Conrad Tucker has been named the director of Carnegie Mellon University in Africa, effective immediately.
CMU-Africa offers graduate degrees in information technology, electrical and computer engineering, and engineering artificial intelligence through the College of Engineering. The location has over 300 students and more than 550 alumni who are making an impact across the African continent. Last year, Carnegie Mellon announced a transformational $275.7 million partnership to expand the engineering and technology, research, and entrepreneurship programs at CMU-Africa, helping to strengthen Africa’s technology, innovation, and research ecosystem.
Bill Sanders, the Dr. William D. and Nancy W. Strecker Dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, stated “Conrad’s passion and drive will no doubt continue the excellent upward trajectory of CMU-Africa.”
Dr. Tucker is currently serving as interim director of the Kigali, Rwanda College of Engineering location. He is also a professor of mechanical engineering and holds courtesy faculty appointments in machine learning, robotics, and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Professor Tucker holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. He received a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering, as well as an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.