Campus News in Brief

Researchers study manufacturing

The third annual International Conference on MicroManufacturing will be held at Carnegie Mellon Sept. 9–11, drawing over 100 researchers from several different countries to discuss manufacturing techniques for new miniature devices designed for industry. The conference is chaired by Burak O. Ozdoganlar, an associate professor in mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon.

The conference will focus on possible methods by which to fabricate 3-D microsystems. Conference attendees will discuss their success in “developing manufacturing and measurement methods to bridge the nano and human scales, and therefore transforming micro- and nano-technology from the laboratory to practice,” according to a Sept. 3 university press release.

The conference is a response to the increasing demand for miniature devices in several industries, such as the medical and aerospace industries. Examples of such devices include minimally invasive surgery equipment, implantable medical devices to monitor heart problems, and micro robots used in aerospace projects. Much of the demand is the result of the baby boom generation growing older and increasingly susceptible to heath complications, according to Ozdoganlar.

The conference is sponsored by national companies Aerotech, Inc., Kennametal Inc., Microlution, LLC, and Performance Micro Tool.
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University honors Last Lecture

Carnegie Mellon has planned a special event to honor the late Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon computer science professor who received worldwide acclaim for his Sept. 2007 “Last Lecture.”
The event will be held in Rangos Hall at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22.

Pausch died July 25 of pancreatic cancer. He was 47 years old and left behind his wife and three young children.

The memorial, formally titled “Remembering Randy: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Randy Pausch,” will feature tributes by several of Pausch’s friends and colleagues.

Attendance at the event is by invitation only, but students will be able to watch a live streaming broadcast on The university encourages students, faculty, and staff to come together and watch the webcast. In addition, the video of Pausch’s original “Last Lecture” is available on YouTube.

Pausch received his doctorate in computer science from Carnegie Mellon in 1988. He joined the faculty in 1997 and is best known for co-founding the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) and creating Alice, a pioneering educational software tool.