Carnegie Mellon University in Australia celebrated the achievements of its graduands on May 16.
The ceremony began with a congratulatory video message from Professor Ramayya Krishnan, Dean of Heinz College.
This year's keynote speech was delivered by Dr Joanna Batstone. Dr Batstone is the Vice President of IBM Watson & Cloud Platform in the US, and has held a variety of technical and business leadership roles in IBM’s Research and Development Laboratories.
She encouraged the graduands to choose innovation that matters, strive for excellence and build trust in relationships. She challenged them to be bold, take actions and embrace change.
Three students were presented with the ‘Excellence Awards’ for the exceptional performance and dedication in their studies. They were Jonathan Teubner, who earned the public policy and management award, and Zhaohan Wang and Vinaya Sai Davuluri, who clinched the information technology management and business intelligence and data analytics award respectively.
In line with CMU tradition, three student speakers were selected to represent the Class of 2018.
Jonathan Teubner, a Downer-Rann scholar and Manager of Economic Regulatory Development at Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), began his part-time public policy degree in 2015, and shared how the program has enhanced his understanding of the policy development process.
"I can now frame debate in a compelling, alternative economic framework that actually explains the industry and the policy issues confronting it, highlighting the future directions that are required to repair not just gas policy, but also energy, rail and other utilities that have faced the same competition reforms over the years. Soon I will be presenting my paper at the 7th Annual International Conference on Law, Regulations and Public Policy in Singapore - the next leg of my journey.
The diversity of thought CMU-A promotes and the innovation and quality of its teaching has opened my mind to new thinking and possibilities and I feel energized and richer for it."
The next student speaker, Vinaya Sai Davuluri (MSIT-BIDA), came from India and is currently working as a Systems Analyst Programmer at Cara Inc.
“We have gotten a great education here at Carnegie, be it from the subjects we took or the valuable life lessons we received from our esteemed faculty. I will remember the long productive discussions I used to have with each of the faculty here at Carnegie, be it regarding my academics or my career - they were always there,” said Sai.
The final student speaker was Yulin Zhou (MSIT-BIDA). Yulin came from China and has recently completed her internship at Core Energy.
“We are evaluated by the highest Masters student standard in the world. Students are not taught step by step how to write code. Instead, we are pointed to the right path and encouraged to explore every solution where we can learn so much more from hands-on experience and reflect on our work in depth. “
Head of Carnegie Mellon University in Australia and Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy Professor Emil Bolongaita concluded the ceremony by thanking family and friends who have supported the graduands throughout their journey.
Since opening in 2006, Carnegie Mellon University in Australia has now graduated close to 500 students in information technology and public policy and management.