Basecamp, Class of 2024
“Hi I’m Serena, I got in last night and today is my first day,” I said nervously to my classmate as we clipped ourselves into the safety lines. He laughed, “Not a bad day to start.” He stepped his foot on the first log suspended 15 feet above the ground. I watched him grab the […]
Final Semester Bucket List
Though the oddly warm weather suggests otherwise, it’s now the middle of December—just over five months away from graduation. I’ve turned in my last few projects and papers for the fall semester, and though I’m already getting emails from Professor Lamont about the spring Management Game capstone course, I’m trying to get some much needed […]
Seattle to Pittsburgh!
If you stumbled upon this blog post, welcome! My name is Eric Tinnell and I am currently a first-year, full-time MBA student at Tepper. I’m excited to share a bit about my journey as the school year progresses. In this first post, I’ll share a bit about my background, what led me to Tepper, and […]
5 Things We Learned in Mini 4
With Mini 4 being over, it is time for the next installment of the “5 Things We Learned this Mini” in which I identify the most important lessons that other classmates and I took away from this Mini.
5 Things We Learned in Mini 3
With Mini 3 being over, it is time for the next installment of the “5 Things We Learned this Mini” in which I identify the most important lessons that other classmates and I took away from this Mini.
Reflection of a PT MBA Student: When times are uncertain…
“Reflection of a PT Student: When times are uncertain…” In the middle of another virtual access weekend Sitting in a “Success is not a Solo Sport” session with my boyfriend Personal relationships have been put under extreme stress tests Living in Downtown, being afraid of the protests Being initially confused of “white privilege” and […]
180 Degrees Consulting: Tepper’s Revived Pro Bono Consulting Group
180 Degrees Consulting is a national organization that serves to advance student consulting experience while benefitting local nonprofit organizations. Prior to this year, 180 DC at CMU existed, but then fizzled out due to a myriad of factors. Fortunately for the CMU community, a new president is spearheading the effort to revive the organization into […]
Illenium @ Pittsburgh Stage AE
For those of you who think that Pittsburgh’s too small of a city for artists/DJs to perform, think again! There has been a growing EDM scene in Pittsburgh the past two years. Granted the scale doesn’t compare to the ones in California (where I’m from), but hey, we get to see our favorite artists with […]
Painting the Fence: A CMU Tradition
When it comes to campus traditions, Carnegie Mellon has its fair share. From Scottish kilts to Underground pipes, the campus is brimming with history, albeit relatively esoteric to its students. One such tradition, the Fence, holds a place in the Guinness Book and in the hearts of the students.
Free things to do in Pittsburgh this summer
Whether you’re staying in Pittsburgh over the summer for conducting research, to do a summer semester, to work or just to explore the city, there are tonnes of things you can do, even when you’re on a budget. Here’s a list of free things you could do in the ‘Burgh this summer
Two Quick Updates! Special Olympics and Last Day of Classes
Last weekend was the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania (SOPA) Western Spring Sectional.
TEDxCMU 2019 Conference
A few weeks ago, TEDxCMU had their annual conference on campus. Current students, professors, alumni, and innovators from around the country were invited to give TEDx talks. This year’s theme was Ripple Effect: speakers shared their latest ideas whose impacts could possibly propagate and impact people around the world. The TEDxCMU board had the opportunity […]
[TepperCares] National Volunteer Month
April is the National Volunteer Month and as the new TepperCares president I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight a few of my classmates that make Tepper more than just a business school. Representing 32 countries, my MBA classmates bring so much diversity to our community. Being informed about world issues, especially as business […]
De-stressing Activities for Midterm Season
Midterm season can be a stressful time, but more often than not it can actually be more beneficial to take a break every now and then than to keep working through the entire time. Some of my go-to de-stressing activities at CMU include: Going for a run or walk in Schenley Park and the surrounding […]
Road Trip to Philly
One of the reasons I was excited to go to school in Pittsburgh is its accessibility to surrounding cities. I’ve never been to Philadelphia and when I found out that my favorite artist, whom I have been following for two years, was coming there with a concert, it was a good reason to visit! I’ll […]
7 Things To Do In Pittsburgh Over The Holidays
I have only been in Pittsburgh for 4 months, but this is now my home! I stayed in the city during the Thanksgiving break and explored my new home. If you’re staying “home” for the holidays, or have family visiting during the next few weeks, below I put together a friendly list of (some) things […]
Pittsburgh LIGHTS UP for the holidays
Pittsburgh kicked off the holiday season this past Friday with the 58th annual Light Up Night. For those unfamiliar, Light Up Night is one of the largest and most popular events around the holiday season in Pittsburgh. It is a time of coming together as the greater Pittsburgh population gathers in Downtown where there are […]
Exploring the Running Scene in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is a city known for a lot of unique things: the ubiquitous bridges, the underappreciated inclusion of French fries on sandwiches and salads, and one of the most beautiful skylines in the United States. But did you know that Pittsburgh also has a vibrant running scene?
