Carnegie Mellon University


Engineers, by the very nature of their work, are philanthropists. We build, create, investigate, and solve the issues that face society. Applying passion, intelligence, and effort, engineers build the future. When we succeed, the world is a better place.

Innovation, entrepreneurship, commitment, and dedication continue to drive our country's economic and social gains. No longer a standalone nation, American businesses now produce and compete on a global scale. The issues we face are multi-faceted, the scope of work more complex.

To stay competitive, we must leverage education. Students and faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering represent the best and brightest minds, committed to the future of engineering and the opportunity for investigation, discovery, challenge, and leadership.

Giving to the College of Engineering offers you the opportunity to make an impact on the innovative, interdisciplinary education and research taking place here. Strategic funding priorities that help the college achieve its goals include funding fellowships, faculty, and facilities projects for the college.


Like most research universities, Carnegie Mellon simply couldn't exist without its Ph.D. students. Doctoral students attending the university spend, on average, five or more years here and become integral parts of the community. They teach, they work in labs, and they are each charged with developing new ideas for expanding what is known in a particular field. After graduation, many of these students will join the faculty of leading universities, while others will pursue successful careers in industry or business. And just as graduate students come here to work with the best researchers, faculty come to Carnegie Mellon because of the strength of our graduate students.

Fellowships enable the best students to gain a world-class education, help us secure research grants, and can contribute to increasing diversity on campus. Fellowships enable us to attract and retain highly talented and motivated students. In fact, graduate fellowships do more than any other kind of gift to advance our research activities. Supporting graduate students means supporting the daily intellectual endeavors that are fundamental to the college of engineering's status as a top 10 engineering school.


The buildings, libraries, labs, and equipment in the college determine the learning environment we can offer our students and the research our students and faculty are able to perform. State-of-the-art facilities help us to support the best and brightest students and faculty, as well as attract corporate partners and funding sources. Funding existing and new facilities makes a long-term impact on the college. Contributing to physical space supports the interdisciplinary going on throughout the college, and it enables our faculty and students to continue to perform cutting-edge research.


Faculty support is critical to maintain world class quality education and research. In each of our departments, professorships can be established to support a particular faculty member or a field of research. Contributions are used to help faculty members pursue a specific field of study, provide funding for graduate student involvement, purchase equipment, or travel to share their research. Endowment of a distinguished professorship exemplifies a belief in the values of higher education. It allows us to recruit and retain the best faculty in the world so that we continue to have top quality teachers and researchers.


Past recipients:

  • T.E. (Ed) Schlesinger
  • Jelena Kovačević

Current recipient: Diana Marculescu

Charles Schramm received a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering in 1942. Charles S. and Benetta B. Schramm established the David Edward Schramm Memorial Professorship in the Carnegie Institute of Technology in loving memory of their son.

Established: 1937

Past recipients:

  • Douglas F. Miner
  • Gaylord Penney (1947)

Current recipient: David Casasent (1980)

The Westinghouse chair grew out of the Westinghouse Scholars Program established in 1937. Students spent their first three years at Tech, and their summers and senior year at Westinghouse. The first recipient, a former Westinghouse employee, was expected to earn the funds by managing the Scholars program.

Established: 1942

Past recipients:

  • Benjamin Richard Teare
  • Leo Finzi
  • Arthur G. Milnes

Current recipient: Daniel P. Siewiorek (1994)

The first Buhl Professor of Electrical Engineering was Benjamin Richard Teare, EE's third department head. The endowment that established the chair followed a $50,000 grant from the Buhl Foundation in 1939 to recruit Teare to develop a graduate program in the department.

Established: 1972

Past recipients:

  • Angel G. Jordan
  • Stephen W. Director (1980)
  • Wojciech Maly (1997)

Current recipient: Vijayakumar Bhagavatula

This is Carnegie Mellon's first chair be to endowed by an alumnus. Uncas A. Whitaker (EE '29), his wife Helen, and their daughter, Ruth Whitaker Holmes, all served as university trustees. A second chair in Computer Science was also funded by the couple. Whitaker was the founder of AMP Incorporated, one of the leading producers of electrical and electronics connection devices.

Established: 1990

First recipient: Ronald A. Rohrer

Current recipient: Gary K. Fedder (2006)

Howard M. Wilkoff (EE '30) was the founder of the New England Tape Company which manufactured a range of innovative products for electronics, medical safety, automotive and aircraft industries.

Established: 1996

First and current recipient: M. Granger Morgan

Several Lord Professorships were made possible by a generous gift from Thomas Lord, a friend of the university.

Established: 1997

First recipient: Mark H. Kryder

Current recipient: Rob A. Rutenbar (2001)

Stephen J. Jatras (EE '47) was retired chairman of the Telex Corporation. He was a Life Trustee of Carnegie Mellon, having served on the Board of Trustees since 1976, and co-chaired the ECE Advisory Board from its inception in 1992. The recipient of several alumni awards and a number of humanitarian awards for charitable work, Jatras died in January 2000.

Established: 1997

First recipient: Angel G. Jordan

Current recipient: Andrzej J. Strojwas (2000)

Joseph Keithley earned a B.S. (1937) and an M.S. (1938) in Electrical Engineering from MIT. In 1946 he founded Keithley Instruments, which has become a world leader in the design and manufacturer of high-precision equipment for the electronics and medical industries. A believer in investing in the future of technology by fostering relationships between academia and industry, Keithley was a longtime friend of the ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon.

Established: 1998

First recipient: Pradeep K. Khosla

Current recipient: José M. F. Moura

The Dowd Professorship is made possible by an endowment from Philip L. Dowd (Metallurgy, 1963). Dowd built his career with SunGard Data Systems, a giant in the financial services software industry. He is retired from his position as corporate senior vice president of the company. Dowd has served as a trustee of the university since 1995.

Established: 2000

First and current recipient: L. Richard Carley

The STMicroelectronics chair was made possible by a gift from STMicroelectronics, Geneva, Switzerland, one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world.

Established: 2003

First and current recipient: Hyong Kim

Drew Perkins is currently CTO at Infinera Corporation, a company he co-founded in 2001. He has had 20 years of industry involvement including serving as principal architect at FORE Systems where he developed numerous TCP/IP, ATM, Ethernet hardware and software products and protocols. He is perhaps best known as the inventor of the PPP Protocol (Point-to-point Protocol) which continues to be the standard that is used to link the Internet together.

Established: 2003

First and current recipient: Jian-Gang (Jimmy) Zhu

This professorship was endowed by ABB, a global company that is a leader in power and automation technologies that enables utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries.

Established: 2003

First and current recipient: Larry Pileggi

The Tanoto Professorship was established by Sukanto Tanoto, an Indonesian businessman and entrepreneur and friend of the university. Tanoto has created several modern industries in Indonesia including plywood and pulp, and has interests in palm oil refining, engineering and construction and energy projects such as power plants.