Dr. Irene Greif

Dr. Irene Greif

IBM Felow, Director of Collaborative User Experience Group, IBM Research

Inducted in 2000

Dr. Irene Greif is a computer scientist, communicator, manager and coach who has greatly contributed to IBM's success, particularly in the Lotus-branded collaboration products. She created a world-class research organization, originally in Lotus Development Corporation, and then successfully transferred it into IBM's Research Division, expanding its scope and impact across IBM.

Dr. Greif, as the founder of the field of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), is an expert in how people work with computers and how people can work with each other using computers, and she has had a major impact on technology throughout the world in the sharing of work, remote work, knowledge management, and distance learning. CSCW is the science underlying groupware such as Lotus Notes, the industry's leading e-mail and collaboration software product. Dr. Greif's personal contributions at Lotus include early patented work on Version Manager, a feature that launched the group-enabling of all Lotus products. She also played a key role in setting the strategies for Domino, Lotus' Web-based collaborative technology, and Sametime, Lotus' real-time communications offering. More recent innovations include Reinventing Email, business activities, and social bookmarking. Greif is also a strong advocate of strategic design, delivering vision pieces and innovation in user interface and interactive visualization. Dr. Greif has brought legitimacy to the collaborative side of computer science, influencing the work of thousands of researchers in the past 15 years in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Some of her supporters believe Dr. Greif's work has brought a feminine perspective to the world of technology, integrating social concerns with technical ones. Computer-Supported Cooperative Work not only has changed the way we think about using technology in the workplace, it has brought a more user-friendly perspective to computing.

The winner of many honors in the field of computer technology, Dr. Greif is an inspiration to many women. She is the first woman to earn a doctorate in computer science from MIT. Dr. Greif has served on the faculties of the Computer Science Department at the University of Washington and the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Departments at MIT. She is a fellow of both the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Association of Computing Machinery (ACM.)

She is married and the mother of two adult children and two stepchildren.