Lorrie Cranor

IEEE Fellow, IEEE Computer Society

What inspired you to become an engineer? Were you always interested in technology? If so, why? If not, when did you become interested and why?

A: As I was growing up, my parents were both working in STEM fields and they encouraged my early interest in science and technology. My father taught me the basic programming language when I was in elementary school and let me play with the research computers he had at work.

In middle school, I had a summer internship in a Navy research lab and heard a lot about engineering school from the college student interns who were working in the lab. I went to a science high school, and while I had a great time in the marching band, student government, pit orchestra and editing the school newspaper and literary magazine, engineering and problem solving were what always resonated the most with me.