|School of Urban and Public Affairs (1968-1992)
H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management (1992-2008)
|Motto||"Educating men and women for intelligent action"|
|Type||Private graduate college|
|Established||1968 by Richard King Mellon|
|Carnegie Mellon University|
|Location||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Campus||National Historic Landmark, Urban|
The H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy (Heinz College or HC) at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States is a private graduate college that consists of one of the nation's top-ranked public policy schools—the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration-accredited School of Public Policy & Management—and information schools—the School of Information Systems & Management. It is named for the late United States Senator H. John Heinz III (1938-1991) from Pennsylvania. The Heinz College is also a member of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection, one of 24 members of the iCaucus leadership of iSchools, and a founding member and the host institution of the MetroLab Network, a national smart city initiative.
The Heinz College educational process integrates policy analysis, management, and information technology. Coursework emphasizes the applied and interdisciplinary fields of empirical methods and statistics, economics, information systems and technology, operations research, and organizational behavior. In addition to full-time, on campus programs in Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and Adelaide, the Heinz College offers graduate-level programs to non-traditional students through part-time on-campus and distance programs, customized programs, and executive education programs for senior managers.
Richard King Mellon and his wife Constance had long been interested in urban and social issues. In 1965, they sponsored a conference on urban problems, in which they began discussions with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University to create a school focused on public affairs. In 1967, Carnegie Mellon President H. Guyford Stever, Richard M. Cyert, Dean of the Tepper School of Business, and Professors William W. Cooper and Otto Davis met and formed a university-wide committee to discuss creating a school that would train leaders to address complex problems in American urban communities. Davis was asked to draft a proposal to create such a school and focused on applying the Tepper School of Business' pioneering quantitative and skill-based approach to management education as well as technology to public sector problems.
In 1968, William Cooper and Otto Davis presented the final proposal for the School of Urban and Public Affairs (SUPA) to the Richard King Mellon Foundation. The proposal found favor with R. K. Mellon and he became strongly committed to creating such a school. The R. K. Mellon Foundation sent a proposal to President Stever to finance it with an initial grant of $10 million, and on 1 November 1968, President Stever created the School of Urban and Public Affairs with William Cooper as the first Dean. The school initially drew much of its faculty from the Tepper School of Business and was based in the Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall. Eventually, the school became independent of other colleges within the university and moved to its current location in historic Hamburg Hall when the facility was acquired by the university from the U.S. Bureau of Mines. Subsequent Deans include Otto Davis, Brian Berry, Joel A. Tarr, Alfred Blumstein, former Carnegie Mellon Provost Mark Kamlet, Linda C. Babcock, Jeffrey Hunker, Mark Wessel, and current Dean Ramayya Krishnan.
In 1992, Teresa Heinz donated a large sum of money to the school, which was then renamed as the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management in honor of Mrs. Heinz's late husband, Senator H. John Heinz III. Senator Heinz, heir to the H. J. Heinz Company fortune, had been killed when his small private plane crashed one year before.
In 2007, the Heinz School received a grant from the Heinz Foundations that transformed the school into a college and formalized the School of Information Systems & Management alongside the School of Public Policy & Management under the college's administration. The official launch of the H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy was held on October 24, 2008 during Carnegie Mellon's Homecoming weekend and was led by Dean Krishnan, Teresa Heinz, and former United States Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill.
Heinz College is headquartered in Hamburg Hall, a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designed by noted Beaux-Arts architect Henry Hornbostel. Hamburg Hall is named for Lester A. Hamburg, an industrialist and philanthropist active in the Pittsburgh Jewish Community. The Heinz College also has a branch campus in Adelaide, South Australia, which offers master's degrees in Public Policy and Management and Information Technology. Heinz College also maintains a North Hollywood center in Los Angeles as part of the jointly administered master's degree program in Entertainment Industry Management, and a center in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill for students in the Public Policy and Management masters program.
Carnegie Mellon is in the process of renovating and expanding the Heinz College's Pittsburgh facilities through a four-phased process across Forbes Avenue from the 2013-announced Tepper Quadrangle. The ultimate plan for Hamburg Hall is to capture new space – approximately 20,000 square feet – by enclosing the courtyard between the rotunda, the East and West Wings, and the adjacent Elliott Dunlap Smith Hall with a soaring glass roof structure. This new space will include a large, multi‐purpose Classroom of the Future, lounges, meeting/study space, and a café. Phase I of renovations and expansion of Hamburg Hall was entirely financed by Heinz College and was completed in September 2013. Heinz College students immediately benefited from convenient access to the new student services and computing services suites. The construction of new career services interview rooms provides up‐to‐date facilities for on‐campus recruiters.
