Heinz College News http://www.heinz.cmu.edu News Stories from H. John Heinz III College Heinz Project Extendshttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2782]]><p> <span class="attribution" style="float:right"><em>This article includes embedded video.</em></span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> 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&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College for innovative solutions.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got almost a million Facebook followers and half-a-million Twitter followers,&rdquo; said Jim Alexander, the Pirates&rsquo; Senior Director of Business Analytics. &ldquo;The challenge is that we&rsquo;re trying to measure the impact that we&rsquo;re having.</p> <p> &ldquo;We thought this was the perfect time for us to use the brainpower that CMU brings.&rdquo;</p> <p> That brainpower came in the form of Heinz College&rsquo;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&rsquo;s strengths, the class is open to students from all over campus, which leads to a unique blending of knowledge and experience.</p> <p> &ldquo;We have folks who have expertise in security policy and management, public policy and management, information systems and management, as well as business students,&rdquo; said Ari Lightman, Distinguished Service Professor of Digital Media and Marketing at Heinz College, and Measuring Social course instructor. &ldquo;So they all bring a different skill set and a different thought process.</p> <p> &ldquo;Different skill sets are great because you really see a rise in terms of innovation.&rdquo;</p> <p> The project involved finding new ways for the Pirates to better serve the fans with whom they engage on social media. The Measuring Social team developed an algorithm that would help the Pirates organization better determine which variables will lead to more engagement on social media platforms. Increased engagement on social media leads to a direct increase in fan loyalty and revenue.</p> <p> <img align="" alt="Heinz Pirates Capstone Team" src="image.aspx?id=8811" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 40%;" /></p> <p> &ldquo;We got a better understanding from the fans themselves of what they wanted from the Pirates social media,&rdquo; said Therese M. Joseph, a&nbsp;Master of Arts in Professional Writing student. &ldquo;Being able to have that kind of specific data and share that with the Pirates is invaluable.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;I think any time you work in a real-world setting, it prepares you for the future,&rdquo; said Marco Loffreda-Mancinelli, a Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management student at Heinz. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s what I think is the best part of these kinds of projects.</p> <p> &ldquo;You get to work with people and they see you as peers, not as students.&rdquo;</p> <p> The team credits both the skills they learned and the reputation that comes with the Carnegie Mellon name as key factors in the project&rsquo;s success.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a very data-heavy school,&rdquo; said William St. Martin, a Master of Business Administration student. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re going through surveys from thousands of respondents, and the ability to sift through data and then generate insights from it may not have been possible if not for the skills I learned at Carnegie Mellon.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s a wonderful partnership, and they bring credibility to the table immediately,&rdquo; added Alexander. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re great people and great teams to work with.</p> <p> &ldquo;Hopefully we can do it for many years to come.&rdquo;</p> <div class="flash"> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SffYlWbwlOY?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" width="560"></iframe></p> </div> <p> <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/academic-resources/course-results/course-details/index.aspx?cid=410" target="_blank">Learn more about Measuring Social &gt;&gt;</a></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2782Mon, 10 Jun 2015 13:47:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=8807photo

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Ostrato and Carnegie Mellon University Team to Advance Cloud Management Technologyhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2785]]><p> STERLING, VA &ndash; Ostrato today announced that it collaborated with a team of students in the Master of Information Systems Management (MISM) program at Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s Heinz College this spring to enhance cloudSM&rsquo;s billing and reporting capabilities.</p> <p> The explosion of cloud usage has become a cost and management nightmare for thousands of businesses that lack the manpower or expertise to control their cloud costs and usage (or &ldquo;sprawl&rdquo;). This problem is exacerbated by the complexity of billing reports from cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, which makes it difficult for companies to track and allocate their spending, let alone manage it.</p> <p> For its capstone project, the Carnegie Mellon team analyzed the bill extraction process for AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Compute Engine; performed a competitive analysis; and identified and customized billing reports for different classes of cloudSM users, as well as different customer types.</p> <p> &quot;We enlisted the help of our CMU capstone team to help augment our product management,&rdquo; said Dale Wickizer, Ostrato CTO. &ldquo;They were able to combine their own experience in analytics, along with information they gleaned from competitive analysis and research about cloud service provider capabilities/limitations in billing, to synthesize user stories that are going to greatly enhance the cost reporting in our platform.&rdquo;</p> <p> Customers reviewed the user stories that the team completed, and they were pleased with the results. The capstone team then incorporated those stories into the platform, which is currently supporting real-time customer challenges by providing better visibility and control of cost, usage, and billing data.</p> <p> The project team consisted of Amrit Tandon, who served as the scrum master and project manager, Rachita Issar, who led the documentation effort, Chandrasekhar Iyer, the AWS lead, and Sri Keerthi Mady, the Azure team lead.</p> <p> The MISM program focuses on providing students with an integrated study of how technology interacts with business processes, strategy, and policy. As part of this program, students learn from seasoned practitioners, like those at Ostrato, to prepare them to lead enterprises in a fiercely competitive global marketplace. Thus, the team chose to use a real-world agile development process for the project, working in two-week sprints with a daily scrum.</p> <p> Ostrato thanks Jon Nehlsen and the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University, faculty sponsor John Davis, and this great team of students for a job well-done.</p> <p> In addition to cost visibility and management, cloudSM helps enterprises with all facets of controlling the cloud: self-service orchestration across public and private cloud providers, user governance, and enterprise integration to improve workflow and automation.</p> <p> <strong>About Ostrato</strong></p> <p> Ostrato&rsquo;s cloudSM<sup>TM</sup> platform helps companies save time and money managing their complex and fast-growing applications and services in the cloud. cloudSM provides enterprises the visibility and control they need to&nbsp;optimize&nbsp;spend, reduce costs and govern user access across AWS, Azure, VMware, OpenStack and other providers. We do this by providing IT and DevOps with an integrated, self-service platform for provisioning and automating all public, private and hybrid cloud services.&nbsp;In addition, managed service providers (MSPs) can use cloudSM to create new revenue streams, differentiate their offerings and drive down internal costs to meet their customers&rsquo; growing demand for cloud consumption.</p> <p> For more information, visit <a href="http://www.ostrato.com/?utm_expid=75457977-4.3uev_acPTvukHTmJMq6lpw.0" target="_blank">www.ostrato.com</a>.</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2785Mon, 09 Jun 2015 13:35:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=9819photo