Like many people who grew up in the States, I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Although I do not have clear memories of specific episodes, I remember the calmness and serenity of his voice and his neighborhood. This past August, I learned that the WQED station near my residence was where my childhood show […]
Diversity Weekend (+Pittsburghaversary)
Last weekend was the Diversity Weekend at Tepper. My favorite event! Exactly a year earlier, I was an attendee still not sure whether an MBA was right for me. A Tepper student guided me through school during the Friday social event; Dean Dammon presented during the dinner on Saturday; and Leanne Meyer and Jarred Lazear provided […]
Tepper PhD Student Webpages!
We’re happy to announce that a new page has been added to the Tepper School site with links to profiles to all current PhD students: https://www.cmu.edu/…/p…/program/student-profiles/index.html We are still inputting information as we receive it, and will be adding more profile photos also, as received.
2018 Ph.D. Student Hallo-Wine
One of the Tepper Ph.D. students’ more recent traditions: Hallo-Wine! Combining Halloween hijinx with wine tasting. Tons of fun and some great costumes this year too!
Getting a Taste of MBA Life – Saturday Eats In the Strip District
It’s not a secret. Pittsburgh is an incredible food town. Crowned Zagat’s top food of 2015, I was excited to see what Pittsburgh had to offer. It did not disappoint.
Tepper School Offers Hope During a Hopeless Time
It was a regular Saturday morning in Pittsburgh. Students were making their way across each of the city’s campuses, laughing and talking with their friends, planning what they would be wearing for the Halloween parties coming up.
Homesick? CMU Has the Solution for You!
In the first few months of their college experience, college freshmen experience a lot of change and freedom. For example, they live with friends, do everything by themselves, and escape their helicopter parents that are worried at home.
Tepper PhD Student INFORMS Award & Honorable Mention
2018 INFORMS Award & Honorable Mention were recently given to two of our Tepper PhD students! Operations Research PhD student Nam Ho-Ngyuen received Honorable Mention at the INFORMS Optimization Society Best Student Paper Prize for the paper “Online First-Order Framework for Robust Convex Optimization” (Other authors: Fatma Kilinc-Karzan). Operations Management PhD student Neda Mirzaeian received […]
Tepper Quad Grand Opening
Some pictures from the Tepper Quad Grand Opening! Very nice to see PhD students (past and present) represented by Courtney Williamson (PhD ’16) and Elizabeth Campbell!
PhD Student/Faculty Picnic 2018!
The 2018 PhD Student/Faculty Picnic is a wrap! Full house! Thanks to everyone for coming out, and thanks especially to Lawrence, John, and Laila for making it a great success. This year’s picnic shirt, featuring the brand new Tepper logo on the front, and a classy, understated nod to CMU on the back, just below […]
CMU INFORMS 2018 YinzOR Student Conference
The INFORMS Student Chapter at Carnegie Mellon University held the YinzOR 2018 student conference on August 24-25, 2018 at Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University. Please visit their website for more information: YinzOR 2018 YinzOR 2018
An inspiring and memorable leadership summit
“To serve is to live.” – Frances Hesselbein Last weekend (July 20-24) I have had the pleasure and honor of participating in the 10th annual Hesselbein Global Academy with 38 passionate and emerging leaders as well as mentors and alumni from around at the University of Pittsburgh. In just 5 short days, we learned from […]
Neighborhood Series – Cafes [SUMMER IN THE BURGH] [Downtown edition]
Happy less than two weeks of July! While the weather’s fluctuating between “just-right” and sizzling summer heat, here’s a couple cafes in the Downtown (Central Business District) area to check out! Whether it’s for your daily caffeine rush in the morning, catching up with friends and colleages, or even just checking out one of the festivals or […]
Neighborhood Series – Cafes [SUMMER IN THE BURGH] [Bloomfield/Lawrenceville edition]
Hello my cafe-loving friends! It’s been awhile, but I’m back…and with a bubbling list of cafes in a neighborhood I’ve yet to explore in my posts – Bloomfield/Lawrenceville! Ineffable Ca Phe, 3920 Penn Ave I’d say this cafe is like a hidden delta in a sea of the Lawrenceville neighborhood with a Vietnamese twist to […]
Congratulations 2018 Tepper Doctoral Graduates!
