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I DEAS T HAT SHAPE Y OURWORL D ST ARTHERE

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R E P O R T

2014–15


Our Vision

Our Values

Carnegie Mellon University will

Dedication: reflected in our distinctive work ethic and in our commitment to excellence.

have a transformative impact on society through continual innovation in education, research, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

Our Mission

Impact: reflected in our commitment to address critical issues facing society regionally, nationally, and globally. Collaboration: reflected in our interdisciplinary approach, our focus on internal and external partnerships, and our capacity to create new fields of inquiry.

Creativity: reflected in our openness to new ideas and forms of expression, intellectual curiosity, willingness to take risks, and entrepreneurial spirit. Empathy and Compassion: reflected in our focus on improving the human condition and on the personal development of the members of our community.

To create a transformative educational experience for students focused on deep disciplinary knowledge; problem solving; leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills; and personal health and well-being.

Inclusion: reflected in a culture and climate that seeks,

To cultivate a transformative university community committed to (a) attracting and retaining diverse, world-class talent; (b) creating a collaborative environment open to the free exchange of ideas, where research, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship can flourish; and (c) ensuring individuals can achieve their full potential.

Integrity: reflected in our adherence to the highest ethical standards in personal and professional behavior, and in our commitment to transparency and accountability in governance and everything we do

To impact society in a transformative way—regionally, nationally, and globally—by engaging with partners outside the traditional borders of the university campus.

welcomes, and advances talented minds from diverse backgrounds.

Sustainability: reflected in our shared commitment to lead

by example in preserving and protecting our natural resources, and in our approach to responsible financial planning.


Table of Contents 6From the President

40 Student Affairs

8From the Dean

48 Government and Corporate Affairs

10 Highlights

52 Admission

14 Academics

58 Marketing and Public Relations

22 Programs of Study

66 Operations and Administration

32 Research

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Annual Report 2014-15

From the President Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar continues to stand as an illustration of CMU’s dynamic global capacity. CMU-Q’s contributions in the biological sciences, computational biology, business administration, computer science and information systems create new possibilities and new solutions in health care, education, policy, basic science and social connections. In the past year, CMU-Q graduated its largest class to date, accepted its largest number of Qatari students and saw record enrollment in its college preview program. The campus hosted Nobel Laureate Finn Kydland, gained new leadership, educated more than 700 participants in its Executive and Professional Education Program, and received multiple grants. None of this would be possible without the commitment and leadership of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, whose inspirational vision for the future is grounded in the expansion of educational opportunity for all people. We are also deeply grateful for the generous support of Qatar Foundation, and for the thoughtful stewardship of Dean Ilker Baybars. This annual report details the events and accomplishments of CMU-Q over the past year, and outlines directions for its continued growth. I congratulate you on what you have accomplished so far, and I look forward to seeing what the next 10 years will bring.

Subra Suresh President Carnegie Mellon University

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From the Dean The 2014—15 academic year marked the beginning of the second decade for Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. During our first 10 years in Education City, we focused on building the foundation: academic excellence, community partnerships, research and innovation. As we begin this new phase in the life of Carnegie Mellon Qatar, we look to enhance each part of the institution to better serve our students and our partners at Qatar Foundation. We began the year with a record enrollment of 427 students, a diverse group representing 40 nations. Our academic programs were more robust than ever, with new course offerings and several new and visiting teaching professors contributing their expertise to an already exceptional faculty. Carnegie Mellon Qatar continued to offer a dynamic slate of extracurricular opportunities to challenge and inspire our students. An exceptional roster of lecturers spoke, offering different perspectives and insights. Students participated in competitions, research symposia and outreach efforts to apply their theoretical knowledge in practical environments. Students also created clubs and embarked on service learning trips to expand their interests and give back to the community. In May, the Class of 2015 graduated in front of an audience of 1,200 dignitaries, faculty members, family and friends. These 104 young men and women join an impressive alumni group who are now working at top organizations like General Electric, Qatar Gas and Exxon Mobil, or furthering their studies at distinguished graduate schools worldwide. After more than a decade of partnership with Qatar Foundation, we continue to have one common goal: to educate leaders whose passion for innovation will shape Qatar, the region and the world. It is this shared vision that will shape the next decade for Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.

Ilker Baybars Dean and CEO Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar


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Highlights

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Year kicks off with record enrollment

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Carnegie Mellon Qatar opens its 11th year with a record enrollment of 427 students, including 108 first-years who are formally welcomed at the annual convocation ceremony.

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CMU experts talk about technology

Four experts from the Pittsburgh campus convene for the Dean’s Panel on Cyber Security. The panel is under the patronage of H.E. Staff Major General Saad Bin Jassim Al Khulaifi, director general of Public Security, Ministry of Interior.

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Justine Cassell, associate vice-provost for technology strategy and impact, speaks to students about the Simon Initiative. Takeo Kanade, U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, speaks about new active augmented reality.

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Students learn about innovation in education and banking Carnegie Mellon’s Mark Kamlet, University Professor of Economics and Public Policy, discusses the tremendous impact that technology-enhanced learning will have on higher education. Abdulla Saleh Al Raisi, CEO of Commercial Bank of Qatar, presents a Dean’s Lecture on how the bank strives to stay ahead of its competitors.

Panel explores cyber security

Student presents award-winning research Biological sciences student Umm-Kulthum Umlai receives Best Student Poster, Energy and Environment, for her discovery of a novel bacteriophage from a sand sample in Qatar at Qatar Foundation's 2014 Annual Research Conference.

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Class of 2009 celebrates five years Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s Class of 2009 reconnects at a five-year reunion held at the W Hotel in Doha.


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Students compete in Hackathon

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Hassan Al Thawadi encourages innovation with Challenge 22

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American School of Doha wins Botball More than two hundred high school students from Qatar go head-to-head in Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar’s annual Botball competition. This year’s winning team hails from the American School of Doha.

Students become graduates Before an audience of 1,200 dignitaries, family members and friends, Carnegie Mellon Qatar graduates its eighth class with 104 students representing 19 countries.

Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, delivers a Dean’s Lecture on Challenge 22, a competition to nurture promising ideas and innovation in Qatar.

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CMU-Q welcomes back Nobel Laureate Nobel Laureate Finn Kydland (2004) delivers a Dean’s Lecture highlighting the importance of long-term government policies to ensure economic stability in the US and Europe. Professor Kydland teaches a spring course in macroeconomics, his second time teaching undergraduate students at the Qatar campus.

CMU-Q hosts the third national Hackathon, challenging university students to use their programming skills to create novel digital applications. Hackathon is organized by the student club CarnegieApps and sponsored by iHorizons.

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Record enrollment in college preview program A record number of 76 high school students attend the ninth annual Summer College Preview Program, an experience to prepare students for the type of programs and academic rigor of college.


Academics The CMU education begins with a broad introduction to the liberal arts and sciences during the first semesters, a focus on major core classes in the middle semesters, and deepening and broadening of scope in the last semesters through advanced electives. This approach has been a hallmark of CMU since the introduction of the Carnegie Plan for Education more than 60 years ago.

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total courses offered

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enrolled students

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420,000 eBooks available through the library

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Academics Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar provides a world-class education in Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Computational Biology, Computer Science and Information Systems. Graduation requirements for students on the Qatar campus are identical to those in Pittsburgh. While challenging math and statistics courses hone analytical skills, exposure to different disciplines and their respective approaches to problem-solving deepens students’ abilities in critical thinking. An active discussion of ethics cuts across academic areas, with an emphasis on nurturing professionals who respect society and one another. First-rate leadership and teamwork skills grow out of an interdisciplinary environment that requires exceptional communication skills both within and across areas of academic expertise.

Our faculty Carnegie Mellon Qatar has a world-renowned faculty, with all professors full members of the Carnegie Mellon University faculty. Broadly, faculty members fall into two groups: those with a primary appointment in Pittsburgh who have agreed to teach in Qatar for varying lengths of time; and those with a primary appointment at Carnegie Mellon Qatar. Distinguished visiting scholars add expertise and insight to an already exceptional teaching roster. A well-functioning institution requires a mixture of different educators. Faculty from Pittsburgh helps maintain a living connection between the two campuses, while Qatar-based faculty provides continuity and stability for a healthy local academic environment. See Appendix 5 for a full list of faculty members during the 2014–15 academic year.

In support of its major programs, Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Computational Biology, Computer Science and Information Systems, CMU-Q offered 92 courses in fall 2014 and 101 in spring 2015, for a total of 193 courses. These included courses in the major areas of study, as well as general education requirements for the four colleges at CMU that house the major programs offered in Qatar. General education courses include mathematics, science, statistics, architecture, English, history, philosophy, languages and psychology.

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Overview of academic programs and coursework

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● Biological Sciences ● Business Administration ● Computer Science ● Information Systems

Distinguished lectures

New courses

Richard M. Cyert Distinguished Lecture in Business Management

Biological Sciences

Financial Markets: Algorithms and Humans in the Matrix

• Stem Cell Engineering (Special Topics)

• Cellular Neuroscience

Business Administration

Minor programs

BNY Mellon Professor of Finance and head, Master of Science in Computational Finance Program, Carnegie Mellon University

• Arabic and Islamic Studies • Architecture • Biology • Business Administration • Computational Biology • Computer Science • Contemporary Media • English Studies • Ethics • Global Systems and Management • History • Information Systems • Mathematical Sciences • Professional Writing

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● Business, Statistics and Economics ● Computer Science ● Information Systems ● Biological Sciences and Chemistry

The average class size was 19 students.

In addition to the major degree programs, CMU-Q offers a number of minors that typically consist of six courses that provide a substantial exposure to the core of that academic discipline. In 2014–15, CMU-Q added a minor in psychology, which includes topics in biology, cognitive psychology, social psychology and health psychology.

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• Stochastic Modeling and Simulations • Marker Design

Information Systems • Healthcare Analytics and Big Data

John Patrick Crecine Lecture in Social Sciences

Technology-Enhanced Learning and the Future of
Higher Education

Mark Kamlet University Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

• Technologies in Service Design • Human Centered Design Studio • Design Fundamentals II • Practicum in Information Systems

General Education • Architectural Rapid Prototyping for Non-Architects • Research Methods in Social Psychology

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Collaborative efforts within Education City Carnegie Mellon Qatar continued to take a leading role in developing programs, courses and extracurricular activities that span the Education City institutions. Eighty-six students from other universities took classes at CMU-Q, an increase from 40 students during the previous academic year ● Thirty-seven CMU-Q students took courses at other Education City universities ●

CMU-Q continues to collaborate with the Academic Bridge Program to prepare students for admission into degree programs

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Supplemental instruction sessions for first-year calculus

More than one hundred undergraduate course assistants hired and trained as tutors

Success initiatives targeting academically at-risk students

A presentation on the importance of academic integrity

A new Facebook page to enhance communication

Library The library continues to support, enable and participate in the development of the Carnegie Mellon community through discovery, creativity and the open exchange of ideas.

With Northwestern University in Qatar, CMU-Q jointly offered a Contemporary Media Studies minor

In addition to lending thousands of print books, magazines, newspapers, iPads and eReaders, the library provided digital access to more than 420,000 eBooks and 460 research databases and related online tools. Librarians held research and information literacy workshops throughout the year.

Academic support The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers learning support and tutoring to help students improve their study skills and achieve their academic potential. While nearly half of those who use ARC services are first-years, academic support is available to students throughout their time at CMU-Q, including:

The Academic Resource Center

Workshops to address important topics like creating a semester calendar and taking lecture notes

General education General education courses provide foundation skills and curricular breadth for students in all of Carnegie Mellon’s majors. With more than twenty faculty members offering courses in Arabic, architecture, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology, Spanish and statistics, students have a wide selection of options for minors and elective coursework. General education courses are a requirement for all majors, ensuring that the major specializations are complemented with a solid grounding in the liberal arts and sciences.