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Heinz Students Develop Solutions to Help Combat Hungerhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2784]]><p> For many kids living with hunger as a part of their daily lives, food served at school is their only reliable source of nutrition. In Allegheny County alone, more than 73,000 kids receive free and reduced price breakfast and lunch meals through the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). In fact, 94 percent of households with children in kindergarten through 12<sup>th</sup> grade report participating in the NSLP. But from June through September, students can no longer depend on those school meals while they are on summer vacation.</p> <p> To combat this, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank administers a program to reach hungry schoolchildren during the summer months as part of the federally funded Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). In the summer of 2012, the food bank served a total of 622,071 meals and snacks. Despite these numbers, participation rates have waned in recent years, as it is difficult for many families to reach the food distribution centers.</p> <p> To address this problem, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank called on the expertise of Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College to introduce a new data-driven approach to getting food to the children that need it.</p> <p> As part of a student capstone project, Master of Information System Management (MISM) students Eun Ji Noh, Ethel Dubrovsky, Weiwei Liu, Jae Young Park, and Tianyu Yang faced the challenge of raising child participation in the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank&rsquo;s summer food program from 14 percent to the food bank&rsquo;s target participation rate of 40 percent.</p> <p> One of the capstone team&rsquo;s initial problems was finding accurate data from which to draw important information for making future recommendations to the food bank.</p> <p> &ldquo;Although the goal was clearly stated, there were no available data referring the geographical distribution of the eligible children,&rdquo; said Eun Ji Noh, team leader. &ldquo;To make a recommendation for new sites, it was essential to figure out the locations where the client can serve as many children as possible.&rdquo;</p> <p> <img align="" alt="Food Bank App Secreenshot" src="image.aspx?id=8817" style="width: 30%; margin: 10px; float: left;" /></p> <p> Utilizing census data, the team developed an algorithm for pinpointing high-priority areas where there are larger populations of families in need of the program with fewer distribution sites. From there, the team turned its findings into usable information by actually pinpointing community hubs like churches, schools, and parks that would reach the highest number of children.</p> <p> After efficiently identifying underserved areas, the team then developed solutions that would communicate the resulting information in a straightforward and accessible way.</p> <p> &ldquo;Our team developed a technology solution that would include current sites, potential sites, and public facility information all on a single Google Maps view to integrate the decision-making process,&rdquo; said Noh.</p> <p> Working with Heinz faculty advisor David Burke, whose has extensive experience developing large- and small-scale technology solutions in a variety of different fields, the team was able to effectively develop a user-friendly Web application with an interactive map that allowed the food bank to see where potential distribution sites were located.</p> <p> &ldquo;We determined 10 locations where about 6,000 additional eligible children could be potentially served,&rdquo; added Noh.</p> <p> &ldquo;The project itself is meaningful in that our team delivered a concrete product, which facilitated the decision-making process for our client,&rdquo; said Weiwei Liu. &ldquo;The faculty who attended our capstone presentation really think the food bank project can turn into a long-term consulting engagement where Heinz students apply their technical knowledge for local community development.&rdquo;</p> <p> The project has the potential to help thousands of families living with food insecurity, and reflects the level of quality and expertise that Heinz students apply in their work. Through collaboration, innovation, and strategic thinking, the team worked to solve a real-world problem that can lead to tangible results.</p> <p> &ldquo;We were thrilled to work with students from the Heinz School to assist us in using information to target our Summer Food Service Program outreach,&rdquo; said Karen Dreyer, Southwestern Pennsylvania Food Security Partnership Director at the food bank. &ldquo;The map that the students produced has made our outreach efforts more strategic, and we are hopeful that more children will receive meals during the summer of 2015 because of this tool.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/" target="_blank">Learn more about the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank &gt;&gt;</a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-information-systems-and-management/information-systems-management-mism/index.aspx" target="_blank">Learn more about the MISM program &gt;&gt;</a></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2784Mon, 04 Jun 2015 11:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=8818photo

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Heinz College Alumnus Provides Mission-Driven Leadership in Liberia through Strategic Managementhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2780]]><p> As Peace Corps Country Director in Liberia, Kevin W. Fleming (MSPPM &rsquo;05) juggles a variety of equally important, but seemingly disparate, responsibilities on a daily basis.</p> <p> From setting the strategic vision for the day-to-day administrative responsibilities of his post, to working with the Ministry of Education to place math and science teachers in middle and high schools throughout the country, to facilitating programs that aid in the areas of infectious disease prevention, food security, and gender equality, Fleming enjoys many opportunities to explore the foundational nuances and complexities of public management.</p> <p> In doing so, he regularly utilizes technological, policy, and management strategies he learned as a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) student at Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College.</p> <p> &ldquo;Working in cross-cultural settings, and being an ex-pat managing people from other countries and other cultures, that&rsquo;s a learned skill set,&rdquo; said Fleming. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been honing those skills of working and managing people from other countries, with completely different customs and sayings, for years.</p> <p> &ldquo;Heinz prepared me for managing both folks in a cross-cultural setting, and also different functional areas in a business. So now, I can manage an ITS manager, a finance officer, communications manager, admin teams, and operations. And if I can&rsquo;t explain something in a meeting, I can go and I can build a rough database, or I can go onto what was GIS systems and work there. Having that technical knowledge that I learned in my classes helps me to bridge some of those cross-cultural gaps.&rdquo;</p> <p> From the time he was a young man, Fleming knew that he wanted to lead a life of mission-driven service. But entering his undergraduate career at Xavier University, he wasn&rsquo;t quite sure how to articulate his career goals to his friends and family members.</p> <p> &ldquo;I was part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes group in high school, and we did some volunteerism,&rdquo; said Fleming. &ldquo;And then in college, I went on a few service learning trips to inner-city Cincinnati and Appalachia, and I was like, &lsquo;man, I really want to do this for a living.&rsquo; But I didn&rsquo;t know how to make a career out of it. And I thought I would be poor &ndash; I thought you had to take a vow of poverty like a priest to do this type of work.&rdquo;</p> <p> Through the Teach For America program, Fleming found his voice, and the blueprint for the career path he hoped to follow. As an elementary and middle school teacher in Compton, Calif., the Ohio native developed a strong desire to work in cross-cultural settings in the nonprofit sector.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was the first time that I had ever worked in a setting in the United States with any real kind of socioeconomic and racial diversity,&rdquo; said Fleming. &ldquo;It was so eye-opening, and I fell in love with it.</p> <p> &ldquo;When I did Teach For America, I learned about the whole nonprofit world and how all of these nonprofits were starting. The charter school movement was starting. People were putting money into these organizations, and they wanted people with an acumen for business that also wanted to do good to come and work for them.&rdquo;</p> <p> <img align="" alt="Kevin Fleming in Village with Kids" src="/image.aspx?id=7801" style="width: 30%; margin: 10px; float: left;" />Upon completing his Teach For America placement, Fleming worked for Citizen Schools, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating after-school programs in low-income communities, before traveling to Lesotho, a tiny country within the Republic of South Africa. Here, as a Peace Corps volunteer, Fleming managed a building project for a gravity flow water system that transported water by pipe from a mountainside natural spring to a small village. It was during this time that Fleming&rsquo;s Peace Corps mentors told him he had the qualities to one day become a Peace Corps Country Director.</p> <p> &ldquo;I knew the skill set that I needed to have in order to reach this goal of eventually becoming a Country Director, and I was aware of those gaps at that time,&rdquo; recalled Fleming. &ldquo;And one of them centered around technology. What I liked about Heinz College was that technology, policy, and management were incorporated into every class. I was interested in all three of those, and I wanted to be good in all three areas.