The winners of the 2012 Turing Award, MIT's Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali, have significant ties to Carnegie Mellon. Both earned doctorates in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, where each was advised by Manuel Blum, now a CMU professor of computer science and himself a Turing laureate. Micali has been frequent lecturer here and maintains close ties to the ALADDIN/Theory Group. Goldwasser earned her bachelor degree in mathematics at CMU in 1979.
Carnegie Mellon University is bolstering its leadership in turning university research and ideas into commercial enterprises by establishing the Carnegie Mellon Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), which merges the strengths of Project Olympus and the Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship.