Former Undersecretary for International Affairs Joins Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College in D.C.

Apr 06, 2009

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David H. McCormick, former undersecretary for International Affairs at the United States Department of the Treasury, has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College as a Distinguished Service Professor of Information Technology, Public Policy and Management. In this role, McCormick will interact with Carnegie Mellon faculty and students both in Washington and in Pittsburgh. His research and teaching will focus on economics and public policy.

“We are thrilled to have Dave join our Washington, D.C., program,” said Heinz College Interim Dean Ramayya Krishnan. “His presence in D.C. will not only greatly expand our intellectual environment there, but will also enrich opportunities and connections for Carnegie Mellon students and faculty in both D.C. and Pittsburgh. With the economic crisis being one of the most pressing policy issues of today, having access to Dave's expertise will be invaluable for our community.”

During the past decade McCormick has served in global leadership roles at senior levels of business and government. As undersecretary for International Affairs from 2007 to 2009, he oversaw policies affecting global financial markets and led the international response to the crisis. Before joining the Treasury Department, McCormick was deputy national security advisor for international economic policy and the president's personal representative to the Group of Eight industrialized countries. He also served as undersecretary of commerce for Export Administration, where he oversaw policies affecting more than $200 billion in annual high technology exports.

Prior to joining the government, McCormick was a successful entrepreneur and business leader in the technology sector. As CEO of FreeMarkets, he helped build a profitable publicly traded software and services company with 1,000 employees and 19 offices around the world. Following the sale of FreeMarkets to Ariba, McCormick became president of the combined company, where he oversaw operations across 25 offices and more than 2,000 employees worldwide. Earlier in his career, he worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company.

McCormick received a mechanical engineering degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a former Army officer and a veteran of the first Gulf War.

Heinz College’s Washington, D.C., office opened in 2008 to help build connections between Carnegie Mellon and national and international policy makers. Serving as an education, public service and research center, Heinz D.C. launched its first graduate degree program in Washington, the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management, in fall 2008. This highly selective and innovative program combines a top 10 public policy master’s degree with work experience and the chance to build networks in the nation’s capital.


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