&rdquo;</p> <p> Fleming&rsquo;s desire to grow in these three areas led to his pursuit of a MSPPM degree at Heinz College, which he earned in 2005. As a first-year student, he created a program along with some of his fellow students called The Tsunami Assistance Project, which provided aid for victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.</p> <p> &ldquo;[Associate Dean] Brenda Peyser and Mark Wessel, the dean at the time, let my friends and I essentially start a nonprofit while we were in grad school; who does that?&rdquo; said Fleming. &ldquo;They were so supportive, and that was one of the things I loved about the leadership at Heinz College. They celebrated us doing things in the community and around the globe, and above all, they encourage us to help others in need.&rdquo;</p> <p> After years of traveling the world and leading outreach programs, Fleming landed his &ldquo;dream job&rdquo; in January, when he was appointed Peace Corps Country Director for Liberia, a nation that has been ravaged by the Ebola virus. Fleming said that, through the daily challenges he faces, he often refers back to lessons learned at the Heinz College when managing in cross-cultural settings.</p> <p> &ldquo;You know, there&rsquo;s a class we took at Carnegie Mellon, Organizational Design and Implementation, where we did this lesson around informal and formal networks,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;You have your formal network structures like organizational charts, and then you have your informal structures. I always refer back to that class with my staff, because the rest of the world does not operate how we do in America around these formal structures. You have to really understand the informal lines of communication and what that means.</p> <p> <img align="" alt="Peace Corps Volunteers" src="image.aspx?id=7802" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 30%;" /></p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s these little things that we learned in class that come up when you work in a multicultural settings that add value. I&rsquo;ve worked in four or five of these types of settings now, and this time I&rsquo;m one of three Americans that are representing a U.S. Peace Corps, but 95 percent of my staff members are Liberian. And so, how you go about strategic planning is different. How you influence and motivate people to do what they do is different. And I&rsquo;ve been able to adapt those things that I learned at the Heinz College here.&rdquo;</p> <div> <p> As he moves forward in his journey of mission driven-service, Fleming looks forward to continuing to apply the business principles he learned through his work with Teach for America, the Peace Corps, and Heinz College to the nonprofit world.</p> <p> &ldquo;To me, it&rsquo;s pretty cut and dry: if you run a sound business, then you can serve more people. And I&rsquo;ve worked extremely hard over the years to try and prove that nonprofits can be run just as efficiently as for-profits, thus allowing us to serve more people than we ever imagined.&rdquo;</p> </div> <p> <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/public-policy-management-msppm/index.aspx" target="_blank">More information about the MSPPM Program&gt;&gt;</a></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2780Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:29:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=7800photo

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Heinz Graduates Take the Stage to Celebrate their Achievements and Receive their Diplomashttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2781]]><p> &ldquo;Work hard to be an optimist. It is a simple goal, but hard to reach. Get something done. Make a difference. Think, reflect, and then act.&rdquo;</p> <p> These are just a few of the words of wisdom that Norman Y. Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, shared during his keynote presentation at the 2015 H. John Heinz III College Commencement Ceremony.</p> <p> The ceremony, which took place on May 16 at the Petersen Events Center, featured more than 500 Carnegie Mellon University graduates from master&rsquo;s and doctorate programs formally receiving their diplomas as the culmination of their hard work at the Heinz College.</p> <p> One of those students was Michael Adjevi-Benison, a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) graduate who was chosen by his peers to represent the Class of 2015 as the Commencement Ceremony&rsquo;s student speaker.</p> <p> In addressing the crowd of over 2,000 in attendance, Adjevi-Benison spoke of the need he&rsquo;s felt throughout his life to keep moving forward &ndash; from his childhood in Ghana growing up in a village without electricity or potable water, to the sense of accomplishment he felt in earning his MSPPM degree.</p> <p> &ldquo;We are assembled here today, not only to celebrate our academic accomplishments, but also to reaffirm our earnest desire to make the world a better place,&rdquo; said Adjevi-Benison. &ldquo;Our experiences have prepared us to go out there and shine. Maybe, we may not see each other again, but surely, we will shine together and provide the illumination the world needs.&rdquo;</p> <p> Professor Mark Wessel received the Martcia Wade Teaching Award, which recognizes a Heinz College faculty member each year for outstanding performance in the classroom and commitment to student learning.</p> <p> Wessel, who has been at Heinz College since 1993 and served as Dean of Heinz College from 2003 to 2008, just completed his final year of teaching. In one of his last acts as a faculty member, Wessel gave the students their charge near the end of the ceremony.</p> <p> &ldquo;My plea &ndash; my prayer - is that each of you will find where your sustaining faith truly lies,&rdquo; said Wessel. &ldquo;The faith that persists and sustains you in the face of imminent failure.&nbsp; The faith that enables you to find the goodness in yourself and others.&nbsp; Whether that faith lies in a person or a principle.&nbsp; A god or a nation.&nbsp; An idea or a philosophy.&nbsp; A discipline or an action.</p> <p> &ldquo;To be fully human you must, like Mother Teresa, discover in what immutable force you are willing to invest your faith for all time and to be committed to the demands that faith will inevitably place upon you.&nbsp; If you do that, no wilderness can prove too daunting.&rdquo;</p> <p> In addition to the presentation of the diplomas, a number of members of the Heinz College community were honored for their standout achievements:</p> <ul> <li> Two Heinz students were selected by the Ph.D. committee to receive the Suresh Konda Memorial Ph.D. First Research Paper Award, named in memory of alumnus Konda, who earned his MSPPM and Ph.D. at Heinz College. This year&rsquo;s recipients were Uttara Madurai Ananthakrishnan, for her paper &ldquo;A Tangled Web: Evaluating the Impact of Displaying Fraudulent Reviews on Review Portals,&rdquo; and Arslan Aziz, for his paper &ldquo;Advertisers Revenue versus Consumer Privacy in Online Advertising.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Two additional Heinz Ph.D. candidates were honored with the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards. Hilary Wolfendale received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for the School of Public Policy and Management, and Sriram Somanchi was honored as the Outstanding Teaching Assistant for the School of Information Systems and Management.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Each year, the Barbara Jenkins Award is presented in memory of Jenkins (MSPPM &rsquo;87) to a graduating student who has demonstrated service to Heinz College and made significant contributions to the quality of life in the Pittsburgh community. Claire Goodwin, an MSPPM graduate, received this year&rsquo;s honor.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> The Otto A. Davis Award, bestowed annually in honor of the second Dean of the Heinz College, is voted on by a committee of faculty, staff, and students, and given to an individual who exemplifies the college&rsquo;s commitment to social and racial justice. This year&rsquo;s recipient was Jamie Seabrook, a Master of Public Management (MPM) graduate.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Each year, two Heinz master&rsquo;s students are recognized for their leadership and initiative, excellent academic achievement, strong communication skills, and exceptional promise for future success via the Student Leadership Awards. This year&rsquo;s recipient from the School of Public Policy and Management was Tahir Cheema, an MSPPM graduate. From the School of Information Systems and Management, Trevor Benson, a Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management graduate, received the honor.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li> Erin Lovas, Assistant Director of Academic Services at Heinz College, received the Staff Excellence Award for outstanding service to the college.</li> </ul> <p> <img align="" alt="Heinz College Commencement Stage" src="/image.aspx?id=7804" style="float: left; margin: 10px; width: 30%;" /></p> <p> &ldquo;Our graduates have worked very hard to reach this significant day,&rdquo; said Ramayya Krishnan, Dean of Heinz College. &ldquo;I would like to congratulate the graduates as well as the friends and family members who have supported them every step of the way.</p> <p> &ldquo;I would also like to recognize the outstanding faculty and administrators who have been instrumental in forging these programs and ensuring the success of today&rsquo;s graduates.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://heinz-video1.andrew.cmu.edu/Mediasite/Play/c8caa0ff16ba4f98b6d72d2b50708cbe1d" target="_blank">Watch the 2015 H. John Heinz III College Commencement Ceremony&gt;&gt;</a>&nbsp;(Please use your Andrew ID and password to access the year&#39;s video recording.)<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXt24Yh9GJI" target="_blank">Watch the 118th Carnegie Mellon University Commencement&gt;&gt;</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2781Mon, 29 May 2015 10:30:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=7803photo

