Geeks on a Mission

Time: September 27, 2013 - 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Location: Distributed Education Classroom, #1201, Collaborative Innovation Center (DEC@CIC), Carnegie Mellon University


Dr. Alex HillsDr. Alex Hills, Distinguished Service Professor, discusses "a new breed" of engineers and consultants. Geeks on a Mission reveals the highlights and challenges of technology projects in developing countries through the first-hand accounts of alumni who volunteered their knowledge, time and passion.

Dr. Hills will be joined by Geeks on a Mission contributing authors Information Networking Institute alumna Adrienne White (CIT, 2008) and Alimou Bah (Heinz, 2011).

The INI will host a book signing and reception at 4:00 p.m. in the CIC Atrium. The talk takes place on campus as a part of the Ceilidh Weekend activities. See the full schedule of Ceilidh events.

Speaker: Dr. Alex Hills with alumni Adrienne White and Alimou Bah

Talk Abstract:

Geeks on a Mission is a book about some unusual students. They’ve worked hard at the university, developing professional skills that are highly valued in the job market. Lucrative employment beckons. Yet they donate their summer vacations to work in developing nations around the world. They volunteer to work on projects that they consider important.

Edited by Dr. Alex Hills, Geeks on a Mission tells the stories of these students, who work as professional consultants, peers to the top executives in their client organizations. They work for non-governmental organizations and government ministries, and, for these organizations, the work is critical. The clients get top-notch professional assistance, and the students get an experience not available in any classroom. Everyone wins.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Alex Hills is Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He has volunteered throughout his career, using his professional skills to help others.  Now he teaches and encourages a new generation of young professionals to help solve problems of poverty, health and other ills that face the world. Working with colleagues, he advises and mentors students serving as consultants in developing nations. Dr. Hills tells their stories in his new book, Geeks on a Mission. He has also written about the early days of Wi-Fi technology in another book, Wi-Fi and the Bad Boys of Radio.