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:

Alumni Snapshot: Poornima Kaniarasu (CS'13)

Jason Togyer Wednesday July 22, 2015
PSG College of Technology, B.E., electrical and computer engineering, 2010 Carnegie Mellon University, M.S., robotics, 2013 Fewer women than men pursue careers in computer science. The problem is especially acute in developing countries, such as India, where although the number of women studying CS has increased, it’s still relatively small. 

Alumni Outreach and Engagement

Mark Stehlik Wednesday July 22, 2015
It’s great to be back in Pittsburgh at the place I’ve called home for more than 35 years after spending three years at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. And with a new job—assistant dean for outreach and engagement.I think we all understand the “outreach” part. That’s CMU reaching out to you, and to the world. It’s the “engagement” part that’s more intriguing—that’s us, together, trying to determine how to help each other and make each other better. 

In the Loop

Jason Togyer Wednesday July 22, 2015
Martial Hebert became director of the Robotics Institute in November 2014. A native of Chatou, France, Hebert earned his doctorate in computer science at the University of Paris and joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1984. His research has focused on computer vision and perception for autonomous systems, including interpreting both 2-D and 3-D data to build models of environments.  

Who’s peeking at your personal data?

Meghan Holohan Tuesday July 21, 2015
If you have a burning secret, and you want to share it with someone, you might turn to Whisper, an app that co-founder Michael Hayward once called the “safest place on the Internet.” Whisper allows people to anonymously reveal secrets and pair them with stock images. Users have admitted to all kinds of indiscretions, unburdening their consciences while knowing that the company doesn’t collect any private information about them, so their confidences remain anonymous.  

Summer 2015 issue

Jason Togyer Tuesday July 21, 2015
You can download the entire Summer 2015 issue of The Link as a PDF. (Adobe Reader or similar PDF application required.) 

Reader survey: Many still prefer print

Jason Togyer Tuesday July 21, 2015
SCS Dean Andrew Moore asked me to evaluate the effectiveness of The Link as an outreach tool to our parents, alumni and other friends, so earlier this year, I sent surveys to 500 people randomly selected from our U.S. mailing list. The questions were adapted from a model survey supplied by the non-profit Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Five people who returned the surveys were then randomly selected to receive Visa gift cards for $50, $25 or $10. We received 112 responses, for a 22 percent return rate. Here’s what we learned.