Carnegie Mellon Univeristy
Interviewed by Elizabeth Townsend Gard
Date December 2017
The suggestion for Lorrie came to me from an IP colleague at the University of Houston. Lorrie is the FORE Systems Professor, Computer Science and Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She is also a quilter.
She also created a password dress and a companion security blanket quilt that was featured in Science magazine. This ties into her passwords research. (You can even order the fabric at Spoonflower.com)
She also had an exhibit "Computers, Quilts and Privacy" in 2013 at the Frame Gallery on the Carnegie Mellon Campus. She created quilts on her "staybatical", where she combined her love of quilting with her computer science work. Here is a sixty-minute video where she discusses more about this project. It's really great.
In 2016, she was on leave to serve as Chief Technologist for the US Federal Trade Commission : "Cranor has authored over 150 research papers on online privacy and usable security, and has played a central role in establishing the usable privacy and security research community, including her founding of the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security."
List of Topics
Your life as a quilter in relationship to your professional life
Life after sabbatical in 2012-2013
The process of creativity as a computer scientist and as a quilter
Getting known for quilting
Life at the FTC
Favorite parts of quilting
Creating fabric at Spoonflower
Quilt as Art
Scientists and Quilting
Role of IP in your work
Paper Piecing Quilts (and interesting techniques - of cutting away fabric)
When do you Quilt
Inspiration for Quilts/Process
Art Quilts (and contests and touring quilts)
Designing in Powerpoint/Auditioning the Quilting in PowerPoint
Baby Quilts for Practice
Do you always design with the computer first?
Computer Generated Art and Quilts
Children and Quilting