Carnegie Mellon University

first distributed computing environment with what we now call email (our Andrew system)

the concept of “attachments” to email

the notion and operationalization of “search engine” (Lycos was our spinoff company; we now have another called Vivisimo)

the little drawings like “:;” – (emoticons? ES)

NiAl underlayer coating on hard disk drives that have enabled extremely high data densities; U. S. Patent # 5,693,426 Lee, Lambeth, Laughlin

early work in decision science, artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology by Herb Simon, our Nobel Prize winner who has set the tone across our campus for deep and substantive collaboration across fields. (more on Simon below)

successful ending of the Morris Internet Worm incident in 1989 which led to the creation of the CERT and hundreds of clones around the world to handle computer incident response
Capability Maturity Model for software engineering improvement

some of the first autonomous vehicles, including Sandstorm this past year as well as an autonomous helicopter

Business school: Four Nobel Prize winners in Economics: Robert Lucas, Merton Miller, Franco Modigliani, and Herb Simon. Lucas was awarded the prize for his pioneering work on rational expectations theory and its implications for government macroeconomic and regulatory policies. Modigliani’s prize recognized his path-breaking life-cycle theory of consumer savings, an important component in all modern macroeconomic models. Miller’s prize was awarded in recognition of his contributions to corporate finance. The results of his research — in collaboration with Franco Modigliani — is now taught in every business school in the country. Simon’s prize was given for his seminal development of the idea of bounded rationality in economics, and the need to focus on human behavior as well as markets in order to understand the workings of a large industrial economy.