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Our Team

Carnegie Mellon


Advisory Board

Ed Barr

Ed Barr worked as a manager and executive in both non-profit and for-profit companies for over 25 years in various marketing, fund development, public corporate communication positions. Barr taught full time at the Heinz College of CMU for ten years before accepting a position as Chief Marketing Officer at iCarnegie, a CMU company. He has taught Non-Profit Marketing, Professional Writing, Entrepreneurism and Business Planning, and Strategy. In 2006 he won the CMU Teaching Excellence Award in the Master of Information System Management School. He has an active consulting life that includes a partnership in Linchpin Learning, a company that offers communication training to executives and employees.
Sarah Belousov Sarah M. Belousov previously served as TechBridgeWorld's Project Manager and Project Assistant for eight years. During her time at TechBridgeWorld, Sarah cultivated our various partnerships in the U.S. and around the world, managed our many programs, fundraised to support TechBridgeWorld’s endeavors, as well as supervised and mentored several Carnegie Mellon University students. She earned her M.S. in Public Policy and Management at CMU’s Heinz College, and her B.A. at Johns Hopkins University, majoring in International Studies and minoring in French. She also studied at l’Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris. Previously, Ms. Belousov worked at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and participated with Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative.
Yonina Cooper

Yonina Cooper (Nina) recently retired from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) where she was an Associate Teaching Professor in the School of Computer Science. Nina has over 40 years experience in teaching computer science and in related research. She previously served as TechBridgeWorld's Associate Director from 2009 - 2013 where she co-taught several courses, recruited and trained students to participate with ICTD research, and served as a Co-PI for research projects, among other things.


David Dausey

David J. Dausey holds an honorary faculty appointment at Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University where he is a Distinguished Service Professor. He is the Dean of the School of Health Professions and Public Health, Chair of the Public Health Department and a tenured Professor of Public Health at Mercyhurst University. He is also the director of the Mercyhurst Institute for Public Health. An internationally respected health care and public health expert, Dr. Dausey has worked closely with senior health officials in more than twenty countries and experts at international organizations and foundations such as the World Health Organization, the United Nations, the Global Health and Security Initiative and the Rockefeller Foundation. Domestically, he has collaborated with hundreds of state and local health care and public health agencies in every region of the country and with large federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Dausey was formerly a full-time researcher with the RAND Corporation where he remains as an adjunct researcher focused on global health issues. Dr. Dausey received his master and doctoral degrees from Yale University and was trained in academic administration at Harvard University.
M. Beatrice Dias M. Beatrice Dias (Bea) is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the CREATE Lab in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science. Bea previously served as TechBridgeWorld’s Postdoctoral Fellow from 2012 – 2013 collaborating with the team to assess different projects in ICTD, with a focus on literacy tools designed for developing communities across the globe. Previously, Bea conducted three of her Ph.D. research studies in collaboration with TechBridgeWorld to understand the effect of technology in developing communities across the globe. The genesis of this research was her experience as a participant in TechBridgeWorld's inaugural iSTEP internship program in 2009 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

M. Freddie Dias


M. Freddie Dias, is a Research Programmer/Analyst based in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science. He currently works at the National Robotics Engineering Center, the technology transfer arm of the Robotics Institute, where he develops software for robotic projects in the mining industry. He previously served as a technical consultant on TechBridgeWorld's executive board and is still actively involved as a volunteer on several TechBridgeWorld projects. Freddie has always been interested in projects that help to bridge the technology divide in developing communities and is especially interested in improving computer science curriculum for middle and high school students. Originally from Sri Lanka, he graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a double major in physics and computer science.

Jim Gartner

Jim Gartner is the Managing Director of Corporate Security Concepts, Inc., an international security consulting firm working with multinational organizations and global universities. Prior to CSC, Gartner served as Senior Director of Global Security at Carnegie Mellon University and was based in Doha, Qatar from 2006 to 2012 where he assisted in CMU's global expansion efforts. He spent a total of 28 years at CMU and today continues that relationship in an advisory role. At CSC, Gartner specializes in global intelligence reporting, security consulting, and long-term organizational planning.

