Mike Krieger (Class of 2008, M.S. 2009) was featured recently in numerous press stories about the acquisition of Instagram (which he co-founded) by Facebook. Among the most widely cited was a profile of the company and its founders in the New York Times that mentioned Mike's Symbolic Systems education. The story quotes one of our faculty, Cliff Nass.
From the story:
[Kevin Systrom's] search for a partner naturally led him to the Mayfield network and to Mr. Krieger, an immigrant from Brazil known as Mikey and, in Mr. Gurevich’s words, “a stud engineer.”
Mr. Krieger brought different skills. He had majored in symbolic systems, an interdisciplinary program that blends coding with psychology, linguistics and philosophy. One of Mr. Krieger’s projects, as his professor Clifford Nass recalled, was to design a computer interface to gauge human emotion.
“He clearly was very interested and thoughtful about psychology,” Mr. Nass said. “You see that in Instagram. It’s not a technology triumph. It’s a design and psychology triumph.”