Cover Story: Super Grads
Denny Morabito (HS'74), Susie Cribbs (HS'00) and Bruce Gerson
Surprising Twists in Early Career Opportunities
Would you buy a wristwatch from Tony Soprano? Would you pick a college on an anonymous tip? Would you trust cuisine developed by your architect?
Some young entrepreneurs from Carnegie Mellon University are betting you would, and so far their bets have paid off big.
Michael Kobold (HS’01) asked “Tony Soprano” (aka James Gandolfini) to be the new pitchman for Kobold Watches (aka “wrist instruments”) after the star of “The Sopranos” television series called to ask him to bring one to the set. The super-premium line of time pieces retail...Read More
In This Issue
April 2005, Vol. 2, No. 1
Read about the job fortunes of some of our recent grads. Carnegie Mellonï¿½s connection to Sonyï¿½s humanoid robot QRIO brings bot to campus. An initiative to bridge the technological divide brings advanced and underdeveloped nations closer together. Annual buggy races mean as much today as they did back then. And find out what professor Burcu Akinci is up to in the field.
Alumnus Todd Kozuki was part of an entourage from Sony that brought the company’s two-foot tall humanoid robot to campus. QRIO danced, talked and schmoozed through a 20-minute show. In the future a QRIO may be as common in the home as a television set is today, Kozuki says.
Building a Bridge
Sri Lanka native Bernardine Dias is founder and director of Carnegie Mellon’s TechBridgeWorld initiative, an effort to provide developing countries with technology needed to solve economic, social and environmental problems, such as a wireless network for early tsunami warnings.
Intel Research Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon CyLab and the Software Engineering Institute’s Network Systems Survivability program, which includes the world famous CERT Coordination Center, are tenants in the new Collaborative Innovation Center, a hotbed for information technology research.
Mention the annual Spring Carnival Buggy Races to students and alumni and their faces light up brighter than a flashlight-holding flagger on the course during 6 a.m. freerolls.
Technology is not only changing the games we know, it’s the foundation for games in the future.
Women in Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Burcu Akinci is living proof that women can love math and science, too.
See video clips of the visit to campus by Sony's humanoid robot named QRIO, Carnegie Mellon's "smart car" research, Professor Marcel Just's appearance on the NBC Nightly News, and of environmental experts Volker Hartkopf, Deborah Lange and Lester Lave on The Lehrer News Hour. (You must have Apple's Quicktime software to view the videos. To download the software visit http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download)