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Heinz Students Unveilhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2779]]><p> In 2012, Robert J. Gordon, a prominent economist at Northwestern University, argued in his paper <a href="http://www.nber.org/papers/w18315.pdf" target="_blank">Is U.S. Economic Growth Over? Faltering Innovation Confronts the Six Headwinds</a> that there are no new technological advances on the horizon that are comparable to the rise of computer technology from the 1960s to today. Gordon postulated that, as a result of this lack of technological advancement, labor productivity growth would experience a continual slowdown over the next 100 years until it reaches levels not seen since the 1800s. This would signal an almost complete halt to American productivity, which would then lead to extensive economic implications.</p> <p> But is the future of U.S. productivity so bleak? A team of Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College students went to the White House to prove otherwise.</p> <p> Lee Branstetter, Heinz College professor of Economics and Public Policy, initiated the research endeavor upon being contacted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Branstetter helped assemble a capstone project with a team of Master of Science in Public Policy and Management students dedicated to determining if the productivity outlook was as bad as it seemed.</p> <p> &ldquo;Even before the global financial crisis hit, productivity growth took a dive,&rdquo; said Branstetter.&nbsp; &ldquo;This is a big deal, since the most important engine for growth can be productivity.</p> <p> &ldquo;Productivity affects incomes and living standards, and the implications are stark if it doesn&rsquo;t come back.&rdquo;</p> <p> The capstone project, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Not Over Yet: An Optimistic Take on American Productivity Growth,&rdquo; comprised of students Tara O&rsquo;Neill, Laura Tengelsen, Dennis Sawyers, Jonathan Lakey, Dini Maghfirra, and Marwa Al-Fakhri. The team&rsquo;s approach was to interview leading experts at Carnegie Mellon University in the fields of e-learning, robotics, and big data to ascertain whether any of these innovations could lead to gains in labor productivity similar to those seen in earlier periods in American history. By synthesizing industry data with expert insight and the most-up-to-date research, the team hoped to show that Robert Gordon&rsquo;s belief in a low-growth future is misplaced, and Americans can look forward to a prosperous future.</p> <p> The team chose the fields of big data, e-learning, and robotics as case studies because of their potential to dramatically increase productivity, and because of the ease of access to leaders in those fields working at Carnegie Mellon University. After all, big data is altering the way that health care, America&rsquo;s largest sector of the economy, currently operates. E-learning has experienced incredibly large gains in student outcomes in some studies, and promises a future where personalized education is available to a mass population at an affordable price for the first time in human history. Likewise, the field of robotics is steadily advancing, and has generated robots with capabilities unimaginable even 50 years ago.</p> <p> &ldquo;Fortunately, it turns out Pittsburgh is the epicenter of research on e-learning,&rdquo; said Jonathan Lakey, who, along with Laura Tingleson, researched the e-learning portion of the paper. &ldquo;There was a study done on software that was developed at Carnegie Mellon University by Robert Anderson that was found to double the amount of learning on a specific set of coursework.&rdquo;</p> <p> The team argues that e-learning provides the promise of customized learning for the masses for the first time in history. E-learning allows for an adaptive education in terms of pace and skill, and it can potentially double the amount of education one could receive yearly.</p> <p> &ldquo;Evidence is mounting that these learning technologies can be incredibly effective, and more capital is being invested in them,&rdquo; continued Lakey. &ldquo;If programs could be developed and implemented on a wide scale and across the most economically viable subjects, the potential gains in learning and, consequently, productivity, could be enormous.&rdquo;</p> <p> <img align="" alt="Heinz Students give a presentation at the White House" src="image.aspx?id=7798" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 412.5px;" /></p> <p> &ldquo;Robotics is a real story in terms of productivity,&rdquo; said Dennis Sawyers, who tackled the field of robotics for the project along with fellow student Dini Maghfirra. &ldquo;Prior advances in technology, especially in agriculture and manufacturing, have enhanced productivity by replacing human labor with machine labor. But a new wave of robotics innovations promise to affect a whole new range of industries: transportation, logistics, warehousing, low-skilled services, and construction.&rdquo;</p> <p> The team found studies that indicated that manufacturing productivity would increase if countries would adopt the same robot-intensity as the most automated country in each manufacturing sector. The studies estimated that productivity would increase by 1.5 percent for every one-unit increase in robots per million hours worked.</p> <p> However, the rise of robotics will not take place without its challenges.</p> <p> &ldquo;Robotics will increase productivity, but the extent and speed of the revolution can be heavily influenced by government policy,&rdquo; said Sawyers. &ldquo;Higher minimum wages and other laws that increase the cost of workers will drive automation in the United States just as it has in Europe, but even without those increases to cost of labor, automation will occur as the price of robots falls and the capabilities of robots increase.&rdquo;</p> <p> Finally, the team cited the power of big data and how it relates to the health care industry as another reason why productivity in America can be saved.</p> <p> &ldquo;The health care industry is rife with unnecessary services, inefficiently delivered services, excessive administrative costs, prices that are too high, fraud, and missed prevention opportunities,&rdquo; said Tara O&rsquo;Neill, who handled the data portion of the project with Marwa Al-Fakhri. &ldquo;Eliminating waste and inefficiencies could reduce costs significantly while simultaneously improving outcomes, much of which can be done through the use of big data and new health care information technologies.&rdquo;</p> <p> With tremendous advances in data collection, storage, processing, and analysis, the team found that proper implementation of big data can help put an end to the overuse of health care services, fraudulent claims, excessive administration costs, and inefficiently delivered care.</p> <p> &ldquo;We recognize that cost savings are not necessarily increases in productivity; however, any money that is saved and freed up in the economy can then be invested in areas of the economy that are productive,&rdquo; continued O&rsquo;Neill. &ldquo;Because most health care spending does not actually produce anything tangible or productive in the economy, any spending on it simply takes away from money available to be spent on goods and services in the economy that are productive and which create wealth. Therefore, decreasing spending on health care allows for increased spending on parts of the economy that are productive.</p> <p> &ldquo;Additionally, there are many new opportunities to improve the health of our nation&rsquo;s citizens, which will, in turn, provide for a more productive workforce.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;These really are three domains that could lead to tremendous economic growth,&rdquo; added Branstetter. &ldquo;The health care sector represents a fifth of the U.S. gross domestic product. Human skill and the education needed to learn it is an important determinant of productivity.</p> <p> &ldquo;We can move the productivity needle.&rdquo;</p> <p> Branstetter and the team were invited to the White House&rsquo;s Eisenhower Executive Offices to present their findings to Office of Science and Technology Policy. The OSTEP members were receptive to the team&rsquo;s findings, and were surprised at the potential gains in productivity that could be found.</p> <p> &ldquo;They had lots of questions and requests for follow-up discussions,&rdquo; said Sawyers. &ldquo;From a students perspective, when you&rsquo;re interacting with policymakers on their level, you realize you can do it too.</p> <p> &ldquo;You feel like you&rsquo;re actually making a difference.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/school-of-public-policy-management/public-policy-management-msppm/index.aspx" target="_blank">More information about the MSPPM Program&gt;&gt;</a></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2779Mon, 20 May 2015 13:30:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=7797photo

