I am a faculty member in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology. I am Distinguished Professor and co-Director (with Professors Mary Beth Rosson and Heng Xu) of the College of IST’s Laboratory for Computer Supported Collaboration and Learning. I am also the Director of Penn State’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction. I have courtesy faculty appointments as professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Instructional Systems, and Psychology.
Until August 2003, I was a professor in Computer Science at Virginia Tech. I was also Director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction, and had secondary appointments as professor of Teaching and Learning and Psychology. And prior to that, I was a scientist at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (1976-1994), where I managed the legendary User Interface Institute.
I have reached the stage in life where my colleagues have started giving me “lifetime” awards, though I have no specific plan to retire or die anytime soon: ACM Joseph T. Rigo Award (Association for Computing Machinery, 1994), ACM SIGCHI Academy (2001, ACM SIGCHI is the ACM’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction), ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award (2002), ACM Fellow (2003), IEEE Alfred N. Goldsmith Award (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2004), IEEE Fellow (2004), Honorary Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (2005), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2011), Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (2012). I was listed in the Irish Education 100 in 2011 and 2012.
I was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa (honorary doctorate) in Engineering by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in September, 2012; my Discurso de investidura was entitled “Humanity, technology and HCI.” I was elected an Honorary Member (for life) and member of Advisory Council of the International Association for Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) in May, 2013.