Blase Ur Blase Eric Ur
Ph.D. Candidate
Carnegie Mellon University
School of Computer Science, Societal Computing
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I am thrilled to be joining the University of Chicago as Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Computer Science in January 2017.

I am a final-year PhD student at CMU, where I work with Lorrie Cranor. I research security and privacy, often at its intersection with human-computer interaction. My dissertation focuses on supporting users' password-security decisions with data. I have also worked extensively on supporting users' online privacy and on the Internet of Things. I collaborate often with Lujo Bauer, Nicolas Christin, and Michael Littman.

I have published at top security conferences (USENIX Security, ACM CCS), top HCI conferences (CHI, UbiComp), and interdisciplinary venues. I also value transferring research to practice, such as through the Bank Privacy website and Password Guessability Service. I have received best paper awards at USENIX Security 2016 and UbiComp 2014, the 2016 John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award, an NDSEG fellowship, a Fulbright scholarship, and honorable mentions for best paper at CHI 2016 and CHI 2012. I have very strong interests in teaching and K-12 outreach, particularly with the goal of broadening participation in CS. I earned my AB in computer science from Harvard University, where I was president of the drama club. I worked for three years at Rutgers University's School of Engineering on K-12 outreach and diversity programs.

My first name is pronounced "blaze," and my full name is pronounced "blazer" (with a strategic pause). I am also a musician and photographer, and previously a theatre designer. I go on bicycle trips, collect records, travel all over the place, and couchsurf. I am a very proud native of New Jersey.

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