Sporting a dark tee, exuberant expression (and arriving 20 minutes late), Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg took a moment out of his busy schedule--3 minutes to be exact--to address reporters at CMU before moving on with his campus recruitment drive.
Taking several questions from the students and reporters gathered outside the Gates Center, Zuckerberg lobbed several compliments to the university. Facebook is looking for engineers with great technical skills who are team players, he said.
"We have a lot of Carnegie Mellon alums at Facebook. A lot of them are some of our best engineers. When we decided to organize this trip to go to see a few colleges, Carnegie Mellon was on top of the list. It's my first time here; I'm excited to be here."
KDKA's Jon Delano said it all, tweeting, "Met Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg at CMU this morning--sort of. Briefest press conference ever."
CMU was the last of three schools visited by Zuckerberg on his 2-day East Coast recruiting trip. On Monday he dropped by MIT and Harvard, his alma mater, the first time he has been back to campus since dropping out in 2004 to start Facebook.
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, all the college recruitment events were closed to the public and press. Zuckerberg spoke to about 900 students, faculty and staff who registered online for the event held in Wiegand Gymnasium; the tickets went in 30 minutes. Computer science and engineering students were given first priority.
Brittany Osikowicz, a lucky ticket holder, tweeted that the talk was "Interesting. Great focus on people & teams w/in company. Keeps Facebook's focus on user experience, not short-term revenue gains."
"They (Facebook) really like our students," said Randy Bryant, dean and university professor at the School of Computer Sciences. "They've recruited 57 of our alumni who are working at Facebook." Bryant said CMU is hopeful that Facebook would one day open a research office on campus at some point in the future, but there are no such plans at present.
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