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Cover Story: Rapped Up
Madison Avenue in New York City is one of the world’s most famous thoroughfares. It passes through Midtown, the Upper East Side, Spanish Harlem, and Harlem, so plenty of urban stories fill the avenue. In the middle of it all, at 550 Madison Avenue, is the Sony building skyscraper. In a corner office on the 11th floor, with an impressive view, Geo Bivins works—although teenagers everywhere may question whether what Bivins does is actually work, especially on this day.
While Wall Street stock traders scream their buys and sells, Bivins listens to urban hip-hop music—eyes closed, head bobbing. His mind churns: the lyrics,...Read More
In This Issue
July 2012, Vol. 9 No. 3
The United Nations reports that more than 900 million people in the world suffer from hunger on a daily basis. That number could be significantly reduced, thanks to Phil LeDuc, a professor of mechanical engineering, and Mary Beth Wilson, a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering. Their idea has won an extremely competitive Grand Challenges Explorations Award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. No CMU researcher had ever won the award. Learn what they have in mind in Award-Winning Recipe.” Make sure to check out the rest of the issue too, including alumnus Geo Bivins’ profound impact on urban music, which is depicted in the cover story “Rapped Up.”View the e-Edition »
Online companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google have become part of our everyday lives.
For those companies to respond instantaneously to every click, some mind-boggling energy consumption occurs, taking a toll on both profit margins and the environment. Could there be a better way? Carnegie Mellon’s Dave Andersen thinks so.
Philip LeDuc is a professor of mechanical engineering, and Mary Beth Wilson is a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering. Noble pursuits, for sure, but hardly appetizing from a culinary perspective. Yet the two are partnering on a project that could help find a deliciously simple solution to global hunger.
Sir Winston Churchill once said, “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” For Carnegie Mellon senior Judy Savitskaya, her past has led to her future, which is why Churchill would no doubt welcome her to be part of his legacy.