Highlights Enrichment activities General education organized several activities, including the QF Forum, a monthly lecture series featuring professors from across Qatar Foundation; the annual Brain Bowl quiz; a book club to discuss Tahir Shah’s In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams; and a study trip to Salamanca, Spain, for students who had completed beginning and intermediate Spanish.

Language Bridges English program This year saw the seventh class of Qatar Foundation service workers graduate from the English program run by the Language Bridges student club. The club is sponsored by Silvia Pessoa, associate teaching professor of English, and Qatar Foundation’s Reach Out to Asia charity. General education research The general education faculty is active in research in the fields of language pedagogy and education, migrant labor studies, communication studies, graphic design, psychological effects of health conditions and mathematical modeling. Faculty members within general education had seven ongoing National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) projects in 2014–15. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Dudley Reynolds, teaching professor of English, became president-elect of the TESOL International Association, a professional group with more than 13,000 members in more than 150 countries. Major publications Benjamin Reilly, associate teaching professor of history, had his third book, Malaria, Agriculture and Slavery in the Arabian Peninsula, accepted for publication by Ohio University Press.

Marion Oliver, teaching professor of mathematics, discusses Tahir Shah’s In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams


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Academic achievement

Graduation

Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards Based on outstanding academic performance, a graduate from each program received the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar celebrated its eighth graduation ceremony on May 4, 2015, the largest in the Doha campus’ history. One hundred and four graduates representing 19 countries were awarded their diplomas in front of family members, friends and the university community. CMU’s interim provost, Nathan Urban, delivered the keynote address.

• Bilal Ghassan Jaradat, Biological Sciences • Tanzeel Huda, Business Administration • Sabih Bin Wasi, Computer Science • Sama Kanbour, Information Systems Qatar Campus Scholars Awarded to graduating seniors who best exemplify academic excellence inside and outside of the classroom. • Lana Al-Kahala • Tanzeel Huda • Sabih Bin Wasi • Sama Kanbour Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar Lana Al-Kahala was named the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Scholar, selected to represent her class in service and leadership. Andrew Carnegie Scholars are graduating seniors who embody CMU’s high standards of academic excellence, volunteerism, leadership or involvement in student organizations. Since its inception in 1975, the program has recognized nearly a thousand students.

Graduates by program 2014–15

Senior Student Leadership Awards • Vanessa Fernandes, with distinction • Tarek Alhariri, with distinction • Hassan Al-Malki, with distinction • Mohamed-El Amin Benkermi • Ma. Francine Lo Hernandez Dinglasan • Ahmed Hashmi • Lana Al-Kahala • Mohammed Al-Matwi • Lamana Mulaffer • Amalan Roshan

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Meritorious Teaching Award Muhammad Fuad Farooqi, assistant teaching professor of finance, for his remarkable dedication to undergraduate teaching.

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Dean Ilker Baybars and Lana Al-Kahala, 2015 Andrew Carnegie Scholar and Qatar Campus Scholar

“It is with great pride that I extend my congratulations to the Class of 2015. You have exemplified Carnegie Mellon’s traits of hard work, collaboration across disciplines and innovation.” Ilker Baybars Dean and CEO, CMU-Q

“There is the student whose campaign against reckless driving will save lives. Another wanted to host websites; now his startup is employing our undergraduates. Almost all of us had ideas cooking for a long time as daydreams, but Carnegie Mellon gave us the courage to pursue them.” Abdelrahman Haroun Student speaker, Class of 2015


Programs of Study CMU-Q offers undergraduate programs in fields at the forefront of technology, innovation, scientific discovery and economic growth: Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Computational Biology, Computer Science and Information Systems. All undergraduate majors require four years of full-time study, after which students earn a bachelor of science degree.

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Business Administration students

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Computer Science students

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Annual Research Conference where student Umm-Kulthum Umlai won Best Student Poster, Energy and Environment. Students are now using computational analysis to identify the bacteriophage and important genes in the genome. The ultimate aim is to identify the use of indigenous bacteriophage for possible uses in water sanitation and the treatment for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Increased laboratory space Work began on renovations that will create more teaching and research laboratory space on the third floor of the CMU-Q building. This space will be used for student laboratory work, with a separate section dedicated to faculty and student research that includes a Biosafety Level 2 tissue culture area.

Programs of Study Biological Sciences

Highlights

Carnegie Mellon’s degree in Biological Sciences provides students with intellectual breadth and depth of exposure to modern research biology. Carnegie Mellon partners with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar to offer bachelor of science degrees in Biological Sciences and Computational Biology. Students enter the program as either Carnegie Mellon first-years or transfer students from the two-year premedical program at Weill Cornell. The transfer students spend two additional years at CMU-Q, and all graduating students receive their degrees from Carnegie Mellon.

Air quality monitoring station The research of Terrance Murphy, teaching professor of chemistry, led to Education City’s first air quality monitoring station that measures pollutants, ground level ozone, nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide. The station also measures current weather conditions, and data will be available online in near-real time for the public, academia and industry. This project included work by two Biological Sciences students who presented their findings at the Meeting of the Minds research symposium and won the undergraduate research award.

The Biological Sciences program is built upon a multidisciplinary core curriculum consisting of biology, chemistry, computer science, computational biology, mathematics and physics. This approach provides an education that is both flexible and integrative, allowing students to select courses according to their talents and interests, as well as teaching them how to tackle complex scientific problems in an interdisciplinary manner. Biological Sciences graduates are well-positioned to become leaders and innovators in research, technology and medicine.

Bacteriophage research The Biological Sciences program is studying bacteriophages, a focus that has been incorporated as part of an undergraduate research experience as well as a first-year laboratory course called Phage Genomics Research. As part of this research, students analyzed sand and soil samples in Qatar and the US and isolated bacteriophages from these samples. The findings were presented at Qatar Foundation’s 2014

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Student accomplishments The university admitted a strong class of 12 first-year students in Biological Sciences, four of whom were accepted into a research program on the main campus this summer. Several rising juniors and seniors traveled to Pittsburgh this summer to explore independent research in areas such as structural biology and neuroscience. Other students secured internships at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in various fields, including genetic counseling. In May 2015, the program graduated four students: three were accepted to medical school, and one is working for Sidra Medical and Research Center. An alumna from the Class of 2013 was accepted into a PhD program at Yale University.


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The Future of Finance Nineteen students, enrolled in the BA, IS and CS programs, traveled to London to visit both traditional and start-up firms in the financial sector. The companies included: Thomson Reuters, Studentfunder, the Finance Innovation Lab, Royal Bank of Scotland, Trillion Fund and Wells-Fargo. Student Honors Thesis Lana Al-Kahala, “Including market-based metrics into capital adequacy requirements: A comparative study.” Student achievements Quick Startup 2015 CMU-Q students Rukhsar Neyaz, Sabih Bin Wasi, Noor-Ul-Huda Admaney and Abdul Jabbar Mir Ali Khan from College of the North Atlantic – Qatar, won Quick Startup 2015 with their mobile application, Basket, designed to help prevent food waste. Quick Startup is CMU-Q’s national business competition, sponsored by Qatar National Bank. CMU-Q’s Umair Qazi was on the second-place team.

Business Administration

Highlights

The Business Administration program is based on the curriculum of the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon. The school’s legacy is closely tied to our pioneering work in introducing management science to the marketplace and business school arena.

New business laboratory While the core requirements of the Business Administration program prepare students with general knowledge required in all business careers, tracks provide a comprehensive focus related to specific functional specialties.

The undergraduate program’s success is based on a rigorous academic curriculum, rich in the technical aspects of management. It has a global focus that emphasizes quantitative decision-making and an analytical approach to problem-solving.

The finance track strengthened its ties with the local community and international database providers by setting up SMARTLab (Securities Markets Analytical Research and Trading Laboratory), which is designed around big data, data visualization and analytics relevant to both the local and global financial community. This laboratory also hosts a working paper series for financial research.

Management science—the academic alternative to the case study method—has its roots in analytical decision-making in complex, dynamic business environments. Its prevalence and popularity has had sweeping effects: Today, nearly all leading business schools include some form of the Carnegie Mellon management science model in their curricula.

Internal Case Competition Tarek Alhariri, Sanjeet Sahni, Shashank Shetty and Muhammad Suhaib won first place in the CMU-Q Internal Case Competition. Second place went to Saad Asim, Medina Ali, Sampriti Jain and Fazail Ahmad from CMU-Q, and Annie Huang from the Pittsburgh campus.

Faculty additions from CMU Pittsburgh This year, students were fortunate to have Nobel Prize winner Finn Kydland, The Richard P. Simmons Distinguished Professorship and University Professor of Economics, Carnegie Mellon University, teach advanced macroeconomics at CMU-Q. The economics component has also been strengthened with the arrival from CMU Pittsburgh of Onur Kesten, associate professor of economics, who is an expert in experimental economics, game theory and mathematical economics. Strengthening community ties In collaboration with Qatar Airways, the Business Administration program organized the first digital marketing challenge in which students competed to develop the best campaign for Qatar Airways. This also opened the door for a new internship. As well, students in marketing developed marketing plans for local companies such as Regency Travels, Qatar International Adventures and the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al-Thani Museum. John O'Brien, associate dean, associate professor of accounting

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Business Administration Tracks • Entrepreneurship • Finance • General Management • Manufacturing Management and Consulting • Marketing Shell Enterprise Challenge CMU-Q placed first and second at the Shell Enterprise Challenge, a business simulation competition. The winning team included business administration students Saad Ahmed, Hassaan Ijaz, Muhammad Suhaib and Mohammad Taimoor Zahid and computer science student Zeeshan Hanif. Second place went to business administration students Razan Abunaba, Fazail Ahmad, Wadha Al-Khori, Farha Khan and Osama Qureshi. Al Ruwad Regional Business Case Competition CMU-Q won first place at the Al Ruwad competition at College of the North Atlantic – Qatar. The winning team included Tarek Alhariri, Sanjeet Sahni, Shashank Shetty and Muhammad Yousuf Akhlaq.


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Kemal Oflazer, associate dean, research, teaching professor of computer science

Computer Science The Computer Science program at CMU-Q follows the curriculum of the main campus: a solid core of computer science coursework combined with a minor in a second subject to gain depth in another area of study. Since computing is a discipline with strong links to many fields, the minor requirement provides students with unparalleled flexibility.

Highlights Alice in the Middle East Saquib Razak, assistant teaching professor of computer science, continued his work introducing Alice into Qatar schools. Alice is educational software developed at Carnegie Mellon that teaches computer programming to school-aged children. The software was piloted in six schools in Qatar.

Alice in the Middle East software

CS4Qatar The Computer Science program has continued to increase awareness of computer science—a fundamental part of Qatar’s Vision 2030—among school-aged children. In addition to outreach talks at eight schools, faculty delivered workshops to more than two hundred students at CS4Qatar events. CS4Qatar and CS4Qatar for Women provide the opportunity for high school students to learn about computer science topics such as programming and computational thinking.

CS4Qatar, a hands-on workshop for high school students

Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) The Computer Science program has continued to collaborate with researchers from QCRI. Faculty members Iliano Cervesato, Khaled Harras, Kemal Oflazer and Thierry Sans have been engaged with QCRI in several projects on security, natural language processing, and multimedia content dissemination. Student honors thesis Sabih Bin Wasi, “SenTweet: Interactive, real-time Twitter sentiment analysis using machine learning models.”

Student accomplishments In the fifth annual Gulf Programming Contest, CMU-Q teams placed second and third. The second-place team included Naassih Gopee, Dilsher Ahmed and Zeeshan Hanif. The third-place team included Aliaa Essameldin, Qasim Nadeem and Zihan Zhou. Several seniors secured acceptances to graduate programs in prestigious schools such as Carnegie Mellon and Stanford University.


