Alan Lesgold

Renée and Richard Goldman Dean Emeritus
Professor Emeritus of Education, Psychology, and Intelligent Systems
University of Pittsburgh

Alan Lesgold is Renée and Richard Goldman Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Education, Psychology, and Intelligent Systems at the University of Pittsburgh.  Lesgold completed his B.A. in psychology at Michigan State University and his doctorate at Stanford University in experimental psychology.  For a bit over a dozen years, he then studied how people learn complex skills. That led to developing five generations of intelligent tutoring systems to teach technicians how to solve emergent and unexpected problems with complex systems such as the machines used to make computer chips. During that period, Lesgold and a colleague founded one of the first doctoral programs in intelligent systems at Pitt. He also received major awards from the American Psychological Association and Educom, and an honorary doctorate from the Open University of the Netherlands for the intelligent training systems work. At the end of his intelligent systems development work, Lesgold also worked with a colleague to develop a high school curriculum to be paired with apprenticeship in the machine tool industry.  With another colleague, Lesgold developed a cloud-based system for constructing arguments that also featured a cloud-based coaching system to guide students in building their arguments. From 2000 to 2016, he was dean of Pitt’s School of Education. Lesgold has served on several boards of nonprofit organizations focused on improving education and on work force development and has chaired projects on related topics for the Governor of Pennsylvania and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. His new book, Learning for the Age of Artificial Intelligence, was published by Routledge.