November 15, 2012 Vol. 23, No. 19

CMU Partners With China's Sun Yat-sen University To Develop Graduate Engineering Programs   

This past Monday (Nov. 12), Carnegie Mellon and Sun Yat-sen University celebrated the launch of a new and innovative joint graduate engineering degree program, the Joint Institute of Engineering, in Guangzhou, an important economic and technology hub of the Asia-Pacific rim.

SYSU President Xu Ningsheng said they selected CMU because its great academic and research reputation is well suited to China's vision of transitioning its economy from mass labor to technology-driven initiatives within the next decade and fostering future technology leaders with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset. The mission of the Joint Institute of Engineering (JIE) will be to further world-class education in engineering and perform cutting-edge research in China.  


Jimmy Zhu, the ABB Professor of Engineering and head of CMU's Data Storage Systems Center, and Professor Li Wenjun, the assistant to the president of SYSU, will lead the JIE.    


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Inspire Innovation Campaign Update   

As of Nov. 1, 2012, Carnegie Mellon's Inspire Innovation campaign had reached $1.09 billion. Since October 1, 2012, the campaign raised $10,583,221.

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Students Win Sustainable Design Competition   

A team of three School of Architecture students, Dan Addis, Eui Song "John" Kim and Jensen Ying, has won the International Sustainable Laboratory Student Design Competition for their design proposal for a Salt River Bay Marine Research and Education Center on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The competition encourages students from around the world to develop innovative ideas for energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable laboratories.

Of the 120 submitted projects, their work, titled "Modular Sustainability," stood out as one of the two winning designs because it "shows a well-documented and thorough sustainable systems analysis and demonstrates a thoughtful, integrated approach to the design process," the judges said. "The proposed laboratory systems, particularly the HVAC systems, are practical and site specific, while the design of the community space is creative and inviting."

CMU Dominates Regional Programming Contest

Nathaniel Barshay, Yan Gu and Jonathan Paulson took first place in the regional competition for the Association for Computing Machinery's International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC), with the remaining four CMU teams placing 4th, 5th, 6th and 23rd out of 131 teams.

Under Head Coach Danny Sleator, Barshay, Gu and Paulson, solved all nine problems in under four hours at Youngstown State University, one of four sites for the ACM-ICPC East Central North American Regional Programming Contest.


NREC To Help Develop Sub-Tracking Vessel   

Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) is part of a team assembled by prime contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to design, build and test an unmanned autonomous surface vessel that can track a diesel-electric submarine for months and over thousands of kilometers with minimal supervision.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded SAIC a three-year, $58 million contract for the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel program. The NREC will develop the vessel's autonomous capability, with John Dolan, principal systems scientist at the Robotics Institute, as principal investigator and Pete Rander, NREC associate director of operations, as co-PI.


Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Madrigal Dinner is Dec. 1     

Celebrate the holiday season at the Madrigal Dinner, a unique dining and entertainment tradition featuring the CMU School of Music Chamber Singers, on Saturday, Dec. 1 in Rangos Ballroom, University Center.

The menu includes wassail; roasted water chestnut salad; hearty breads; chicken strudel; rustic roasted vegetables; warm triple chocolate figgy pudding; coffee and tea. A reception at 6:30 p.m. precedes the dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for students and children under 10, and $20 for all other guests. CMU Students can purchase tickets with Plaid Ca$h, Meal Blocks, DineX or Cash. Tickets are on sale at the University Center Information Desk.

Guests are invited to dress in their best 16th century style or contemporary finery. Sponsored by the Office of Orientation, Student Affairs, Alumni Relations, Student Senate, School of Music, Student Dormitory Council and CulinArt. For more information, call 412-268-4886.

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Happy Thanksgiving!      

There will not be an 8.5 x 11 News next week due to Thanksgiving. We'll return on Thursday, Nov. 29.

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