August 23, 2012 ˇ Vol. 23, No. 7

Freshmen & orientation counselors spell out CMU on the Cut.

Most Women Ever in Freshman Class

In his welcome to the Class of 2016 this past Sunday, President Jared L. Cohon said this year's freshman class stands out with academic credentials "equal to none" and the most women of any incoming class in history. Forty-five percent of the more than 1,400 first-year students are female. He said the university has been working to increase the number of women for a long time.  


"The highest number we've had in the past was about 43 percent three years ago," said Cohon, who noted that when he became president in 1997 women made up about 30 percent of the first-year class. "I couldn't be more pleased. It's important for a lot of reasons. As a matter of fact, women are smarter than men, something I've learned in my 42 years of marriage."


In a packed Baker Hall lawn tent, Cohon spoke about the longstanding core values that have made Carnegie Mellon what it is today: hard work, collaboration, problem-solving and a commitment to community. He encouraged students to take advantage of everything CMU has to offer academically and culturally, and to grow personally by interacting with others and by participating in activities and organizations. Cohon also urged them to be safe and to watch out for themselves and fellow classmates. 


Watch President Cohon's address.   

Cast Your Vote for the Robot Hall of Fame      

For the first time members of the general public can help select one robot in each of four categories - Education & Consumer, Entertainment, Industrial & Service, and Research - for induction into the Robot Hall of FameŽ. The RHOF, created in 2003 by Carnegie Mellon, recognizes excellence in robotics technology. It honors both fictional and real robots.

The new robots will be inducted in a ceremony Oct. 23, when they will take their place alongside such notables as NASA's Mars Sojourner, Honda's ASIMO and Star Wars' R2-D2 and C-3PO.

CMU a Partner in Manufacturing Institute      

Gary Fedder Carnegie Mellon has partnered with several universities, private industries and economic development organizations to win a $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for a new National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Gary Fedder, CMU professor of electrical and computer engineering, will lead CMU's involvement.

The U.S. Departments of Defense, Commerce and Energy chose the partnership of Carnegie Mellon and other universities and private industries in northeast Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia over several other applications. The partnership includes more than 100 companies, universities, colleges and workforce development organizations.

"We look forward to working with our partners in industry, academia and government on this exciting opportunity," Fedder said. "With our strengths in materials, nanotechnology, engineering, robotics and manufacturing innovation strategies, CMU is ready to provide the expertise needed to help rejuvenate U.S. manufacturing."


Read the full story.  

Magazine Honors Student as Top Young Innovator 

Chris Harrison, a Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute who focuses on finding alternatives to the keyboard and mouse people typically use to control computers, has been recognized by MIT's Technology Review as one of the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35.

Using combinations of sound and vision sensors, Harrison, 28, has enabled people to control digital devices by tapping on tables, walls or even their own skin. These new input techniques can add nuance and convenience to human-computer interaction and dramatically increase the utility of small, mobile devices.

Read the full story. | Full list of TR35 winners for 2012.

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