Beittenmiller inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Society

Congratulations to recent MSE grad Kate Beittenmiller for being inducted into Carnegie Mellon's chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society (PBK). The PBK "celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences" by honoring the "best and brightest liberal arts and sciences undergraduates from 286 top schools across the nation."


Eight engineering faculty receive CIT Faculty Awards

Eight engineering faculty recently received CIT Faculty Awards for their outstanding contribution to the College of Engineering. Recipients were chosen by the CIT Faculty Awards and Recognition Committee based on list of nominees. Awardees include EPP Professor Inês Azevedo who won the Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award, CEE/EPP Professor H. Scott Matthews who won the Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research, BME/MSE Assistant Professor Tzahi Cohen-Karni and MechE Assistant Professor Koushil Sreenath who both won the George Tallman Ladd Research Award, ECE Professor Diana Marculescu who won the Mentoring Award, EPP/MSE Professor Jay Whitacre who won the Outstanding Research Award, and ECE Professor David O’Hallaron and EPP Associate Teaching Professor Deanna Mattews who both won the Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award. The Annual Faculty Meeting and Awards Ceremony will formally celebrate the winners on Tuesday November 14. Congratulations to all nominees and award recipients!


Grossman receives multiple honors

ChemE’s Ignacio Grossmann has been awarded the 2017 ETH Zurich Chemical Engineering Medal. This honor, given by the Swiss university for science and technology, is presented annually to an individual making exceptional contributions to the chemical engineering field. Ignacio will be recognized for his work with Process Systems Engineering at the June 7 ceremony where he will also give a talk entitled “The Role of Process Systems Engineering in Chemical Engineering.” Grossmann was also selected as the 2016/2017 Hougen Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Chemical Engineering. As a distinguished member of the chemical engineering community, Grossmann delivered lectures at UW-Madison from May 2 – 4 on “The Role of Process Systems Engineering in Chemical Engineering” and “Recent Advances in Computational Models for the Discrete and Continuous Models of Industrial Process Systems.”


CEE endowed with Henry Posner, Anne Molloy, and Robert and Christine Pietrandrea Career Development Chair in Civil Engineering 

Thirty years ago, Bob Pietrandrea, the son of working class immigrants, met Henry Posner III, a member of one of the Pittsburgh region’s most well-known families. In 1987, the two started Railroad Development Corporation, a railroad management company that has grown to global prominence today. Though raised to have a strong work ethic, Pietrandrea acknowledges the impact his friendship with Posner has had on his professional success. It is that friendship that encouraged him and his wife, Chris, to create an endowment that supports a junior faculty member just beginning to work toward tenure. “I hope this chair gives someone else an opportunity to advance through the ranks, just as those who helped me when I was young,” Pietrandrea told Carnegie Mellon Today. “Who knows what this person will become?”


Are self-driving cars being held back by human behavior?

It’s quite possible that fully autonomous vehicles will take to the roads in limited areas within the next five years. But any larger-scale integration is likely years away. The reason? Us pesky humans. A Washington Post report suggests that one of the biggest challenges facing self-driving cars is their interaction with human drivers. While autonomous vehicles are programmed to follow all the rules of the road, humans rarely do. Says ECE professor Raj Rajkumar, “There’s an endless list of these cases where we as humans know the context, we know when to bend the rules and when to break the rules.”


Shay quoted in Unclutterer on password strength

Former societal computing Ph.D. student Rich Shay, one of the Carnegie Mellon researchers who studied users' misconceptions about passwords and password strength, was quoted in Unclutterer, an online platform created for home and office organization. In the article, Shay states that "[t]here is no perfect password." But there are guidelines that users can follow to ensure that their passwords are strong and impenetrable. Although these guidelines exist, Shay and his colleagues discovered that many people didn't actually know how to create strong passwords because they had misconceptions about password strength.


Mersky and Samaras' research quoted in Sacramento Bee

A paper written by CEE Assistant Professor Constantine Samaras and Ph.D. student Avi Mersky was quoted in an article for the Sacramento Bee, a California-based newspaper that circulates throughout the Northern Sacramento Valley. In their paper, Mersky and Samaras talk about autonomous vehicles and the lack of mechanisms and procedures needed "to evaluate the impacts of AV technology on fuel economy ratings, and subsequent regulations such as Corporate Average Fuel Economy targets." Overall, they argue that testing must be reimagined if autonomous vehicle technology continues to advance.


Energy Bite podast feature energy experts

Want to hear about energy technology, opportunities, and challenges related to everyday life? Listen to, subscribe to, and rate Energy Bite, a weekly 90-second radio show and podcast on Apple Podcasts. Each episode, hosted by 90.5 WESA Pittsburgh and distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX), features interviews with energy experts from Carnegie Mellon University’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. On the podcast’s website, listeners can participate by asking the experts questions to explore in future episodes and by responding to polls linked to the episodes.


Homegrown biotech firm finds new home on South Side

Carmell Therapeutic, a biosurgical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative plasma-based bioactive materials, is relocating to a 6,000-plus square foot manufacturing facility in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood. The company was originally started in 2007 by a group that included BME/MSE’s Lee Weiss and Phil Campbell as a way to furhter develop their invention, a plasma-based bone healing accelerant. Carmell Therapeutic has grown in the past year and the development of manufacturing capabilities will hopefully allow that to continue.


DHTI supports research leading to Parkinson’s discovery

The Disruptive Health Technology Institute (DHTI) has been recognized for its support in recent research uncovering neuronal targets that restore movement in Parkinson’s disease models. Using optogenetics, the research team may have found a new, more effective deep brain stimulation protocol that could achieve longer lasting alleviation of movement-related symptoms of Parkinson’s. As is its mission, the DHTI continues to work collaboratively to create solutions that will impact large populations, have the ability to provide substantial healthcare savings, and lead to improvements in patient safety and quality of life.


Fuchs serves on WEF council 

EPP’s Erica Fuchs is serving on the World Economic Forum’s Future of Advanced Materials Global Agenda Council. 


VanBriesen joins Lead Task Force

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald is turning up the heat on lead exposure. On May 9, it was announced that Fitzgerald has formed the Lead Task Force. One of the nine members of the task force is CEE/EPP’s Jeanne VanBriesen. She joins a group of policy, medical, and advocacy professionals tasked with reviewing county data on lead exposure, examining possible policies to protect the public from potential exposure, and recommending interventions and preventions for use in the near future.


ECE team wins Best Paper Award at Great Lakes Symposium 

ECE’s Ruizhou Ding, Zeye (Dexter) LiuRongye ShiDiana Marculescu, and Shawn Blanton recently received the Best Paper Award at the 27th edition of the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Great Lakes Symposium on Very Large Scale Integration (GLSVLSI). The team’s paper was selected from nearly 50 papers presented at the conference. ACM’s GLSVLSI is a chance for developers and engineers to present research and attend sessions focusing on innovations in VLSI, devices, and system-level designs.


National Academies invites Fuchs to Innovation Policy Forum

On Tuesday, May 23, EPP’s Erica Fuchs will speak at an Innovation Policy Forum hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The forum, entitled “Securing Manufacturing in the United States: The Role of Manufacturing USA,” is a chance for industry, government, and research representatives to come together and exchange policy information as well as advance the innovation and knowledge of the economy both in the US and abroad. The forum will be held at the National Academies Keck Center in Washington D.C.


Nakamura awarded National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

MechE’s Nathan Nakamura has been selected to receive the prestigious National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship award. Offered by the Department of Defense (DoD), the four-year fellowship gives Nakamura the opportunity to study with other NDSEG fellows at state-of-the art facilities. “The NDSEG…provides access to internship opportunities at various national laboratories which would be an excellent chance to work with and learn from experienced DoD researchers,” he says. Nakamura studies with MechE’s B. Reeja Jayan.


Hounshell speaks about corporate scientific research at D.C. conference 

On Friday, March 31, EPP’s David Hounshell was in Washington DC addressing a conference entitled “The Decline of Corporate Research: Should We Worry?” Hounshell offered a historical perspective on corporate research and development amid a present-day shift away from corporate R&D and toward innovation chains at universities. “To attract…top-notch research men, the company must display an enthusiasm for good science as an end in itself,” Hounshell is quoted as saying by the journal Science. Due to shifting trends, many of those top-notch researchers are now blazing new trails of research and innovation.  


