This summer marks a full year since our move to the Tepper Quad, and the energy in the building is palpable. We managed a successful transition into a space that is more than twice the size of our previous home in GSIA/Posner Hall. The new Tepper School building has become the epicenter of campus, with hundreds of students, faculty, and staff from all across CMU visiting us daily to collaborate, study, socialize, and dine together.
It has been a welcome change for the Tepper School to finally have all of our graduate and undergraduate programs together under one roof, with dedicated classrooms and study spaces for students from each of our programs, in addition to the shared collaboration spaces that exist throughout the entire building. The entrepreneurial spirit of Carnegie Mellon is on display every day in the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, which has become a vibrant hub of activity for the entire campus. The building has also allowed the Tepper School and CMU to host a number of academic conferences to showcase the thought leadership of our faculty and has provided space for innovative student events like the CMU Global Challenges Competition hosted by the Tepper School’s undergraduate economics program.
We continue to innovate our academic programs and curricula, leveraging our strengths in business, technology, and analytics. We recently launched two new master’s programs, one in business analytics and the other in product management, in partnership with the School of Computer Science. Our full-time MBA program recently was ranked #12 by Bloomberg Businessweek and outpaced all other top 20 MBA programs in the quality, depth, and preparedness of student learning. Recently, our part-time MBA offered in Pittsburgh was redesigned using a more flexible format to accommodate the needs of working professionals, while maintaining the same high standards of our full-time program. Our part-time online MBA continues to grow and remains the standard by which all other online MBA programs are judged. At the undergraduate level, our business and economics programs continue to attract outstanding students, with applications growing by nearly one-third over the past two years.
At the same time, our faculty and Ph.D. students continue to provide intellectual leadership through their groundbreaking research. We have launched a series of faculty research initiatives that focus on specific areas of interest, such as blockchain and health care technologies. I invite you to read about some of our faculty’s research insights in the cover feature in this issue.
Thank you for all that you do in support of the Tepper School.
Robert M. Dammon