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 Director's Message

Tina Carr Sunday August 14, 2011
Above and BeyondI've often talked about how gifts of time are important, and how being a volunteer can make an impact.In Mark Dorgan's article in this same issue of The Link, you'll read about a group of volunteers--the Alumni Advisory Board--and how their gifts have impacted the School of Computer Science. As the board nears its 10th anniversary, I'd like to share just a few thoughts about what this dedicated alumni group has meant to me. 

Alumni Award Winner

Jason Togyer Saturday August 13, 2011
Congratulations to Ram Raghunathan (CS'11), winner of the ninth-annual SCS Alumni Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Computer Science. Justin Weisz (CS'03,'07,'09), alumni award committee member, made the presentation to Ram (at right) during the SCS diploma ceremony in Pittsburgh on May 15.Ram was honored for his thesis "Design and Implementation of a Power-Aware Load Balancer." His advisor was Mor Harchol-Balter, associate professor of computer science. 

Giving Back

Mark Dorgan Friday August 12, 2011
School of Computer Science Alumni Advisory BoardThey have diverse backgrounds. Some are working in high-tech startups, while others are at well-known established corporations, and a few are educators or researchers. Some attended the School of Computer Science as an undergraduate, while others worked on graduate degrees. But no matter how they became connected to SCS or where their career paths have taken them, all of the members of the SCS Alumni Advisory Board share a passion for the School of Computer Science. 

Alumni Snapshot: Jason Crawford

Jason Togyer Tuesday August 09, 2011
B.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001As someone who worked for more than two years for the world's largest online Crawford might not seem like a friend to traditional stores. But that's not true at all. Crawford likes brick-and-mortar retailers: "Stores have one big advantage that the Web will never have--you can pick something up and take it out of the store the same day." 

Alumni Snapshot: Santosh Mathan

Jason Togyer Monday August 08, 2011
M.H.C.I., human-computer interaction, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996M.A., instructional science, CMU, 2000Ph.D., human-computer interaction, CMU, 2004Santosh Mathan's research includes monitoring and interpreting neurophysiological (brain and nervous system) signals using body-worn sensors. But he doesn't have one of those crazy helmets used by mad scientists in old movies, he says, laughing. 

Then and Now

Jason Togyer Saturday August 06, 2011
No other prize in the long history of technology prizes (see cover story, "Astrobotic's Race to the Moon") has as many connections into Carnegie Mellon University as the Fredkin Prize.Edward Fredkin--currently a visiting career professor of computer science at CMU--threw down the gauntlet in 1980. A pioneer in artificial intelligence and inventor of the Fredkin gate, the trie data structure and other hardware and software innovations, Fredkin promised $100,000 to the designers of the first computer that could beat a world chess champion.