Bauer quoted in Vocativ on anti-facial recognition devices

Due to the rise of social media, technological devices and facial recognition databases, more than half of the U.S. adult population can be identified in public spaces by simply showing their face. To combat this encroachment on public anonymity, and to thwart facial recognition databases, engineers have been creating technology of their own. But according to ECELujo Bauer in Vocative, “There’s no approach that ‘just works,’ or anything close to it.” For individuals to remain anonymous, anti-facial recognition devices must be able to avoid detection from all possible camera angles and distances.


Grossmann awarded ETH Zurich Chemical Engineering Medal

ChemE’s Ignacio Grossmann will be awarded the 2017 ETH Zurich Chemical Engineering Medal in recognition of his outstanding achievements in Process Systems Engineering. The Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering (ICB) awards the medal annually to an outstanding individual for exceptional contributions in the broad field of Chemical Engineering.


Grossmann selected for Olaf Hougen Lectureship

Ignacio Grossmann was selected for the 2017 Olaf Hougen Lectureship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He delivered two seminars: “Role of Process Systems Engineering in Chemical Engineering” on May 2 and “Recent Advances in Computational Models for the Discrete and Continuous Models of Industrial Process Systems” on May 4.


MechE seniors to showcase creative innovations

The spring semester’s MechE Senior Design Expo is scheduled to be held Monday, May 8 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the University Center, Rangos 1 & 2. Come explore the soon-to-be graduates’ unique and innovative creations that are the result of semester-long product designs and builds. Final products range from those that advance industrial efficiency to those that improve the human-user experience. Come support the world’s future innovators and creators!


Yu and Chase receive NIH grant for brain-computer interface research

ECE/BME's Byron Yu and BME's Steven Chase received a 5-year renewal on their NIH grant entitled, Shaping Neural Population Dynamics to Facilitate Learning. The goal of the research is to use brain-computer interfaces to study how to accelerate learning.


Rabin highlights importance of engineering in cryopreservation

MechE professor Yoed Rabin sees engineering as integral to the necessary improvements needed in the cryopreservation of human tissue. As he explains in an article he co-authored in the American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s magazine Mechanical Engineering, biologists and medical researchers are increasingly reaching out to engineers for help in figuring out how to safely preserve tissue and organs for extended periods of time, known as organ banking. From avoiding mechanical stress on and structural damage to tissue and organs to reducing the potential toxicity of cryoprotective agents, expertise in core engineering areas could be the game-changer in organ preservation. “Engineers—especially mechanical engineershave demonstrated their invaluable contribution towards making tissue and organ banking a reality,” Rabin writes.



Fuchs selected to serve on National Materials and Manufacturing Board

EPP Professor Erica Fuchs was recently selected to serve as a member of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board (NMMB), a new board that has combined the objectives of two preexisting boards: the National Materials Advisory Board and the Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design. THe NMMB provides "objective, independent assessments of the current state of materials and manufacturing research—including at the atomic, molecular, and nano scales—and the applications of new and existing materials in innovative ways, including pilot-scale and large-scale manufacturing, the design of new devices, and disposal."


Pistorius publishes column on EAFs in Industrial Heating Magazine

MSE Professor P. Chris Pistorius published a column about electric arc furnaces (EAFs) in Industrial Heating Magazine, a magazine that features content on additive manufacturing, combustion, burners, heat treating, ceramics, and refractories, among other topics. Within his column, Pistorius says that "steel produced in a modern-day EAF is often indistinguishable from what is produced with the integrated blast-furnace/oxygen-steelmaking route" because of design improvements and research developments in metallurgy.


Plane & Pilot taps Beuth for insight on benefits of 3-D printing 

MechE professor Jack Beuth knows a thing or two about 3-D printing. In 2014, he saw CMU buy and install state-of-the-art manufacturing machines. Three years later, those machines are state-of-the-art no more. With tremendous advances in additive manufacturing—making a product by adding material slowly, layer by layer—the quality, efficiency, and financial benefit of 3D printing is growing by leaps and bounds. GE Aviation, a subsidiary of General Electric that produces aircraft engines, has taken notice and is utilizing additive manufacturing to produce some of its more complex and costly engine parts. This decision isn’t without merit. Says Beuth, “There (is) a significant performance advantage” in both the production and the product. As Beuth and his research team dive further into the possibilities of 3D printing and additive manufacturing, those advantages will hopefully continue to grow. 


Savvides quoted in Vocativ and The Week on the benefits of iris scanners

In an article published by Vocativ and The Week, ECE/CyLab's Marios Savvides explained how iris scanners can help make smart phones more secure. “It’s harder to spoof irises than it is to spoof fingerprints, and they’re thought to be stable over a person’s lifetime,” said Savvides. “In that sense, I think iris scanning will help remove some of that hackability.” However, even though iris prints will provide an extra layer of security, experts still advise people to use more than one authentication method on their devices because “nothing is fool-proof.”


Jawed quoted in Nature on the importance of understanding why shoelaces come untied

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Soft Materials Lab for Human-Compatible Machines and Electronics Khalid Jawed has weighed in on the importance of understanding knots. More specifically, why and how do our shoelaces come untied? The combination of impact and acceleration of our feet work together to loosen our laces, often tied with the simplest of knots. “If we understand how simple knots work and fail, we can understand more complex knots,” Jawed tells the science journal Nature. This knowledge may allow surgeons to create better knots as well as lead to the development of stronger optic cable fibers.


Azevedo featured in WESA interview on PA’s electricity generation

EPP Associate Professor Inês Azevedo was featured in a WESA article on clean energy sources for electricity generation in Pennsylvania. The new administration is taking the approach that we don’t have to choose between the environment and job growth. But Azevedo says that’s almost infeasible. “Clean coal could only be clean coal if you have very aggressive air control technologies implemented and (are also) addressing the CO2 emissions by installing carbon capture and sequestration in parallel. But that's really hard.”


Dean Garrett elected to ASEE EDC Executive Board

College of Engineering Dean Jim Garrett has been elected to the Amerian Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Deans Council Executive Board.  


ChemE alum receives PIPLA's Inventor of the Year award

The Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA) has announced that alumnus Shyam V. Dighe, founder and president of AquaSource Technologies Corporation (ATC), is this year's recipient of the Inventor of the Year award, PIPLA’s highest honor. Dighe received his Ph.D. and M.S. in chemical engineering from CMU.

Dighe founded ATC in 2011 and has been designing a treatment system utilizing his patent-protected plasma technology for use in cleaning and commercializing water that is not fit for human consumption. “Dr. Dighe’s contributions in helping make the extraction of natural gas from shale a more environmentally friendly endeavor tipped the scales in his favor for the Committee,” said Carl Ronald, chairperson of the PIPLA committee that selected Dighe. PIPLA will honor Dighe at its annual awards dinner on April 19, 2017 at Eddie Merlot's restaurant in Pittsburgh.​


Stine publishes Op-Ed on cuts to scientific research in The Hill

EPP Professor Deborah Stine recently published an Op-Ed in The Hill discussing the proposed budget cuts that will affect science and engineering research. She uses historical examples to support the importance of government funding for research and why these cuts could cause the U.S. to lose its momentum as a leader in science and technology. “Technology and industrial growth are closely tied to scientific research, and these are the engines that drive job creation. We cannot take for granted that the United States remains at the global center of science and engineering,” writes Stine.


Jayan introduces summer workshop to teach engineering through Minecraft

MechE’s Reeja Jayan is introducing a summer workshop for 9 – 14-year-old students to learn engineering through Minecraft. As a preview, we invite you to attend the project presentations done by MechE students on May 5. The presentations will feature real engineers who launch rockets, build robots, create games, and more using Minecraft. The event will take place on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 5 – 7 p.m. in Scott Hall, Room 6142. 


Narasimhan receives 25th Annual History Makers Award

ECE Professor Priya Narasimhan will be attending the 25th Annual History Makers Award Dinner on Friday, May 12, to receive an award for her outstanding achievements in technology and innovation for the greater Pittsburgh Area. Congratulations on such an honor, Professor Narasimhan!


ChemE student receives Professional Promise Award 

Lauren Relyea, a chemical engineering student, earned the Professional Promise Award from Pittsburgh's chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). This award highlights Relyea's accomplishments as an undergraduate student thus far and indicates the potential for her achievements. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers is the "world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 50,000 members from over 100 countries."