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New faculty New associate teaching professor Chadi Aoun brought expertise in information systems sustainability. He is the head of SIGGreen, a research group that received the designation of Outstanding Special Interest Group for 2014 from the Association for Information Systems. Student honors theses Aisha Al-Missned, “Voices of Al-Khor: A study in digital culture heritage.” Nihal Fathima, “Analysis of innovation entrepreneurship in the Arab world.” Student achievements Ameera Tag won first place at SAP InnoJam in Germany. Information systems students Ibrahim Soltan, Maher Khan and Shashank Shetty, along with business administration student Yousuf Akhlaq, won the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2015 competition for Qatar.

Alexander Cheek, assistant professor of information systems

Information Systems The Information Systems program at Carnegie Mellon is an internationally recognized undergraduate major for students who want to design and implement information support solutions. Graduates of the program are ideally situated to take leading roles in shaping the information-based future. The Information Systems program offers four content areas, each adapted to specific skills and professional needs: social and global information systems; user-centered information design; computing and information systems and technology; and applied informatics.

Highlights New courses The program developed its design content area significantly by adding four more courses: Design Fundamentals I and II, Technologies for Service Design, and a Human-Centered Design Studio. The course Healthcare Analytics and Big Data was also introduced to complement the applied informatics content area. Undergraduate Conference in Information Systems, Pittsburgh Eleven students presented research and networked with students from CMU and other universities. Jiyda Mint Moussa, Maher Khan, Ibrahim Soltan and Syed Hassan Mehdi won the Most Promising Research award.

State-of-the-art labs The program has a human computer interaction lab with technologies like eye-trackers, face-readers, Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets and usability testing applications. As well, there is an undergraduate information systems lab that includes sophisticated design applications, along with networking and security software and hardware. Partnerships The program multiplied its connections with the community, partnering with organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce, THIMUN, Qatar Airways, Dell, SAP, General Electric, Al Rumailah Hospital, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Japanese Embassy and MADA (Qatar assistive technology center). To increase students’ preparedness for the workplace, CMU-Q offered a practicum in information systems for course credit. Companies that offered internships for course credit were: Vodafone, Gulf Business Machines, Qatar Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, and Q-Host.

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Health care analytics and big data Divakaran Liginlal, full teaching professor of information systems, developed a new cutting edge course in health care analytics and big data. The course explores how health care analytics help to re-engineer the complex processes that drive return on investment and lower medical costs, particularly how the big data revolution is accelerating value and innovation in health care. Students learned about health care business intelligence (BI), including hands-on lab experience, as they discovered how data quality and governance improve health care, as well as the architectural implications of BI, technology management and how BI facilitates evidence-based medicine and effective clinical decision support.


Research Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar fosters an energetic and innovative research environment for faculty, staff and students. CMU-Q encourages a collaborative approach, with faculty principal investigators often working with colleagues at the home campus, major research centers around the world, institutions within Education City, and organizations in Qatar University and Hamad Medical Center.

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proposals to NPRP, 5 grants awarded, combined budget of approximately 4.5 million USD

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seed research awards since 2004

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Research Faculty research Most faculty members contribute to the CMU-Q body of work through studies funded by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and internal seed research funds. Funded projects fall within the core disciplines of Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Computational Biology, Computer Science and Information Systems, as well as complementary areas like mathematics, languages, environmental science and social sciences.

The National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) Qatar Foundation established the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) in 2006 as part of its ongoing commitment to establish Qatar as a knowledge-based economy. The QNRF’s most important funding program, the NPRP, supports the mission to advance knowledge and education with an emphasis on the four pillars of the Qatar National Research Strategy: • Energy and Environment • Computer Sciences and ICT • Health and Life Sciences • Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

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CMU-Q awards from the eighth NPRP cycle • “Development of Novel Antibiotic, Antiparasitic, and Anticancer Agents,” Gordon Rule, professor of biological sciences • “Towards Mobile Opportunistic Cloud Computing: Enabling Generic Computational Offloading to Extreme Heterogeneous Entities,” Khaled Harras, associate teaching professor of computer science, in collaboration with Mostafa Ammar and Ellen Zegura of Georgia Institute of Technology • “SLATE-Q: Scaffolding Literacy in Academic and Tertiary Environments: The Case of Communication in Information Systems,” Silvia Pessoa, associate teaching professor of English, in collaboration with Ahmar Mahboob of University of Sydney and Ryan Miller of Kent State University • “New mathematical models for the large strain swelling response of biological tissues: Applications to Edema, Inflammation, and Pregnancy,” Hasan Demirkoparan, associate teaching professor of mathematics, in collaboration with Thomas Pence of Michigan State University • “Testing English Reading Comprehension through Deep Text Analysis and Question Generation,” Kemal Oflazer, associate dean of research, teaching professor of computer science, in collaboration with Teruko Mitamura of Carnegie Mellon University Language Technologies Institute For a complete list of NPRP-funded projects, see Appendix 6.

Khaled Harras, associate teaching professor of computer science (left), demonstrates his research on cyber-physical systems that use unmanned aerial vehicles

The NPRP typically supports research projects performed collaboratively with local and international institutions. CMU-Q submitted a total of 24 proposals to the eighth cycle of the NPRP. Of these, five proposals with a combined budget of approximately 4.5 million USD were awarded grants, for an acceptance rate of 21 percent. This compares favorably to the 14 percent acceptance rate for this cycle across institutions. Since the inception of NPRP, faculty from Carnegie Mellon Qatar have submitted 212 proposals, of which 48 received funding.

of faculty development and enhances the environment for undergraduate research. Sixty-six awards have been granted since the program began in 2004. Seed grants • “Sequencing of bacteriophages specific to ecology in the region,” Annette Vincent, assistant teaching professor of biology

Seed research projects

• “Growth, Risk and Basel III: Implications for Islamic and Conventional Banking in the Middle East,” John O’Brien, associate dean, associate professor of accounting

Research seed funds encourage long-term faculty members to explore new areas of research and obtain preliminary data that can develop into NPRP proposals. Our high success rate in obtaining NPRP awards attests to the importance of seed funding. As well, this program is an important component

• “Green Information Systems for Smarter Cities: Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Development,” Chadi Aoun, associate teaching professor of information systems

• “Acquisition of a Flow Cytometry Analyzer,” Mohamed Bouaouina, assistant teaching professor of biological science


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Dean Baybars at Meeting of the Minds

Student research

Meeting of the Minds

Research is an important part of the undergraduate educational experience at CMU-Q, with students engaging in independent studies, senior and honors theses, summer internships, and as junior researchers on funded projects.

Meeting of the Minds is part of the commitment to research on both the Pittsburgh and Qatar campuses, and an integral part of our students’ education. During the annual Meeting of the Minds event, students showcase their research within CMU-Q and to government, business and academic leaders.

Student-Initiated Undergraduate Research Program (SIURP) SIURP encourages students to engage in summer research under the mentorship of a faculty member. The program awards up to $4,000 for research that is conducted on campus. SIURP grants • “Software Defined Networking in Wireless Networks,” Muhammad Ahmed Shah • “Multi-interface Device-to-Device Communication in the Internet of Things,” Aliaa Essameldin Ahmed • “Effect of the initial conditions on the interfacial and bulk dynamics in Richtmyer-Meshkov instability under high energy density conditions,” Arun Pandian and Mohamed Hassan • “Detecting Common Vulnerabilities in Qatari Websites,” Aseel Ghazal • “Experiments with Semantic Compositionality of Distributed Semantic Descriptions,” Naassih Gopee • “Testing the Graceful Tree Conjecture,” Qasim Nadeem

Meeting of the Minds is an undergraduate poster competition. A committee composed of CMU-Q faculty and external experts judges posters on appearance, organization, content, originality and significance of results. Meeting of the Minds awards, 2014–15 Best project • First Place: “Particulate Air Pollution in Qatar and the Air Quality Index,” Syed Abbas Mehdi and Nourhan ElKhatib Faculty Advisor: Terrance Murphy, teaching professor of chemistry • Second Place: “Metis: Smart Academic Planner for College Students,” Rukhsar Neyaz and Sabih Bin Wasi Faculty Advisor: Mark Stehlik, teaching professor of computer science • Third Place: “Bacteriophage Diversity in the Ecology of Qatar,” Umm-Kulthum Umlai Faculty Advisor: Annette Vincent, assistant teaching professor of biology

Best poster • “Designing Qatar’s Infrastructure in a Human Centered Way,” Noshin Anjum Nisa Faculty Advisor: Alexander Cheek, assistant teaching professor of information systems Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics Awards Winners were selected by Dr. Barak Yehya, Expert, Institutional Development at the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, for projects that were closely aligned with the Qatar National Vision 2030. Dr. Yehya attended on behalf of the minister, His Excellency Dr. Saleh bin Mohammed Al-Nabit. Undergraduate poster awards • “Particulate Air Pollution in Qatar and the Air Quality Index,” Syed Abbas Mehdi and Nourhan ElKhatib Faculty Advisor: Terrance Murphy, teaching professor of chemistry • “Designing Qatar’s Infrastructure in a Human Centered Way,” Noshin Anjum Nisa Faculty Advisor: Alexander Cheek, assistant teaching professor of information systems • “Voices of Al-Khor: A Study in Digital Culture Heritage,” Aisha Al-Missned Faculty Advisor: Divakaran Liginlal, full teaching professor of information systems

Postgraduate poster awards • “Alice in the Middle East: Learning Computational Thinking in K–12,” Huda Gedawy, research associate, computer science; Saquib Razak, assistant teaching professor of computer science • “'Arabiyyatii: An Innovative Technology-Based Curriculum for Teaching Arabic to Native Speakers,” Hanan Alshikhabobakr; Zeinab Ibrahim, teaching professor of Arabic; Pantelis Papadopoulos, Aarhus University; Andreas Karatsolis, MIT Qatar National Research Fund monetary awards Winners were selected by QNRF-affiliated external judges. • “Alice in the Middle East: Learning Computational Thinking in K–12,” Huda Gedawy; Saquib Razak, 5000 QAR • “A Step Towards the Treatment of Tuberculosis,” Sherif Mostafa; Maryam Aghadi, 3000 QAR Faculty Advisors: Annette Vincent, assistant teaching professor of biology; Valentin Ilyin, associate teaching professor of computational biology For a complete list of projects, see Appendix 7. For a list of CMU-Q's partners, including the external judges for Meeting of the Minds, see page 87.


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A comparison of the impact of Basel III on Islamic and conventional bank growth in the Gulf State Region The team • John O’Brien, associate dean, associate professor of accounting, CMU-Q, principal investigator • Muhammad Fuad Farooqi, assistant teaching professor of finance, CMU-Q, principal investigator Funding Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar seed fund The project Since the 2008 global crisis, banks are facing regulatory changes under the Basel III Accord. These changes have significant implications for both Islamic and conventional

Alice in the Middle East research team

Research highlights Alice in the Middle East: Learning computational thinking in K–12 The team • Saquib Razak, assistant teaching professor of computer science, CMU-Q, principal investigator • Wanda Dann, senior systems scientist, CMU, principal investigator • Don Slater, assistant teaching professor of computer science, CMU, principal investigator • Huda Gedawy, CMU-Q, Class of 2012 • Islam El-Aasser, CMU-Q student • Layan Azem, CMU-Q student • Omar Ashour, CMU-Q student • Osama Ali, CMU-Q student • Umair Qazi, CMU-Q student • Rohith Pillai, CMU-Q student Funding Qatar National Research Fund, National Priorities Research Program

The project Alice in the Middle East targets middle-school teachers and students in the region. The overall goal is to adapt the Alice 2 software for the Middle Eastern culture with locally-inspired 3-D models, develop new instructional materials, and test the effectiveness of the Alice approach at the middle school level. The Alice approach uses program visualization to teach analytic, logical and computational thinking, problem-solving skills and fundamental programming concepts. Impact During the academic year 2014–15, the Alice-based computing curriculum was used in one private school and two independent schools in Qatar. CMU-Q provided different levels of support to each school, organizing three workshops to train teachers and providing students with Arabic textbooks in Alice to help them understand the concepts. In 2015–16, CMU-Q will work in collaboration with the Supreme Education Council to expand the adaptation of the Alice curriculum to four more private schools. CMU-Q is developing an English textbook for these schools, to be completed before classes begin in September. The Supreme Education Council will also use the Alice-based curriculum in 11th grade in six schools.

