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Jonathan Cagan appointed director of innovation and entrepreneurship

Recently, Jonathan Cagan — the George Tallman and Florence Barrett professor of engineering and co-director of the Master of Product Development program — was appointed the director of innovation and entrepreneurship for the College of Engineering.

“I am quite excited about leading new activities that bridge engineers to other disciplines on campus and to promote entrepreneurial and innovation activities and education,” Cagan said in a university press release. “Carnegie Mellon has a long history of innovation in research and strong success in commercialization of these successes. There is an opportunity within the College of Engineering to more explicitly teach students the skills necessary to succeed in product, technology, and service innovation, and the ability to develop new businesses around those innovations. I also look forward to exploring more synergies with our Silicon Valley campus, and leverage the Silicon Valley environment to promote new innovation potential.”

Cagan has written four books about product development and holds several patents addressing computational design and products. Cagan is also a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has received numerous awards, including seven Best Paper awards and at premier engineering design research conferences, the 2007 College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, the 2002 Teare Teaching Award, and the 2000 Dowd Teaching Fellowship.

James H. Garrett Jr., dean of the College of Engineering and Thomas Lord professor of civil and environmental engineering, supports Cagan’s appointment and lauds his contributions to Carnegie Mellon’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.

“In this new post, Jon will seek to bring greater visibility to all aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship in the college,” Garrett said in a university press release.

CMU announces CS prize recipients

“We are pleased to recognize the outstanding research achievements of Doug James and Pat Hanrahan,” said Randal E. Bryant, dean of the School of Computer Science. “Although the two prize winners were selected independently, they both have made major contributions to the field of computer graphics. Their work has yielded many benefits, ranging from more realistic animation for Hollywood movies to improved modeling and visualization of real-world systems and new approaches to high-performance computing.”

James, an associate professor of computer science at Cornell and former assistant professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon, will receive the Katayanagi Emerging Leadership Prize and a $5,000 honorarium, and will deliver a lecture at 4 p.m. this Thursday in the Gates Hillman Complex’s Rashid Auditorium.

James is an Academy Award recipient and shared the 2012 Technical Achievement Award for his role in developing Wavelet Turbulence software, which generates realistic swirling smoke and fiery explosive effects used in more than two dozen popular movies.

Hanrahan, the Canon USA professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford University, will receive the Katayanagi Prize for Research Excellence and a $10,000 honorarium, and will give a lecture at 4 p.m. on Sept. 26 in Rashid Auditorium.

Hanrahan, in addition to Academy Awards and three university teaching awards, has received the Spirit of America Creativity Award, the SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, the SIGGRAPH Stephen A. Coons Award, and the IEEE Visualization Career Award.

“Both the winners are very active and innovative leaders in the field of computer graphics, which has a big impact on our rapidly evolving modern society,” said Hiroyuki Kameda, dean of the Tokyo University of Technology School of Computer Science. “Their activities in both research and education are helping to make our daily lives more comfortable and more sustainable.”