Biegler receives ASEE Lectureship Award

Congratulations to ChemE Professor and Department Head Larry Biegler for receiving the American Society of Engineering Education’s Lectureship Award! This award is presented to a distinguished engineering educator to recognize and to encourage outstanding achievement in an important field of fundamental chemical engineering theory or practice. Biegler will receive the Lectureship Award and give a lecture at the ASEE annual conference (June 25 - 28) in Columbus, Ohio.


Rutenbar named senior vice chancellor for research at Pitt

Former ECE faculty member Rob Rutenbar has been named senior vice chancellor for research at the University of Pittsburgh. After working for 25 years with CMU ECE and founding two CMU-based startups, Neolinear, Inc. and Voci Technologies, Rutenbar left CMU in 2010 to serve as a professor and head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “His administrative, entrepreneurial and research experiences align well with our vision for a leader who drives excellence and will serve as a champion for the University of Pittsburgh,” says Patricia E. Beeson, Pitt Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor.


Azevedo quoted in Climate Central on decline in U.S carbon emissions

EPP Professor Ines Azevedo was quoted in Climate Central on the decline in U.S. carbon emissions from electric power plants. Climate pollution from generating electricity is now more than 24 percent below where it was in 2005, according to Carnegie Mellon’s Power Sector Index. In the article, Azevedo says that electric power plants shifting from coal to natural gas are responsible for about half the electric power sector’s carbon pollution drop between 2005 and 2016. Increased use of renewables such as wind and solar accounted for 40 percent of the falloff, with power plant efficiency and other factors representing the rest.


Carnegie Mellon team wins Modeling Challenge for Additive Manufacturing

MechE Ph.D. student Patcharapit Promoppatum, MechE Professor Shi-Chune Yao, MSE Professor Anthony Rollett, and MSE Professor Chris Pistorius won the Modeling Challenge for Additive Manufacturing. The challenge, sponsored by America Makes and DARPA at Penn State University, sought to identify the current accuracy of computational models for simulating the thermal and microstructural response of a material during the additive manufacturing process. The team, with significant contribution from Promoppatum, represented the complex motion of the heat source associated with the build, while providing thermal data that reasonably agreed with experimental results.


U.S. News and World Report recognizes graduate engineering programs

The College of Engineering is well-represented on U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 list of the best grad schools in the country. Ranking 5th overall in Engineering, a number of individual departments received noteworthy rankings as well. A list of the rankings is provided below.

  • Computer: 2nd
  • Environmental: 8th
  • Electrical: 9th
  • Civil: 10th
  • Materials: 11th
  • Mechanical: 11th
  • Chemical: 14th
  • Biomedical: 30th 


Byrne wins Teaching Innovation Award

Integrated Innovation Institute Assistant Teaching Professor Daragh Byrne won the 2017 Teaching Innovation Award at Carnegie Mellon’s Celebration of Education. Award winners are selected because they implemented specific teaching innovations that impact student learning, are original, and have the potential to be adopted across disciplines. Byrne holds a joint appointment in the Integrated Innovation Institute and the School of Architecture. He explores the design of experiential media systems through process-oriented methods and human-centered exploration of emerging technologies. His teaching and research reflects this interest with a current focus on the Internet of Things and tangible interaction design.


ChemE senior named Women's Association Scholarship winner

ChemE senior Alexandra Cerny has been named a Carnegie Mellon Women's Association Scholarship winner, which recognizes contributions of outstanding graduating senior students. Cerny was honored for her leadership and community building as the president of the Society of Women Engineers and as the chair of the Technical Opportunities Conference. 


picoCTF featured on WESA

CMU's picoCTF, a computer security game targeted at middle and high school students, was recently featured on 90.5 WESA. The two-week contest features a series of challenges, which participants must solve either by decryption, breaking, reverse engineering, or hacking—whatever it takes. One goal of the contest is to tackle the common misconception that hacking is a bad thing; in reality, people skilled in hacking are highly sought out by companies looking to strengthen their cybersecurity. "What we're trying to do is educate and bring up a culture of people who are experts at computer security who can make those systems more safe," says David Brumley, director of CyLab.


FoxBusiness quotes Viswanathan on battery safety in Samsung phones

MechE Assistant Professor Venkat Viswanathan was quoted in FoxBusiness on battery safety in Samsung phones. As Samsung prepares to launch the Galaxy S8, the company has promised new battery safety checks after the massive recall of their Note 7 smartphones. Yet, many consumers still question if these additional safety measures will be enough. "How confident are they that they can actually find a faulty cell with these additional checks," says Viswanathan. "It's sort of finding a needle in a haystack."


Beuth explores potential of 3-D printing in SciTech Now video

MechE Professor Jack Beuth was featured in a video on SciTech Now where he discussed the potential of 3-D printing technology. In the video, Beuth explains that metal 3-D printing will provide key advances in the next five years. This technology could revolutionize the fields of aerospace, defense, alternative energy, and more.


Rabin gives keynote at Computational and Mathematical Biomedical Engineering conference

MechE Professor Yoed Rabin will deliver a keynote lecture at the 5th International Conference on Computational and Mathematical Biomedical Engineering. Rabin will discuss the use of computation tools and mathematical modeling in the field of cryosurgery, the controlled destruction of cancerous tissues by freezing. The conference will be held at the University of Pittsburgh from April 10 - 12.


CMU-Africa drives science, technology, and innovation in Rwanda

A new continental report, the Africa Capacity Report, ranked Rwanda third on the continent as far as science, technology, and innovation capacity is concerned, according to an article in The New Times. In the article, Gordon Kalema, Director General of e-Government in the Ministry of Youth and ICT, credits CMU-Africa as one initiative contributing to a good future of science, technology, and innovation in the country.



Bettinger sees progress in the development of edible robots

Researchers in Switzerland have invented a small, ingestible robotic actuator made entirely of gelatin. Combine this innovation with the edible electronics research of MSE/BME associate professor Christopher Bettinger, and you may find yourself one step closer to the first fully edible robot. While more testing and development is needed, Bettinger sees the introduction of gelatinous robots as a plus. “This soft, pneumatic approach is really cool, because when you think about your gastrointestinal tract and tissues, those also are kind of soft, squishy, and compliant, and there’s a lot of gas,” he told “The wind in the sails that will take anything [in edible electronics] forward is identifying the exact problem first and designing solutions to tackle that problem.”


Kovačević quoted in U.S News & World Report

ECE Department Head Jelena Kovačević was quoted in U.S News & World Report on engineering education. According to the article, academic institutions around the country have made drastic changes in the way they teach engineering students. "Engineering education is undergoing a revolution," says Kovačević. "At the center of meeting today's challenges is an age-old idea: Learn by making, doing, and experimenting. We can do this by imbuing real-world problems in our curricula through projects, internships, and collaboration with companies."


Imperial College London names Veloso dean of business school

EPP Professor of Innovation and Public Policy Francisco Veloso has been named the new head of the business school at the Imperial College London. Engaging in research focused on the harnessing of science and technology for economic growth in developing countries, Veloso is viewed as a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. As a board member of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, Veloso was integral in establishing collaborative programs between CMU and several Portuguese universities. The Lisbon native, set to assume his new position on August 1, is appreciative of the opportunity he's been given. “Imperial College Business School has achieved so much in its short history and is uniquely positioned for the future,” Veloso told Imperial College webpage. “I am truly honored with this appointment and delighted to join such a world class institution.”


Cook featured in New Scientist for artificial lung research

BME Associate Professor Keith Cook was featured in a New Scientist article on the development of artificial lungs. Artificial lungs could help patients recovering from severe lung infections, waiting for transplants, or with lung failure who are dependent on large machines. According to the article, Cook and his team are developing a device capable of pumping blood to an artificial lung through a gas exchange device strapped to the patient's body.


Mayor Peduto taps Cohon for PWSA’s “blue ribbon panel”

CEE/EPP Professor Jared Cohon is one of eight members of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s newly formed “blue ribbon panel.” The panel, comprised of local political, energy, academic, and business professionals, is tasked with bringing improvement to the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. The PWSA, under fire of late for overbilling accusations and chlorine deficiencies, has been without a permanent director for more than a year. As a panel member, Cohon will take part in evaluating submissions from firms seeking to devise long-term improvement strategies for the embattled authority, reports.