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Norman Y. Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation, to Give Keynote Address at the Heinz College Commencement Ceremonyhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2778]]><p> Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, an innovative leader in the fields of transportation, commerce, public policy, and technology, will be the keynote speaker at the Heinz College Commencement Ceremony at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 16 at the Petersen Events Center.</p> <p> For almost 30 years, Secretary Mineta represented San Jose, Calif. as a public servant - first on the City Council, then as Mayor, and then from 1975-1995 as a Member of Congress. During his time serving the Silicon Valley area, he was a pioneer in helping the tech sector engage in public policy. While in Congress, he also served as the Chairman of the House Transportation and Public Works Committee from 1992-1994, after having chaired the Subcommittee on Aviation and the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation.</p> <p> In 2000, President Bill Clinton appointed Secretary Mineta as the United States Secretary of Commerce. At the Department of Commerce, Secretary Mineta was known for his work on technology issues, for achieving international cooperation and intergovernmental coordination on complex fisheries issues, and for streamlining the patent and trademark process.</p> <p> From 2001-2006, Secretary Mineta served as Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush. In this capacity, <img alt="Norman Mineta" src="image.aspx?id=7784" style="float: left; width: 30%; margin: 10px;" />Secretary Mineta issued the notable order to ground all civilian air traffic on September 11, 2001. Following the events of September 11, he guided the creation of the Transportation Security Administration - an agency with more than 65,000 employees - the largest mobilization of a new federal agency since World War II. Mineta was also a vice president of Lockheed Martin, where he oversaw the first successful implementation of the EZ-Pass system in New York State.</p> <p> A graduate of the University of California, Berkley, Secretary Mineta served on the Smithsonian&rsquo;s Board of Regents from 1979 through 1995 and supported the establishment of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American program in 1997. He has been a lifelong champion of civil rights and, as a son of Japanese immigrants, spent time during World War II at an internment camp in Wyoming.</p> <p> &ldquo;Norman Mineta&rsquo;s career achievements are extraordinary, and in many ways he is the embodiment of many of our programs here at Heinz College,&rdquo; said Ramayya Krishnan, Dean of Heinz College. &ldquo;His life reflects the Heinz College mission, and we are looking forward to giving him a very warm reception on May 16.&rdquo;</p> <p> Recognized for his leadership, Secretary Mineta has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom &ndash; the nation&rsquo;s highest civilian honor &ndash; and the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, which is awarded for significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States.</p> <p> Currently, Secretary Mineta is the President and CEO of Mineta and Associates, LLC. He is married to Danealia (Deni) Mineta and has two sons, David K. Mineta and Stuart S. Mineta and two stepsons, Robert M. Brantner and Mark D. Brantner.</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2778Mon, 07 May 2015 11:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=7785photo

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Alumna Paints Broad Impact on Cultural Scenehttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2777]]><p> <em>This story originally appeared on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cmu.edu/piper/stories/2015/may/artfully-done.html" target="_blank">CMU.edu</a>.</em></p> <p> When you&rsquo;re a kid growing up abroad, moving from country to country, the arts can come in handy.</p> <p> Music, dancing, visual arts &mdash; even culinary arts &mdash; were universal languages that helped Kathryn Heidemann acclimate to every new culture she lived in, from Venezuela to Germany to the Land Down Under.</p> <p> &ldquo;There were times when I was uprooted right in the middle of a school year. Sometimes I had to learn to speak a whole new language. The arts were my means of universal communication and social survival,&rdquo; said Heidemann, director of the Heinz College&rsquo;s Master of Arts Management (MAM) program.</p> <p> They also were the foundation for a career that enables her to support the arts in ways that help ensure their survival.</p> <p> Heidemann studied dance and arts management in Chicago and enjoyed working at various arts organizations there and in New York City and Detroit, but something was missing.</p> <p> &ldquo;As a creative person I was really looking for a rigorous academic program that would unify my right and left brain, while giving my left brain a &lsquo;boost&rsquo; of sorts with quantitative management skills. I had worked in the field for a number of years and I wanted to be pushed to a whole new level with regard to data-driven management within the arts,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s when she decided to move to Pittsburgh and enroll in Heinz College&rsquo;s MAM program. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust hired her when she graduated, and for eight years her list of professional successes grew by leaps and bounds.</p> <p> She founded and managed 200 arts master&rsquo;s degree programs in conjunction with the Dance Council, PNC Broadway Across America and TrustPresents series. She produced 30 of the city&rsquo;s popular Gallery Crawls, which are quarterly showcases of arts entertainment. And she oversaw three First Night Pittsburgh festivals, the region&rsquo;s largest single night arts festival that takes place on New Year&rsquo;s Eve, breaking attendance records and reaching millions of students, teachers and community members during her tenure.</p> <p> During that time, she also took two working sabbaticals to assume leadership roles abroad and domestically as a venue manager for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world&rsquo;s largest arts festival, and as an operations manager for Jacob&rsquo;s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires.</p> <p> Consider Mayor Bill Peduto among the people on whom she left a lasting impression. He recently appointed her to the City of Pittsburgh&rsquo;s Art Commission, which works to improve the aesthetic quality of the city&rsquo;s public spaces.</p> <p> &ldquo;Mayor Peduto is, was and always will be a very strong advocate for the arts. I am honored and humbled to have been chosen as an art commissioner under his leadership, and hope that my background in arts management, understanding of arts policy issues, and passion for the arts and our communities will help me be the best servant to this city that I can be,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p> Heidemann feels the arts can play a big role in fostering innovation and creativity, both within ourselves and within the community.</p> <p> &ldquo;There are ways you can do that which don&rsquo;t necessarily mean you have to be an artist for a living. The arts are a right, not a privilege. If we all tap into out inner artist, we can learn to better engage in creative problem-solving and contribute better to what we&rsquo;re doing in our own respective fields &mdash; science, technology, business and other areas.&rdquo;</p> <p> As director of the MAM program, Heidemann says she has been able to stay more connected, especially at the global level, to the arts than she has in any other job.</p> <p> She has worked at international festivals before, but her affiliation with CMU has enabled her to work on international partnerships. She leads the dual degree partnership with the University of Bologna&rsquo;s GIOCA (Graduate Degree in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts) program in Italy. She enjoys working with international students and arts performers, attends many international performances and speaks at arts administration conferences around the globe.</p> <p> &ldquo;Due to the nature of my job and the diversity of my students&rsquo; interests, I have to have my finger on the pulse of every facet of the arts industry &mdash; what&rsquo;s happening in the museum, gallery, symphony, opera, theater and dance company worlds. Certainly my favorite part about the job is not just about breadth of access to the arts, but also about the people. The students and the alumni are such a rich part of what I do and make me love coming to work every day.