PITTSBURGH, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will make his first visit to Carnegie Mellon University on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Carnegie Mellon is one of three campuses being visited by Zuckerberg during an East Coast college tour. He also has scheduled appearances at Harvard University and MIT.
While at Carnegie Mellon, Zuckerberg will meet with faculty and students and he will give a talk to an invitation-only audience. He will be joined by Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's vice president of engineering.
The audience will primarily consist of computer science and electrical and computer engineering students, and will also include students with interests related to these fields and other topics at the core of Facebook's business.
Zuckerberg, 27, famously created Facebook in 2004 while a computer science student at Harvard. What began as Facemash, a website for comparing student photos, rapidly evolved into Facebook. It is now the most used social networking site in the world with more than 800 million active members. Zuckerberg was Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2010.
Though this will be Zuckerberg's first visit to Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh campus, he and his colleagues at Facebook are well-acquainted with the university, which boasts a consistently top-ranked computer science program. Facebook is a major recruiter at Carnegie Mellon and employs about 50 alumni. Many CMU students have benefited from internships with the Palo Alto, Calif., company.
"We are very excited by the prospect of hosting a visit by Mark Zuckerberg," said Randal E. Bryant, dean of the School of Computer Science. "Facebook has profoundly changed the nature of social interactions worldwide. Supporting these interactions requires massive information processing capabilities, for which Facebook has become a leader in advanced computing technology."
Ticketing information for Zuckerberg's talk will be announced to the campus community this week.
Note to reporters and editors: Mark Zuckerberg's campus meetings will not be open to the public or the news media.
About Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 11,000 students in the university's seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon's main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California's Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico. The university is in the midst of a $1 billion fundraising campaign, titled "Inspire Innovation: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University," which aims to build its endowment, support faculty, students and innovative research, and enhance the physical campus with equipment and facility improvements.
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