Morgan speaks at Carbon Emission Reduction Conference

On Wednesday, March 16th, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council held a two-day conference in downtown Pittsburgh to discuss how Pennsylvania can maintain the productivity of its electric sector while still making an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. EPP Professor Granger Morgan gave a keynote address at the conference, suggesting a broad combination of strategies to reduce carbon emissions. “The problem with climate change is that if it gets bad enough, you can’t fix it by simply stopping emissions,” said Morgan.


Samaras quoted in Wired on new frontier for autonomous vehicles

CEE assistant professor Constantine (Costa) Samaras was quoted in a Wired article detailing California’s recent steps toward allowing fully driverless cars on the road. As the Golden State’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) proposes new regulations that would move driverless cars from testing status to commercialization, there are still questions to answer. Namely, what will “autonomous” look like when car buyers and passengers meet it? “This next few years is when consumers are going to get a first impression of automated features,” Samaras said. “First impressions matter.”


101 wins Student Startup Madness

101, a startup company founded by ChemE's Justin Weinberg, won 1st prize at the Student Startup Madness (SSM) competition at SXSW in Austin, Texas. SSM is a nationwide tournament-style competition that recognizes the best college student digital media startups in the country. 101 has also been named one of Inc.’s Coolest College Startups.


Alum moves to the front of the line with Refill app

For ECE/BA alumnus Ian Glasner, innovation is born of necessity. After a trip to a bar resulted in a long wait for service, Glasner conceived the idea for Refill, a mobile app that allows you to place drink orders from your phone. Along with a group of current CMU design and engineering students, Glasner hopes to give smaller companies the same mobile efficiency that large corporations current employ. In the long run, mobile food and drink orders could become the norm. “It’ll be about who does it properly first,” Glasner says.


Kumar featured in MIT News for multirobot systems research

ECE Assistant Professor Swarun Kumar was featured in MIT News for working on a paper published in Autonomous Robots, titled "Guaranteeing Spoof-Resilient Multi-Robot Networks." Kumar and a team of collaborators from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory present a new technique for preventing malicious hackers from commandeering robot teams' communication networks. The researchers' new system analyzes the distinctive ways in which robots' wireless transmissions interact with the environment, to assign each of them its own radio "fingerprint." If the system identifies multiple votes as coming from the same transmitter, it can discount them as probably fraudulent.


MechE neuroimaging study featured in Medical Daily

Medical Daily recently featured a study conducted by MechE Professor Jonathan Cagan and MechE Ph.D. student Kosa Goucher-Lambert. For the study, published in ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, the researchers looked at brain activity to learn more about how we make decisions about sustainable products. Using fMRI technology, researchers could pinpoint which areas of the brain were activated as participants worked through the decision-making process. Researchers found that when participants were asked to choose between products for which they knew the environmental impact, participants cared more about what other people might think about them if they chose the product.


College of Engineering alum profiled by NPR

College of Engineering alumnus Fred Eversley was profiled by Boston's NPR station, WBUR. After working in the aerospace industry for a few years, Eversley became a full-time artist known for his innovative sculptures, often inspired by his engineering background. Eversley was the first artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum and an exhibition of his work, "Fred Eversley: Black, White, and Gray," is currently on display at Brandeis University's Rose Art Museum in Waltham, Massachusetts.


Ad settings study featured in The Atlantic

A 2015 study by ECE Ph.D. student Amit Datta and ECE Associate Professor Anupam Datta, titled "Automated Experiments on Ad Privacy Settings," was featured in The Atlantic. The study was cited in an article that explored the problem of discriminatory online advertising. The study found instances of discrimination, opacity, and choice in targeted Google ads; for example, the researchers found that men were much more frequently targeted for ads offering high-paying jobs than women were.


Root quoted on Extreme Innovation

CMU-SV Professor Sheryl Root was quoted in a press release for Sandy Carter's latest book, Extreme Innovation. The book is a new guide to innovation with more than 100 case studies, including studies conducted at CMU-SV. "CMU partnered with Sandy Carter on the research for 'Extreme Innovation' around female founders in order to understand these extreme innovators and share the findings. The superpowers of intelligence, speed, and synergy are the skills required for our rapidly changing world. Every executive should read and study these insights," says Root.


Viswanathan's battery research in MIT News

MechE Associate Professor Venkat Viswanathan was featured in MIT News for his research in battery technologies. In collaboration with researchers from MIT, Viswanathan is studying a new kind of electrolyte for "self-healing" lithium battery cells, which could lead to longer driving range, lower cost electric vehicle batteries. The project is one of 35 that the U.S Department of Energy selected last year to develop advanced vehicle batteries and electric drive systems.


Christin named CSIS 2017 Cyber Fellow

EPP/CyLab associate research professor Nicolas Christin has been named a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) 2017 Cyber Fellow in Advanced Cyber Studies. As one of approximately 20 fellows, Christin will participate in the 12-month fellowship program that begins in March with a kickoff conference in Washington D.C. The fellowship gives future leaders in government, industry, and academia the chance to engage in interdisciplinary programs that sharpen analytical capabilities and deepen technical and policy skills for cyber issues. In addition to completing a term-long research project, Christin will attend at least four two-day conferences in Washington D.C., Silicon Valley, and New York City.


Datta publishes article on automated decision-making tasks

ECE Associate Professor Anupam Datta recently published an article in The Conversation on automated decision-making tasks. Specifically, Datta explored the issue of using machine learning algorithms for credit decisions. Under federal law, people who apply for a loan from a bank or credit card company, and are turned down, are owed an explanation of why that happened. "Getting an answer wasn't much of a problem in years past, when humans made those decisions. But today, as artificial intelligence systems increasingly assist or replace people making credit decisions, getting those explanations has become much more difficult," writes Datta. He explains how his research group developed a method to better understand how these algorithms make complex decisions.


Engineering ranks high in 2017 QS World University Rankings 

The College of Engineering has some of the best engineering programs in the world, according to the 2017 QS World University Rankings. The College of Engineering ranked 31st overall in Engineering and Technology, and below are rankings based on subject:

  • Chemical Engineering: 51-100
  • Civil & Structural Engineering: 51-100
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering: 23
  • Materials Science: 31
  • Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering: 46


Rabin's cryopreservation research featured in Digital Trends

A paper published by MechE Professor Yoed Rabin and collaborators from University of Minnesota, Clemson University, and biotech company Tissue Testing Technologies was recently featured in Digital Trends. The team has developed a new "nano-warming" technique that allows frozen organs to be quickly reheated in a way that doesn't damage them. Many organs donated for transplant are discarded each year because of the small window between an organ being harvested and it being irreversibly damaged through lack of oxygen. "Nano-warming" could better preserve organs for transplant and reduce the number of wasted organs. quotes Fischhoff on fear of terrorism

EPP/Dietrich College professor Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in a article discussing the fear of terrorism versus the statistical probability of experiencing a terrorist attack. News reports often share that a person is more likely to perish because of a fall in the tub than a terrorist attack, but this substitutive approach may not be effective. Says Fischhoff, “whatever people are concerned about, if you dismiss their fears rather than take them seriously, you lose credibility.”


Dailymail features "thubber"

MechE Professors Carmel Majidi and Jonathan Malen have developed a material that could allow you to fold your iPad so that it fits inside your wallet. The duo’s creation, nicknamed "thubber", can conduct heat while retaining its elasticity, much like biological tissue. “Our combination of high thermal conductivity and elasticity is especially critical for rapid heat dissipation in applications such as wearable computing and soft robotics,” says Majidi. The use of thubber could stretch to such industries as sports medicine and flexibile electronics, reports.


CMU researchers help address global water crisis

The Guardian recently highlighted creative developments from CMU researchers in partnership with the non-profit Water Is Life. With 1.2 billion people living in water-scarce areas, the team built an innovative technology that could begin to help reduce this global water crisis. This creation, along with four other designs, are evaluated for their effectiveness in promoting clean water accessibility in developing countries.


CMU start-up brings STEM lectures into the 21st century

CEE Ph.D. candidate Justin Weinberg is part of a start-up team working to modernize the idea of the college lecture. With his team’s cutting-edge product, Chem101, Weinberg says they hope to move STEM "out of the dark ages of passive learning, and usher in the new age of active learning.” highlights this innovation.