Adapting Alice 2 software for the Middle East culture

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banking sectors. The Islamic banking sector faces additional constraints that arise from a smaller set of financial products for managing the proposed liquidity requirements. As a result, important general questions face Islamic banking. We analyze both Islamic and conventional banks to identify and interpret systematic behavior associated with each. Impact We identify key differences in the risk-return profiles for Islamic and conventional banks, as well as develop a market-based measure that offers predictive ability to signal bank stress. Our research will help develop our understanding of Islamic financial markets and help authorities design more effective policies. More important, it will contribute to Qatar’s vision to gain leadership in this space and emerge as a true center of excellence in the field of Islamic finance.


Student Affairs The Student Affairs office supports students’ intellectual and personal growth, helping them explore the different aspects of college life. With a broad commitment to success in and out of the classroom, Student Affairs provides a framework for metacurricular experiences across a number of areas including community engagement, service, leadership development, intercultural and global learning, and personal wellness.

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student clubs

91

international students

400

people attended International Day

32

students went on the Doha-to-Pittsburgh exchange program

60%

of 2015 grads studied abroad while at CMU-Q

40

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Student clubs, 2014–15 • Adventure Club • Association of Information Systems Student Chapter – Qatar • All Around student newspaper • Andrew Model United Nations • Arab Student Association • Basketball • Biological Sciences Club • cmBA – Carnegie Mellon Business Association • Carnegie Mellon Desi Club (Indian culture) • CMFA – Carnegie Mellon Finance Association • Carnegie Mellon Qatar Cricket Club • Carnegie Apps (Hackathon) Tarnival, the CMU-Q winter carnival for students, faculty, staff and alumni

• Computing Club • Debating Society

Student clubs Student organizations create opportunities for growth and promote campus involvement and university citizenship. Student Affairs provides support, ongoing training opportunities and leadership resources. The most popular student-led event of the year was once again the Tarnival (Tartan carnival), hosted by the student government to showcase the wide range of student clubs and organizations.

Qatari Day organized by the Qatari Student Association

• Dreamers (motivation, goal-setting) • Female Fitness Club* • Football • Gaming Club • Helping Hands* (community outreach) • International Student Outreach

Student Affairs

• Language Bridges (teaching English to workers)

Service learning

First- and second-year programs

• Qatari Student Association

• Indonesia: Business Administration student Valerie Garcia led the Tartans Without Borders trip to Bali to volunteer at local schools. • Ethiopia: Student Affairs ran a 10-day trip to Addis Ababa, where students worked on various renovation projects at a local orphanage.

All first-years are eligible to participate in GPS, a seven-week leadership seminar. This year, students could further their experience by participating in a four-day excursion to Jebel Akhdar and Muscat, Oman, which included outdoor activities and first aid training and certification.

• Strength Training Club*

‘‘The Sophomore Experience” was a retreat focusing on academic, personal and career balance. The class also participated in several lunches where students could connect with advisors and learn about leadership opportunities.

• The Big Movement (men’s health)

• Nepal: Students spent 10 days building a house in central Nepal for a struggling family. • Thailand: Business Administration student Amalan Roshan led a two-week trip to Chiang Rai, where students worked in rice fields and built foundations. • Service Fridays are an opportunity for students to volunteer at local organizations.

• Music Club • Muslim Student Association • Performing Arts Society of CMUQ

• Table Tennis Club • The Badminton Club

• IMPAQT (Initiating Meaningful Pittsburgh and Qatar Ties) • Today You Learned (sharing knowledge) • Volleyball * New Club CMU-Q students on a service learning trip to Nepal


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International Day

IMPAQT Exchange Program

Health and Wellness

Personal development

International Education

Campus exchange

The Health and Wellness Office supports the physical health and well-being of students by developing educational programs and serving as a liaison between students and health care resources in Qatar.

Student Affairs provides a supportive environment that promotes personal and academic success. Counseling and consultation services enhance student development and quality of life by attending to students’ personal, emotional, spiritual, interpersonal and mental well-being.

International Education offers programs and activities that help students with diverse backgrounds develop greater cultural awareness.

Thirty-two students from the Qatar campus studied at the home campus. In the Class of 2015, more than 60 percent studied abroad at some point during their time at CMU-Q.

The office promotes a healthy campus environment while respecting the student body’s diverse personal values and wellness needs. Programming is delivered in collaboration with the Qatar community and through partnerships with other universities in Education City. Peer Health Advocates are volunteers who help increase awareness of health issues and promote healthy choices.

Highlights The CMU-Q community was invited to participate in the ‘‘Step into Health Program,” a 14-week Education City-wide competition. 
 The office helped organize a football match between faculty and staff, alumni, and students to coincide with Qatar’s National Sports Day.

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Mental well-being initiatives included student workshops that promote holistic wellness; Stress Recess, activities and relaxation zones during final exams; depression and eating disorder screenings; and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment. The university fosters the development of female students through educational sessions, one-on-one mentoring, networking opportunities and leadership development. Activities include: a semester-long program to promote personal growth and intercultural exploration, including a trip to Morocco; a five-week women’s leadership seminar; Stand Up, Speak Out, an Education City-wide event to highlight domestic violence; and a lunchtime workshop to discuss women’s issues.

CMU-Q welcomed 27 new international students from Bangladesh, Morocco, the UK, Kenya, India, Nepal, Somaliland, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the USA. Team members assisted with the transition to living away from home, facilitated immigration procedures and provided a variety of activities throughout the year. International Education organized events to highlight diversity, including Pizza and Politics, an open environment for students to share their points of view, and Diversity Diaries, a forum for faculty, staff and students to share diversity-related experiences. The hallmark event was International Day, a celebration of CMU-Q’s diversity. More than four hundred people attended the activities, which included performances from students, staff and faculty, a potluck food festival, cultural dress and poster sessions.

IMPAQT Exchange Program IMPAQT (Initiating Meaningful Pittsburgh and Qatar Ties) strengthens the partnership between the Qatar and Pittsburgh campuses by sending 10 students per campus on a spring break exchange.

Pizza and Politics topics • Men and women can never be equal • The Kashmir issue • The Israel-Palestine issue


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Dress for Success business fashion show

• Technology and construction • Financial services and management consulting

Full-time employment: Members of the Class of 2014 reported that they were employed at companies such as McKinsey and Company, Bain and Company, Silatech, Ooredoo, Sidra, ExxonMobil, General Electric, RasGas, Qatar Gas, Shell, Commercial Bank of Qatar, Al Jazeera and Qatar Financial Center. Six members of the class enrolled in graduate programs in Kings College of London, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University and University College London.

70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0

2014

• Engineering

Internship: Students completed internships at both local and multinational companies, including Deloitte, Shell, General Electric, PricewaterhouseCooper and QatarGas.

80

2013

• Oil and gas

Employment

90

2012

• Media, communication and public relations

Career development staff across Education City organized a successful inaugural career fair. Ninety-two companies participated representing seven industry sectors. Student attendance reached 730, of whom 230 were from CMU-Q.

2011

Career Connection is a series of presentations by industry to share their profiles, hiring needs and professional development tips with the CMU-Q community.

• Public sector

Employment Status of Graduates

2010

Approximately one hundred students met with Career Development staff to discuss topics like identifying career interests, résumé writing, and interviewing and job search strategies. Programming included employer presentations, class round-up discussions, a business fashion show and alumni panel discussions.

• Education and research

Education City career fair

2009

Programming and instruction

Industry sectors at the Education City career fair

2008

The Career Development office provides self-assessments, educational programming, access to employers and experiential learning opportunities for students and alumni. This year, the office conducted strategic outreach to employers to make meaningful connections and identify internships and full-time jobs for students and alumni.

Sama Kanbour, CMU-Q 2015, begins her career at General Electric

Number of graduates

Career Development

47


Government and Corporate Affairs Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar is committed to supporting Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and the Qatar National Development Strategy 2011–2016 as the nation works to develop its people, society, the economy and the environment. The office of Government and Corporate Affairs facilitates these efforts by building strategic partnerships with government and non-governmental organizations across multiple sectors.

4

new Memoranda of Understanding

6

Dean’s Lectures

755

professionals in Executive Education

31

participating organizations

12

different Executive Education courses


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Government and Corporate Affairs Government and Corporate Affairs develops initiatives related to strategic studies, scientific research, scholarships and postgraduate employment opportunities for students. It also organizes executive training courses, seminars, conferences, joint workshops and community service programs to enhance national capacity-building efforts.

Dean’s Lecture Series

The office developed several new partnerships, welcomed a variety of distinguished speakers to campus, and delivered executive and professional education courses to the highest annual number of participants to date.

• “The future of technology-enhanced learning in a global context”

New Memoranda of Understanding

• “Innovation in banking”

Qatar First Bank Ahmad Meshari Muhaidi Acting Chief Executive Officer Maersk Oil Qatar Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al-Thani Deputy Managing Director KPMG Jamal Fakhro Managing Partner Qatar Stock Exchange Rashid bin Ali Al-Mansoori Chief Executive Officer

• “Smart headlight: A new active augmented reality that improves how the reality appears to a human” Takeo Kanade, U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, CMU

Justine Cassell, associate vice provost for technology strategy and impact, co-director, Simon Initiative, CMU Abdulla Saleh Al Raisi, CEO, Commercial Bank of Qatar • “Shell: Innovating to become the preferred energy partner for Qatar” Wael Sawan, managing director and chairman, Qatar Shell Companies • “The challenge of 22: Inspiring the region’s innovators” Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy • “What ails Europe and the United States?” Finn Kydland, Nobel Laureate (2004), The Richard P. Simmons Distinguished Professor of Economics,
CMU

Rashid bin Ali Al-Mansoori, CEO, Qatar Stock Exchange, with Dean Ilker Baybars

Jamal Fakhro, managing partner, KPMG, with Dean Ilker Baybars

Dean’s Leadership Series

Courses offered

• “Financial Attention” Duane Seppi, BNY Mellon Professor of Finance, Tepper School of Business, CMU

• Business negotiation and conflict resolution: Benjamin Collier, David Gray

Dean’s Panel on Cyber Security Under the patronage of H.E. Staff Major General Saad Bin Jassim Al Khulaifi, director general of Public Security, Ministry of Interior Moderator: Farnam Jahanian, vice president of research, CMU Panelists: Paul Nielsen, director and CEO of Software Engineering Institute, CMU

Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al-Thani, deputy managing director, Maersk Oil Qatar, with Dean Ilker Baybars

• Cross cultural management: Emin Civi • Decision-making in groups and organizations: Benjamin Collier, John Gasper • Design for management and organizational change: Ludmila Hyman, Alexander Cheek • Dynamic organizational leadership: S. Thomas Emerson, Starling Hunter • E-business strategies: Tridas Mukhopadhyay

Richard Pethia, director of CERT program, co-director of CyLab, CMU

• Introduction to data-driven computer security: Daniel Phelps, John Gasper

Virgil Gligor, co-director of CyLab, CMU

• Informing business decisions through market research: Peter Stuettgen, John Gasper

Executive and professional education

Ahmad Meshari Muhaidi, acting chief executive officer, Qatar First Bank, with Dean Ilker Baybars

• Business strategy and tactics: S. Thomas Emerson, Stephen Vargo

Carnegie Mellon Qatar enhanced its ties with government and industry through a series of executive and professional education courses delivered by faculty to organizations with which the university has built strategic partnerships. Four hundred and fifteen professionals from government agencies and 340 professionals from corporations in Qatar attended courses on campus.

