Campus News in Brief

H&SS announces graduate teaching award recipient

Faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences honored English Ph.D. candidate Necia Werner with the 2007 H&SS Graduate Student Teaching Award, the college announced on March 13. The award is presented annually to a graduate student who has demonstrated exceptional scholarship and the ability to inspire the undergraduate students he or she teaches.

Werner has taught numerous undergraduate classes in technical and professional writing, an opportunity that is only afforded to a few graduate students who have proven that they are capable of such independent teaching. During her tenure at Carnegie Mellon, she has taught 76-271: Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing, 76-270: Writing for the Professions, and 76-101: Interpretation and Argument.

The college noted Werner’s ability to effectively challenge and inspire students while maintaining an organized and sequenced curriculum. She is also an asset among her colleagues, her department reported, and often shares teaching tips and materials with fellow Ph.D. students.

In her own research over the past several years, Werner has contributed to the development of new materials on intercultural communication, ethics in professional writing, science writing, and the effects of visual and verbal elements on the way people perceive professional and technical documents overall.

Werner, a native of Wisconsin, received a B.S. in English and psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1997. She received her M.A. in rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon in 2002, and subsequently entered Carnegie Mellon’s Ph.D. program. Werner currently serves as assistant director of Carnegie Mellon’s undergraduate and master’s programs in professional and technical writing, according to her website.

Dean of CIT Khosla receives industry award

Pradeep Khosla, dean of the Carnegie Institute of Technology, was honored with the Cyber Education Champion Award by the Business Software Alliance, the university reported in a March 7 press release.

The award recognizes educators who promote the importance of innovation in technology, cyberethics, and intellectual property rights. Khosla received the award in a celebration in Washington, D.C., on March 6.

The Business Software Alliance, which represents software and hardware companies worldwide, chose Khosla as this year’s award recipient because of his progress in creating a new approach to the relationship between universities and industry in terms of research and development.

In addition, Khosla contributed to the founding of Carnegie Mellon’s Cylab, an interdisciplinary initiative in information technology. He also developed international graduate student programs, in the process establishing Cylab Athens, Cylab Korea, and Cylab Japan.

Cylab Japan, which opened in 2005 and offers an M.S. in information technology, graduated its first class on March 20, according to a March 13 university press release.
Khosla received his M.S. and his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in 1984 and 1986, respectively. He joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1986 as an assistant professor of robotics and electrical and computer engineering. He became the dean of the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 2004.