Rajkumar leads research on self-driving vehicles

ECE Professor Raj Rajkumar was featured in The Hindu for his research on self-driving vehicles, discussing the progress the technology has made in the past few years. After having worked with the CMU team that won the DARPA Urban Challenge a decade ago—a challenge that helped research on driverless vehicles gain momentum—Rajkumar now leads the General Motors and CMU joint venture lab that resulted from the DARPA victory. “[Self-driving vehicles] will empower millions of disabled people who are unable to move around,” says Rajkumar. “[They] will help senior citizens who get into depression because they can’t get out of their homes.”


Rubin study quoted in article about Trump and “clean coal”

A study conducted in 2015 by MechE/EPP Professor Edward Rubin was quoted recently in an article discussing Trump’s push to increase jobs via “clean coal,” a move that may not be feasible given the current market or political climate. According to Rubin’s study, CO2 is expensive to both capture and sell, which discourages companies from pursuing it, unless Trump enforces aggressive climate policies that penalize carbon emissions. The study quotes the CO2 selling price at about $36 per metric ton.


Tsamitis speaks at conference on diversity in cybersecurity

INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis will serve on a panel at the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) Second Annual National Conference on March 15 - 16. Her session, "Women to Women - Diversity Obstacles Impacting Advancement," will address innovative strategies to tackling cybersecurity's diversity challenges.


Vivek Wadhwa calls for stricter smart device regulations

CMU-SV Professor Vivek Wadhwa wrote an article in VentureBeat about the need for stricter regulations regarding consumer privacy on smart devices. Commenting on a recent security breach by Vizio on 11 million of its customers, Wadhwa proposes equipment certification via private-public partnerships as a possible solution. According to Wadhwa, partnerships like these would create “a set of best practices to secure devices, the certification or self-certification of products, and labeling requirements to make consumers more aware of the risks.”


Bettinger talks ingestible device utility in The Scientist

MSE/BME associate professor Christopher Bettinger was quoted in The Scientist regarding a recent advancement in ingestible device research. Utilizing an innovative design, researchers found that their device can harvest power from gastric fluid. This discovery has future implications for in vitro drug delivery and disease identification and treatment. There is still room for improvement, however, especially in the size of a device that is currently larger than ideal. “A general question for anyone designing this class of devices,” says Bettinger, “[is] the tension between miniaturization and utility.”


Jayan nominated for The Incline's Who's Next Technology Series

MechE assistant professor B. Reeja Jayan was nominated by The Incline for its Who's Next Technology series. Jayan was nominated for her outstanding work as a young leader in technology and for the tremendous impact she has had on the technology field.


Tsamitis speaks at first China-US Cybersecurity Technology Forum

INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis presented at the first China-US Cybersecurity Technology Forum co-sponsored by Tsinghua University and Microsoft on February 15, 2017. Her talk focused on securing diversity in cybersecurity during a session about the challenges and opportunities of developing cyber talent.


Zhang selected to 2017-2018 ELATE at Drexel fellowship

MechE Professor Jessica Zhang has been accepted to participate in the 2017-2018 Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE at Drexel) Program. The ELATE at Drexel Program is an intensive full-year, part-time fellowship designed to advance senior women faculty in leadership roles. The ELATE at Drexel Program focuses specifically on engineering, computer science, and other STEM-related disciplines. Through education, coaching, and support, fellows are given the opportunity to expand the vision of their role within their university while simultaneously enhancing their leadership qualities and network of resources. Throughout the course of the program, Zhang will focus on strengthening her skills in resource management, leadership effectiveness, and organizational dynamics.


Feinberg shows 90.5 WESA how to 3-D print human tissue

MSE/BME Associate Professor Adam Feinberg recently talked to 90.5 WESA about using 3-D printing technology to create human tissue. Currently, Feinberg's lab is working on printing heart muscle that would match the shape of the scar created by a heart attack. According to Feinberg, the technology is still a decade away from being implanted in an actual person, but could soon be used to test new drugs for potential negative side effects on the heart.


Majidi and Malen develop Thubber

MechE Professors Carmel Majidi and Jonathan Malen have recently made a breakthrough in the field of soft robotics with the development of a thermally conductive, stretchable rubber called “Thubber.” Able to stretch to over six times its length while still remaining conductive, Thubber strikes an unprecedented balance between thermal and mechanical properties in soft dielectric materials and opens the door to high-power, flexible devices. "Until now, high power devices have had to be affixed to rigid, inflexible mounts that were the only technology able to dissipate heat efficiently," Malen tells "Now, we can create stretchable mounts for LED lights or computer processors that enable high performance without overheating in applications that demand flexibility, such as light up fabrics and iPads that fold into your wallet."


Tonguz's vehicular networks research featured in IEEE Spectrum

ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz was interviewed by IEEE Spectrum on his vehicular networks research. Tonguz founded the CMU startup Virtual Traffic Lights, LLC, which works to solve a wide range of transportation problems using vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications paradigms based on the emerging Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology. In the interview, Tonguz discusses his work to explore networking power from parked cars, as well as the challenges facing his field. Tonguz also published an article, "Parked Cars are Excellent Roadside Units," in the February issue of IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems.


Cranor talks password security with CBS Sunday Morning

EPP/CyLab Professor Lorrie Cranor was interviewed by CBS Sunday Morning regarding her research on usable privacy and security. Commenting on the increasing unreliability of password-based security, Cranor, alongside other experts from the University of Toronto, discussed possible replacements for passwords, such as fingerprints or heart rhythms. “We have so many rules about how [passwords] have to be complicated, and hard to guess,” Cranor said. “And then we’re supposed to have a different one for every account we have, and we’re not supposed to write them down. And that’s just really difficult for people to deal with.”


2017 George Washington Prize Winners Announced

On February 15, three CMU students were honored as George Washington Prize winners at the Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) Engineers’ Week Banquet. ChemE/BME senior Maya Holay was chosen as the first place winner of the 2017 prize; MechE/BME senior Margaret Smith and CEE senior Stephanie Tian were selected as finalists for the prize.


Williams to receive Texas A&M Alumni Award

E&TIM Executive Director and EPP Professor Jimmy Williams will be receiving the Texas A&M 2017 College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award. Williams graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and has since become a leading expert in engineering and policy, managing companies such as Pall Corp, Boeing, and Alcoa.


Consumer Reports quotes Koopman on self-driving cars

ECE Professor Philip Koopman was quoted in two Consumer Reports articles on self-driving vehicle technology. Most experts agree that self-driving cars are 85 to 90 percent of the way to full autonomy. Achieving that final ten percent means "teaching" self-driving cars everything they need to know in order to operate as safely as, or safer than, human drivers. Koopman plays an important role in these lessons. His team spends their days coming up with ways confuse, and thus teach, self-driving prototypes. While this is a time-consuming process, it's one that is extremely important. Especially when you're teaching "a shiny toy that can kill people," says Koopman in "Self-Driving Cars, Driving Into the Future."

As more automakers race to develop self-driving vehicles, many are starting to question when the technology will be safe enough. In "With Autonomous Cars, How Safe Is Safe Enough?" Koopman predicts that we might need close to a billion miles of test-driving data to ensure safety on roads populated with both human and machine-driven cars. "There's a possibility at least some companies are just going to put the technology out there and roll the dice. My fear is this will really happen, and it will be bad technology," he says.


CAPD joins RAPID Manufacturing Institute of the AIChE

The Center for Advanced Process Decision-making (CAPD) in CMU’s Department of Chemical Engineering has recently become a member of the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute, the 10th Manufacturing USA Institute of its kind launched by the Obama Administration. This institute, led by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), is a consortium of various universities, companies, and government laboratories. RAPID aims to improve energy productivity and efficiency by combining and intensifying complex chemical processes, thereby cutting operational costs and reducing waste. These processing technologies have the potential to double domestic energy productivity by the year 2030, as well as save more than $9 billion in process costs annually. CAPD's commitment to the RAPID project is anticipated to involve 12 graduate students per year for five years.


