The Link is the magazine of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science.

Its name recognizes the pioneering work of two of the School of Computer Science's co-founders, Allen Newell and Herb Simon, who invented the use of linked-list data structures for representing complex information.

But it also serves as the link between the School of Computer Science and more than 10,000 alumni, colleagues, parents and other friends around the world.

From the Latest Issue

Winter 2016 Issue

Susie Cribbs Monday December 19, 2016
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Spring 2016 Issue

Friday June 03, 2016
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Alumni Snapshot: Brendan Meeder

Jason Togyer Tuesday May 24, 2016
B.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007 Ph.D., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2015 Andrew’s Leap was “an eye-opening experience,” says Brendan Meeder (CS 2007, 2015) of the long-running summer enrichment program for middle-school and high-school students which was recently renamed  “Leap@CMU.”  

Alumni Snapshot: Jennifer Cerully

Jason Togyer Tuesday May 24, 2016
B.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2004 M.S., psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 2008 Ph.D., psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 2011  

More mobility for everyone

Nick Keppler Tuesday May 24, 2016
Here is a uniquely 21st-century problem that blind people face: They hear someone say, “Hello” and retort with a “hello.” Then the first speaker trails off into what seems like a non sequitur, and the blind pedestrian awkwardly realizes he or she was answering a cell phone. “It’s a very real scenario,” says Chieko Asakawa, a researcher at IBM, who has been blind since age 14. “Often a person says ‘hi’ and I say ‘hi’ back and colleague tells me he was talking on the phone. Socialization is a very big challenge.” 

Alive, autonomous and well

Nick Keppler Tuesday May 24, 2016
In the strawberry-growing regions of California, nearly every farm displays a “help wanted” sign during harvest season. Over the years, the labor shortage across the state’s 40,000 acres of strawberry farms has been growing progressively worse. One farm would raise pay to attract laborers from the farm next door, and another would then follow, increasing labor costs in an ever-escalating wage war. Farms started making greater use of the federal H-2A agricultural guest worker program to import seasonal help from Mexico, but the process was costly and paperwork intensive.