For all students and alumni of Carnegie Mellon.
What is your connection to CMU? Alumni, staff, researcher?
September 16, 2009 at 8:22 am #80601
Just curious about who’s here from CMU?
I was at CMU from 1992-1998. Creative Writing major, undergrad, worked on studentunion, women’s center, undergraduate reading series, oakland review, student govt. Any other grads out there?
How did you wind up in govt service, if you did, and why?
September 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm #80613
I was an undergrad from 97-2000, then did graduate work at Heinz College from 2001-2002. I was studying information security (downstairs in Hamburg Hall) on Sep 11, 2001. I’ve been working in information security ever since, and ended up in the DC area.
September 16, 2009 at 2:42 pm #80611
I went from there to Charles University in Prague in 1998, then on to grad school at South West Texas State in 1999-2000. Stayed in publishing until I wound up in Brussels working for the Army in their Arts & Crafts Center, then moved to Germany with DoD at the George C. Marshall Center. It was rather haphazard way into govt service but I find it incredibly rewarding, even if frustrating at times. Esp. coming from CMU – I find the pace of adopting new technology agonizingly slow in DoD, but I have a feeling it might just be this agency.
September 29, 2009 at 1:10 pm #80609
I’m an alum (HSS ’04). Majored in Russian Studies & International Relations, minored in Professional Writing. I wanted to work in foreign policy and, well, the government kinda has the market cornered on that 😉 Two things pushed me in that direction: first, 9/11/01 (I was in stats class, oblivious, until I saw a bunch of frat guys at the Fence listening to news radio!). Secondly, (with a lot of help from my advisors) I was a NSEP Boren Scholar–a scholarship that pays for a year of study abroad if you promise to work for the government for a period to “repay” your scholarship.
…as for adopting new technology, I thought DOD was faster than most agencies, since you guys are about the only people to actually get your budget on time every year and not have to deal with CRs! I think a lot of it has to do with budgets, and, in some cases, less technically savvy people who are making the calls on what’s needed and what’s not. My office’s printer is so old that it doesn’t have a duplex function…
September 29, 2009 at 1:38 pm #80607
I don’t think DoD has had a budget in place my entire career – we ALWAYS have CRs! And while I have heard that the DoD can be tech savvy….I’m not sure I belive it, I think it’s like the loch ness monster, everyone knows someone who has seen it, but no one can prove it exists!
OK, Russian Studies, International Relations and Writing Skills – I don’t know if you are happy where you are now, but if not, keep an eye on the George C. Marshall Center for positions (http://www.marshallcenter.org) they are posted on USAJobs under DSCA!
July 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm #80605
I was a staff member in publications, 1981-1982, working as a roving editor. I think working at Carnegie Mellon changed me more than another other job. It got me turned on to technology, to a sharing culture, to experimentation. If CMU had been in New York City (where I desperately wanted to live), I’d still be there.
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