Stine discusses the future of ARPA-E at Energy Innovation Summit

EPP Professor Deborah Stine was quoted by the MIT Technology Review about the future of clean energy research at ARPA-E’s annual Energy Innovation Summit. This year, the summit opened with a defense of federal funding for energy research, given recent news that the Trump administration aims to redirect $54 billion from federal agencies—especially those related to clean energy and climate change—to defense spending. “In order for it to survive, the industry that’s here at the ARPA-E event, that has been supporting it for all this time, needs to stand up and say, ‘Look, we care about this,’” Stine says. While she believes the summit may in fact be seeing its final year, Stine remains confident that ARPA-E itself will survive.




Beuth quoted in TechTarget on evolution of 3D printing

MechE Professor Jack Beuth was quoted in a TechTarget article about the evolution of 3D printing. According to Beuth, more companies are recognizing the potential of 3D printing and exploring ways to invest in the technology. "If you can make any kind of positive cost-effect argument for buying a machine now, you should do it, because 3D printing is progressing," he says. "3D printing for metals is in the same place now that personal computers were in the mid-1980s. As that [progression] showed, things can change fast."


Pistorius discusses the steel industry on KCBS Radio

MSE Professor Chris Pistorius joined San Fransisco’s KCBS Morning Show to discuss how the American steel industry has changed over the past 30 years and whether it can support new government infrastructure projects.


Rajkumar on teaching cars to interpret street signs

As self-driving cars move closer to complete autonomy, they will need to master the same intricacies of the road that human drivers do, including the recognition and interpretation of street signs. Even as autonomous vehicle (AV) pioneers like Google and Uber make tremendous strides in this capability, there is still a way to go. On, ECE Professor Raj Rajkumar weighs in on the current methods used in “teaching” cars, methods that might not accomplish all that is needed. Swedish start-up Mapillary may have found the approach that will.


Cranor elected to CHI Academy

EPP/CyLab Professor Lorrie Cranor was elected to the CHI Academy, an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction. Individuals are elected to the CHI Academy based on the following criteria: cumulative contributions to the field, impact on the field through development of new research directions and/or innovations, influence on the work of others, and active participation in the ACM SIGCHI community. Cranor, along with the other SIGCHI award recipients, will be honored at CHI 2017 in Denver, Colorado.


Researchers prove how difficult it is to spot phishing scams

Recently, scammers targeted Netflix customers, sending them fake email notifications that prompted them to update their membership by reentering their personal information. People might think they can detect a phishing scam when they see one, but CMU researchers proved just how complicated these scams can be. During an experiment, researchers taught people how to spot scams and then presented them with a pile of both fake and genuine emails. Even with their newly acquired knowledge, people still struggled to identify the scams. According to researcher Casey Canfield, “the only way to stay safe is to be a bit paranoid.”


CMU joins the NIIMBL

CMU has joined the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL), the 11th institute in the Manufacturing USA network. Under NIIMBL, more than 150 companies, educational institutions, nonprofits, and state governments will work together to advance U.S. leadership in biopharmaceutical manufacturing. Biomanufacturing is used to produce many widely-used recombinant protein-based therapies for a growing number of health conditions such as cancer, autoimmune disorders, and infectious diseases, as well as emerging cell and virus-based biologics for cell and gene therapies. Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the institute will focus on bringing safe biologic drugs to market faster and on developing workforce training. Collaborating colleges and universities like CMU will work with industry to provide education and training programs, curriculum development, and certification standards that will ensure a pipeline of skilled workers in the biopharmaceutical field. BME Professor Todd Przybycien serves as the CMU lead for NIIMBL.


Rugambwa interviewed by PC Tech Magazine

Bob Rugambwa, guild president-elect of CMU-Africa, spoke about Rwanda's partnership with CMU in an interview with PC Tech Magazine. For the past 10 years, the ICT sector has spurred up to 40% of economic growth in East Africa. The ICT sector has the potential to spur an even greater percentage of economic growth, so the government of Rwanda partnered with CMU to provide students in the region with educational opportunities.


Fischhoff quoted in Fast Company

EPP Professor Baruch Fischhoff explains how business negotiation and strategy differs from political negotiation and strategy in relation to Trump’s presidency. Although Fischhoff notes the similarity between business and political strategies, he also says that business and political strategies have “different ramifications and ways that players intrinsically judge them.” In the political world, it’s impossible to predict the overall ramifications of a decision. So politicians must understand that there are various unknowns they must consider before making any large political moves. Overall, Fischhoff suggests that business acumen can lead to political prowess so long as individuals realize their limitations and “surround themselves with people who are well-versed in the areas they are not.”


CyberScoop celebrates Brumley for teaching NSA’s best hackers

ECE Professor and CyLab Director David Brumley was featured in CyberScoop because of his knack for teaching students how to hack into technological devices, ultimately transforming them into top-notch employees for tech companies like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and the National Security Agency (NSA). Brumley’s unique academic program produces experienced graduates that are “coveted by the federal and private sectors alike. Competition to secure their services is fierce.”


Presto interviewed by 90.5 WESA on rooftop study

MechE Professor Albert Presto was interviewed by 90.5 WESA about a new air quality study out of CMU's Center for Air, Climate, and Energy Solutions. Presto and his team have installed air quality monitors on rooftops around Pittsburgh to collect data that will be compared with data from other U.S. cities. The study will help researchers better understand how factors like traffic patterns and business density affect air quality.


Wadhwa featured on CNBC about Trump’s visa policy

CMU-SV Professor Vivek Wadhwa commented on Trump’s H-1B visa policy in an interview with CNBC. Wadhwa agrees with Trump’s notion that H-1B visas are being abused by the top visa holders in the country. Since the top visa holders, or outsourcing companies, use most of the visas approved by the U.S. government, Wadhwa says that Silicon Valley inevitably “starves for visas.” If Trump “clamps down” on top visa holders, Wadhwa says that the balance will shift in favor “of the Valley, and allow tech companies that pay the highest for any given wage level to hire the recruits."


Beuth quoted on future of 3D printing in Manufacturers’ Monthly 

MechE Professor Jack Beuth was featured in an article for Manufacturers' Monthly where he spoke about recent developments in 3-D printing and what he expects to happen in the metal additive manufacturing (AM) industry this year.


Cranor, Bauer quoted in Consumer Reports on password managers

EPP/CyLab Professor Lorrie Cranor and ECE/CyLab Associate Professor Lujo Bauer were quoted in a Consumer Reports article on password managers. Cranor and Bauer recommend that everyone should use a password manager service that generates, retrieves, and protects all your passwords in one secure, convenient place.


Fischhoff quoted in Quartz

EPP Professor Baruch Fischhoff was quoted in Quartz on why Americans fear terrorism more than occurrences that are statistically more likely to kill them, like car accidents or gun violence. "Terrorism is not like motor vehicle accidents, where past performance predicts future performance. Terrorism could change and it's not irrational for people to react differently to an uncertain risk," says Fischhoff.


Rajkumar discusses autonomous vehicle reports in Wired

ECE Professor Raj Rajkumar was featured in a Wired article about how companies are tracking the progress of their autonomous vehicle programs. During autonomous vehicle testing, automakers like Nissan and General Motors keep a record of "disengagements," or instances when humans had to take control of the vehicle. But "disengagement reports" don't always tell the whole story because disengagements often involve many variables that are not logged. Rajkumar agrees these reports could be improved to more accurately represent autonomous vehicle progress.


NextManufacturing Center Consortium welcomes new members

The NextManufacturing Center Consortium will welcome three new members at its next meeting on February 15. Covestro LLC, Eaton Corporation, and General Motors Company have joined the Consortium, which works to advance additive manufacturing technology to widespread adoption and certification through collaboration and innovation. The Consortium now has 14 members, with nearly 70 interactions across industry, government, and academia.


Peha invited to serve on State Department committee

EPP/ECE Professor Jon Peha has been invited by the State Department to serve on the Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy. Members of the Committee advise on issues that involve users and providers of information and communication services, technology research and development, foreign industrial and regulatory policy, the activities of international organizations in communications and information, and developing country interests.


Suresh quoted in CNN article on Trump's travel ban

CMU President Subra Suresh was quoted in a CNN article on how universities are reacting to Trump's travel ban. According to the article, the website of the Association of American Colleges and Universities lists statements on the travel ban from 66 institutions of higher education, ranging in content from support of their international students to condemnation of the executive order. In his open letter to the CMU community regarding the travel ban, Suresh, who emigrated from India, wrote, "Our very prosperity and security as a nation, and thus our freedom, depend in part on the people who come to this country from around the world."


