July 17, Vol. 25, No. 2                                    
CMU-Rwanda To Graduate First Class  

Carnegie Mellon in Rwanda will graduate its inaugural class of 22 students at the Kigali Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, next Thursday, July 24. The students will receive their master's degrees in information technology.  

 

CMU-Rwanda student Merab Twahirwa (pictured above, far right) and three of her classmates - (left to right) Esther Kunda, Andrew Kinai and Alain Shema - finished their coursework in Pittsburgh where they put their school pride on display at the Fence.    

 

"We are very happy that four of our first graduates were able to complete their program in PIttsburgh," said Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Bruce Krogh, director of CMU-Rwanda. "They got to take advantage of the wealth of courses offered there, and they helped promote awareness of the unique opportunities our students have in Rwanda to be educated in the context of the explosion of technology and innovation happening in Africa today." 

 

Michel Bézy, associate director of CMU-Rwanda, said the kind of interaction that the students have at CMU-Rwanda is special.

 

"We feel very good about the quality of the education we deliver at CMU in Rwanda," Bézy said. "We keep the bar very high. We push them to their limits to show them what they can do."

 

Learn more about the students and Rwanda campus. 

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$1.8M Gift To Create Research Partnership      
Kris Gopalakrishnan
Global technology leader and Infosys co-founder Senapathy "Kris" Gopalakrishnan has donated $1.8 million to Carnegie Mellon to establish a research partnership between CMU and the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore.

The partnership will leverage the research strengths of both institutions while enhancing the connection between CMU and India.

The partnership will foster interactions in the areas of brain research and education, and in closely related areas such as data sciences and engineering, human behavior and computation. The gift will support post-doctoral fellowships, encourage interactions between CBR and CMU researchers, and provide strategic seed funding for research connecting CMU researchers with IISc scientists and engineers.

"I am profoundly grateful to Kris for his generous gift and his wonderful support of this partnership between CMU and IISc," said CMU President Subra Suresh. "One of the most pressing challenges facing humanity is to understand the human brain. Our hope is that this new research collaboration will lead to discoveries about neuro-degenerative diseases that afflict the aging population, and that those findings help improve our diagnostic and treatment capabilities for such diseases."

Learn more.

CMU Invests in 16 More Alumni Startups    
Carnegie Mellon's Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund (OFEF), administered by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, has awarded $800,000 to 16 startup companies to help them grow.

The fund, established by alumnus and Flip Video Camera creator Jonathan Kaplan and his wife Marci Glazer, provides early-stage business financing and support to alumni who have graduated from CMU within the last five years. Kaplan earned his MBA from CMU in 1990.

Since the program's inception in June 2012, 37 CMU-related startup companies have been awarded a total of $1,850,000.

Current awardees are introducing products and services that will benefit humanity in aspects such as development of affordable and sustainable housing, revelation of nutritional value in food products, community safety, retail inventory efficiency and more.

CMU is known for its entrepreneurial culture having launched 36 startups in 2013 and more than 130 companies over the last five years.  It ranks first among U.S. universities without a medical school in the number of startup companies created per research dollar spent since 2007.

Learn more about the fund and startups. 
 
Natural Gas the Topic of DoE Meeting Monday       
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and the Energy Department's Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis will host a public meeting at Carnegie Mellon beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 21, to receive input to the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), an Obama administration-wide effort to make recommendations regarding key infrastructure needed for transmission, storage and distribution of energy.

The meeting in the Hillman Center's Rashid Auditorium will examine natural gas transmission, storage and distribution in the U.S. The meeting will include three one-hour panel discussions (10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.) on natural gas infrastructure, infrastructure investment and public-private partnerships for economic development. Public comments will be taken beginning at 2 p.m.

Additional information, including a full list of the speakers for each panel, will be posted online when available.


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