Heinz Innovation Exchange Poster Fair Highlights Student Research

Jan 09, 2013

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Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College recently hosted an Innovation Exchange Poster Fair, which showcased the final projects students worked on in 2012.

Instead of writing a master’s thesis, Heinz College students complete a semester-long project, during which they work closely with a real-world client to solve a problem.

The most recent poster fair featured work Heinz College students had been conducting for clients that ranged from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to eBay to Warner Bros. The problems and challenges each project tackled were met with innovative strategies put forth by the students.

Attending faculty were also joined by several executive fellows of the College’s Center For Economic Development. These fellows are all top executives of economic and community development organizations in the Pittsburgh region.

Attending fellows included Michael Matesic, President and CEO of the Idea Foundry; Ernie Hogan, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group; and David Ruppersberger, Director of Joint Economic Development Initiatives for the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

“I was particularly impressed by the real-world nature of the projects this year,” said Ruppersberger. “The close interaction with industry gives the projects a practicality not always seen in academic environments. “

Attending staff from CED partner organizations also included Heinz College alumni Jennifer Wilhelm (MSPPM) of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Jeb Feldman (MAM) from the Business Development division of Allegheny County Economic Development.


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