Congratulations to this year’s Tepper PhD Graduates! Here are some photos from this year’s Tepper PhD Graduation Reception, in honor of our graduating doctoral students, as well as to celebrate those PhD students who just earned their MS diplomas.
Peak Week Musings
As graduation draws closer and as peak week events begin, I can’t help but look back at the journey Usman and I started two years ago. In July 2016, we were back home in Karachi, Pakistan, trying to pack our entire lives into a few suitcases. We were excited about coming to the U.S. for […]
Pittsburgh Summers – Sights, Sounds & Things To Do (II)
For some people, the ideal summer means lazing around on a beach with a mojito in hand. For others, it means outdoor sports and energy drinks. If you’re like me, you can combine the two by continuing your flip flop adventures on a kayaking tour in downtown Pittsburgh. And boy, what a beautiful journey it […]
Pittsburgh Summers – Sights, Sounds & Things To Do (I)
Summer is finally upon us and in Pittsburgh that means bringing out your grills, your outdoor yoga pants and most importantly, your flip flops. The city offers so many things to do that it’s probably going to be hard to decide which direction to go first. If you’re a senior with family flowing in for […]
Tepper PhD Alumna featured in NextPittsburgh
Tepper PhD Alumna, Courtney Williamson ‘16, Ph.D., President and founder of AbiliLife, is featured in NextPittsburgh’s Top Women in Tech in Pittsburgh. Click here to view the article.
Neighborhood Feature: Highland Park
Like so many cities, Pittsburgh is a city born of annexing smaller towns as it grew from a fort on a strategic river route to a steel powerhouse to the “meds’n’eds” tech city of today. These towns evolved into neighborhoods over the years, and you’ll find that a lot of Pittsburgh residents are very passionate about their neighborhood of choice.
Day Trip to Ohiopyle
An hour’s drive outside of Pittsburgh lies Ohiopyle State Park, which offers a fantastic collection of hiking trails, white water rafting and fishing. Since the weather was simply amazing this past weekend, a few of us seized the opportunity to go hiking. We started off by scaling the first leg of the Baughman trail, stopping […]
National Nutrition Month Food Waste Screening
On Friday March 3, CMU Dining Services organized a screening and panel discussion of the documentary film “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story” as part of a series of events celebrating National Nutrition Month (NNM) for the month of March. Director of Dining Pascal Petter and Legume Bistro co-owner and chef Trevett Hooper as […]
A Fun Path to Summer
We have less than seven weeks left in the semester! I know that it has been a tiring and stressful year and summer break is something many of us are looking forward to even if we have an internship or summer job. If you are still dreading the upcoming weeks, here are a list of […]
An Evening With Mohsin Hamid
Yesterday, we attended a Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures program titled “Ten Evenings” at the beautiful Carnegie Music Hall. Ten Evenings is a lecture series celebrating authors from around the world by inviting them to present on their creative process and share their thoughts on their books. The lecture we attended was by Mohsin Hamid, a […]
Of robots, submarines and space
If you’ve been wondering why Pluto has been demoted from its planet status, or you’ve always wanted to play air hockey against a robot, or you’re simply curious to see what your skin cells look like under a microscope, Carnegie Science Center is the place to go on your next day off. From interactive exhibits […]
Living In Bakery Square
While my classmates are trekking across the global for spring break, I was moving out of my beloved apartment in Bakery Square. It was a bitter sweet moment even though I only lived in Bakery Living Blue for 8 months. I have had so many great memories in that building from team meetings and group […]
Neighborhood Series – Cafe DRINK Special Highlight: Chai tea at CMU Tazza d’Oro
…did anyone miss my Cafe series??? Oh, where has the time gone, last day of Februrary already. I made it nonetheless, didn’t forget about this! This month’s just bit shorter than the others and things have also been more hectic. For this month, I would like to feature a drink right on campus – Rohr Cafe […]
Lunar Gala 2018
2018 is the year of the dog. To celebrate, CMU put together its annual Lunar Gala. Over a hundred CMU students, along with members of the Pittsburgh community, come together to create a show centered around the Zodiac animal of the lunar calendar. This year’s theme was Ferox. Lunar Gala described it as follows: “Ferox is […]
First Weekend of Spring 2018
