Participating Leadership

Keith Webster, Dean of Libraries, Director of Emerging and Integrative Media

keith-webster.jpgKeith Webster was appointed Dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University in July 2013 and was additionally appointed as Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives in July 2015. He also has a courtesy academic appointment at the University’s H. John Heinz III College. Previously, Keith was Vice President and Director of Academic Relations and Strategy for the global publishing company John Wiley and Sons. He was formerly Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Queensland in Australia, leading one of the largest university and hospital library services in the southern hemisphere. Earlier positions include University Librarian at Victoria University in New Zealand, Head of Information Policy at HM Treasury, London, and Director of Information Services at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London.

Keith has held professorships in information science at Victoria University of Wellington and City University, London. He is a Chartered Fellow and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK), and has served on government advisory boards, journal editorial boards, and as an officer in professional and learned societies around the world.

Susan Finger, Associate Dean


susan-finger-july-2015_cropped.jpgSusan Finger, a professor of civil and environmental engineering who has always enjoyed working at the interface between culture and technology, serves as associate dean of the Integrative Design Arts & Technology (IDeATe) program. As a teenager she was an apprentice in a summer repertory theater, where she discovered her love for design and dance. Her passion has been reflected in her career in many ways, including working backstage in professional theater for five years. She received a bachelor's degree in astronomy from the University of Pennsylvania with a minor in medieval language and literature, a master's degree in operations research from Penn, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. on photovoltaic power systems through civil engineering from MIT. She came to CMU in the late 1980s as research faculty in the Intelligent Systems Lab in the Robotics Institute and joined the faculty of the Civil Engineering Department in 1991.

She has served two tours at the National Science Foundation; first, in the mid-1980s, as the first program director for the Design Theory and Methodology Program in the Engineering Directorate and, more recently, as a program officer for engineering education in the Division of Undergraduate Education. She is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. As associate dean of IDeATe, she is looking forward to working with faculty and students from across the university to cultivate a collaborative, creative and active learning environment.

Zach Ali, Technical Director

Zach Ali oversees all aspects of the IDeATe facility in Hunt Library.

Jill Chisnell, Integrated Media and Design Librarian

Jill Chisnell serves as the librarian for IDeATe, the School of Design, and HCII (Human-Computer Interaction Institute). She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television from New York University and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. An artist and crafter who uses reclaimed materials and found objects in her work, Jill is also a co-founder and organizer of Pittsburgh's first indie craft fair, Handmade Arcade.

Kelly Delaney, Project Manager

Kelly Delaney has been the project manager for IDeATe since March 2013 and manages many of the academic aspects of the program. She is the primary contact for students and faculty participating in IDeATe. As an alumna and long-time staff member of Carnegie Mellon University, Kelly is excited by the new paths that IDeATe is forging.

Gretchen Graff, Business Administrator

Gretchen Graff is the Business Administrator for IDeATe, overseeing financial matters and staffing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from California University of PA. She enjoys botanical illustration and gardening, and is taking classes in sustainable horticulture.

Gretchen joined the team in November 2014. She's worked with art, media, and design students for a number of years throughout her career, and is excited to now be supporting CMU students through IDeATe.

George Minick, Technical Lead

George Minick assists with the oversight and operations of the IDeATe facility at Hunt Library. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in History. After naval service, he engaged in computer training and consulting and continued with computer support, project management, and information security. He then took an opportunity to learn and teach various aspects of metal machining and woodworking.

George joined the IDeATe team in February 2015 and is keenly interested in the creative applications of technology routinely explored by the students and faculty in the IDeATe program.

Tim Parenti, Software Engineer

Tim Parenti oversees the computing aspects of IDeATe by performing regular maintenance on the machines that we use, providing support to faculty in their course needs, and creating software solutions to our common operational woes.