Dan Jenkins

Dan Jenkins is an Associate Director of Corporate Relations at Carnegie Mellon University. He facilitates strategic partnerships in research and high-technology development. His focus areas are in computer science and the digital arts. He is also doing substantial work in emerging online technologies, including social-networking and information science. Previously Dan worked for several years at Cornell University, before which he held positions at a media company and a direct marketing firm. He is a graduate of Cornell and has many outside interests, including painting, running, and writing.
Balajee Kannan Balajee Kannan is a Senior Scientist at GE Global Research. He has over 10 years of experience in developing intelligent systems for a variety of organizations including DARPA, The Boeing Company, Veterans Administration, Google Inc, etc. His research focuses on applying intelligent robotic systems to real world problems on ground, water and in space while bridging the gap between humans and robots. He is also an avid proponent of using technology for solving real world problems in developing countries.

Ayorkor Korsah

G. Ayorkor Korsah is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Ashesi University, Ghana.  She completed her Ph.D. work in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science, and her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Dartmouth College. Her interests and research activities include teaching computer science and robotics, developing optimization algorithms for team coordination problems, and understanding the synergies between technology and education, especially in developing communities. Dr. Korsah previously served as a student representative on TechBridgeWorld's executive board and spearheaded a couple of TechBridgeWorld projects in Ghana.

Chris Labash


Chris Labash teaches business communications and strategy in the Masters in Information Systems Management program at Carnegie Mellon University. Most recently a cofounder of Linchpin Learning, his deep background spans advertising, branding, communications, education, management consulting, marketing, and strategy development. He has co-founded three companies, worked for two major advertising agencies, for one of the world's largest training and development companies, and with many startups and nonprofits. Chris’ research interests center on how forms of electronic engagement apply to different audiences, and on how future technologies will impact the dynamics of workforce communication.

Philip Lehman

Philip Lehman is Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives at Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science. He previously served as Senior Vice President at iCarnegie, Inc, an educational subsidiary of Carnegie Mellon University, where he led business development, sales, and marketing activities. iCarnegie provides curriculum, degrees, and services "powered by Carnegie Mellon" to educational institutions worldwide. Dr. Lehman has spent more than twenty years in the software industry in Pittsburgh, principally in early- and medium-stage businesses. He was a "Day One" executive at Transarc Corporation (later acquired by IBM), where he started both the distributed file systems and services businesses. He also served as the Services Executive for IBM's Transaction Systems software business.

