Alumna named chief technologist for FTC

Lorrie Cranor, who earned four degrees from the School of Engineering & Applied Science, was recently named chief technologist for the Federal Trade Commission.

​Lorrie Cranor

In her role, she will be responsible for advising Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the commission, and the commission on developing technology and policy matters.

Previously, Cranor was professor of computer science and engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She has also done research at AT&T Labs Research and taught at the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Cranor has written more than 150 research papers on online privacy and usable security.

Cranor earned a doctorate in engineering and public policy and a master’s degree in computer science, both in 1996; a master’s degree in technology and human affairs in 1993; and a bachelor’s degree in engineering and public policy in 1992.