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Zuckerberg visits CMU, answers questions from students, faculty

Mark Zuckerberg speaks briefly to members of the press before his discussion with students on Tuesday. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Operations Manager) Mark Zuckerberg speaks briefly to members of the press before his discussion with students on Tuesday. (credit: Celia Ludwinski/Operations Manager) Credit: Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon Media Relations Credit: Courtesy of Carnegie Mellon Media Relations

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, visited Carnegie Mellon as part of his East Coast recruiting tour on Tuesday. In his first trip to the university, Zuckerberg spoke to groups of faculty and students. Over 1,000 audience members filled Wiegand Gym in the University Center and overflow seating was available in McConomy Auditorium.

The invitation-only event began with Provost and Executive Vice President Mark Kamlet and School of Computer Science Dean Randy Bryant welcoming Zuckerberg to the university. Associate Dean Mark Stehlik, the primary undergraduate adviser for computer science students, joined Zuckerberg on the stage to moderate the event.

Although Stehlik began the discussion by asking Zuckerberg about his decision to include Carnegie Mellon in the select three colleges he visited, along with MIT and Harvard, the majority of Tuesday's event consisted of Zuckerberg responding to preselected questions from students.

"We have a lot of Carnegie Mellon alums at Facebook, and a lot of them are some of our best engineers," Zuckerberg said at an informal press meeting before his speech. "When we organized this trip to go see a few colleges, Carnegie Mellon was at the top of the list."

"Facebook looks for real entrepreneurial folks," Zuckerberg continued. "People who are trying to have a big impact on the world, and who have the ability to look at any of 100 different problems at once and say, 'this is the one we need to solve'.... And thats really what the biggest thing we look for. That and really good technical skills."