recently completed its third year, Love a Donor has continued to grow. This year’s event included 150 enthusiastic students and staff volunteers who set up locations across campus where students, faculty and staff could write a thank you note.

The results:
2,100+ thank you notes written
58 new student Loyal Scots
Countless eyes opened to the impact donors make every day at CMU

Here are just some samples of the heartfelt—and sometimes humorous—notes written by our students:

How was your CMU experience? (A) Tough (B) Helpful (C) Fulfilling (D) All of the Above. My name is Vijay and my answer is D. Thank you for supporting this amazing experience. – Vijay (CIT’15)

Thank you so much for your generosity. I’ve been loving my time here at CMU because it is such a unique university. Your help only makes it better. Come visit for Carnival! – Emily (TPR’14)

I am currently a math major at CMU in my senior year. I cannot imagine getting through the past four years without your support. Thank you for making the past four years possible. – Anna (MCS’12)

Without your help I would not be at CMU, and I would not have been able to experience any of the awesome opportunities here. I am forever grateful. – Jon (CIT’13)

People like you make this world a better place. Keep being a role model to those around you and encourage them to give back as well. – Nadyli (DC’15)

I know that I would not have many of the opportunities I do without your support and kindness. Thank you. – Megan (CFA’12)

No matter how you say it, thanks are in order for CMU’s much beloved donors.

Check out photos of students, faculty and staff from this year’s Love a Donor week.


$1 Billion and Counting

Carnegie Mellon University’s Inspire Innovation campaign has crossed the $1 billion milestone. With 16 months to go in the campaign, there is still time to be a part of this historic effort.

"The success of Inspire Innovation is a testament to the loyalty and generosity of our alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students, corporations, foundations and friends," said University President Jared L. Cohon. "They believe in us deeply, and they’ve demonstrated it through their support of the campaign."

Check out the campaign's impact so far.


Step Up To The Challenge: Become a Loyal Scot Today

Help your alumni chapter win the Loyal Scot Challenge.

The prize? International bragging rights and $100,000. CMU Trustees are putting up their own money to encourage all chapters to create as many fully engaged alumni — we call them Loyal Scots — as possible.

The winning chapter will designate and name a $100,000 gift to CMU students.