A December 2013 gift from The Heinz Endowments combined with gift commitments from other donors enabled the Heinz College to expedite the final architectural design of Phase II elements, finalize necessary construction planning, commence renovations and expansion, and complete a structure that will add additional value to the college. A new 150-seat auditorium in the courtyard between Hamburg Hall and Smith Hall was constructed, and both levels of the rotunda were transformed into student study and lounge spaces as well as a grand entrance and lobby area, and renamed as the Teresa Heinz Rotunda. The new auditorium allows the college to host high-profile speakers. Further, the west wing of Hamburg Hall now consists of forward-looking classrooms in the space that was vacated by the Engineering Research Accelerator when it moved to the newly constructed Scott Hall. An additional entrance from Forbes Avenue was also constructed.
During Phase III the addition to Hamburg Hall, including a glass roof, end walls, café, and study space, will be constructed. Fire protection and elevator improvements will also be addressed as well as the addition of new classrooms (including designated executive education rooms). The addition of 20,000 square feet to Hamburg Hall will allow the Heinz College to continue to grow student enrollment. This phase is planned for completion by 2017.
The final phase, Phase IV, will renovate third-floor faculty and PhD offices and meeting spaces.
In the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Graduate School rankings, the Heinz College was ranked 13th amongst schools of public affairs. Aside from the 2016 ranking, the Heinz College has ranked in the top 10 since U.S. News & World Report began ranking schools of public affairs in 1995. Of the 272 schools of public affairs across the nation that were surveyed in 2016, Heinz College ranked:
- 1st in Information and Technology Management;
- 8th in Public Policy Analysis (MPP Programs);
- 9th in Environmental Policy and Management;
- 28th in Nonprofit Management.
Heinz College also ranked 2nd in the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index listing for the top performing programs in public administration and 9th in the listing for the top performing programs in public policy.
The Medical Management program was ranked 4th by Modern Healthcare Magazine in the 2009 rankings of the top management graduate schools for physician executives.
The Heinz College was awarded the 2016 UPS George D. Smith Prize by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The Smith Prize recognizes the best academic departments and schools in analytics, management science, and operations research.
The Heinz College has an international reputation for excellence in its educational programs:
While Heinz College is the only college at Carnegie Mellon that does not have undergraduate degree programs, it does offer accelerated masters programs for exceptional undergraduates. The Heinz College participates in the minor in Health Care Policy & Management jointly with the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Mellon College of Science. Additionally Heinz College offers several executive education programs such as the CIO Institute in Arlington, Virginia (which offers CIO and CISO certificate programs), a joint data analytics certificate program with UPMC, a Chief Risk Officer certificate program jointly with the Software Engineering Institute, and the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women. The Heinz College is also one of four national hosts of the Junior Summer Institutes of the Public Policy and International Affairs Program and runs the IT Lab Junior Summer Institute. The Heinz College is a partner in the Tepper School of Business' Master of Science in Computational Finance program, the College of Engineering's Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Innovation Management program, and the School of Architecture's Master of Urban Design program.
The hallmark of every Heinz College education is the quantitative and skills-based curriculum, the integration of technology, and the required capstone final project. This final project is done instead of a traditional thesis and allows the students to apply their problem solving skills to a real-world client's problem. Graduates of Heinz College are successful in the public sector, private sector, and nonprofit sector.
Heinz College maintains an international reputation of excellence in the fields of social entrepreneurship, crime and drug policy, health policy and IT, art and entertainment industry management, digital media, information systems and economics, management science, data analytics, policy analysis, organizational behavior, information security and privacy, and social welfare policy. The Heinz College also regularly collaborates with the nearby Pittsburgh office of the RAND Corporation for research and educational programs. The Heinz College is also affiliated the following institutes, centers, programs, labs, and initiatives:
- Arts Management and Technology Laboratory
- Center for Behavioral Decision Research
- Center for the Future of Work
- Center for Human Rights Science
- CyLab Security and Privacy Institute
- Event and Pattern Detection Laboratory
- Initiative for Digital Entertainment Analytics
- Living Analytics Research Centre (jointly with Singapore Management University)
- The Privacy Economics Experiments Lab
- Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society
- Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center
- Traffic21 Institute
The Heinz College offers several experiential learning centers:
The Heinz College is also affiliated with the following research journals:
- The Heinz Journal
- I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society (jointly with the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University)
Notable associated people
- Ashish Arora - economist and expert in technology, innovation, development, and public policy
- Alessandro Acquisti - Carnegie Corporation of New York Andrew Carnegie Fellow and expert in behavioral economics and economics of privacy
- Linda C. Babcock - author, economist, former Dean of the Heinz College, expert in negotiation and gender, and department head of the Department of Social and Decision Sciences
- Nilofar Bakhtiar - Pakistani Senator and former Federal Minister for Tourism
- Allen Biehler - former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
- Alfred Blumstein - one of the world's top criminologists and operations researchers, winner of the 2007 Stockholm Prize in Criminology, member of the National Academy of Engineering, INFORMS Fellow and past president, director of the National Consortium on Violence Research
- Keith G. Block - President and Vice Chairman of Salesforce.com and previously Executive Vice President of North America Sales and Consulting at Oracle Corporation
- Nik Bonaddio - founder of numberFire
- Lee Branstetter - international economics expert and member of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors
