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: Jerry Zhu

Jason Togyer Saturday March 05, 2011
B.S., computer science, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1993M.S., computer science, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1996Ph.D., Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005 If any machine-learning research can be considered "retro," that might be an apt description of the work Xiaojin (Jerry) Zhu is pursuing at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  

Alumni Director's Message

Tina Carr Friday March 04, 2011
Winter doldrums. The blahs. The blues. Let's face it: The weather around here right now does not make me feel very inspired or energetic. In fact, the endless days of snow, cold and gray skies are enough to make a person want to either hibernate like a bear for the rest of the winter or permanently relocate to Bora Bora (I can see the smiles of the year-round temperate climate residing alumni now). 

Giving Back: Daniel and Karon Siewiorek

Mark Dorgan Friday March 04, 2011
By Mark DorganDaniel Siewiorek has witnessed much in his time at Carnegie Mellon. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Stanford University, Dan worked with pioneers in both artificial intelligence (Allen Newell, Herb Simon, Raj Reddy) and computer architecture (Gordon Bell) who provided him with a unique and broad perspective on those fields. 

Feedback Loop

Jason Togyer Thursday October 21, 2010
Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey in the last issue. It wasn't scientific, and the response rate was low, but your feedback was interesting nevertheless.Responses came from alumni (about 32 percent), faculty and staff (28 percent) and current students (21 percent), but visitors, friends and a few people with no affiliation with CMU also replied. The top three career fields reported were, in order, "educator/researcher," "student" and "IT/CS professional." 

Setting the Standards

Karen Hoffmann Thursday October 21, 2010
CMU's Software Engineering Institute looks to the next 25 yearsBy Karen Hoffmann (S'04)From a "smart grid" for delivering power, to electronic medical record systems, to transport systems, society relies more and more on software. As the scale and security implications of software continue to grow, the field of software engineering aims to make software production more disciplined and predictable. 

Tell Me a Story

Tom Imerito Thursday October 21, 2010
CMU-developed Synthetic Interview has commercial potential beyond museum exhibitsBy Tom ImeritoTed and Toni Legarski of Glenmore, Pa., are in Pittsburgh for the weekend. While on a visit to the Senator John Heinz Regional History Center, the couple comes upon a life-size video of George Westinghouse--or at least an actor who looks just like him.The distinguished-looking gentleman alternately strokes his moustache and grasps the lapels of his suit coat while pacing back and forth thoughtfully behind his office desk.