October 10, Vol. 24, No. 14      

Six More From CMU Inducted Into NAE  

Professors Lorenz (Larry) T. Biegler and Jose M.F. Moura (top to bottom), and four alumni were officially inducted and honored this past Sunday (Oct. 6) as new members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) at the NAE's national meeting in Washington, D.C.

New members were elected for their important  contributions to engineering theory and practice, and for demonstrating unusual accomplishments in pioneering new and developing fields of  technology. Membership in the NAE is one of the highest accolades an engineer can achieve.

Alumni elected to the NAE this year were:
  • Donna G. Blackmond (E'84), Scripps  Research Institute professor, chemistry;
  • Craig T. Bowman (E'61), Stanford University professor, mechanical engineering;
  • David Dill (S'83,'87), Stanford University professor, computer science;
  • Pradeep Sindhu (S'83,'84), vice chairman, CTO and founder of Juniper Networks.
Nearly 50 members of the CMU community are NAE members, including President Subra Suresh, who was elected in 2002.

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Public Preview: Negotiation Strategies for Women

The Heinz Negotiation Academy for Women invites individuals and employers to attend its public preview, "Jump the Gap: 12 Strategies to Gain an Advantage Through Negotiating," from 8 to 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29 in 322/324 Posner Hall, home of Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business.

"Our goal is to help women embrace opportunities to negotiate by recognizing how this essential skill benefits their organizations and themselves. Women who want to succeed and employers who wish to invest in gender-balanced talent will find our preview most valuable," said academy co-founder M.J. Tocci.

Presenters include co-founders Tocci and Linda Babcock, the James M. Walton Professor of Economics at Heinz College and co-author of "Women Don't Ask" and "Ask For It." Also presenting will be CMU faculty: Sara Laschever, David Krackhardt and Laurie Weingart.

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New App Ensures Secure Messaging   

Carnegie Mellon CyLab researchers have developed a free smartphone app for iOS and Android users to safely exchange identity data without risk of theft, deception and fraud.

The new app, called SafeSlinger, provides users with an easy way to securely exchange messages for free without the need to trust any external party. It was recently featured at the annual ACM Conference for Mobile Computing and Networking in Miami.

"SafeSlinger provides you with the confidence that the person you are communicating with is actually the person they have represented themselves to be," said Michael W. Farb, a research programmer at Carnegie Mellon CyLab.

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Creating a New Science in Cybersecurity  

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have joined the Army Research Laboratory, Penn State, the University of California, Davis, the University of California, Riverside, and Indiana University in a new collaborative research alliance to develop a new science that will enable future computing systems to respond to attacks without human intervention.

For example, a server observing unusual network traffic from an unknown entity might determine it was under attack and filter that traffic. However, many of the required actions will need human decision-making and action.

"One of the salient aspects of our proposed research is in the realization that humans are integral to maintaining cybersecurity and to breaches of security," said Lorrie Cranor (pictured above), CMU's lead investigator on the project. "Their behavior and cognitive and psychological biases have to be integrated as much as any other component of the system that one is trying to secure." 

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NSF Grant Puts Robotic Kits in Pa., W.Va. Schools   

Illah Nourbakhsh's CREATE Lab in CMU's Robotics Institute set the stage for getting more middle school girls interested in technology when it launched a program that became known as Arts and Bots.

Rather than focusing on building robots, Arts and Bots used robotic kits to enable students and teachers to turn almost any arts and crafts project into a robot, or something akin to a kinetic sculpture, like the one pictured above.

Now, supported by a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, these kits developed at CMU will be used in non-technical middle school classes in suburban Pittsburgh and rural West Virginia to identify and nurture students with an affinity for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

About 900 children annually will use the kits to complete at least one project or assignment each year in required courses such as health, earth science and language arts.


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