Newsmaker: Robert Kraut
Noteworthy: The Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction awarded Kraut its 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Research Award. The award recognizes Kraut's decades of research into social computing, the effect of the Internet on personal relationships, how online communities function, and how those communities might be better designed.
Residence: Squirrel Hill
Occupation: Kraut is the Herbert A. Simon professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University.
Background: He has been a member of the National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board since 2010, and was elected to the Association of Computing Machinery's Computer-Human Interaction Academy in 2003 in recognition of his research.
Education: Kraut earned a Ph.D. in social psychology from Yale University in 1973, and a bachelor's degree in English and social relations from Lehigh University in 1968.
Quote: “I am personally delighted and honored to receive this award. However, I also consider the award a testimonial to the wonderful collaborators and students I have worked with over the years at CMU. They are responsible for much of the research with which I've been involved and have made my research career so much fun.”