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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 among 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 students 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 thoroughly 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

Dean's Advisory Council

The Dean’s Advisory Council is a trusted group of alumni and friends of Heinz College who are committed to the College’s success. Members of the Advisory Council are critical to Heinz College’s mission and growth, meeting regularly with Dean Krishnan and Heinz College’s senior leadership team. These individuals bring considerable expertise and lend their resources, networks, time, and talent to improve Heinz College’s visibility and capacity for innovation.

Keith Block
Carnegie Mellon University Trustee
CMU - Class of 1984

Sumit Chowdhury
Founder, GAIA Smart Cities
CMU - Class of 1998

Erin Dalton
Director, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
CMU - Class of 2003

Kimberly Ellison-Taylor
Chief Executive Officer, KET Solutions, LLC
Board Director, Speaker, Coach
CMU - Class of 2006

Jeffrey Ganek
Founding Partner, Blazar Ventures
CMU - Class of 1975

John D. Graham
Professor of Risk Analysis and Decision Science
Indiana University
CMU - Class of 1985

Michael Hanley
Chief Security Officer, GitHub
CMU - Class of 2010

Kathryn Heidemann
President and CEO
Cleveland Institute of Art
CMU - Class of 2004

Nathan Houser
Chief Operating Officer
Deloitte Consulting Central Europe
CMU - Class of 1997

Steve Joachim
Chair, Board of Directors
Global Legal Identifier Foundation (GLEIF)
CMU - Class of 1975

Anne Lewis
Board Chair & Co-Owner
Oxford Development Company
CMU - Class of 1990

Renee Mauldin
Chief People Officer, project44

Madhuvanti Pawar
Managing Director
SMB Ads Solutions, Analytics and Engineering
CMU - Class of 2005

Miles Reidy
Partner, QED Investors
CMU - Class of 1986

Snehal Shah
Associate Dean, Academics & Research
SPJIMR SP Jain Institute of Management & Research
CMU - Class of 2001

Beverley Wheeler
Director, D.C. Hunger Solutions
CMU - Class of 1978

Nancy Wolk
Program Director, The Conference Board
CMU - Class of 1980