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CMU taps Google VP as new dean of school of computer science

Andrew Moore, new CMU dean of the college of computer science.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 2:12 p.m.

A Carnegie Mellon University professor who left the university in 2006 to become the founding director of Google's Pittsburgh office will return to CMU this summer as dean of the school of computer science.

CMU officials on Tuesday announced that Google Vice President Andrew Moore, 49, will replace Randal E. Bryant, who is returning to teaching after heading the school of computer science since 2004.

Moore, who joined the CMU faculty in 1993, helped to start Google's Pittsburgh operation on CMU's campus and oversaw its expansion to Bakery Square in the East End. The company now employs more than 300 scientists and engineers in Pittsburgh, and has plans to expand its offices.

Audrey Russo, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Technology Council, called the news “fantastic” for Pittsburgh, CMU and Moore.

“It's a major coup for CMU. Andrew has always straddled both worlds — his love of CMU and academic life and his love of making things happen. He's been a very good steward in terms of trying to coalesce the (technology) ecosystem. And he's been very open in terms of Google and trying to take an active role in helping entrepreneurs and encouraging mentorships. I'm thrilled he's here in Pittsburgh,” Russo said.

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc., and a former member of the CMU Board of Trustees, praised Moore.

“Andrew Moore has been a respected contributor to Google and the Pittsburgh community since he helped start the office there in 2006. Some of Google's strongest talent has come out of CMU, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with the university. I know Andrew will help inspire the next generation of innovators,” Schmidt said in a statement.

CMU officials said Moore's research interests include improving manufacturing methods and finding asteroids, and improving the early detection of bioterrorism using data on over-the-counter medication purchases.

“Ever since college, I have been inspired by the world-changing ideas and technologies that come out of CMU. I'm privileged to return to the School of Computer Science in this new role. I have had a wonderful eight years at Google Pittsburgh: a place which I believe has the most creative and driven gang of computer scientists in the world. We plan to remain great friends within the broader context of growing Pittsburgh's leadership in science and technology,” Moore said in a statement.

He was not available for an interview.

“Andrew Moore combines an expansive vision, scientific expertise and leadership strength that make him extraordinarily well suited to be dean of the School of Computer Science,” said CMU President Subra Suresh.

Moore received a doctorate from the University of Cambridge in 1991 and joined the CMU faculty in 1993 aftertwo years of postdoctoral research. In 2005, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence.

He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Mary, and two children, William and Lucy.

Debra Erdley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7996 or




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