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Cover Story: Accidental President
Just outside Jared L. Cohon’s office hangs a life-size portrait of Andrew Carnegie, the renowned industrialist and philanthropist, whose $2 million gift in 1900 started what today is Carnegie Mellon University. The Scotsman’s quote, “My heart is in the work,” has become the university’s motto.
When Cohon greets his visitors in the reception area, he stands nearly side-by-side with the legendary icon. Perhaps that’s only fitting because the university has been at the forefront of many remarkable accomplishments during Cohon’s 16 years as president. Yet, it’s evident that any successes...Read More
In This Issue
April 2013, Vol. 10 No. 2
Think back to 1997. The world was a very different place. So was Carnegie Mellon. When Jared L. Cohon became president that year, it wasn’t the culmination of a well-conceived career path. Rather, it was, in his words, “an “accident”. Find out in “Accidental President” what happened and what it has meant to the university now that he is about to step down. Also, among this issue’s fascinating stories, learn in “Cott Up in the Moment” how Corey Cott (A’12) became a Broadway star just seven weeks after graduating!View the e-Edition »
Cott Up in the Moment
Seven weeks—that’s right, seven weeks—after graduation from Carnegie Mellon’s musical theater department, Corey Cott lands the lead in a Broadway musical. By all accounts, he’s handsome, he’s talented, and he has a famously sweet heart. By the way, he knows how to get the girl of his dreams, too.
He Keeps Going and Going
Salt water and an old cotton T-shirt. Those are the unlikely resources Jay Whitacre, materials science and public policy engineering professor, used to design an environmentally friendly battery. Now, with his start-up company, Aquion Energy, he just might change the way we think about energy.
Bridging an Ocean
Uruguay, Qatar, the United States, China, and Pakistan are just a few of the places that have honed computer science student Afnan Fahim’s global sensitivity and enthusiasm. Now, as a newly named Fifth-Year Scholar, Fahim intends to serve as a bridge to bring students from Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon Qatar closer together.