• Managing groups and teams: Benjamin Collier • Quality: Innovation, service and leadership: Sham Kekre • Valuation and investment management: John O’Brien, Fuad Farooqi


Admission At Carnegie Mellon, every applicant is treated as an individual. The university applies a holistic approach to the admission process in which all facets of an applicant are considered. Among the considerations are academic performance, exam scores and extracurricular activities. We seek students who embody our core values of dedication, collaboration, entrepreneurship, compassion, diversity and integrity.

766

applications

245

admissions

108

first-year students enrolled

21

organizations sponsoring CMU-Q students

673

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Schools represented in the fall 2014 first-year class

800

40%

Applications

Admission

300

26%

36%

35% 30%

30%

100 0

38%

37%

30%

2009

2010

2011

800

800

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33% 26%

36%

35% 30%

30%

31%

34%

200 100 0

38%

37%

30%

2009

2010

2011

32%

2012

32%

2013

33%

2014

Applications

40%

33%

2012

32%

2013

33%

2014

120 700 33% 300 600 100 40% 250 25% 18% 500 20% 33% 30% 80 19% 36% 19% 200 26% 400 38% 35% 34% 60 22% 37% 37% 29% 23% 150 31%30% 36% 48% 30% 49%300 36% 40 36% 28% 45% 34% 100 46% 200 45% 20 32% 45% 43% 50 37% 39%30% 39% 100 38% 33% 32% 34% 28% 32% 33% 0 26% 31% 0 0

Admissions Enrolled

600

37%

32%

48%

0

20 0

Al Bayan Educational Complex for Girls

M.E.S Indian School

Al Eman Independent School

Maple Leaf International School

Al Furqan School

Memon High School

Al Khor International School

Mesaieed International School

Al Maha Academy

Middle East International School

American Academy School

Modern Indian School

American School Of Doha

Omar Bin Al Khattab

American School of International Academics

Park House English School

Amna Bint Wahab School

Punjab College Of Science

2013 2014 2009 2010 2010 2011 2011 2012 2009 2010 2011 2012 2009 2012 2013 2014

Qatar Academy

120

33%

37%

33%

35%

31%

34%

Forman Christian College 25% 18% 20% 30% 37%

31%

36%

Hassan Ibn Tabit School 2009 2010 2011 2012 Home-schooled

33%

32%

2009

2010

33%

30%

49%

20%

18%

Symbiosis International School

37%

37%

43%

2011

19% Roots School System 19% Sri Lankan School 60

43%

45%

39%

39%

2011

2012

2013

2014

37%

2013

Qatar Resident

2014

International

20

The Cambridge School 33% The City0School

32%

The Tunisian School 2009 UWC Mahindra College 2010

36%

45%

39%

39%

2012

2013

2014

New students enrolled by major, fall semester 2014 Biological Sciences

120

33%

100 Biological Sciences 80 19% Business 41 29% 23% Administration150 60 31% 34% Computer 48% 100Science 4027 46% 45% Information 50Systems 2027

200

36%

11 22%

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36%31%

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45% 28% 43% 39% 34% 39% 32% 33% 33% 32% 26% 0 31% 0 first-year students, In addition to first-time, 2009 2010 2011 2011 201220122013 2013 2014 2014 2009 2010 2013four 2014 transfer students were enrolled. 32%

33%

25%

31%

300 250

30%

Tariq Bin Ziyad Secondary School

Global Academy International 32%School32%

38% Gulf English 37%School

Rabaa Aladwya School

40Quest Program49% TAMU-Q

36% English Modern School

37%

Qatar100 International School

48%

30%

19%

Qatar Canadian School

80

Dukhan English School 30%

200 100

Learning Alliance School

26% Doha College

300

19%

Lahore Learning Campus

Al Arqam Academy

Qatari 900

33%

60

34%

40

900

700

31%

200

Student recruitment (First-time, first-year students)

Applications

80

33%

Enrolled

400

100

Lahore Grammar School

Al Andalus Secondary School

33% Doha Academy

Enrolled

500

Marhaba Tartans welcome event for prospective students

33%

Admissions

600

37%

Applications

33%

JSerra Catholic High School

Aitchison College

British School Of Kuwait

400

120

Ahmad Bin Mohammed Al-Thani School

Beaconhouse School 40% System

500

700

International School of Choueifat – Doha

Bangladesh MHM High School

600 800

Academic Bridge Program

Bahrain Bayan School

700

900

International School of Choueifat – Abu Dhabi

Enrolled

900

Abaarso School of Science & Technology

Business Administration

11

41 Computer Science Information Systems

27 27

In addition to first-time, first-year students, four transfer students were enrolled.


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Companies sponsoring Carnegie Mellon students Alfardan Group Ali Bin Ali Group Amiri Diwan ExxonMobil Qatar Higher Education Institute ictQATAR Itochu Corporation Maersk Oil Qatar A/S Ministry of Economy and Commerce Oman Embassy Ooredoo Qatar Airways Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO)

Robotics at the Winter Institute

Qatar Foundation Qatar National Bank Qatar Olympic Committee Qatar Petroleum Qatari Diar Real Estate Company RasGas Sidra Medical and Research Center High school students at Tajer – Investment for Qatar

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Pre-college programs Carnegie Mellon Qatar reaches out to the community through pre-college programs that challenge students academically in a fun and interactive setting, and teach them about the majors offered at Carnegie Mellon Qatar, the admission process and career paths.

Summer College Preview Program (SCPP)

Student recruitment

Financial aid

Qatar is the primary geographic focus for student recruitment. The recruitment season began with Discover Education City, hosted by Hamad Bin Khalifa University. More than two thousand people attended the two-night event.

Six types of financial aid are available to CMU-Q students:

CMU-Q cooperated with other Education City campuses to connect with prospective students. Approximately thirty schools visited Education City and some visited multiple times. Twelve schools were invited for special campus visits that included student panels, an admission presentation and tours of the building. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region is our secondary recruitment market. Between September and November 2014, Carnegie Mellon interviewed students in Bahrain, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Dual enrollment with the Academic Bridge
Program To increase the enrollment of qualified Qatari nationals, the university established a joint program between Carnegie Mellon and the Academic Bridge Program in 2011. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to enroll at Carnegie Mellon in one of the university’s degree programs. During the 2014–15 academic year, three Qatari students participated in the program, taking classes in the Academic Bridge Program and freshmen-level courses at Carnegie Mellon.

• Emiri scholarship from the Qatar Supreme Education Council • H.E. Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani Scholarship • Sponsorship from a national company • Qatar Foundation loan • Qatar Foundation scholarship

Modeled after Carnegie Mellon’s highly successful Summer Academy for Math and Science (SAMS), the SCPP program is designed to introduce academically-motivated students to the demanding curricula of selective American universities, including those in Education City. The SCPP takes students through an intensive four-week experience with classes in mathematics and English composition, a hands-on project and SAT/ACT preparation.

Pre-college program participants Summer College Preview Program

70

Biotechnology Explorers Program

42

• Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar scholarship

Botball 223

Three hundred and fifty-four students received financial aid, 28 of whom received funds from both Carnegie Mellon University and Qatar Foundation.

CS4Qatar 90 CS4Qatar for Women

103

Ibtikar Qatar

75

Tajer – Investment for Qatar

47

Winter Institute – Discovering Computer Science

23

Total 673

Botball Botball is a US-based organization that introduces robotics to high school students. Teams are equipped with a Lego® Mindstorm robot; after eight weeks, teams compete to see

whose robot can score the most points. This year’s winning team was from the American School of Doha, and they earned the chance to participate in the Botball World Finals and attend the Global Conference on Educational Robotics in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Biotechnology Explorers Program The Biotechnology Explorers Program is designed to provide secondary school students with a firsthand lab experience observing the nerve cells in a living earthworm.

CS4Qatar CS4Qatar for Students is designed to teach high school students about computer science and how it applies to all aspects of life. CS4Qatar for Women is for female students only. This event was sponsored by RasGas.

Ibtikar Qatar Ibtikar, which means innovation, is an information systems experience for high school juniors and seniors. This year faculty members presented workshops on human-centered design and process.

Tajer – Investment for Qatar Students became financial traders for a day as they experienced live-trading scenarios designed to help them learn how markets work. This event was sponsored by Ezdan Holding.

Winter Institute – Discovering Computer Science A new outreach program invited Qatari students to explore the field of computer science during a weeklong event. Twenty-three students participated in an admission workshop, ACT preparation from the Kaplan Corporation, an introduction to computer science research and a robotics programming workshop.


Marketing and Public Relations Marketing and Public Relations (MPR) extends Carnegie Mellon’s global brand throughout the region by developing creative, integrated communication strategies, working with the media, planning large-scale external events and supporting alumni engagement. The office works closely with the Pittsburgh campus, other Education City campuses and Qatar Foundation to promote all aspects of the university, maintain brand integrity and ensure that messaging is consistent.

5,412 On-Q readers

54

print ads

10,000

people who receive Qview biweekly

7,000

guests attending 50 events

481 alumni

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Marketing and Public Relations Advertising

Publications

The Marketing and Public Relations (MRP) office has developed an advertising strategy to increase awareness of the university in Qatar and the region. This year, MPR introduced a new general advertisement based on the university slogan, “Ideas that Shape Your World Start Here.” The advertisement highlights the university’s global presence, award-winning faculty and alumni, and programs offered in Qatar.

On-Q magazine

The university also developed newspaper advertisements for: • Class of 2015 graduation • Summer College Preview Program (SCPP) • CS4Qatar outreach program For a list of print and online platforms in which CMU-Q advertised, please see Appendix 8.

Social media ad campaign Google AdWords Google AdWords search campaigns were built around key programs at CMU-Q, with a geographic focus on Qatar and the region. Campaigns ran from November 2014 through June 2015.

1,570,000 impressions 22,604 ad clicks

Other printed publications

The office publishes two editions each year of On-Q, the official university magazine. Since many members of our primary audience—alumni, students, parents and community leaders— are non-native English speakers, the magazine is image-heavy with relatively short features and select stories translated into Arabic. Each issue of the magazine was distributed to approximately 4,500 readers. Feature stories • “Introducing Alice,” the work of Saquib Razak, assistant teaching professor of computer science and his team who are creating Alice for the Middle East, a software program that helps children learn computer programming • “Finding Dr. Right,” a website called Meddy that was developed by CMU-Q students and alumni to help people choose doctors and clinics • “In the House,” a profile of CMU-Q graduate Basit Iqbal who works at Qatar Foundation Housing and Residence Life • “Going Global at Google,” featuring CMU-Q alumna and Google software engineer Keghani Kouzoujian • “From Intern to Employee,” highlighting recent graduate Sama Kanbour’s successful internship at GE in Qatar

602 admission leads

Other major undertakings were the editing and design of the 2013–14 annual report and editing Community Impact, a report for Qatar Foundation. The department also supported the creation of various publications for other offices, including a new view book and program handouts for admission, outreach brochures, and Meeting of the Minds Digest.

Qview newsletter

The office continued to create and distribute the Qview electronic newsletter, a hub for sharing news and events with the community. During each semester, Qview went out on a biweekly basis to a list of approximately 10,000 people, including prospective students. Average open rates were 36 percent for the internal community and 22 percent for the external community.

Summer 2015 Fall 2015

14 Winter 20 15 Spring 20

Facebook Facebook campaigns ran from November 2014 through June 2015. Campaigns had two main goals: lead acquisition and brand awareness. CMU-Q reached nearly 16 million unique users and generated 75,000 new ‘‘likes.’’

252,000,000 impressions Summer 2015 / Fall 2015

820,000 clicks 1,297 admission leads

25 admission leads

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Media relations

Highlights

The university continues to have an outstanding relationship with local and regional media. Our events were well-attended by representatives from both Arabic and English media. The office also conveyed new initiatives, major events, and achievements to the local media through press releases and media advisories, distributed in both English and Arabic.

Distinguished lectures Mark Kamlet, University Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, delivered a John Patrick Crecine Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences.

Please see Appendix 9 for a list of press releases and Appendix 10 for press clippings.

