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12th class at CMU’s Silicon Valley campus graduates; PARC chief executive speaks

Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley Campus graduated its twelfth class on Sunday, Aug. 10. At the ceremony, 70 students received their graduate degrees, 39 in software engineering and 13 in software management.

Stephen Hoover, chief executive officer of PARC, a research and development company owned by Xerox, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Hoover earned his master’s degree in 1989 and his Ph.D. in 1994 from Carnegie Mellon, both in mechanical engineering.

Hoover holds seven patents and leads PARC’s business and research across disciplines. PARC works to develop innovations with a wide array of companies, including Fortune 500 companies, startups, and government agencies, according to a university press release.

Before the ceremony, students showed their research and projects during the fifth annual Tech Showcase.
Past keynote speakers have included Ed Frank, a then-vice president at Apple, and Scott Dietzen, chief executive officer of Pure Storage.

Carnegie Mellon established its Silicon Valley campus in 2002 in Mountain View, California.

The Silicon Valley campus offers full- and part-time master’s degrees in software engineering and software management.

Carnegie Mellon purchases duplex for graduate students, visiting faculty

Carnegie Mellon purchased a duplex on Forbes Avenue in July to house graduate students and visiting faculty members, according to Larry Lee, associate dean of student affairs for operations.

One portion of the duplex, 5222 Forbes Ave., will provide visiting faculty with short-term housing. Lee said the university provided short-term housing in an apartment at 5216 Forbes Ave. and saw a high demand for its use.

The Allegheny Office of Property Assessments recorded the sale of 5216 Forbes Ave. to Carnegie Mellon on June 1, 1998. The university bought the house for $75,000. Carnegie Mellon is still listed as the owner of the location.

“The 5222 Forbes Ave. space will help to meet the need our departments have expressed for cost-effective, short-term housing close to campus,” Lee said via email. He said that renovations of the location should be completed during the fall semester.

Lee said the second location, 5224 Forbes Ave., will house graduate students, with renovations already completed.

The County Office of Property Assessments recorded the sales for both 5222 and 5224 Forbes Ave. on June 4 with prices of $250,000 each.