- Terry F. Buss - director of Heinz College Australia and Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration
- Kathleen Carley - computational sociologist and expert in dynamic network analysis
- Jonathan P. Caulkins - operations researcher, expert in drug and crime policy, and founder of RAND Pittsburgh, INFORMS Fellow, and member of the National Academy of Engineering
- Jack Chow - Public health expert, first Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, Special Representative of the U.S. Secretary of State on Global HIV/AIDS and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Health and Science
- William W. Cooper - founding Dean of Heinz College and pioneer in management science and accounting, INFORMS Fellow and past president, John von Neumann Theory Prize winner, and member of the Accounting Hall of Fame
- John Patrick Crecine - former President of the Georgia Institute of Technology, former Dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, former Dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Carmen Yulín Cruz - current mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico
- David Dausey - public health expert and consultant for the RAND Corporation
- Otto Davis - co-founder of Heinz College, economist, and public-choice theorist
- Jon Delano - Money & Politics editor at KDKA-TV
- George T. Duncan - expert on statistical confidentiality
- Thomas J. Elzey - President of South Carolina State University
- David Farber - co-creator of ARPANET and former Chief Technologist for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
- Stephen Fienberg - one of the top statisticians in the world, recipient of the COPSS Presidents' Award, elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, fellow of the American Statistical Association, winner of the Wilks Award, fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, former dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Richard Florida - social economist, urban scientist, and creator of the Creative class concept
- Gary J. Gates - expert in demographics and geography of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations and research director at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at UCLA School of Law
- Martin Gaynor - health economist, former chairman of the Health Care Cost Institute, and former Director of the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Economics
- John Graham - Dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, former Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School, and former Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
- Jendayi Frazer - US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the George W. Bush administration
- Joseph Hezir - Chief Financial Officer of the United States Department of Energy
- Melvin J. Hinich - expert in signal processing and statistics
- Jeffrey Hunker - expert in information security policy, advisor in the United States Department of Commerce, founding director of the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure on the National Security Council
- Farnam Jahanian - Provost and interim president of Carnegie Mellon University and former Director of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering
- Norman J. Johnson - former President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration
- James F. Jordan - expert in Biotechnology and Healthcare, former Senior Vice-President of McKesson Corporation, Vice President of Johnson & Johnson
- Sydney Kamlager - District Director for California State Senator Holly Mitchell and Trustee-Elect for the Los Angeles Community College District
- Mark Kamlet - economist and former Provost of Carnegie Mellon University
- David Krackhardt - expert in organizational behavior and social network analysis
- Ramayya Krishnan - Dean and expert in management science and information technology, strategy, and policy, INFORMS Fellow and President-elect
- Yeh Kuang-shih - Minister of Transportation and Communication of Taiwan
- Patrick D. Larkey - policy analysis expert and former Department Head of the Department of Social and Decision Sciences
- Charles F. Manski, Economist and econometrician in the realm of rational choice theory, an innovator known for his work on partial identification.
- Dan J. Martin - Dean of the Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts
- J. Kevin McMahon - President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
- David H. McCormick - former Under Secretary for International Affairs within the US Department of the Treasury
- M. Granger Morgan - expert in environmental policy analysis, head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy
- Daniel S. Nagin - criminologist, winner of the 2014 Stockholm Prize in Criminology, and fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
- Jairam Ramesh - elected member of the Indian Parliament and the Cabinet Minister for Rural Development
- David Radzanowski - Chief Financial Officer of NASA
- Mark Roosevelt - President of Antioch College, Democratic candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and member of the Roosevelt family
- Denise M. Rousseau - expert in organizational behavior and the psychological contract
- Joel M. Rubin - Deputy Assistant Secretary for House Affairs in the United States Department of State and candidate for Congressman in Maryland's 8th congressional district
- Natalia Rudiak - Member of the Pittsburgh City Council
- Joe Sestak - United States Congressman from Pennsylvania from 2007 to 2011, former United States Navy Vice Admiral
- Peter M. Shane - Professor of Law and Public Policy specializing in administrative law and e-democracy, former Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law
- Kiron Skinner - expert and author in international relations, Cold War policy, and fellow at the Hoover Institution
- Luke Skurman - founder of Niche
- Michael D. Smith - economist in information technology and pioneer in The Long Tail phenomenon
- Robert P. Strauss - economist and expert in public finance and tax policy
- Subra Suresh - Former president of Carnegie Mellon University and former Director of the National Science Foundation
- John Tarnoff - studio executive, film and interactive producer, and technology entrepreneur and former Head of Show Development at DreamWorks Animation
- Joel A. Tarr - urban, industrial, environmental, and technological historian and former dean of the Heinz College and the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Lowell J. Taylor - economist and demographer, senior fellow at the National Opinion Research Center, and member of President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisors
- Paula Wagner - film executive and talent agent, former CEO at United Artists and Cruise/Wagner Productions
- Robert Wilburn - former president of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and director of Heinz College in Washington, DC
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