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[BOLD]Former envoy to Africa joins faculty[BOLD]

Carnegie Mellon has recently welcomed Jendayi Frazer, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs under the George W. Bush administration, onto the university staff.

Frazer has become a distinguished public service professor in both the department of social and decision sciences and in the H. John Heinz III College’s School of Public Policy and Management.

In her time with the State Department, Frazer was instrumental in several diplomatic arrangements. She has assisted with reconciliation efforts in Somalia, with the 2007 post-election Kenyan debates, in discussion with Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, and in the establishment of democratic governments in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Before she was appointed as the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Frazer served as U.S. ambassador to South Africa and special assistant to the president and senior director of African affairs at the National Security Council.

Prior to joining the Bush administration, Frazer was a public policy professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

She also has experience teaching at the University of Denver and serving as a guest fellow at Stanford University, where she obtained her bachelor’s in political science and African studies, her masters, and, ultimately, a Ph.D in political science.

[BOLD]University gains research partner[BOLD]

In January, Lockheed Martin announced a research partnership with Carnegie Mellon in the development of its OMEGA services, an enterprise planning network.

Throughout the calendar year, Lockheed Martin will be funding $640,000 of research at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center. Lockheed Martin picked the university for its ability to combine innovative technologies with systems engineering concepts, and hopes to see the fusion of the two in their software.

OMEGA is not only an enterprise planning service, but also assists in management, optimization, and integration capabilities. Lockheed Martin plans to update this software with the help of Carnegie Mellon’s patented Synthetic Interview tool.

The interview device transforms database information into a video persona with which the person accessing it can have a conversation. Carnegie Mellon will add to the system and interview tool with modeling and simulation analysis that it has already put to the test in video gaming advances.

Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center was the brainchild of late Carnegie Mellon computer science professor and inspirational speaker Randy Pausch.