&rdquo;</p> <p> While other universities have master of arts management programs, Heidemann says CMU&rsquo;s program is in a class all its own.</p> <p> &ldquo;What impresses me most about CMU is the students. Many of them come from arts backgrounds but learn to &lsquo;speak data&rsquo; very quickly. They quickly adapt to new ways of thinking, new ways of seeing the world and new ways of solving problems,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Many of them have specific goals in mind when they arrive here, but may quickly find a whole new course to chart and a whole new part of themselves that they didn&rsquo;t know was there. I love to see what they do, where they end up. They just continue to surprise me.&rdquo;</p> <p> And sometimes, she surprises her students. Heidemann has often been found playing bass guitar in local and national rock, punk and classic country bands.</p> <p> An active member of her community, Heidemann was recently named by Pittsburgh Magazine as one of the city&rsquo;s &ldquo;40 Under 40&rdquo; honorees for her passion, commitment and overall impact on the Pittsburgh region.</p> <p> &ldquo;Certainly, it&rsquo;s a labor of love,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s so wonderful to find myself in this cycle where I was a student of this program that I am now managing. The passion for what I did informs my new passion, which is really helping the next generation discover this exciting field of arts management and make a difference in the arts in a different kind of way.&rdquo;</p> <p> Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (above, left) has named CMU&#39;s Kathryn Heidemann (above, right) to the city&#39;s Art Commission, which works to improve the aesthetic quality of the city&rsquo;s public spaces.</p> <p> Photo by Matte Braidic.</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=2777Mon, 05 May 2015 23:19:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=7767photo

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Carnegie Mellon Professor Acquisti Awarded Fellowship from Carnegie Corporation of New Yorkhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1776]]><p> <em>This story originally appeared on <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2015/march/joel-tarr-honored.html" target="_blank">CMU.edu</a>.</em></p> <p> <em>Renowned Privacy Researcher One of Only 32 Recipients of Prestigious Honor</em></p> <p> PITTSBURGH&mdash;Carnegie Mellon University Professor Alessandro Acquisti was named today to the inaugural class of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.</p> <p> Acquisti is one of only 32 recipients of the fellowship and was selected from more than 300 nominees.</p> <p> A noted economist and privacy researcher, Acquisti&rsquo;s fellowship will investigate the impact of the data economy on societal welfare and the distribution of wealth, focusing on how the erosion of privacy and how the rise of &ldquo;big data&rdquo; may affect economic growth, equality, and discrimination.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m pleased to be named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow and excited to have the opportunity to further explore the possible economic effects of the data economy through this fellowship,&rdquo; said Acquisti, associate professor of information technology and public policy at CMU&rsquo;s Heinz College. &ldquo;It is quite likely that the expanding collection, analysis, and use of large amounts of individuals&rsquo; data will bring about both positive and negative consequences for different stakeholders, and my research will explore those impacts. I thank the Carnegie Corporation for this wonderful honor.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p> Acquisti&rsquo;s research investigates the economics and behavioral economics of privacy, including privacy in online social networks. His studies have been published in leading journals across diverse disciplines, including science, information technology, consumer research and marketing. Acquisti&rsquo;s 2009 study on the predictability of social security numbers received international media attention. Two years after the study, the Social Security Administration changed the assignment scheme of Social Security numbers.</p> <p> &ldquo;Alessandro&rsquo;s groundbreaking work on Privacy and its impact on society are representative of the kind of work that you will see here at the Heinz College. I am very pleased that he is named the Andrew Carnegie Fellow by the prestigious Carnegie Corporation of New York&rdquo;, said Ramayya Krishnan, Dean, CMU&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College. &nbsp;</p> <p> Carnegie Corporation is awarding up to $200,000 to each fellow, which will enable them to take sabbaticals to devote time to their research and writing. The fellowship program provides support for scholars in the social sciences and humanities and aims to provide new perspectives on the program&rsquo;s overarching theme for 2015: Current and Future Challenges to U.S. Democracy and International Order. Winning proposals address issues including policing and race, big data and privacy, the impact of the aging population and the safety of generic drugs, among other topics.&nbsp;</p> <p> <em><strong>Alessandro Acquisti (pictured above) is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Public Policy at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. His research investigates the economics and behavioral economics of privacy, and privacy in online social networks.</strong></em></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1776Mon, 22 Apr 2015 00:20:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=6741photo

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MAM Alumni Panel Focuses on Community Development and the Artshttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1762]]><p> There&rsquo;s no doubt that the arts and artistic expression can do many great things.&nbsp; The arts can unite and they allow people to express themselves and to communicate in unexpected and effective ways.&nbsp;</p> <p> But can the arts promote measurable change within entire communities?</p> <p> The Master of Arts Management Program helped students explore that reality last month when they put together a special panel as part of their monthly speaker series featuring 4 MAM alumni who consistently strive to strengthen their communities in Pittsburgh, PA through the arts.</p> <p> The panel included:</p> <p> - Tirzah deCaria (MAM &rsquo;10)&ndash; Co-Director of <a href="http://www.citizenstudios.org/" target="_blank">Creative Citizen Studios</a>, who also served as moderator for the panel</p> <p> - Alecia Shipman Young (MAM &rsquo;10)&ndash; Youth Arts Liaison for the <a href="http://manchesterbidwell.org/replication/national-center-for-arts-and-technology/" target="_blank">National Center for the Arts &amp; Technology</a></p> <p> - Ayisha A. Morgan-Lee (MAM &rsquo;07) &ndash; Founder, CEO &amp; Artistic Director of the <a href="http://www.5678hdat.org/" target="_blank">Hill Dance Academy Theater</a></p> <p> - Michelle Clesse (MAM &rsquo;10) &ndash; Communications and Development Manager for the <a href="http://www.unionproject.org/" target="_blank">Union Project</a></p> <p> Each panelist brought with them their unique professional experience with community building through the arts.</p> <p> <img align="" alt="mam_panel2" class="left" src="image.aspx?id=6598" style="width: 30%; margin: 10px; float: left;" />deCaria and Creative Citizens Studios seeks to build bridges between the arts community and disability communities, by offering accessibility training programs for cultural organizations, teaching life-skill building arts classes&nbsp;and&nbsp;creating community engagement through arts programs within human service provider organizations.<br /> <br /> Young and The National Center for Arts &amp; Technology, a part of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation, operates under the notion that &ldquo;art changes lives.&rdquo; As Youth Liaison, Young helps develop arts programs for communities where poverty is major issue.&nbsp; Participants in NCAT programs continually achieve a 99% graduation rate later in life.</p> <p> Morgan-Lee&rsquo;s Hill Dance Academy Theater (HDAT) is devoted to developing and training dancers in Black dance traditions, expanding knowledge and contributions of Black Dance traditions and create emerging dance artists who will sustain Black dance in the Black community.</p> <p> As Communications and Development Manager for the Union Project, Clesse helps evolve the projects mission of creating a neighborhood space where people could come together to connect, create, and celebrate.&nbsp; The Union Project continually strives to use art as the means of finding creative solutions to improve the community.</p> <p> &ldquo;The alumni&rsquo;s enthusiasm for their work was infectious,&rdquo; said Nora Ames Fleury, a MAM &rsquo;15 student.&nbsp; &ldquo;It was inspiring to hear the impact MAM alums are making in the Pittsburgh community and see how fulfilled and happy they are five to eight years out of the program.