Rajkumar quoted in US News on Tesla Model 3

ECE Professor Raj Rajkumar was quoted in US News on the Tesla Model 3 release date. According to the article, the Tesla Model 3—the first mass-produced, affordable all-electric vehicle—may not debut in 2017 as previously expected. Rajkumar agrees that production delays will likely push back the release date to 2018 or later. "With automation you add a lot more cameras, you add radars and such, so it does increase the complexity of the supply chain," says Rajkumar.


Tsamitis quoted in Safertech

INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis was quoted in an article on about privacy issues and Google Vault. “In the past decade, rapid advances in workplace technology have often come at the expense of privacy and security. On one hand, we have enterprise-level software and applications like Google Vault offering incredible opportunities for collaboration and communication. On the other, we have the threat of compromising the privacy of employees. The balance lies in an organization’s commitment to understand how these tools work and educate its employees on safe and secure practices,” said Tsamitis.


Cranor quoted in IBT on password security

CyLab/EPP Professor Lorrie Cranor was quoted in International Business Times on password security. Cranor suggests that one way to improve your password is to put digits, symbols, and capital letters in the middle of your password, not at the beginning or end.


Wadhwa in The Economic Times on India's digital infrastructure

CMU-SV Professor Vivek Wadhwa wrote an article for The Economic Times on India's digital infrastructure. In the article, Wadhwa explains how India has surpassed the American technology industry as a global leader in innovation. One example is Aadhaar, India's national identification number project, which Wadhwa calls the largest and most successful information technology project in the world.


Whitacre talks Samsung smartphone recall in Wired

MSE/EPP Professor Jay Whitacre was featured in a Wired article about Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 recall. Samsung recently announced the overheating was caused by separate design problems in lithium-ion batteries from two different suppliers. While they do pose a greater fire risk than other battery types, well-designed lithium-ion batteries should safeguard against such disasters. "It might vent or puff up, but not actually burn or flame," says Whitacre.


IEEE-HKN Honor Society receives Outstanding Chapter Award

Carnegie Mellon University's IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN) Honor Society received the 2015-2016 Outstanding Chapter Award. This award is presented to IEEE-HKN chapters "in recognition of excellence in their chapter administration and programs." When selecting a winner, the awards committee considers how each chapter improves professional development, raises instructional and institutional standards, encourages scholarship and creativity, provides a public service, and generally furthers the goals of IEEE-HKN. On March 20, CMU's IEEE-HKN will be formally recognized at the ECEDHA annual conference.


Build 18 project featured on Mashable, The Register

A mobility-enhancing fish tank created by a team of CMU engineering students for the freestyle-tinkering event Build18 was recently featured on Mashable and The Register. The project allowed a goldfish named Walter to drive its own fish tank around this year's Build18 festival. The tank was created by Aaron Perley (ECE), Jess Chernak (ECE), Alexander Kent (MechE), and Zachary Newman (ECE).


Suresh interviewed by Times Higher Education

CMU President Subra Suresh was interviewed by Times Higher Education at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos, Switzerland. Suresh, along with other university leaders, discussed how universities—and the principles for which they stand—will outlast short-term periods of political tumult. "Universities are the only place where you can take a long-term view to gather evidence, to explore the truth and nature of many fields, whether it's humanities and social sciences, or natural sciences, medicine, and engineering. Universities have a unique role to play," says Suresh.


Jayan's gluten sensor research featured by Idea Foundry

MechE Assistant Professor B. Reeja Jayan was featured in Idea Foundry's newsletter for her gluten sensor research. Idea Foundry, a Pittsburgh tech accelerator, recognized Jayan as a leader in their science portfolio who has overcome personal and professional challenges to push boundaries in her field. Jayan, inspired by her own dietary struggles, is developing portable gluten sensor technology to help others suffering from gluten-related disorders.


Savvides gives talk at IDGA conference

ECE/CyLab Research Professor Marios Savvides was invited to give a talk at the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) Biometrics in Government and Law Enforcement conference in Washington, DC from January 23-25. Savvides joined an impressive lineup of speakers that included many government directors and program managers. Savvides talk was titled "Advances in Unconstrained Biometric Identification."


Congratulations to the 2016 Staff Awards winners!

On January 24, Dean Garrett formally recognized the winners of the 2016 College of Engineering Staff Recognition Awards. The award recipients are as follows: Stephanie Scott (Burritt Education Award), Sari Smith (Rookie Award), Christopher Hertz (Inspirational Leadership Award), Elisabeth Udyawar (Continuous Excellence Award), G. Ronald Ripper (Spirit Award) and Matthew Moneck (Innovation Award). The staff recognition awards are designed to honor "College of Engineering staff members whose job performance and dedication to the operations of the college merit special recognition."




ECE alum and wife give $3M to support inventors

ECE alumnus and adjunct faculty member Aleksandar Kavčić and his wife, Sofija Kavčić, have donated $3 million to create a new, endowed fund to support inventors at Carnegie Mellon University. Specifically, the Mary Jo Howard Dively Fund for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation will facilitate the smooth transfer of inventions and other intellectual property developed at Carnegie Mellon into the marketplace.


Whitacre and Aquion to be featured on NOVA

On Wednesday, February 1, MSE/EPP Professor Jay Whitacre will appear on the PBS series NOVA for their segment, “Search for the Super Battery.” Whitacre is the founder and CEO of Aquion Energy, which will be featured on the program for its innovative approach to manufacturing safe and sustainable saltwater batteries.


MechE alumna featured in Black Enterprise for startup

MechE alumna Hahna Alexander ('12) was recently featured in Black Enterprise for her Pittsburgh-based startup SolePower. The company creates shoe insoles that generate and store usable electrical power. Alexander and fellow students created the technology behind SolePower as a capstone mechanical engineering design project at CMU.


MechE alumnus featured on WESA's Tech Report

MechE alumnus Josh Caputo was recently featured on WESA's Tech Report for his startup HuMoTech. Caputo is developing a robotic foot that can be programmed to exhibit all sorts of characteristics. Caputo says this technology will help patients overcome the challenges of finding the right prosthetic limb. "So we program this tool to mimic the behavior of these commercially available devices and the patient can come into the lab and virtually try on different product," says Caputo.


Lucia featured in People of ACM

ECE Assistant Professor Brandon Lucia was featured in ACM’s People of ACM bulletin, a bulletin that “highlights the unique scientific accomplishments and compelling personal attributes of ACM members who are making a difference in advancing computing as a science and a profession.” In this issue, Lucia talks about his work with intermittent, energy-harvesting computer systems along with the underlying concepts of Chain, a programming language that his research team developed to guarantee the reliability of energy-harvesting computers. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the largest educational and scientific computing society in the world, providing its members with opportunities to expand their professional lives while also searching for ways to address the challenges of the computing industry.


College of Engineering alumni honored with 2017 Alumni Awards

Congratulations to the College of Engineering alumni who will be honored with 2017 Alumni Awards on Friday, May 19, 6 p.m. in Chosky Theater, Purnell Center of the Arts! These individuals are recognized for their outstanding achievements in their professional fields and for their dedicated service to the university. The honorees from the College of Engineering who will receive awards are:

David M. Kirr (E 1959, 1960, TPR 1962): Alumni Distinguished Service Award

Adam G. Pennington (CS 2001, E 2003): Alumni Service Award

Wil Rouleau (E 1951, 1952, 1954); Alumni Service Award


Porter elected 2018 President of AVS

MSE Professor Lisa Porter was elected 2018 President of AVS. AVS is an international research society for Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing with approximately 5,000 members worldwide.


Tilton named editor of Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects

ChemE Professor Bob Tilton has been named editor of Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. The publisher, Elsevier, describes this journal as "an international journal devoted to the science underlying applications of colloids and interfacial phenomena."


CEE student wins awards at BuildSys conference

At this year’s ACM BuildSys conference, CEE Ph.D. candidate Jingkun Gao received the Best Demo Award for his work on the demo “Portable Queries Using the Brick Schema for Building Applications," and the Audience Choice Award for his work on the paper, “BRICK: Towards a Unified Metadata Schema for Buildings.” The annual BuildSys conference is an international conference that highlights research into systems for energy-efficient built environments, and was held in Stanford, California.


