From the latest issue:
BY Jason Togyer - Friday August 07, 2009All Photos: © Carnegie Mellon University Archives, all rights reserved.One of the most ambitious building projects in Carnegie-Mellon University's short history was announced March 14, 1968. The $13 million "Research-Computer Building" would include the University Computation Center, Engineering and Science Library and a 200-seat auditorium, along with offices, laboratories and classrooms for biotechnology, computer science, materials science, mathematics, metallurgy, physics and statistics.
BY Jason Togyer - Saturday August 01, 2009When it first opened in 1971, the $15.5 million building that brought Carnegie-Mellon students and researchers out of the campus basements and into the modern era bore the rather undistinguished moniker "Science Hall."That was a dubious improvement over its original, equally dull name, "Research-Computer Building."But on Oct. 9, 1981, "Science Hall" got a very distinguished name, indeed --- that of Raymond John "Jack" Wean, one of Carnegie Institute of Technology's first star alumni.
BY Karen Hoffmann - Monday April 27, 2009Maxine Eskenazi knows how much can depend on the meaning of a single word. While she was living in France, her French mother-in-law sent one of her American aunts a gift of delicate chiffon fabric.But the French have a different name for the sheer material--mousseline--while "chiffon" means "rag." Eskenazi's mother-in-law received, therefore, a well-intentioned note thanking her for the "nice rags."
BY Randy Bryant - Wednesday April 15, 2009A large delegation from Carnegie Mellon traveled to Doha, Qatar, recently for the dedication of the new building for the Carnegie Mellon Qatar campus. The building can only be described as spectacular, larger than any building on the Pittsburgh campus, with an amazing sense of openness and space.
BY Jason Togyer - Wednesday April 15, 2009Looking to the Future, Respecting the PastGenius--Thomas Edison said--is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.Architecture--Mack Scogin says--also relies more on old-fashioned hard work than on bolts of creativity that descend like lightning from the heavens.
BY Mark Dorgan - Wednesday April 15, 2009When asked about some of the successful projects he's worked on, Scott Dietzen (S'84, CS'88, '92) borrows an old joke from his days at Transarc Corp. and claims that each team he worked with "inadvertently lowered its average IQ by letting me join up."