Share This Page

Newsmaker: Frank Pfenning

| Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, 12:02 a.m.
Newsmaker Frank Pfenning, 53, of Squirrel Hill new chairman of CMU department of computer science

Noteworthy: Named chairman of Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department

Age: 53

Residence: Squirrel Hill

Family: Wife, Nancy, and three children

Background: Pfenning joined CMU as a research scientist after completing his doctorate. He became an associate professor in 1999 and full professor in 2002. He was instrumental in a recent update of CMU's introductory computer science curriculum. His research interests include the design of programming languages and logics for enhancing computer security.

Quote: “I'm not sure what the greatest challenge in providing our students with a solid grounding to move computer science forward is, but my top three are a lack of understanding of computer science among high school teachers, a still rapidly evolving field and a consequent lack of stability in teaching materials and programming languages.”

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.