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

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. 

Past issues of The Link

Tuesday January 13, 2015
The Link is the magazine of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science. It provides a mosaic, presenting issues, analyzing problems, offering occasional answers, giving exposure to faculty, students, researchers, staff and interdisciplinary partners. The Link strives to encourage better understanding of, and involvement in, the computer science community. Winter 2015 

Alumni Director's Message

Tina M. Carr Monday January 12, 2015
Our annual summer SCS/ECE alumni events continue to be a favorite for our graduates and their families. This summer we held gatherings at Boston’s Museum of Science, San Francisco’s Computer History Museum, the Washington, D.C. offices of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, and at sea, on a boat cruising Seattle’s Puget Sound. 

Download the Winter 2015 issue

Monday January 12, 2015
This issue includes a history of CMU's Human-Computer Interaction Institute, along with updates on Astrobotic, autonomous helicopter technology, the first classroom uses of IBM's Watson technology, and four innovations from SCS that have been named to Popular Science's "Best of What's New." Plus, there's Research Notebook, SCS News in Brief, alumni profiles and snapshots, and more. Download the Winter 2015 issue of The Link, the magazine of CMU's School of Computer Science. (PDF reader required.)