Campus News in Brief

CMU MAM program announces AMTLab

Carnegie Mellon University’s master of arts management (MAM) program announced the launch of its new Arts Management & Technology Laboratory (AMTLab).
AMTLab is a research center meant to provide top-level practices and technologies to art managers, technologists, and researchers in the MAM program.

In a university press release, Executive Director of AMTLab Brett Crawford said, “AMTLab serves as a resource to a field that has few options available to it. Perhaps most importantly, AMTLab stands to help solve critical questions facing today’s arts managers and technologists, while contributing to the innovations necessary for future effective application of technology in the arts management field.”

Along with Crawford, two Heinz College graduate students are leading the project. These students are tasked with developing and publicizing the site. One student will be chief editor, and the other will be chief coordinator.

AMTLab has an online forum,, which shares a blog with research updates from contributors and case studies of art organizations.

According to the press release, Director of the MAM program Kathryn Heidemann said, “Technology is now a function of all areas of arts management — no longer just IT departments — and this center helps our students as well as the greater arts community understand both the theoretical and practical intersections between arts management and technology.”

Graduate students awarded scholarships

The Department of Homeland Security’s CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense’s Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) awarded 17 graduate students from Carnegie Mellon with cybersecurity scholarships. The IASP award went to two students from the Information Networking Institute (INI), while the SFS awards went to six students from INI and two students from the Heinz College.

According to a university press release, INI Director and Director of Education, Training and Outreach Dena Haritos Tsamitis said, “As future federal employees, the SFS and IASP scholars delve into challenging engineering and information assurance coursework and engage in interdisciplinary cybersecurity research. In addition to the emphasis on the technologies and strategies related to digital defense and offense, Carnegie Mellon’s cybersecurity curricula explore risk management, economics, and policy issues related to reducing vulnerability and securing our national information infrastructure.”

Carnegie Mellon is recognized by the National Security Agency and United States Cyber Command as a National Center for Academic Excellence in operations for the period 2013–18.

With cyberattacks on the rise, the U.S. government now values the training and retention of cybersecurity experts more than ever. Carnegie Mellon, recognized for its work in this field, has graduated over 160 students in the SFS program in the past decade.