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Lori Weiss, MBA

Project Manager


MBA, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
BA, Political Science, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)


Lori Weiss is project manager for several research projects at USC’s Information Sciences Institute as well as part of the ISI Marcomm team. Weiss joined ISI from the USC Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), where she served as director of communications and external relations from 2007 to 2013. She first joined ICT in 2003 as a project manager for the virtual human integration project.

Weiss has extensive experience facilitating and transitioning technology research to improve training and education. Her career in technology and education began in 1985 when she joined Apple Computer’s advanced technology group, working with computing pioneer Alan Kay. For over a decade, Weiss served as program manager for several of Alan’s educational research projects. She was also the business manager for the Technology Reinvestment Project in Apple’s authoring tools group funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA).

Following her time at Apple, Weiss joined Walt Disney Imagineering’s research and development group as director of business management. She went on to work with two strategy consulting firms in marketing and strategy and was vice president of program development for the Technology Transfer Institute’s Vanguard program. She has also served as a consultant for start-up companies.

Weiss has served on advisory boards for UC Santa Cruz Life Lab Science Program and Marlboro College’s Education and Technology graduate program; was board member and vice president of finance for American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), LA Chapter; and was elected to the Board of Directors of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce by the members of the community.


Research Summary

An article where I was interviewed (from previous work at USC ICT):

From IVA 2009 proceedings: At the Virtual Frontier: Introducing Gunslinger, a Multi8 Character, Mixed Reality, Story Driven Experience, Authors: Arno Hartholt1, Jonathan Gratch1, Lori Weiss1, the Gunslinger Team2

Apple Research Report: Programming for Preschoolers, Lori Weiss