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Welcome to Heinz College


Ramayya Krishnan, Dean of Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

Ramayya Krishnan Being Introduced at Conference

Technology is impacting everything we do, from the way we live our lives to the way we do business, from the way we connect with others to the way we monitor our own health, from the way we analyze our surroundings to the way we navigate our world.

Policy defines priorities and guides action. The creation, deployment, and re-visioning of smart policies through rigorous inquiry and evidence-based decision-making has always been a key component of human innovation and progress.

Policy and technology have historically been separate domains, but more and more the lines between the two—and the demands they place on each other—are blurring. And of critical interest is how this impacts People.

The next generation of leaders must deeply understand this critical point of intersection:

People, policy, and technology. The connections between the three define our time, and will continue to shape the future of humankind.

At Heinz College, we’ve understood this since our founding. Our first Dean, William W. Cooper, had a vision of educating "men and women for intelligent action,” and this is still our primary objective.

In our educational programs, we accomplish this through a foundation of data analytics, technology, and experiential learning. Regardless of whether you come here to study Arts Management or Information Security or anything in between, your experience will be built on these elements.

Our research programs are best described as data-intensive social science. Our economists, statisticians, operations researchers, computer scientists, and management experts sit side by side, collaborating constantly and not sitting in traditional departmental silos. For this reason, they are able to approach complex societal problems in an altogether different way.

The unique co-location of our two schools, the School of Public Policy and Management and the School of Information Systems and Management, offers opportunities for collaboration that simply cannot be duplicated elsewhere. We also offer two groundbreaking Joint Degree Programs with the CMU College of Fine Arts. Our faculty and students know that exciting things happen when disciplines collide, when differing perspectives come into contact with one another. 

I encourage you to throughly explore this website, not only to learn more about our programs, but to find stories about the impact that members of the Heinz community have had on the world through groundbreaking research and projects, professional accomplishments, and entrepreneurial ventures.

We hope that someday you will join their ranks. 

Ramayya Krishnan
Dean, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy
William W. and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems
Carnegie Mellon University

Information Systems and Management

Public Policy and Management

College of Fine Arts Joint Degrees