Tepper School Alumna and Current Faculty Member Jointly Contribute $1 Million in Support of Tepper Quadrangle and New Business School Facility

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Tepper School Alumna and Current Faculty Member Jointly Contribute $1

Million in Support of Tepper Quadrangle and New Business School


PITTSBURGH, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Carnegie Mellon

University has received a $1 million gift from alumna Gunjan Kedia,

MSIA '94, and her husband, faculty member Sridhar R. Tayur, the Ford

Distinguished Research Chair and professor of operations management at

the Tepper School of Business. Their generous contribution is in

support of the newly established David A. Tepper Quadrangle, an

initiative that will construct a new home for the Tepper School while

integrating programs, curricula and research from across the

university's world-class schools and colleges.

"In terms of business and entrepreneurship, Gunjan and Sridhar are

highly accomplished professionals. In terms of education, they have

been outstanding supporters of the school over the years, and we

appreciate their commitment to the future of business education," said

Bob Dammon, dean of the Tepper School of Business. "I feel privileged

to have had Gunjan as a student in my class and to watch the success

that she has earned throughout her career. Sridhar is a wonderful

faculty colleague and a highly respected and accomplished researcher

and entrepreneur. They are both an inspiration to me and the entire

Tepper School community."

In a joint statement, Ms. Kedia and Dr. Tayur said, "Our 20-plus years

of association with the Tepper School and Carnegie Mellon have been

rewarding, both professionally and personally. We are excited to

contribute toward and to be a part of the new Tepper Quadrangle, and

we look forward to many more decades of being engaged with the


Ms. Kedia earned her MBA, with distinction, at Carnegie Mellon

University's Tepper School of Business in 1994 and is currently

executive vice president in State Street Corporation's Investment

Services division. Prior to joining State Street in 2008, she was

executive vice president of global product management at Bank of New

York Mellon, a partner with McKinsey & Company and an associate with

PricewaterhouseCoopers. She also serves on the Business Board of

Advisors for the Tepper School of Business.

Dr. Tayur joined the faculty at the Tepper School of Business in 1991

and is a popular teacher and highly-respected researcher in fields

including supply chain management, emerging technologies in

healthcare, and digital media. In 2000, he founded the supply chain

software company SmartOps Corporation, (acquired by SAP AG) and served

as CEO until 2012. He is also the founder of the hybrid social

enterprise OrganJet and GuardianWings, which coordinates timely and

affordable air transport for patients in need of transplants.

This gift will be used for the construction of a 295,000 square-foot

facility, the first structure within the new Tepper Quadrangle, which

will house a number of strategically interconnected entities,

including the university's Tepper School of Business, the CMU Center

for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Simon Initiative, and quality

of life enhancements for the entire CMU community. This new facility

will serve as the cornerstone for integrating elements of research and

education across the university's Pittsburgh campus.

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 12,000 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 has campuses in Pittsburgh, Pa., California's Silicon

Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and


About the Tepper School of Business: Founded in 1949, the Tepper

School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University (www.tepper.cmu.edu)

is a pioneer in the field of management science and

analytical-decision making. The school's notable contributions to the

intellectual community include nine Nobel laureates. The school is

among those institutions with the highest rate of academic citations

in the fields of finance, operations research, organizational behavior

and production/operations. The academic offerings of the Tepper School

include undergraduate studies in business and economics, graduate

studies in business administration and financial engineering, and

doctoral studies.

SOURCE Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon

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/CONTACT: Mark D. Burd, 412-268-3486, mdburd@andrew.cmu.edu; Ken Walters, 412-268-1511, walters1@andrew.cmu.edu

/Web Site: http://www.tepper.cmu.edu

CO: Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon

ST: Pennsylvania



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