"The most important thing to Red is people, not technology" said Daniel Rozin, director of research, ITP Department, NYU and 2001 Chrysler Design Awards winner.
Red Burns is founder and chair of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University (NYU). She is also the chair of the Tokyo Broadcasting System at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Burns designed and directed a series of telecommunications projects, including a two-way television for and by senior citizens, telecommunications applications to serve the developmentally disabled and one of the first field trials of Teletext in the United States. This type of innovative research led to Burns' creation of the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU in 1979.
Burns is a founding member of the Board of the New York New Media Association and serves on several notable foundations, including The Charles H. Revson Foundation, Media Lab Europe (European research partner of MIT Media Lab), The New York Times Digital Company Advisory Board and as a mentor to The Ross School in East Hampton, N.Y.
In the past year, Burns was named to Silicon Alley's 100 and Crain's New York Business listed her both as one of the 100 top leaders of New York's economy, as well as one of the top 100 most influential women in business. Additionally, Interactive Week picked her as one of the "Top 25 Influential People on the Net" and she was named one of "Newsweek's 50 for the Future" and New York magazine's "New York Cyber Sixty."
Ms. Burns has received a number of awards including the 1997 Matrix Award, the first ever in the new media category, the Crain's All-Stars Educator's Award and the Mayor of New York's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology. She was inducted into the Art Director Club's Hall of Fame with a Special Educator's Award. Burns has also served as a juror for the On-Line Journalism Awards, the National Magazine Awards and the Webby Awards.
Burns is currently the principal researcher of three on-going programs funded by grants from Interval, Intel and Microsoft.
Burns currently resides in New York City.