One of my biggest regrets freshman year was not leaving my comfort zone more. I often pushed myself too much physically and mentally. Ultimately, this caused me to feel as though I almost wasted my first year. Luckily, the new year calls for a new school year, thus a new beginning. My roommate invited me […]
Neighborhood Series – Cafe Special Highlight: Tazza d’Oro (Highland Park location)
Start out the new year by doing something new. Whether it’s working out more or procrastinate less, how about explore more? This month I’d like to start the year featuring one of my new favorite cafes. You might know of it from its satellite location right on campus at the third floor of the Gates […]
Celebrating in style
One of the traditions of the Part Time program is to hold an End of Mini Celebration. This specific end of mini, we decided to capitalize on the season and host an Ugly Sweater Party to get our classmates to celebrate the end of a tough 6 weeks. Selecting a location was simple – The […]
Pittsburgh Winters – Sights, Sounds and Things To Do
For those of us from, shall I say, tropical climates, Pittsburgh winters are a whole new experience. Experiencing temperature drops of -11 degree Celsius (12 degree Fahrenheit), winds that can blow away anyone weighing less than 110 pounds, and snow a few inches deep can be quite intimidating. Naturally, we bundle up in goose-down jackets […]
Neighborhood Series – Cafe Special Highlight: Liliput Coffee & Cafe!
Featured here is Liliput Coffee & Cafe (477 Melwood Ave) located quietly in the North Oakland neighborhood. With a rustic, urban contemporary feel, Liliput is located by Pittsburgh Filmmakers, which is one of the oldest and largest media centers in the US. With finals and the cold weather abound, don’t forget to take a break and step […]
A night out at the Warhol
One of the best parts about being part of the Tepper community is also being part of the broader CMU community. Every fall and spring semester, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) hosts an event for students to celebrate the end of the semester and mingle with other graduate students in a cool venue. This past […]
Neighborhood Series – Cafes [Squirrel Hill edition]
Last month I began the neighborhood series on cafes around Pittsburgh and focused specifically on the Shadyside area. For this month, I will be featuring cafes in Squirrel Hill. Here are some of my favorites: Dobra Tea (1937 Murray Ave) As what its name says, Dobra Tea specializes in tea. With nearly 100 different types […]
Bring out your inner Picasso! Well, we tried…
The Partners Club and Part-Time GBA had a ball of a time at Painting With a Twist in East Liberty last night. We painted “Light Up Night Pittsburgh” with the beautiful downtown skyline set against a background of fireworks. While there were serious moments of concentration when we were trying to draw outlines of buildings, […]
Touring the Burgh in Style!
Partners Club celebrated the end of Mini 1 by taking boys, babes and babies on Pittsburgh’s land and water tour. The tour takes place aboard a cute ducky boat/bus that can travel not only on the road, but also in the river. The tour was followed by a happy (and hearty) hour downtown and students […]
Weekend: Exploring the ‘Burgh
After all the assignments and home works throughout the busy strenuous week we all lead, what could be better than a weekend to relax and explore our beautiful city? There’s just so much to do in Pittsburgh to make your weekend worthwhile.
Neighborhood Series – Cafes [Shadyside edition]
Pittsburgh, the city of bridges, with its 446 bridges, has more than any other city in the world – even Venice. But did you know that Pittsburgh is also known for its coffee and cafes? In fact, according to a 2016 nextPittsburgh report, Pittsburgh ranks fifth as one of the “Top 10 Most Caffeinated Cities […]
Tepper Attends Penguins Game
What better way is there to unwind from a busy week than to attend a Penguins game with Tepper students? On Saturday, October 7th, around 10 undergraduate Tepper students and 2 faculty members attended the Penguins ice hockey game against the Nashville Predators in the PPG arena. This was an especially exciting game as the […]
Making the Most of My Weekend
Everyone looks forward to the weekend. But is the weekend worth the hype if you don’t make the most of it? When I have a free weekend, I most definitely make have a relaxing and fun few days my top priority.
Goodbye, Brazil – Hello, Pittsburgh and MBA Orientation!
Hello! My name is Luísa Felix Souza and I am an international class of 2019 MBA candidate at the Tepper School. Prior to leaving Brazil, I was feeling a mix of sensations: excitement, happiness, and a little fear combined with an extreme anxiety of starting as soon as possible. After only one week of Basecamp, […]