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

The power of play

Linda K. Schmitmeyer Monday January 06, 2014
Walking into the offices of Carnegie Mellon’s Project Olympus on Henry Street—a long, narrow brick building that once stabled Oakland’s many horses—feels like walking into the proverbial “garage” of one of the Silicon Valley’s great startup companies. (Think of Hewlett and Packard, or Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.) 

In the Loop: David Garlan

Jason Togyer Friday January 03, 2014
David Garlan (CS’83,’87) is a professor in the Institute for Software Research and the Computer Science Department, and director of SCS’s Professional Software Engineering Programs. A graduate of Amherst and Oxford, he is a fellow of the IEEE and a senior member of the ACM, and is considered one of the founders of the field of software architecture. 

Changes—for the better

Tina M. Carr Friday January 03, 2014
We have some very exciting things to tell you about—including a new undergraduate scholarship and the 25th anniversary of the founding of the School of Computer Science—but let me first tell you about the last few months. It was a very busy summer. We had great, well-attended events for SCS and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department alumni and their families at the Boston Museum of Science and Seattle's EMP Museum.  

Alumni Snapshots: Mark Palatucci, Boris Sofman and Hanns Tappeiner

Jason Togyer Friday January 03, 2014
Mark Palatucci B.S.E., computer science and engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2000 M.S., robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008 Ph.D., robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011 Boris Sofman B.S., electrical and computer engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005 B.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2005 M.S., robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007 Ph.D., robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010 Hanns Tappeiner 

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.