Ariadna Font Llitjós


Ariadna Font Llitjós, a native of Barcelona, is a Senior Computational Linguist at Vivísimo, Inc. She received her M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2007) degrees in Language and Information Technologies from Carnegie Mellon University. While at Carnegie Mellon, TechBridgeWorld's V-Unit program took her to Cuzco, Peru, where she built an automatic machine translation system for Quechua to Spanish. Dr. Font Llitjós strongly believes that initiatives and programs like TechBridgeWorld are crucial in this new information era, since they help to create a technology community that is open and inclusive rather than short-sighted and exclusive.
Matthew Mason Matthew T. Mason is on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is presently Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, and Director of the Robotics Institute. His research interests are in robotic manipulation, including manufacturing automation, mobile manipulation, and robotic origami. He is co-author of “Robot Hands and the Mechanics of Manipulation” (MIT Press 1985), co-editor of “Robot Motion: Planning and Control” (MIT Press 1982), and author of “Mechanics of Robotic Manipulation” (MIT Press 2001). He is a winner of the System Development Foundation Prize, a Fellow of the AAAI, and a Fellow of the IEEE.
Jack Mostow Jack Mostow is a Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Robotics, Machine Learning, Language Technologies, and Human-Computer Interaction, and serves on the Steering Committee for the doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Educational Research. In 1992 he founded Project LISTEN to develop an automated Reading Tutor that listens to children read aloud. Project LISTEN won the Outstanding Paper Award at the Twelfth National Conference on Artificial Intelligence in August 1994, a United States patent in 1998, inclusion in the National Science Foundation's "Nifty Fifty" research projects in 2000, and the Allen Newell Medal of Research Excellence in 2003. After earning his A.B. cum laude in Applied Mathematics at Harvard and his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Mostow held faculty positions at Stanford, University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute, and Rutgers. He has served as an Editor of Machine Learning Journal and of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, as Program Co-chair of the 1998 National Conference on Artificial Intelligence, and as invited keynote speaker at the 2004 meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. In 2007 he was elected to the Executive Committee of the International Society for Artificial Intelligence in Education.
Ian Rawson Ian G. Rawson, Ph.D., CHE serves as chairman of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) Haiti. The hospital is a model for health care organizations in developing countries, and provides health care and community health and development for more than 300,000 people in Haiti’s central Artibonite Valley. Dr. Rawson previously served as president of the Hospital Council of Western Pennsylvania, president of AmeriNet Central, and as a senior manager with Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation and Allegheny General Hospital. He is an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and three other Pittsburgh area universities and serves on numerous community health organization boards. Dr. Rawson holds a Ph.D. in medical anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in political science from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He also attended the Harvard University School of Public Health’s executive program in health planning and management.
Raj Reddy Raj Reddy is Dean Emeritus, Mozah Bint Nasser University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics of the School of Computer Science, and founder of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. A native of India, Professor Reddy is renowned for his research in the study of human-computer interaction and artificial intelligence, and is responsible for launching numerous international collaborations. His career has been distinguished by numerous honors, including a Turing Award, the "Nobel Prize of Computing," and the French Legion of Honor.
Mel Siegel Mel Siegel is a faculty member in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science. His research and teaching focuses on sensing in difficult environments, stereoscopic displays, and human-computer interactions. He has received the IR-100, an award identifying the 100 most significant inventions of the year, three times. He is a Fellow of IEEE, and is active in the IEEE Instrumentation & Measurements Society. Dr. Siegel taught physics and mathematics as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana and remains active in Peace Corps alumni organizations involved in sustainable development projects.
Anthony Stentz Anthony Stentz is a Research Professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, and Director of the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), the technology transfer arm of the Robotics Institute. He is responsible for developing and transferring robotics technologies to U.S. companies in the mining and agriculture industries. Dr. Stentz is renowned in automation for outdoor, mobile machines.
Chuck Thorpe Charles E. "Chuck" Thorpe is Senior Vice President and Provost of Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. Until joining Clarkson in 2012, he was a long-time member of the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute and the Founding Dean of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. A Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Dr. Thorpe spent much of his early career in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) where he retains many contacts and became fluent in the country’s native languages of Lingala and French.
Rahul Tongia Rahul Tongia, is a Principal Research Scientist at the Center for Study of Science, Technology, and Policy. He was previously a Senior Systems Scientist in the School of Computer Science's Institute for Software Research, and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Tongia is interested in issues of infrastructure in emerging economies, especially the role of technology choices for improving deployment and penetration. Using quantitative policy and decision analysis, he has focused on the information technology (IT), telecom, and energy domains. In addition to engineering-economic analyses, his work also deals with broader policy issues such as security, international collaboration, and technology analysis and transfer. A prime area of activity involves the use of IT for human development. He recently completed a book on research issues for using information and communications technology (ICT) for sustainable development.
Manuela Veloso Manuela M. Veloso, Professor of Computer Science, is a member of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a Fellow of AAAI (American Association for Artificial Intelligence), was awarded an NSF Career Award and the Allen Newell Medal for Excellence in Research, and was recently elected as Program Chair of the 2007 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, to be held in Hyderabad, India. Professor Veloso, a native of Portugal, is a pioneer in planning and artificial intelligence research, a leader in robotics and computer science education, and a strong supporter of exploring the role of technology in sustainable development.
Jeanette Wing Jeannette M. Wing is the President's Professor of Computer Science in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her S.B. and S.M. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1979 and her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in 1983, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2004-2007, she was Head of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon. Currently on leave from CMU, she is the Assistant Director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation.


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