Special events Special Events plans and implements standard-setting events that connect the university to the public and key constituents. The Carnegie Mellon brand is tied to all aspects of public events, and its integrity and consistency is a priority. The office works closely with campus departments to provide guidance and resources. More than seven thousand guests attended close to fifty university events this year. To reach a variety of audiences, the university hosted: a cyber security panel discussion with CMU’s renowned faculty, a concert by the university’s senior honor string quartet, CMU-Q’s class of 2009 fiveyear reunion, and general interest and academic lectures by prominent speakers.

Landing page for prospective students

For a list of special events, please see Appendix 11.

Website MPR keeps the university’s web presence current with updated content, event listings and press releases, as well as highlighting noteworthy events, news and information on the homepage.

This year saw a 27 percent increase in visits and a 48 percent increase in unique visitors to the website, due in part to launching a very successful admission campaign that drives visitors to newly created landing pages.

Social media The office uses a variety of social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr and Instagram, to interact and engage with target audiences.

Facebook Likes 2008–09: 900 2009–10: 61,000 2010–11: 186,000 2011–12: 358,300 2012–13: 496,264 2013–14: 510,502 2014–15: 542,958

YouTube Views 2009–10: 8,400 2010–11: 17,000 2011–12: 23,000 2012–13: 31,450 2013–14: 29,055 2014–15: 35,381

Twitter Followers 2010–11: 400 2011–12: 1,200 2012–13: 2,300 2013–14: 3,884 2014–15: 5,596

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Instagram Followers 2013-2014: 560 2014–2015: 1,084

The Carnegie Mellon Honors String Quartet

Duane Seppi, BNY Mellon Professor of Finance, Carnegie Mellon University, gave the Richard M. Cyert Distiniguished Lecture in Business Management. Dean’s Lecture Series Abdulla Saleh Al Raisi, CEO, Commercial Bank of Qatar Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Justine Cassell, associate vice-provost of technology strategy and impact, Carnegie Mellon University Takeo Kanade, U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University Finn Kydland, Nobel Laureate (2004), The Richard P. Simmons Distinguished Professorship, Carnegie Mellon University Wael Sawan, managing director and chairman, Qatar Shell Companies Graduation CMU-Q celebrated its eighth graduation ceremony on May 4, 2015, the largest in campus history. The event took place at the Carnegie Mellon building in Education City.


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Alumni reception with Dean and Mrs. Baybars

Carnegie Mellon alumni event, Dubai

Alumni dhow cruise

Alumni relations

Qatar alumni chapter

Looking Ahead

MPR supports the university by building an alumni culture in the region. This year, alumni attended five events in Qatar: Globally Plaid Alumni Dhow Cruise, Alumni Reception with Dean Baybars, Tarnival, Class of 2009 Five-Year Reunion and an alumni-senior social at the InterContinental Hotel.

MPR coordinated the election of alumni officers for two-year terms.

MPR continues to focus on understanding and responding to the rapid changes occurring in the region. New technologies and platforms to connect with our audiences continue to emerge, and we must stay abreast of these.

For the first time, we held an event outside of Qatar, inviting alumni from the region to a networking reception in Dubai to connect with other Carnegie Mellon alumni.

• Vice president: Amal Osman (Business Administration, 2013)

MPR also brought in alumni for key academic and professional development events, including the Ignite Networking Conference, Hackathon Workshop, Management Game, Internal Business Case Competition and Qatar Foundation initiatives.

The new officers are: • President: Marie-Joe Khachan (Business Administration, 2012)

• Director of communication: Jevika Shetty (Business Administration, 2013) • Director of finance: Abdallah Darwish (Business Administration, 2012)

Major initiatives for the 2015 fiscal year include: • Redesigning the external website, in conjunction with the IT department • Expanding our reach through digital marketing • Refining our social media strategy, focusing on prospective students and influencers, as well as potential employers for our alumni

• Bill Gates stated: “Technology is just a tool.” We must remain committed to building solid relationships with our various publics: prospective students, alumni, government, industry and media.


Operations and Administration Operations and Administration is dedicated to supporting CMU-Q’s core mission of education and research by overseeing the day-to-day business, finance and operations of the campus.

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Operations and Administration Human Resources The Human Resources department supports faculty and staff with employment, immigration services, benefits and allowances, employee relations and staff development. The department also assists employees and their families before and upon arrival, as well as with general work-life matters.

Information Technology Information Technology provides the computing, communication and educational technology environment that support education, research and administration. Our focus is on end-user computing support, technology for teaching and collaboration, and the systems and networks required to deliver reliable enterprise services.

Highlights A lifecycle refresh of the classroom technology was a major focus, with audiovisual systems replaced and technology added to bring high definition projection and video conferencing, lecture recording and annotation capabilities to the classrooms. A new printing service was introduced for students, one that queues jobs until the student swipes his or her ID card to release the printout. The new service has resulted in paper and toner savings, and provides easy printing capability from Android and iOS devices.

HR service areas • Hiring and contract renewal • Recruitment and staffing assistance • Compensation and job classification administration • Policy and procedure development and interpretation • Visa, resident permit, exit permit and driver’s license services • International benefits management • Dependent schooling and tuition benefits administration • Pre-employment and new employee orientation • Relocation and repatriation arrangements • Emergency calling tree, phone directory and distribution list maintenance • Allowance reimbursement administration

Charles E. Thorpe Award winners Named after Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s founding dean, the Charles E. Thorpe Awards are presented each year to staff members who display exceptional teamwork and dedication to the university.

Outstanding innovation

Outstanding newcomer

Service to students

Outstanding dedication to CMU

Doru Meltei Principal Media Technology Design Engineer

Suzanne Dixon Facilities Manager

Christine Gilchrist Academic Program Administrator

Renee Barcelona Human Resources Administrative Coordinator

Outstanding commitment to the community Nada Soudy Research Associate/Project Manager

Information Technology service areas

Facilities Facilities Management provides responsive and efficient delivery of day-to-day maintenance and repair. The department aims to provide a safe and secure environment in which effective teaching, research, working, residential and recreational activities can take place. Facilities service areas • Conference and event support • Building and space maintenance • Service attendants • Transportation services • Mailing and shipping services • Catering • Building security and access control • Faculty and staff housing

• Windows and Macintosh computing lab environment 
 • Classroom and conference room services, including wireless network connectivity, projection and audio systems, IPTV, multi-point video communication, student response systems, and high-definition Telepresence videoconferencing • Key enterprise applications such as Blackboard, e-mail and calendar, and SharePoint 
 • IT Service Desk to provide timely problem resolution 
 • Virtualized Windows and Linux servers, network-accessible storage, and information security monitoring and response 
 • Support for academic and research programs through data center service offerings and participation in the cloud computing program • Support for faculty and staff hardware and software acquisition 
 • Audio/visual planning and support for CMU-Q events 



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Safety and security A core component of safety and security is the Qatar Crisis Preparedness Plan, which ensures that trained professionals are prepared to act decisively in the event of a disaster. The plan has been reviewed and revised, which involved consulting with Qatar Foundation, other Education City universities, the US Embassy and global security contractors. The university continuously monitors global and regional security, and conducts regular risk and threat assessments. CMU-Q has a robust SMS emergency messaging program, allowing almost instantaneous communication with faculty, staff and students. The director also oversaw the handling of waste materials, proper laboratory conditions, and other critical components of the lab safety program. The department obtained certifications for several new labs in the Carnegie Mellon Qatar building.

Finance The finance office supports the university in the areas of accounting and finance, and is a central resource for other operational departments in Qatar, as well as a liaison to Pittsburgh. The Qatar finance office coordinates closely with Qatar Foundation’s finance department and plays a vital role in decision-making, budget control, reporting and planning.

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Appendices Joint Advisory Board members

Meeting of the Minds posters

Senior management team

Advertising campaign

Senior Staff Council

Press releases

Dean’s Academic Council

Press clippings

Faculty members

Special events

NPRP grants

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Press releases

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faculty members, fall and/or spring semester

36

magazine articles

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NPRP grants

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Appendices Appendix 1 Joint Advisory Board (JAB) members 2014–15 Qatar Foundation members H.E. Abdullah Al Kubaisi

Executive Director, Her Highness’ Office

Faisal Al Suwaidi

Appendix 4

Muhammad Fuad Farooqi

Dean’s Academic Council 2014–15

Davide Fossati

Kenneth Hovis

D. Murry Evans

Executive Director, Marketing and Public Relations

Khalid Sarwar Warraich Chief Information Officer

Appendix 3 Senior Staff Council 2014–15

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Selma Limam Mansar

Susan Hagan

Associate Dean Associate Professor, Accounting

Kemal Oflazer

Carnegie Mellon University members Nathan Urban

Dean and CEO

John O’Brien

Marion Oliver

Kemal Oflazer

Dudley Reynolds

Vice President and General Counsel

William Scherlis

Institute for Software Research Professor, School of Computer Science

Duane Seppi

BNY Mellon Professor of Finance, Tepper School of Business

Independent Members N. Balakrishnan

Associate Director, Indian Institute of Science

Gabriel Hawawini

The Henry Grunfield Professor of Investment Banking, INSEAD

Kurt Mehlhorn

Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarland University

Ex Officio Members Ahmed Hasnah

President, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Ilker Baybars

Dean and CEO, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

Appendix 2 Senior Management Team 2014–15

Associate Dean, Research

Selma Limam Mansar Fadhel Annan

Faculty members, fall and/or spring semester 2014–15

Richard Mundy

Chief Operations Officer

Edna Jackson

Director, Dean's Office

Lisa Ciletti

Director, Operations

D. Murry Evans

Executive Director, Marketing and Public Relations

Gloria Khoury

Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Freida Kinney

Director, Human Resources

Aaron Lyvers

Director, Finance

Teresa MacGregor Director, Library

Jarrod Mock

Director, Admission

John O’Brien

Director, Facilities Management

Associate Dean

Paul Read

Meg Rogers

Kemal Oflazer

Director, Research Office

Selma Limam Mansar

Director, Safety and Security

Associate Dean, Research Associate Dean, Education

John Seawright Amy Walker

Fadhel Annan

Director, Career Development

Richard Mundy

Chief Information Officer

Assistant Dean, Government and Corporate Affairs Chief Operations Officer

Teaching Professor, English

Appendix 5

Ilker Baybars Dean and CEO

Teaching Professor, Mathematics

Associate Dean, Education Assistant Dean, Government and Corporate Affairs

Khalid Sarwar Warraich

Assistant Teaching Professor, Economics

John O’Brien

Associate Dean, Research Teaching Professor, Computer Science

Mary Jo Dively

John Gasper David Gray

Ilker Baybars

Associate Dean

Assistant Teaching Professor, Computer Science

Associate Dean, Education Teaching Professor, Information Systems

President of Research and Development, Qatar Foundation

Interim Provost

Assistant Teaching Professor, Finance

Snejana Abarji

Visiting Professor, Physics and Mathematics

Amal Al Malki

Associate Teaching Professor, English

Chadi Aoun

Associate Teaching Professor, Information Systems

Ilker Baybars

Dean and CEO George Leland Bach Chair Professor, Operations Management

Assistant Teaching Professor, Philosophy Assistant Teaching Professor, English

Maher Hakim

Associate Teaching Professor, Entrepreneurship

Mohammad Hammoud

Visiting Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Khaled Harras

Associate Teaching Professor, Computer Science

Erik Helin

Special Lecturer, Spanish

Amal Helu

Visiting Associate Professor, Statistics

Adam Hodges

Visiting Assistant Professor, English

Kenneth Hovis

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Starling Hunter

Visiting Associate Teaching Professor, Business Administration

Kelly Hutzell

Associate Teaching Professor, Architecture

Ludmila Hyman

Assistant Teaching Professor, English

Mohamed Bouaouina

Zeinab Ibrahim

Assistant Teaching Professor, Biological Science

Teaching Professor, Arabic

Stephen Calabrese

Valentin Ilyin

Visiting Associate Professor, Economics

Associate Teaching Professor, Computational Biology

Iliano Cervesato

Lansiné Kaba

Teaching Professor, Computer Science

Distinguished Visiting Professor, History

Alexander Cheek

Christos Kapoutsis

Assistant Teaching Professor, Information Systems

Assistant Teaching Professor, Computer Science

Emin Civi

Sham Kekre

Visiting Associate Professor, International Management

Benjamin Collier

Assistant Teaching Professor, Organizational Behavior

Crista Crittenden

Visiting Assistant Professor, Psychology

Hasan Demirkoparan

Associate Teaching Professor, Mathematics

Distinguished Career Professor, Production and Operations Management

Onur Kesten

Associate Professor, Economics

Niraj Khare

Visiting Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Finn Kydland

Rami El Samahy

Associate Teaching Professor, Architecture

Nobel Laureate (2004) The Richard P. Simmons Distinguished Professor University Professor, Economics

S. Thomas Emerson

Divakaran Liginlal

Distinguished Career Professor, Entrepreneurship

Associate Teaching Professor, Information Systems

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Selma Limam Mansar

Associate Dean, Education Teaching Professor, Information Systems

Teresa MacGregor

Benjamin Reilly

Associate Teaching Professor, History

Cycle 2

Dudley Reynolds

Lead PI in Qatar

NPRP

Title

Gordon Rule

Alex Rojas Pena, Ph.D.