&rdquo;</p> <p> Each of the panelists agreed that people were at the core of what they do.</p> <p> &ldquo;You&rsquo;ve got to listen and know your community in order to create change,&rdquo; said Morgan-Lee.<img align="" alt="mam_panel3" class="right" src="image.aspx?id=6599" style="width: 30%; margin: 10px; float: right;" /></p> <p> &ldquo;You have to be aware of the landscape of the arts in your city,&rdquo; added Young.&nbsp; &ldquo;You need to listen and incorporate the community into what you do.&rdquo;</p> <p> Clesse agreed and added that you needed to work with your &ldquo;Board of Neighbors&rdquo;.</p> <p> However, making change in communities can still have its share of difficulties. From tracking and measuring change, to the misconceptions of non-involved community members and the inherent challenges of running an arts program; change, while possible, is rarely easy to come by.</p> <p> &ldquo;Leadership,&rdquo; said Young, &ldquo;Leadership can be the biggest roadblock to change.&nbsp; Individuals are not always available to lead these initiatives in communities.</p> <p> &ldquo;Some projects can&rsquo;t continue because the right leader has not emerged.&rdquo;</p> <p> They all agreed that the MAM program is what prepared them with the leadership abilities they needed for the challenges they face.</p> <p> &ldquo;I use a lot of the knowledge I learned (at Heinz) in my day-to-day,&rdquo; said Clesse.&nbsp; &ldquo;The knowledge you learn here is exactly what you need to leverage what you&rsquo;ll learn as you grow professionally.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;The presentations, the evaluations, the database training,&rdquo; said Young, &ldquo;it all becomes invaluable in your career.&rdquo;</p> <p> Morgan-Lee concluded with a sentiment that all of the alumni enthusiastically agreed with.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re doing successfully as MAM alumni and we love what we do.&rdquo;</p> <p> <a href="retCmsId=188" target="">More information on the Master of Arts Management Program &gt;&gt;</a></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1762Mon, 14 Apr 2015 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=6596photo

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Heinz College Project Shines a Spotlight on Blight at the Fels National Policy ChallengeNewhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1775]]><p> A cross-disciplinary team of students from Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s H. John Heinz III College were recently chosen as finalists at the Fels National Public Policy Challenge for their unique approach to tackling the issue of blight. Their project, The Wilkinsburg Vacant Home Tour, will showcase abandoned properties, leading tour participants on a journey back in time through the narratives of historic buildings in Wilkinsburg, located near Pittsburgh, PA.</p> <p> The Vacant Home Tour, which takes place on May 9<sup>th</sup> in Wilkinsburg, will feature stories of the families and the people who lived and worked in the homes. The memories of these homes will map out their historical impact in creating the communities and neighborhoods in which they exist.&nbsp; The aim, through the tour, is to increase interest in these vacant homes and find the properties new owners.</p> <p> Community members from the neighborhood will be engaged to serve as Tour Docents, greeting participants at each stop along the tour and helping to further reveal the forgotten stories of these properties. Tour participants will be provided with a &ldquo;tour kit&rdquo; which will offer them the tools that will help them visualize what the house once looked like in full vibrancy, a tour map that will work hand-in-hand with the visual prompts along the tour route, additional background information on each of the properties, and information on resources available to aid participants in more actively engaging these homes and buildings.</p> <p> &ldquo;It has been a pleasure working with the Vacant Home Tour team,&rdquo; said David Lassman, Distinguished Service Professor of Organizational Management at Heinz College. &ldquo;The team has developed an innovative solution to a very visible and expensive problem: &nbsp;urban blight.&nbsp; This grass-roots project relies heavily on community stakeholders, especially citizens, to both plan and implement.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;They are passionate about the project and committed to the work,&ldquo; added Lassman.</p> <p> <img align="" alt="vacant_home_tour" class="left" src="image.aspx?id=6729" style="margin: 5px 10px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; width: 50%; float: left;" />&ldquo;We want people to look at them, not as problems, but as spaces with potential meant to be engaged with in positive ways,&rdquo; said Kenneth Chu, a member of the student team.</p> <p> &ldquo;Our program intends to change the perception of blight while at the same time connecting new residents with old-timers in the neighborhood of Wilkinsburg,&rdquo; said team member Eleni Katrini about the project. &ldquo;The Fels Challenge was a great opportunity to showcase the program we have been working on since September to a national audience.&rdquo;</p> <p> The National Invitational Public Policy Challenge, hosted by the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania in association with Governing Magazine, is an unparalleled opportunity for students to learn, connect, and serve. The competition challenges student teams to develop a policy proposal and civic campaign plan to achieve significant change in their communities, making it a perfect forum for the Vacant Home Tour.</p> <p> &ldquo;I believe that an event like the Fels Challenge is a great opportunity for students to feel motivated to work on public policy problems and come up with innovative ideas,&rdquo; added Katrini. &ldquo;Most of the ideas presented at the event were dealing with social issues and were using policy, technology, design and services to tackle with the problems at hand.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was an opportunity for us to contextualize our work with what other policy makers, current and future are doing, to share with them the work of students from Carnegie Mellon University, and to compare notes on current and future trends, challenges, and hopes in social innovation,&rdquo; said Chu.&nbsp; &ldquo;There were public officials, public administrators, and leaders of non-profit organizations in attendance, and their feedback and advice on our work were invaluable to making the Vacant Home Tour a more effective program.&ldquo;</p> <p> For more information on the upcoming Vacant Home Tour on Saturday May 9<sup>th</sup>, visit <a href="http://www.vacanthometour.com" target="_blank">www.vacanthometour.com</a>, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vacant-Home-Tour/565183226918550?fref=ts" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/pages/Vacant-Home-Tour/565183226918550?fref=ts</a> or contact <a href="mailto:vacanthometour@gmail.com">vacanthometour@gmail.com</a>.</p> <p> <em>(Above pictured from left to right: Rene Cuenca, Karlee Turkaly, Shawneil Campbell, Eleni Katrini, and Kenneth Chu)</em></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1775Mon, 02 Apr 2015 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=6728photo

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Joel Tarr Wins Distinguished Service Awardhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1774]]><p> <em>This story originally appeared on <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2015/march/joel-tarr-honored.html" target="_blank">CMU.edu</a>.</em></p> <p> Carnegie Mellon University&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.history.cmu.edu/faculty/tarr.html">Joel Tarr</a>, who has spent his career studying the environmental history of cities and the history and impact of their technological systems, was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the <a href="http://aseh.net/">American Society for Environmental History</a> (ASEH).</p> <p> The ASEH gives the award each year to an individual who has contributed significantly to the development of the organization. Tarr received the award at the society&rsquo;s annual conference in Washington, D.C., on March 21.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.history.cmu.edu/faculty/acker.html">Caroline Acker,</a> head of the <a href="http://www.history.cmu.edu/">Department of History</a> in the <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/dietrich/">Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences</a>, said that the field of environmental history is on the rise as issues like climate change and global warming take on urgency. She believes Tarr&#39;s work has been critical.</p> <p> &ldquo;Joel was a pioneer in environmental history that brought cities into environmental studies. Environmental history is one of the most dynamic areas of history today and Joel&#39;s research into the infrastructure development that knitted cities into systems is one of the reasons,&rdquo; Acker said.