May 2, Vol. 23, No. 40 

University Professors Four Earn Highest Faculty Distinction          

Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon and professors Dennis Epple, Marcel Just and Steven E. Shreve have received the elite distinction of University Professor, the highest academic accolade a faculty member can achieve at Carnegie Mellon.

The rank of University Professor recognizes a faculty member for representing the intellectual leadership of Carnegie Mellon through their expertise and accomplishments in their respective fields of study.

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Qatar Grad Ceremony Qatar Campus Graduation Ceremony is Monday

President Jared L. Cohon will deliver the keynote address at Carnegie Mellon Qatar's graduation ceremony on Monday, May 6, when 81 students - 43 in business administration, 14 in computer science, 18 in information systems and six in biological sciences - will receive their Carnegie Mellon diplomas. This is the first year that students will earn a bachelor's degree in biological sciences at the Qatar campus.
Ahmad Al-Salama (CS'13) will deliver the student address, "Dare To Make History."
A welcome reception to the invitation-only event will be at 6 p.m., and the ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha. A dinner reception will follow.

Carnegie Mellon's Commencement will take place Sunday, May 19 in Pittsburgh. Stay tuned for more information in upcoming issues of the 8.5 x 11.


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Dzombak To Head Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

David Dzombak David A. Dzombak, the Walter J. Blenko, Sr. University Professor, has been selected to head the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), effective Aug. 1. He succeeds James H. Garrett, Jr., who in December 2012 was named dean of the College of Engineering.

"Professor Dzombak is an internationally recognized expert in environmental engineering, and his experience in both professional and public service will be an asset as he joins the college leadership team as the new department head of Civil and Environmental Engineering," Garrett said. "His reputation for high quality research, passion for teaching undergrads and graduates, commitment to professional service and collegiality make him an excellent choice for this position."


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New SMART Card Design Selected       

New ID Card Design The HUB has announced that senior architecture major Samuel Sanders' design received the most votes in the CM-yoU ID Card Design Contest and will be the look of the new Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh campus SMART Card.
One of more than 70 submissions, Sanders' design was unanimously selected as one of the top three designs by a review committee representing Student Affairs, the School of Design, the School of Art, Campus Affairs Information Technology and Enrollment Services Administration.
Nearly 2,500 votes were received between April 15-26. Sanders' design, Design B in the contest survey, received 55.5 percent of the votes. Designs A and C received 21.7 percent and 22.8 percent, respectively.
For details regarding the summer transition to SMART Cards, visit Distribution to staff begins July 15.

Seven Alumni Earn Tony Award Nominations   

Tony Awards Seven alumni of the School of Drama have been nominated for the 67th Annual Tony Awards. This year's awards ceremony is June 9 in New York City's Radio City Music Hall. The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS.     


And the nominees are:

  • Judith Light (A '70) for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for "The Assembled Parties";
  • Patina Miller (A '06) for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for "Pippin"; 
  • Billy Porter (A '91) for Best Performance in a Leading Role in a Musical for "Kinky Boots";
  • Ann Roth (A '53) for Best Costume Design of a Play for "The Nance";  
  • Peter Hylenski (A '97) for Best Sound Design of a Musical for "Motown The Musical"; and
  • Jules Fisher (A '60) and Peggy Eisenhauer (A '83) for Best Lighting Design of a Play for "Lucky Guy."


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