Stine to lead workshop at WE Local Pittsburgh event

EPP Professor Deborah Stine will be leading a workshop at the 2017 WE Local Pittsburgh event, held at the Omni William Penn Hotel from February 17 - 19. Hosted by the Society of Women Engineers, the annual event brings together engineers and organizations for educational workshops, networking, and professional development. Stine’s workshop, titled “Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy for Engineers,” aims to teach the basic principles of public policy analysis and how it can be used to advocate for change in a policy system in academia, government, industry, or non-governmental organization.


Tilton receives Procter and Gamble Higher Education Grant

ChemE Professor Bob Tilton received a Procter and Gamble Higher Education Grant to develop a new course in Formulation Engineering that will prepare students for careers in pharmaceuticals, paints, consumer products, agrochemicals and other complex fluid formulation-based industries.


Datta quoted in Digital Trends on lack of diversity in AI industry

ECE Ph.D. student Amit Datta was quoted in Digital Trends about the lack of diversity in the artificial intelligence industry. Last year, Datta and other researchers found that women were shown far fewer Google ads for high paying jobs than men. Researchers believe that this data reveals the gender biases entrenched within artificial intelligence systems. According to Kate Crawford, a researcher at Microsoft, “artificial intelligence will reflect the values of its creators. So inclusivity matters… Otherwise, we risk constructing machine intelligence that mirrors a narrow and privileged vision of society, with its old, familiar biases and stereotypes.”


ChemE student wins 2016 Facebook Global Hackathon

ChemE student Jean Haddad was part of a CMU team that won the 2016 Facebook Global Hackathon in November. The winning team included Haddad, MCDS student Abdelwahab Bourai, IS/HCII student Sebastian Guerrero Cardenas, and SCS alumnus Vivek Krishnan. At the finals, held at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, the team created software that scours comments on Facebook Live videos and filters them based on quantity and content. The team qualified for the Global Hackathon by winning TartanHacks2016 this past February.


CMU-R featured in Disrupt Africa for ridesharing app

CMU-R students were featured in Disrupt Africa for their work on a new ridesharing platform called Gawana. The first prototype was developed as a practicum project for IT master's students. Gawana, co-founded by Darcy Dwyer, Rachel Howell, and CMU-R alumna Agnes Nyambura, will launch in March and allow travelers in Rwanda to share journeys and split the cost of fuel.


Wadhwa published in VentureBeat on transportation revolution

CMU-SV Professor Vivek Wadhwa recently published an article in VentureBeat on transportation of the future. According to Wadhwa, we're on the verge of a revolution in transportation. "For decade—actually, centuries—we have been dependent on locomotives and, more recently, airplanes to take us long distances. The technologies have hardly advanced. Now, the entire industry is about to be disrupted," he writes. Wadhwa says we should invest resources into developing more efficient and cost-effective modes of transportation, like self-driving cars and Hyperloop systems.


Armanios quoted in Gulf News Journal

EPP Assistant Professor Daniel Armanios was quoted in the Gulf News Journal discussing Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy’s plan to boost the use of renewable energies in the country. According to Armanios, “In terms of the Egyptian economy, increases to the local renewable sector should also increase the availability of high-paying jobs."


Bezy appointed to National Science & Techn Council of Rwanda

CMU-R Associate Director/EPP Professor Michel Bezy has been appointed by Rwanda President Paul Kagame to serve on the National Science and Technology Council of Rwanda.


Koopman quoted in de Volkskrant and featured on

ECE Associate Professor Phil Koopman was quoted in an article for de Volkskrant that examined the fundamental problem of self-driving vehicles: car manufacturers’ inability to prove that these vehicles are safer than standard vehicles. Nowadays, car manufacturers compete to develop the safest and most efficient autonomous vehicles. Although autonomous vehicles know how to interact with other trucks, pedestrians, and traffic lights, they don’t always know how to react when confronted by extraordinary circumstances. “It’s hard to say that systems will respond well with certainty when faced with new data,” said Koopman. In addition, Koopman was featured in a podcast for called, "Robots Having Nervous Breakdowns," in which he discussed making better embedded software.


Stine quoted in FiveThirtyEight on energy policy

EPP Professor Deborah Stine was quoted in an article in FiveThirtyEight titled, “There’s Almost No Way Energy Policy Can Satisfy Everyone.” In the article, Stine discusses potential conflicts between different industries when it comes to future energy policy.


Mertz and Noh quoted in ZDNet

Principal Project Scientist Christopher Mertz and CEE Assistant Professor Hae Young Noh were quoted in ZDNet about the possible collaboration between the United States Postal Service (USPS) and smart cities. Mertz and Noh suggest that USPS vehicles could help detect infrastructural issues by using sensors and videos to map cities. The vehicles could transmit collected data to the cloud. Then, computers could analyze the data to find flaws in the city's infrastructure. Although the USPS and cities could collaborate to enable different services, they note that "things are never as simple as they seem."


Morgan featured on Pennsylvania Legacies podcast

EPP Professor M. Granger Morgan was recently featured on Pennsylvania Environmental Council's podcast, Pennsylvania Legacies. The episode previewed PEC's upcoming conference on deep decarbonization, where Morgan will be a keynote speaker.


Presto discusses Pittsburgh's air quality in PublicSource

MechE Assistant Research Professor Albert Presto was recently featured in a PublicSource article on air quality in Pittsburgh. While Allegheny County is out of compliance for federal pollution standards largely because of industrial facilities in Monongahela River Valley, Presto explains that Pittsburgh's city center is less polluted, with levels similar to other U.S city centers.


Rabin featured in ABC News

MechE Professor Yoed Rabin was featured in an ABC News article about nanotechnology and cancer detection. Researchers have found that "nanosensors" can detect early signs of cancer in everyday blood samples. The research could lead to quick, easy, and low-cost tests that can be done in a doctor's office to detect cancer before it becomes troublesome.

Tsamitis joins Executive Women's Forum

INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis has been appointed to the advisory board of the Executive Women's Forum (EWF) on Information Security, Risk Management, and Privacy. In 2007, Tsamitis established a partnership between the EWF and INI to offer a full scholarship to an incoming INI student. The partnership has been renewed after 10 years and will continue to offer invaluable networking and mentorship opportunities to develop women leaders in information security and privacy.


Zhang elected to Executive Comittee of Solid Modeling Association

MechE Professor Jessica Zhang has been elected as a new member of the Executive Committee of the Solid Modeling Association (SMA). The Executive Committee is responsible for maintaining the Solid Modeling website, for selecting conference chairs and program chairs for the symposia, for overseeing new initiatives, and for making important decisions that may affect the SMA and the community it serves.


Fischhoff receives Best Reviewers Award

EPP/Dietrich College Professor Baruch Fischhoff received the Best Reviewers Award for 2016 at the December meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis.


Rubin delivers keynote at Congress of Research on Social Economy

EPP/MechE Professor Ed Rubin delivered a keynote speech to the XVI Congress of Research on Social Economy in Valencia, Spain on Oct. 19, 2016. In his speech, he discussed the main causes of climate change, its current and future impacts, and what policy measures we can pursue to reduce or avoid these dangerous impacts.

Tilton elected to ACS Executive Committee

ChemE/BME Professor Bob Tilton has been elected to serve a three year term (2017-2019) as Member-at-Large of the American Chemical Society Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry Executive Committee. Tilton has previously served as the Division as Chair, Councilor, and as a member or chair of several subcommittees since 1997.


Presto comments on scientific research under the Trump Administration

MechE Professor Albert Presto was quoted in Public Source about what a Trump presidency might mean for the future of scientific research. Presto explains that “there has been a lot of very slow and hard fought progress on environmental issues that can quickly be ripped away.” As an affiliated faculty member of CMU’s Center for Air, Climate, and Energy Solutions, Presto uses a portion of the $10 million grant the center recently received from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to investigate how air pollution affects climate change and local health. However, under Trump’s presidency, Presto is concerned about receiving all of the funding.


Suresh featured in The Wall Street Journal

President Subra Suresh was featured in an article in The Wall Street Journal that discussed America’s “innovation slump.” Because of the many advances in the artificial intelligence industry, gene therapy, and robotics, it might appear like we’re in a “golden age of innovation.” But nothing has truly and meaningfully advanced Americans’ standard of living. However, Subresh states that we’re in the early stages of the fourth industrial revolution, and he “argue[s] emphatically that the pace of innovation is getting faster and faster.”