• Energetic Leader Joseph Hezir 

    Oversees Finances for Department of Energy


    This article originally appeared on CMU.edu.

    As chief financial officer for the U.S. Department of Energy, Joseph Hezir (E 1972, HNZ 1974) oversees a complex $29 billion budget.

    He credits his Carnegie Mellon University degrees in chemical engineering and public policy as helping him become the leader he is today.

    "In the course of my career, I've had the opportunity to work with many people coming out of other institutions. The quality of the education I received at Carnegie Mellon was unmatched from anyone else I've ever worked with," Hezir said. "I probably couldn't do what I do without the benefit of both degrees."

    Hezir was confirmed to his post by the Senate on Dec. 4, 2014.

    "Joe's experience in the energy, environmental and budgetary realms and his strategic approach to challenges make him a great fit as chief financial officer for the agency," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz when the appointment was announced.

    Hezir is working to assure the effective management and financial integrity of the department. He helps implement and monitor department-wide policies and systems in the areas of budget administration, program analysis and evaluation, finance and accounting, internal controls, corporate financial systems, and strategic planning.

    In addition to Hezir, another member of the 1974 Heinz program is also with the department. Cynthia Wilson (DC 1973, HNZ 1974), a senior policy advisor, has known Hezir for more than 40 years. The 18 students who graduated ...]]>

    Energetic Leader Joseph Hezir Oversees Finances for Department of Energy

    This article originally appeared on CMU.edu.

    As chief financial officer for the U.S. Department of Energy, Joseph Hezir (E 1972, HNZ 1974) oversees a complex $29 billion budget.

    He credits his Carnegie Mellon University degrees in chemical engineering and public policy as helping him become the leader he is today.

    "In the course of my career, I've had the opportunity to work with many people coming out of other institutions. The quality of the education I received at Carnegie Mellon was unmatched from anyone else I've ever worked with," Hezir said. "I probably couldn't do what I do without the benefit of both degrees."

    Hezir was confirmed to his post by the Senate on Dec. 4, 2014.

    "Joe's experience in the energy, environmental and budgetary realms and his strategic approach to challenges make him a great fit as chief financial officer for the agency," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz when the appointment was announced.

    Hezir is working to assure the effective management and financial integrity of the department. He helps implement and monitor department-wide policies and systems in the areas of budget administration, program analysis and evaluation, finance and accounting, internal controls, corporate financial systems, and strategic planning.

    In addition to Hezir, another member of the 1974 Heinz program is also with the department. Cynthia Wilson (DC 1973, HNZ 1974), a senior policy advisor, has known Hezir for more than 40 ye... ]]>

  • Heinz Faculty Members Honored 

    with Prominent Research Awards


    With the widespread global proliferation of Internet use and the rapid development of mobile technology over the last two decades, companies like Google, Adobe, and LinkedIn have consistently committed to developing new technologies to help users find and utilize information that will more closely connect individuals and have a positive impact on society as a whole.

    This commitment has led to a desire on the part of these organizations to maintain strong ties with academic institutions worldwide that pursue innovative research in core areas relevant to their mission of the pursuit of information.

    So it’s no surprise that all three of these companies recently chose to support research that is currently being conducted by Rahul Telang and Beibei Li, faculty members at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College.

    Telang, professor of Information Systems and Ph.D. Program Chair at Heinz College, and Abhinav Maurya, a Heinz College Ph.D. student in Information Systems, are developing ways in which individuals in the workforce can harness data available on LinkedIn to acquire additional skills that are complementary to their current skill sets and obtain upward mobility in their careers.

    This ...]]>

    Heinz Faculty Members Honored with Prominent Research Awards

    With the widespread global proliferation of Internet use and the rapid development of mobile technology over the last two decades, companies like Google, Adobe, and LinkedIn have consistently committed to developing new technologies to help users find and utilize information that will more closely connect individuals and have a positive impact on society as a whole.

    This commitment has led to a desire on the part of these organizations to maintain strong ties with academic institutions worldwide that pursue innovative research in core areas relevant to their mission of the pursuit of information.

    So it’s no surprise that all three of these companies recently chose to support research that is currently being conducted by Rahul Telang and Beibei Li, faculty members at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College.

    Telang, professor of Information Systems and Ph.D. Program Chair at Heinz College, and Abhinav Maurya, a Heinz College Ph.D. student in Information Systems, are developing ways in which individuals in the workforce can harness data available on LinkedIn to acquire additional skills that are complementary to their current skill sets and obtain upward mobility... ]]>

  • Heinz College Students Share 

    their Crop Management Startup at The Big Pitch


    As the technology surrounding the creation and acquisition of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) increasingly becomes more affordable, developers from a wide variety of global industries are consistently formulating creative ways to utilize UAVs to increase efficiency and productivity. From filmmaking, to search and rescue efforts, to scientific research, UAVs have literally changed the way that humans look at the world, enabling users to probe parts of the globe in areas and under conditions that would otherwise prove too dangerous for manned flight.