NPRP 08-643-1-112

Automated Measurement of Galaxy Morphology

Alicia Salaz

Brett Browning, Ph.D. NPRP 08-589-2-245

Non-Destructive Gas Pipeline Inspection Using Computer Vision

Khaled Harras, Ph.D. NPRP 08-562-1-095

CameraNets: Coverage, Networking, and Storage Problems in Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks

Kemal Oflazer, Ph.D. NPRP 08-485-1-083

Improved Arabic Natural Language Processing through Semisupervised and Cross-Lingual Learning

Teaching Professor, English

Director of Library

Patrick McGinnis

Assistant Teaching Professor, Business Administration

Thomas Mitchell

Professor, Biological Sciences Librarian, Reference and Instruction

Assistant Teaching Professor, English

Thierry Sans

Tridas Mukhopadhyay

Assistant Teaching Professor, Computer Science

Deloitte Consulting Professor, e-Business

Mark Stehlik

Terrance Murphy

Teaching Professor, Computer Science

Teaching Professor, Chemistry

Peter Stuttgen

Assistant Teaching Professor, Marketing

John O’Brien

Associate Dean Associate Professor, Accounting

Juiming Ray Tsai

Professor of Practice, Information Systems

Kemal Oflazer

Stephen Vargo

Associate Dean, Research Teaching Professor, Computer Science

Visiting Assistant Professor, Business Administration

Cycle 3 Lead PI in Qatar

NPRP

Title

Annette Vincent

Silvia Pessoa, Ph.D. NPRP 09-857-5-123

Transnational Labor Migration in Qatar: An Empirical Sociological Analysis

George White

Kemal Oflazer, Ph.D. NPRP 09-1140-1-177

Learning from Comparable Corpora for Improved English-Arabic Statistical Machine Translation

Brett Browning, Ph.D. NPRP 09-980-2-380

Robust Localization and Mapping for Autonomous Gas Inspection Vehicles

Saquib Razak

Majd Sakr, Ph.D. NPRP 09-1116-1-172

Qloud: Towards a Cloud Computing Infrastructure in Qatar to Target Regional Scientific Applications

Appendix 6

Majd Sakr, Ph.D.

Towards natural multi-cultural human-robot interaction

National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) grants awarded to Carnegie Mellon Qatar faculty 2014–15

Kemal Oflazer, Ph.D. NPRP 09-873-1-129

Marion Oliver

Assistant Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences

Teaching Professor, Mathematics

Silvia Pessoa

Distinguished Career Professor, Entrepreneurship

Associate Teaching Professor, English

Zelealem Yilma

Daniel Phelps

Assistant Teaching Professor, Information Systems

Visiting Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Assistant Teaching Professor, Computer Science

Cycle 1 Lead PI in Qatar

NPRP

Title

Amal Al-Malki, Ph.D. NPRP 29-6-7-9

Images of Muslim Women in Translated Mideast Media Sources: A Content and Discourse Analysis

Majd Sakr, Ph.D. NPRP 29-6-7-24

Human - Robot Interaction in an Arabic Social and Cultural Setting

M. Bernardine Dias, Ph.D. NPRP 1-7-7-5

Automated Tools for Effective Team Coordination in Emergency Response

M. Bernardine Dias, Ph.D. NPRP 30-6-7-91

Enhanced Education for the Visually and Aurally Impaired Using Automated Tutors and Interactive Computer Games

Jonathan Caulkins, Ph.D.

Modeling Control of Infectious Disease

NPRP 20-6-7-6

Charles Thorpe, Ph.D. NPRP 29-6-7-43

Intelligent Diabetes Assistant: Predicting and Optimizing Blood Glucose

Aziz Lookman, Ph.D. NPRP 30-6-7-28

Are Banks Better at Managing Their Borrower’s Risks than Non-Banks

NPRP 09-1113-1-171

A Natural Language Processing-based Active and Interactive Platform for Accessing English Language Content and Advanced Language Learning

Iliano Cervesato, Ph.D. NPRP 09-1107-1-168 Formal Reasoning about Language for Distributed Computation Iliano Cervesato, Ph.D.

NPRP 09-667-1-100

Effective Programming for Large Distributed Ensembles

NPRP

Title

Cycle 4 Lead PI in Qatar

M. Bernardine Dias, Ph.D. NPRP 4-439-1-071

Innovative Computing and Mobile Technology for Improving English Literacy Skills for Children and for Adults

M. Bernardine Dias, Ph.D. NPRP 4-1330-1-213

Cooperative Robotic Boats for Monitoring Coastal and Flooded Areas

Andreas Karatsolis, Ph.D. NPRP 4-1538-6-048

Improving Professional Communication Skills through an Online Tutorial

Iliano Cervesato, Ph.D.

Usable automated data inference for end-users

NPRP 4-341-1-059

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Dudley Reynolds, Ph.D. NPRP 4-1172-5-172 Improving reading skills in the middle school science classroom Majd Sakr, Ph.D. NPRP4-1058-1-168

Automatic Correction of Standard Arabic Text: Resource and System Development

Hasan Demirkoparan, Ph.D. NPRP4-1138-1-178

New mathematical models for the large strain swelling response of biological tissues

Hasan Demirkoparan, Ph.D. NPRP4-1333-1-214

Complex Material Response Described by Continuum Mechanics with a Deformation Gradient Product Decomposition that has Novel Hyperelastic Implications

Zeinab Ibrahim, Ph.D.

Advancing Arabic Language Learning in Qatar

NPRP4-1074-5-164

Cycle 7 Lead PI in Qatar

Iliano Cervasato, Ph.D. NPRP 7-988-1-178

Automated verification of properties of concurrent, distributed and parallel specifications with applications to computer security

Mohammad Hammoud, Ph.D.

Scalable Analytics Engine for Big Graphs on the Cloud Learning4Teaching-Qatar: Examining Qatari teachers’ experiences of professional development in English language teaching

Snezhana Abarzhi, Ph.D.

NPRP 7-1785-1-321

Numerical and theoretical modeling of complex fluid flows

NPRP 7-290-1-047

MADAR: Multi-Arabic Dialect Applications and Resources

NPRP

Title

Plant Uptake of Pollutants of Emerging Concern During Use of Reclaimed Water in Greenhouse Hydroponic Systems

Kemal Oflazer, Ph.D.

Krishnapuram Karthikeyan, Ph.D. NPRP 4-718-2-268

Use of Novel Water Treatment Methods for Desalination of Brackish Groundwater in Qatar

Lead PI in Qatar

Davide Fossati, Ph.D. NPRP 5-939-1-155

Title Intelligent Learning Environments for Computer Science Undergraduate Education

Zeinab Ibrahim, Ph.D. NPRP 5-1393-6-044 Raising Language Effectiveness in Arabic Ecommerce Websites Yonina Cooper, Ph.D.

NPRP 5-1070-2-451

Silvia Pessoa, Ph.D. NPRP 5-1320-6-040

Alice for Middle East -- Alice ME Undergraduate Discipline-Specific Writing: Expectations, Demands, & Development

Cycle 6 Lead PI in Qatar

NPRP

Title

Kemal Oflazer, Ph.D. NPRP 6-1020-1-199

OPTDIAC: An Optimal Diacritization Scheme for Arabic Orthographic Representation

Jonathan Finkel, Ph.D. NPRP 6-1130-3-267

Adherence and biofilm formation of pathogenic yeast and yeast-like fungi from the Qatari clinical setting

NPRP 7-1330-2-483

Dudley Reynolds, Ph.D. NPRP 7-1393-5-209

Krishnapuram Karthikeyan, Ph.D. NPRP 4-783-1-119

NPRP

Title Role of the PDZ and LIM containing protein Zasp in integrin-mediated cell adhesion

Large-scale, Personal and Mobile Sensor Networks and their Applications in Qatar

Lead PI in Qatar

NPRP

Mohamed Bouaouina, Ph.D. NPRP 7-1872-1-331

Vinay Kolar, Ph.D. NPRP 4-1620-1-266

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Testing English Reading Comprehension through Deep Text Analysis and Question Generation

Khaled Harras, Ph.D. NPRP8-1645-1-289

Towards Mobile Opportunistic Cloud Computing: Enabling Generic Computational Offloading to Extreme Heterogeneous Entities

Silvia Pessoa, Ph.D. NPRP8-1815-5-293

SLATE-Q: Scaffolding Literacy in Academic and Tertiary Environments: The Case of Communication in Information Systems

Gordon Rule, Ph.D. NPRP8-2225-1-439

Development of Novel Antibiotic, Antiparasitic and Anticancer Agents

Hasan Demirkoparan, Ph.D. NPRP8-2424-1-477

New mathematical models for the large strain swelling response of biological tissues: Applications to Edema, Inflammation, and Pregnancy


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Appendix 7

Press Releases 2014–15

Meeting of the Minds posters 2014–15 Biological Sciences posters A step towards the treatment of tuberculosis Bacteriophage diversity in the ecology of Qatar Comparison of genetically modified soy products in Malaysia, Qatar and France Evaluation of genetic modifications in unlabeled, “organic”labeled and “GM certified”-labeled food products Is your food genetically modified? Isolating fluorogen activating proteins (FAPs) that activate Patent Blue V Dye and structurally similar dyes Particulate air pollution in Qatar and the Air Quality Index Testing for genetic modification in corn derived products across varying regions The effects of aspartame and methanol on kidney cells Business Administration posters Forecasting bank performance in the GCC through market-based metrics Robust return model Computer Science posters Developing a benchmark to assess and improve the detection of Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Vulnerabilities

Post-graduate posters AL-BLEU: A metric and dataset for evaluation of Arabic Machine Translation Alice in the Middle East learning computational thinking in K–12

Chi-Qat Tutor – Using worked-out examples in an Intelligent Tutoring System

Carnegie Mellon students volunteer in Nepal and Thailand, August 16

CoMingle: Distributed logic programming for decentralized android applications Correction annotation for non-native Arabic texts in the Qatar Arabic Language Bank Reasoning with relations – How do people do?