</p> <p> Tarr, the Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy in the History Department, has additional appointments in the <a href="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/index.aspx">H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management</a> and the <a href="http://www.epp.cmu.edu/">Department of Engineering and Public Policy</a>. A CMU faculty member since 1967, he has received numerous other honors, including the Society for the History of Technology&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.historyoftechnology.org/awards/davinci.html">Leonardo da Vinci Medal</a>. The society&#39;s highest honor, the da Vinci medal goes to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the history of technology through research, teaching, publication and other activities. He also received CMU&rsquo;s Robert Doherty Prize for Educational Leadership in 1991.</p> <p> Tarr has served on National Research Council committees dealing with issues of urban infrastructure, public transit and water pollution. He was president of the Public Works Historical Society in 1982-83 and president of the Urban History Association in 1999.</p> <p> &ldquo;I am deeply honored to receive this award from the American Society of Environmental History,&rdquo; Tarr said. &ldquo;I am especially proud of the fact that this award, as well as the other awards I have received from the professional organizations in the specialties of technological and urban history, reflects the interdisciplinary orientation I have absorbed at Carnegie Mellon. It has been a privilege to be at this university for these many years.&rdquo;</p> <p> For more information on Tarr, visit <a href="http://www.history.cmu.edu/faculty/tarr.html">http://www.history.cmu.edu/faculty/tarr.html</a>.</p> <p> <em><strong>Joel Tarr (pictured above), the Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy in the History Department, has spent his career studying the environmental history of cities and the history and impact of their technological systems.</strong></em></p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1774Mon, 28 Mar 2015 10:00:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=6724photo

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MEIM Student Designs Promotional Images for Maroon 5http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1772]]><p> Second year MEIM Julia Wu has been interning at Career Artist Management (CAM) since the fall semester. The music management company, located in Beverly Hills, has an impressive roster of about 20 artists including Maroon 5, Adam Levine, Hinder, Robin Thicke, Macy Gray,&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="Julia Wu MEIM 2015" class="left" src="http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/image.aspx?id=6680" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 15%;" /></p> <p> and Better Than Ezra, among others. So how did Julia end up designing promo images for Maroon 5?</p> <p> &ldquo;I work with the Director of Social Media and Digital Marketing. My main job is to design promotional imagery for our clients&#39; activities, whether that be one-sheets or social media images. Maroon 5 is our biggest account and I&#39;ve been designing a lot of tour promos for social media. It&#39;s a really chill place and it&#39;s nice that they trust me enough to grant me a lot of creative freedom for my designs. It&#39;s really rewarding to see something you designed get so many Likes or Favorites on social media.&rdquo;</p> <p> Julia has loved her time at CAM and her internship has been a great learning experience. Click on the links to see some of Julia&rsquo;s work.</p> <p> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/maroon5/photos/pb.5330548481.-2207520000.1423792120./10152870053618482/?type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/maroon5/photos/pb.5330548481.-2207520000.1423792120./10152870053618482/?type=3&amp;theater</a></p> <p> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/maroon5/photos/a.10150138876298482.302819.5330548481/10153077762273482/?type=1&amp;theater" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/maroon5/photos/a.10150138876298482.302819.5330548481/10153077762273482/?type=1&amp;theater</a></p> <p> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/maroon5/photos/pb.5330548481.-2207520000.1423792120./10152849843183482/?type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/maroon5/photos/pb.5330548481.-2207520000.1423792120./10152849843183482/?type=3&amp;theater</a></p> <p> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/maroon5/photos/pb.5330548481.-2207520000.1423792120./10152812282238482/?type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank">https://www.facebook.com/maroon5/photos/pb.5330548481.-2207520000.1423792120./10152812282238482/?type=3&amp;theater</a></p> <p> - By Julia Wu (MEIM 2015)</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1772Mon, 24 Mar 2015 15:47:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=6700photo

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Paterson Produces First Filmhttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1773]]><p> Jonny Paterson (MEIM 12) is in the middle of post production on his first film, Halfway. Executive Produced with former NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha (&quot;Beasts of No Nation&quot;), Frequent MEIM Guest Speaker, Tommy Oliver, and MEIM Faculty member Jonathan Baker, the film shot for 30 days in WI this past fall. MEIMLAND caught up with Jonny about the film.</p> <p> <strong>How did you first get involved with HALFWAY?</strong><br /> &ldquo;The writer of HALFWAY, Ben Caird, was a close friend of mine and someone with whom I had been developing another feature film project with, when the idea of me producing HALFWAY first arose. HALFWAY wasn&#39;t available when we first met as there were other producers circling it. I always liked the material and he knew that. He began to get frustrated at the lack of progress with other potential stakeholders and asked me if I wanted to produce it for him. However it only made sense for both of us if I was able to bring certain tangibles to the table, otherwise I would essentially be just another producer letting him down. I knew Quinton Aaron from a feature called 1982, which I worked on with fellow CMU alumnus, Tommy Oliver (HS &#39;06). Tommy wrote, directed and produced that project and was kind enough to give me my first on-set experience as a PA. I knew that if I could get Quinton on HALFWAY then the project would grow in stature and potential. Tommy set up the meeting, Ben and I pitched Quinton and by the end of lunch he was on board as our lead actor. Both Tommy and Quinton are also Executive Producers on the film.&rdquo;</p> <p> <strong>Do you have any advice for aspiring film producers that you wish you had known when you started?</strong><br /> &ldquo;I have learned a great deal throughout this process, but one thing I would reinforce is that everything you are taught about how difficult it is and how challenging it is to get your first movie made is TRUE. It&#39;s not just the &#39;bringing everything together&#39;, it&#39;s the mental strain and ability to handle the ups and downs that make it such a trying profession. You need to be self-confident and back yourself to the hilt. That being said, this should absolutely be a motivating factor as opposed to a disillusioning one. If you want to be a producer then you simply have to go out and produce.. I had the support of various people - my family, my friends, mentors such as Tommy Oliver and former professors such as Jonathan Baker (also an Executive Producer of HALFWAY). Take every class and stay in touch with all your professors. Your experiences at Sundance and SXSW should be pillars of your CMU experience. Networking opportunities like those are few and far between. Try and get into the office of a film producer and learn from them first hand. I worked for (MEIM professor) Paula Wagner for a year and credit her a great deal with helping me realize I wanted to be a producer. Working for Paula taught me that for an independent producer, every hour is different with a new set of challenges and a new set of things to measure a successful day by. Also - get people to like you, that&#39;s vital. Nobody is going to make it happen for you, but you are absolutely going to want that support network to help capitalize on your hard work and realize your potential.</p> <p> <strong>What are you currently working on, and do you have any films in the pipeline that we should look forward to?</strong><br /> &ldquo;I&#39;m in post production on HALFWAY. Editing a feature film is a long and arduous process, but I&#39;m learning a great deal doing it for the first time. Hopefully, the movie is good and it opens doors for me (which it already seems to be doing). In terms of what&#39;s next, I have an Irish set project (I&#39;m from Scotland) that I&#39;ve starting raising money for and attaching actors to. It&#39;s called THE SCAVENGERS and the screenplay was on the Hollywood Blacklist. I&#39;ve also written a TV pilot that I&#39;d love to get made. Ultimately I just need to keep going. The advice I got during the HALFWAY process is &#39;don&#39;t, under any circumstances, give up&#39; and I intend to follow that&rdquo;.</p> <p> - By Becca Nadler (MEIM 2015)</p> http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/index.aspx?nid=1773Mon, 24 Mar 2015 16:02:00 GMThttp://www.heinz.cmu.edu/news/news-detail/image.aspx?id=6701photo

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