Campus news in brief

Ticking metronome causes bomb scare

Police closed down a section of Fifth Avenue between Shadyside and Squirrel Hill on Friday after a resident of the 5600 block called 911 to report a package in her building making an “audible ticking” sound. When the resident found the ticking package, she tossed it out the window of the apartment building.

Lillian Reape, a senior electrical and computer engineering major, said that the police did not let her leave her Fifth Avenue apartment building during the incident. “There is a man yelling through a megaphone at people who go outside or are too close to the window,” Reape said during the scare, which took place around 1 p.m.

The package, which was a gift, turned out to be a metronome. The police did not find any explosives.

Kedia, Tayur donate $1 million to CMU

Alumna Gunjan Kedia (TSB ‘94) and her husband, Ford Distinguished Research Chair and professor of operations management in the Tepper School of Business Sridhar R. Tayur, recently gave $1 million to Carnegie Mellon. The pair’s donation will support the construction of the David A. Tepper Quadrangle, an expansion of campus stemming from a $65 million donation from David A. Tepper announced last November.

In a joint statement quoted in a university press release, Kedia and Tayur said, “Our 20-plus years of association with the Tepper School and Carnegie Mellon have been rewarding, both professionally and personally. We are excited to contribute toward and to be a part of the new Tepper Quadrangle, and we look forward to many more decades of being engaged with the university.”

Bob Dammon, dean of the Tepper School of Business, said he was thankful for Kedia and Tayur’s gift. “In terms of business and entrepreneurship, Gunjan and Sridhar are highly accomplished professionals. In terms of education, they have been outstanding supporters of the school over the years, and we appreciate their commitment to the future of business education,” Dammon said in a university press release. “I feel privileged to have had Gunjan as a student in my class and to watch the success that she has earned throughout her career. Sridhar is a wonderful faculty colleague and a highly respected and accomplished researcher and entrepreneur. They are both an inspiration to me and the entire Tepper School community.”

Kedia earned her MBA from Carnegie Mellon with distinction at the Tepper School in 1994. She currently serves as executive vice president of State Street Corporation’s Investment Services division. Previously, Kedia worked at the Bank of New York Mellon and McKinsey & Company, as well as at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Kedia is also on the Business Board of Advisers for the Tepper School.
Tayur has worked on the Tepper faculty since 1991 and, in 2000, he founded SmartOps, a supply chain management company. He served as its CEO until 2012.