Appendix 8

Carnegie Mellon Qatar welcomes incoming Class of 2018, August 25 Carnegie Mellon University appoints Google VP as dean of School of Computer Science, August 31

09/14 Carnegie Mellon Qatar welcomes the community to the Dean’s Lecture Series, September 10

02/15 Carnegie Mellon Qatar hosts lecture with finance expert Duane Seppi, February 7 Carnegie Mellon Qatar inaugurates selective computer science institute, February 12 Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, encourages innovation at Carnegie Mellon Qatar, February 15 Carnegie Mellon Qatar outreach gives secondary school students sneak peek into higher education, February 20 Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s ‘Ibtikar’ initiative highlights information systems, February 26

03/15 Carnegie Mellon Qatar hosts workshop on Arabic language learning pedagogy, March 3 151 students recognized on Carnegie Mellon Qatar Dean’s List, March 20 Food sharing application wins Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s 2nd national annual business competition, March 27

Advertising campaign 2014–15

Carnegie Mellon ranks amongst top 25 US universities, September 15

Abu Dhabi Resident's Guide

Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s 11th year opens with record enrollment of 427 students, September 22

Carnegie Mellon Qatar students develop research to analyze public opinion ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, April 3

Carnegie Mellon led research to help prevent lung function decline amongst Qatar’s elderly, September 30

Carnegie Mellon Qatar ‘Botball’ winners to represent region in international robotics competition, April 7

B'Here Bloomberg Business Middle East Doha News Dubai Resident's Guide

MANET and DTN communication protocols evaluation for real-world scenarios

Facebook Forbes Middle East Education Edition Google AdWords

Strengthening the security of Qatari websites

Gulf Education Guide

Twitter sentiment analysis

Gulf News Report-Qatar Gulf News Business Education Special Report

General Education posters Stress, depression, anxiety, and social media use among Arabic-speaking undergraduates

08/14

‘Arabiyyatii: an innovative technology-based curriculum for teaching Arabic to native speakers

The Economist-Middle East

Real-time dialectal Arabic speech recognition application

Carnegie Mellon students tour iconic Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies building, July 1 Record number of Qatari students participate in Carnegie Mellon’s summer outreach program, August 12

Doha’s architecture on a tablet

Metis: Smart academic planner for college students

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Gulf Times Education Supplement MEED Yearbook 2015

Validity and reliability of the Arabic version of the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10)

MEED Magazine Education Issue

Effect of the initial conditions on the interfacial and bulk dynamics in Richtmeyer-Meshkov instability under conditions of high energy density

MEED Education Special Report

MEED Magazine Qatar issue MEED Qatar Megaprojects Supplement Oman Resident's Guide

Information Systems posters Designing Qatar’s infrastructure in a human centered way

ORYX In-flight magazine

Factors influencing the adoption of dermatology diagnoses through mobile applications

Qatar Explorer and Resident's Guide

Qatar Educational Directory

Malicious online behavior

Society magazine

Voices of Al-Khor: A study in digital culture heritage

Twitter

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04/15

QSE signs MoU with CMU-Q to boost research & training, April 11

‘Stand Up! Speak Out!’ community event concludes Domestic Violence Awareness Month, November 1

Carnegie Mellon Qatar faculty member appointed president-elect of TESOL International Association, April 14

CMU-Q team wins ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar,' November 16

Carnegie Mellon Qatar celebrates student diversity at International Day, April 19

Impact of Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s outreach program continues to grow, November 17

Nobel Laureate Finn Kydland visits Carnegie Mellon Qatar, April 22

Carnegie Mellon hosts expert panel on cyber security, November 20

Carnegie Mellon Qatar signs MoU with Maersk Oil Qatar, April 26

Carnegie Mellon animation software ‘Alice’ supports computing curricula in Qatar’s schools, November 23

Carnegie Mellon Qatar signs MoU with Qatar First Bank, April 30

12/14

05/15

7th class completes Carnegie Mellon’s Language Bridges program, December 7

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar graduates largest class to date, May 4

Carnegie Mellon Qatar appoints Dr. John O’Brien as associate dean, December 8

Carnegie Mellon admits record number of Qatari students, May 10

Qatar Shell Chairman shares industry knowledge at Carnegie Mellon, December 28

Study into local air quality wins Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s Meeting of the Minds, May 25

01/15 Carnegie Mellon Qatar students create digital submission platform for Model United Nations film festival, January 5

Carnegie Mellon Qatar and KPMG sign memorandum of understanding, May 29

06/15

Carnegie Mellon Qatar appoints associate deans of research and education, January 18

Sports analytics presentations at Carnegie Mellon Qatar to leave lasting impression, June 2

Carnegie Mellon Qatar hosts third annual national ‘Hackathon,’ January 26

More than 700 participants complete Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s executive and professional education, June 24


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09/14 “CMU-Q students volunteer in Nepal and Thailand” The Foundation “Passing on the Torch” Campus “CMU’s Dean’s Lecture Series is Back” Campus

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02/15 “Alice Middle East” (Arabic) Loght Al-Asr

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“Volunteer Vacation” Qatar Today

“CMU-Q organizes CS4Qatar program” QF Telegraph

“CMU-Q students, grads launch Meddy.co” The Edge

“Developing a forward-thinking society into a knowledge-based economy” QF Telegraph

“CMU-Q’s lectures inspire the local community” QF Telegraph

11/14 “Reaching out to explore deeper within” QF Telegraph “Stand Up! Speak Out!” Campus

12/14 “Investing in a world of discovery” The Foundation

01/15 “Society Faculty Spotlight” Society Magazine “Three Necessary Factors to Establish a Qatari Silicon Valley” Entrepreneur Middle East

Select press clippings 2014–15

“Are you up for Challenge 22?” Qatar Today

“Pinpointing the value of data” The Foundation

“A new approach to teaching” The Foundation

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“Al Thawadi urges Qatari youth to innovate” The Edge

“Sons of the Soil” Campus

10/14

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“Early Efforts Seek to Solve the Gulf Gender Gap” Al Fanar “Carnegie Mellon Celebrates National Sports Day” Fact

04/15

08/12/14

Carnegie Mellon students volunteer in Nepal and Thailand The Peninsula

09/22/14

Carnegie Mellon Qatar’s 11th year opens with record enrollment of 427 students Qatar Tribune

“CMU-Q program highlights information systems” The Foundation “Educating Execs: Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Doha, Qatar” Entrepreneur Middle East “The Road Ahead” Campus “A Culture of Research to Confront Challenges” QF Telegraph “Investment in human capital is central to future prosperity” QF Telegraph “What drives the success of innovation entrepreneurship?” The Edge

05/15

“CMU-Q students create digital platform for festival” QF Telegraph

“Learning anytime, anywhere” Business Qatar Magazine Business Qatar Online

“Infusing Innovation? It Can Be Done” Entrepreneur Qatar

“Celebrating diversity” Campus

“Learning through stories” Campus

“Graduation: Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar” Campus

“Bridging language barriers” Campus

“CMU-Q Botball winners to represent region in global conference” The Foundation “CMU-Q links up with Qatar First Bank” QF Telegraph

08/25/14

11/16/14

Carnegie Mellon Qatar welcomes incoming Class of 2018

CMU-Q team wins ‘Enterprise Challenge Qatar’

The Peninsula

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01/26/15 11/23/14

Carnegie Mellon animation software ‘Alice’ supports computing curricula in Qatar’s schools

Carnegie Mellon Qatar hosts third annual national ‘Hackathon’ Al Raya

02/15/15 Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, encourages innovation at Carnegie Mellon Qatar Al Sharq

The Foundation

12/07/14

7th class completes Carnegie Mellon’s Language Bridges program Gulf Times

04/11/15 QSE signs MoU with CMU-Q to boost research & training Al Raya

02/12/15 Carnegie Mellon Qatar inaugurates selective computer science institute Qatarisbooming.com

03/03/15

Carnegie Mellon Qatar hosts workshop on Arabic language learning pedagogy Al Raya

05/04/15

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar graduates largest class to date Qatar Tribune

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Appendix 11

Partners

Special events 2014–15

Carnegie Mellon has built relationships with companies and organizations in various sectors. Our partners work closely with us by: speaking in the Career Connections lecture series, providing internships and employment, partnering with individual programs, participating in Executive Education courses, judging at Meeting of the Minds, sponsoring students, sponsoring events and strengthening ties through Memoranda of Understanding.

08/14 Convocation Ceremony, August, 20

09/14

Dean’s Lecture Series: Takeo Kanade, U.A. and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, CMU, September 15 Dean’s Lecture Series: Justine Cassell, associate vice-provost of technology strategy and impact, co-director of the Simon Initiative, CMU, September 22 Special Lecture: The Simon Initiative: Justine Cassell, associate vice-provost of technology strategy and impact, co-director of the Simon Initiative, CMU, September 23

10/14 John Patrick Crecine Distinguished Lecture in Social Sciences: Mark Kamlet, provost emeritus and professor of economics and public policy, CMU, October 13 Alumni Dhow Cruise, October 16 Dean’s Lecture Series: Abdulla Saleh Al Raisi, CEO, Commercial Bank of Qatar, October 26

11/14 Ibtikar Qatar, November 1 Biotechnology Explorers Program, November 15

02/15 CS4 Qatar for Students, February 7 Tajer Day, February 14 Biotechnology Explorers Program, February 14 Dean’s Lecture Series: Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, February 15 Ibtikar Qatar, February 21

Al Ahli Hospital Al Faisal Holding Alfardan Group Ali Bin Ali Group

Undergraduate Conference in Information Systems (UCIS), February 27–28

Al Jazeera Media Network

Senior Honors String Quartet Performance, March 8 Management Game Reception, March 8

Al Rumailah Hospital Al Sawari Holding American Chamber of Commerce Amiri Diwan A.T. Kearney

Biotechnology Explorers Program, March 14

Commercial Bank of Qatar

Quick Startup, March 14

Council of Ministers

Dean’s List Award Ceremony–Fall 2014, March 15 Botball Competition, March 27

04/15

Dell Deloitte Education Above All Embassy of Japan in the State of Qatar Ernst & Young

Alumni Reception, November 20

Dean's Lecture Series: Finn Kydland, Nobel Laureate (2004), The Richard P. Simmons Distinguished Professorship and University Professor of Economics, CMU, April 6

CS4Qatar for Women, November 22

Employee Appreciation Event, April 21

General Electric

Alice Middle East Press Event, November 22

Alumni Senior Beach Social, April 22

Gulf Business Machines

Dean’s Lecture Series: Wael Sawan, managing director and chairman, Qatar Shell Companies, November 25

Marhaba Tartans, April 23

Dean’s Panel Series on Cyber Security, November 20

12/14 Class of 2009 Reunion, December 10

01/15 Hackathon, January 23–24 Winter Institute: Discover Computer Science, January 25–29

Meeting of the Minds, April 28 Senior Honors, April 30

05/15 Graduation, May 4

06/15 Summer College Preview Program, June 6–July 15

Omani Embassy in Doha, Qatar Ooredoo PricewaterhouseCoopers Q-Host Qatar Airways Qatar Biobank

Alumni Networking Reception in Dubai, February 21

03/15

Office of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser

ExxonMobil Qatar Ezdan Holding

Higher Education Institute ictQatar iHorizons Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya) Itochu Corporation KPMG MADA (Qatar assistive technology center) Maersk Oil Qatar Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Richard M. Cyert Distinguished Lecture in Business Management: Duane Seppi, BNY Mellon Professor of Finance, Tepper School of Business, CMU, January 26

Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics

Dean’s Leadership Series: Duane Seppi, BNY Mellon Professor of Finance, Tepper School of Business, CMU, January 27

Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Economy and Commerce Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Interior Northwestern University in Qatar

Qatar Central Bank Qatar Computing Research Institute Qatar Fertilizer Company Qatar Finance and Business Academy Qatar First Bank Qatar Foundation Qatar Foundation Research and Development QatarGas Qatar International Adventures Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre Qatar Investment Authority Qatar Museums Authority Qatar National Bank Qatar National Research Fund Qatar Olympic Committee Qatar Petroleum Qatar Robotics Surgery Center Qatar Science and Technology Park Qatar Shell Qatar Stock Exchange Qatar University Qatari Diar Real Estate Company RasGas Company Regency Travel & Tours SDK Marketing SAP Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al-Thani Museum Sidra Medical and Research Center Siemens Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Supreme Education Council THIMUN Vodafone Qatar Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar Woqod

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