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:

Dean’s message

Randal E. Bryant Friday January 03, 2014
This issue highlights the rise of “maker culture,” and how new technology, such as 3-D printing, makes the path from concept to physical reality much simpler and shorter than traditional construction techniques and tools. 

Bits and bytes meet nuts and bolts

Meghan Holohan with Jason Togyer Friday January 03, 2014
Chris Harrison holds what looks like an X-Acto knife in his hand and drags it across a rectangle of glass. The tool leaves a faint scratch on the surface. He picks the glass up, flexes it, and it breaks neatly where the line was. It’s my turn. He hands me the glass-cutting tool. I don’t think I can do it. Unlike Harrison, I haven’t taken a glass-working class, and I’m not really mechanically inclined. He gives me encouragement, just like a good teacher, explaining that it’s as easy as using a pen.   

Who shares your data?

Jason Togyer Friday January 03, 2014
In a way, our daily computing experience is a lot like the old song, “Dem Bones.” The app is connected to the operating system, the operating system’s connected to the platform, the platform’s connected to the provider, and the provider is connected to the advertising network. All of those connections, sharing our personal information—do we ever really wonder where it’s going, who might be using it, and for what purposes?  

Cover Story: Smashing the stereotypes

Jason Togyer Tuesday April 30, 2013
Computer science's future depends on attracting people who aren't white male gamers--and making women and other under-represented groups feel less aloneIt's a Monday night at the Raj Reddy Conference Room in the Hillman Center. Groups of squirming middle-school girls are sitting cross-legged on the floor. In the middle of each group there's an old desktop computer, donated by the School of Computer Science's IT team. Each computer is about to give its life for science. 

Alumni Director's Message

Tina Carr Tuesday April 30, 2013
Building our legacy with youThe School of Computer Science turns 25 this year. Although SCS is the youngest of CMU's seven colleges, its history stretches back to the 1950s, and is intertwined with our other colleges and schools, including CIT, MCS and Tepper. As a result, our events for computer science alumni are an interesting mix of people--many of the alumni who attend are undergraduate or graduate alumni from the 1990s and 2000s, but often we get people who graduated in the 1970s or '80s with a "math-CS" degree.  

Sweating the details

Meghan Holohan Monday April 08, 2013
SCS startup Safaba develops smarter translations for specialized clientsSay a marketing executive at a large company needs to translate new product information on her company website from English to French within a few hours. She's not fluent enough in French to do it herself, so she has several options--she can hire a human translator or a translation agency. She can also use a readily available online translation program, such as those offered by Google and Microsoft's Bing.