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Alumni Award Winner

BY Jason Togyer - Saturday August 13, 2011
Congratulations to Ram Raghunathan (CS'11), winner of the ninth-annual SCS Alumni Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Computer Science. Justin Weisz (CS'03,'07,'09), alumni award committee member, made the presentation to Ram (at right) during the SCS diploma ceremony in Pittsburgh on May 15.Ram was honored for his thesis "Design and Implementation of a Power-Aware Load Balancer." His advisor was Mor Harchol-Balter, associate professor of computer science. 

Giving Back

BY Mark Dorgan - Friday August 12, 2011
School of Computer Science Alumni Advisory BoardThey have diverse backgrounds. Some are working in high-tech startups, while others are at well-known established corporations, and a few are educators or researchers. Some attended the School of Computer Science as an undergraduate, while others worked on graduate degrees. But no matter how they became connected to SCS or where their career paths have taken them, all of the members of the SCS Alumni Advisory Board share a passion for the School of Computer Science. 

Alumni Snapshot: Jason Crawford

BY Jason Togyer - Tuesday August 09, 2011
B.S., computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001As someone who worked for more than two years for the world's largest online retailer--Amazon.com--Jason Crawford might not seem like a friend to traditional stores. But that's not true at all. Crawford likes brick-and-mortar retailers: "Stores have one big advantage that the Web will never have--you can pick something up and take it out of the store the same day." 

Alumni Snapshot: Santosh Mathan

BY Jason Togyer - Monday August 08, 2011
M.H.C.I., human-computer interaction, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996M.A., instructional science, CMU, 2000Ph.D., human-computer interaction, CMU, 2004Santosh Mathan's research includes monitoring and interpreting neurophysiological (brain and nervous system) signals using body-worn sensors. But he doesn't have one of those crazy helmets used by mad scientists in old movies, he says, laughing. 

Then and Now

BY Jason Togyer - Saturday August 06, 2011
No other prize in the long history of technology prizes (see cover story, "Astrobotic's Race to the Moon") has as many connections into Carnegie Mellon University as the Fredkin Prize.Edward Fredkin--currently a visiting career professor of computer science at CMU--threw down the gauntlet in 1980. A pioneer in artificial intelligence and inventor of the Fredkin gate, the trie data structure and other hardware and software innovations, Fredkin promised $100,000 to the designers of the first computer that could beat a world chess champion. 

In the Loop: Bob Murphy

BY Jason Togyer - Tuesday March 08, 2011
Robert F. Murphy is the founding director of Carnegie Mellon's Lane Center for Computational Biology and the university's Ray and Stephanie Lane Professor of Computational Biology. A graduate of Columbia University and the California Institute of Technology, he joined CMU in 1983 as an assistant professor of biological sciences. Beginning in the mid 1990s, Murphy and his team pioneered using the methods of machine learning to analyze microscope images of cellular structures.  

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