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:

From the Dean

Randy Bryant Wednesday April 15, 2009
A 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. 

Creating the Gates and Hillman Centers

Jason Togyer Wednesday April 15, 2009
Looking 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. 

Giving Back

Mark Dorgan Wednesday April 15, 2009
When 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." 

In the Loop: Manuel Blum

Joanna Steward Wednesday April 15, 2009
Manuel Blum came to Carnegie Mellon as a visiting professor in 1999 and has been the Bruce Nelson Professor of Computer Science since 2001. The 1995 winner of the A.M. Turing Award, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Husband of Lenore Blum, Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science, they are together the parents of a third member of the SCS faculty, Computer Science Professor Avrim Blum. 

On Campus: Apples and Oranges

Meghan Holohan Wednesday April 15, 2009
You don't expect to find Carnegie Mellon computer scientists working in apple orchards and orange groves. But maybe you should, says Sanjiv Singh, a research professor in the Robotics Institute. "I am very interested in automation in agriculture," he says. "I have gravitated to farm applications because I can see a benefit for society." 

On Campus: Steady and Sure

Meghan Holohan Wednesday April 15, 2009
The creature crawls on the edge of a dormant volcano called Mauna Kea in Hawaii. As it rolls along, its chassis adjusts to the terrain, moving up and down to help the tires grip the black sandy surface. This beast resembles a bumper car on dirt-bike wheels, but it's no toy. Known as Scarab--because its hull is shaped like a beetle's body--this autonomous robot is a prototype for a lunar rover.Onboard lasers scan the landscape and plot a map that looks like the simulated 3D topography inside a video game. The map will help Scarab find the best route down the steep hillside.