Carnegie Mellon University

I hope you are having a blast of a summer! I have so many updates from The Cave I want to share with you!

To start, with the help of Alumni Advisory Board (AAB) member Mario Riveros (MSE 2013) and the MSE Student Leadership (MSELi) group we have revised the career preparation offerings for current students. Mock Interviews will return but with a slight change. This year we plan to limit Mock Interviews to October. Students will still have an option for Behavioral, Architecture & Design, and Coding interviews but will be limited to choosing only two. We hope this change will eliminate no-shows and help students narrow down the interview skills they need the most help with. We invite you to volunteer to conduct mock interviews and help students get their dream jobs.

In June, we held a successful job search panel featuring alumni and recent graduates: Linda Wu (MSE-SE 2017), Patrick Milholland (MSE 2004), Su-Ting Chuang (MSE 2022), Boby Robert (MSE 2022), Chirag Vijayvargia (MSE-SS 2022), and Alec Yu (MSE 2022). The panelists shared valuable insights on the current tech job market. Along with the well-received internship information session and internship panel, this event provided great value to our students. Given the enthusiasm and engagement, we plan to host these career-focused events again next year to continue helping our students navigate the job search process.

This year we are implementing a new pricing structure for the capstone projects to include non-profit organizations. Project sponsorships offer organizations an incredible opportunity to connect with our bright students and faculty. Developing relationships with these talented individuals early in their careers is a great way to foster an organization's talent pipeline. In fact, last year four students were hired by their project sponsor! Sponsors also gain new technology solutions or product ideas developed to tackle specific problems. 100% sponsor satisfaction and a 50% return rate are definitely our bragging points! There are only a few spots left for Studio Projects that start in January 2024. Email me if your company is interested in participating.

In faculty news, we are sad to announce the retirement of Matt Bass after nearly 15 years of teaching Architectures and serving as a mentor for the capstone projects. Matt was not only a faculty but also a graduate of the program. Matt is beloved for his engaging lectures and passion for mentorship. We wish him a fulfilling retirement!

With Matt's departure, we are now hiring for multiple faculty positions. Please help us spread the word to qualified candidates who would be a good fit for our supportive teaching community. Consider applying yourself! We have a history of hiring alumni with a passion for teaching: Matt Bass, Tony Lattanze, Mel Rosso-Llopart, Sujata Telang, and Scott Pavetti, to name a few.

As always, we love highlighting alumni career milestones, so please keep your stories coming! Wishing everyone an inspiring season ahead.



Read the entire Summer 2023 Newsletter.