    With this in mind, a group of enterprising students in H. John Heinz III College’s Master of Information Systems Management - Global Track (Global MISM) program, which gives students an opportunity to study at Carnegie Mellon University’s campus in Adelaide, South Australia in their first year before completing their second year of study at the Pittsburgh campus, developed and pitched a UAV-based system they hope will aid in the cultivation of one of the world’s most popular beverages.

    “The agriculture industry is one of the few civilian industries that can really capitalize on the benefits of having autonomous systems,” explained James Laney (MISM ‘16). “So we did some more research about what’s the best crop, and being in Australia, especially South Australia, it’s the home of the wine country. It’s kind of like the Napa Valley of Australia. And because it’s a cash crop and involves very intimate growing prac...]]>

    Heinz College Students Share their Crop Management Startup at The Big Pitch

    As the technology surrounding the creation and acquisition of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) increasingly becomes more affordable, developers from a wide variety of global industries are consistently formulating creative ways to utilize UAVs to increase efficiency and productivity. From filmmaking, to search and rescue efforts, to scientific research, UAVs have literally changed the way that humans look at the world, enabling users to probe parts of the globe in areas and under conditions that would otherwise prove too dangerous for manned flight.

    With this in mind, a group of enterprising students in H. John Heinz III College’s Master of Information Systems Management - Global Track (Global MISM) program, which gives students an opportunity to study at Carnegie Mellon University’s campus in Adelaide, South Australia in their first year before completing their second year of study at the Pittsburgh campus, developed and pitched a UAV-based system they hope will aid in the cultivation of one of the world’s most popular beverages.

    “The agriculture industry is one of the few civilian industries that can really capitalize on the benefits of having autonomous systems,” explained James Laney (MISM ‘16). “So we did some more research about what’s the best crop, and being in Australia, especially South Australia, it’s the home of the wine country. It’s kind of like the Napa Valley of Australia. And because it’s a cash crop and ... ]]>

  • Heinz Project Extends 

    Social Media Reach for the Pittsburgh Pirates


    This article includes embedded video.

     

    As a legendary baseball club, the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise has five World Series titles and nine National League pennants to its name. But when it came time for the Pirates to find new ways to leverage their social media interactions with their fans, they turned to Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College for innovative solutions.

    “We’ve got almost a million Facebook followers and half-a-million Twitter followers,” said Jim Alexander, the Pirates’ Senior Director of Business Analytics. “The challenge is that we’re trying to measure the impact that we’re having.

    “We thought this was the perfect time for us to use the brainpower that CMU brings.”

    That brainpower came in the form of Heinz College’s Measuring Social class, which is an experiential learning opportunity that examines the impact of social media and content. Since interdisciplinary collaboration is one of Carnegie Mellon University’s strengths, the class is open to students from all over campus, which leads to a unique blending of knowledge and experience.

    “We have folks who have expertise in security policy and management, public policy and management, information systems and management, as well as business students,” said Ari Lightman, Distinguished Service Professor of Digital Media and Marketing at Heinz College, and Measuring Social course instructor. “So they all bring a different skill set and a different thought process.

    “Different skill set...]]>

    Heinz Project Extends Social Media Reach for the Pittsburgh Pirates

    This article includes embedded video.

     

    As a legendary baseball club, the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise has five World Series titles and nine National League pennants to its name. But when it came time for the Pirates to find new ways to leverage their social media interactions with their fans, they turned to Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College for innovative solutions.

    “We’ve got almost a million Facebook followers and half-a-million Twitter followers,” said Jim Alexander, the Pirates’ Senior Director of Business Analytics. “The challenge is that we’re trying to measure the impact that we’re having.

    “We thought this was the perfect time for us to use the brainpower that CMU brings.”

    That brainpower came in the form of Heinz College’s Measuring Social class, which is an experiential learning opportunity that examines the impact of social media and content. Since interdisciplinary collaboration is one of Carnegie Mellon University’s strengths, the class is open to students from all over campus, which leads to a unique blending of knowledge and experience.

    “We have folks who have expertise in security policy and management, public policy and management, information systems and management, as well as business students,” said Ari Lightman, Distinguished Service Professor of Digital Media and Marketing at Heinz College, and Measuring Social course instructor. “So they all bring a different skill set and a different thought process.