Campus News in Brief

Technology Review magazine selects CMU professor as one of its 35 ‘top innovators’

Christopher Bettinger, an assistant professor of materials science and biomedical engineering, has been selected by Technology Review magazine as one of the world’s 35 top innovators under the age of 35.

Bettinger was selected by a panel of judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review, who evaluated more than 300 nominations.

In October, Bettinger will join the other honorees to discuss their achievements at the Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT. “This is a tremendous honor for me as I continue to hone my skills and research for developing technologies that will improve the field of medical devices and the patients these devices serve,” Bettinger said in a university press release.

Bettinger has worked in the fields of materials science and biomedical engineering for more than 10 years. His research aims to better integrate medical devices with the human body. Bettinger has been developing synthetic materials that mimic soft tissue and biodegradable electronics.

“Technology innovation is key to driving growth and progress in the areas of research, medicine, business, and economics,” said Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief and publisher of Technology Review, in a press release. “We look forward to profiling and working with these technology leaders each year.”

CMU Silicon Valley campus introduces new and accelerated entrepreneurship program

Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley campus has launched an accelerated entrepreneurship program that is designed to promote Internet-based and technological innovations and push them into the national economy. Students enrolled in the program will work on projects alongside industry partners and prestigious guest speakers.

Classes begin Monday following a mandatory eight-day innovation “boot camp” designed to challenge students to think outside of the box and act decisively. The program mixes technical and business skills through its 12-month, full-time schedule.

The entrepreneurship program follows Carnegie Mellon’s recent “Greenlighting Startups” initiative, a group of five organizations created to help students, faculty, and alumni further spread their innovations into the marketplace.

“There is this perception that the greatest innovation in Silicon Valley comes from 20-something, college drop-outs with cool ideas who are creating the next billion-dollar companies in their garages,” said Ray Bareiss, director of educational programs at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, in a university press release. “Becoming an entrepreneur not only requires a good idea; it also requires the ability to build a winning team.”