10 Under 10 Award Recipient: Xander Krieg ’12

“He developed an algorithm that allows a greater understanding of facial expressions and emotions.”

Ten Under Ten Award Recipient Xander Krieg ’12

Xander Krieg graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in Japanese studies and psychology. After his time at Hope, he continued his education at the University of Hawaii where he received a master of arts degree in clinical psychology. Krieg is currently pursuing a doctor of philosophy degree in clinical psychology at the same university.

Since graduating from Hope College, Krieg has had a multi-career track in academics, business, and clinical psychology. Krieg’s scholarship and professional work have led him to spend the past few years of his life traveling between Japan and the United States, the two countries that he calls home. During his initial graduate studies, he worked as a graduate assistant and clinical practicum student at the University of Hawaii’s Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Krieg was then selected as the Fulbright-Hays Pre-Doctoral Scholar to Japan from 2015 to 2016. He completed his dissertation work at the University of Tokyo and began working for Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy as a statistics and research design consultant, where he still consults today. Krieg has also spent time as a therapist and clinical staff member at the TELL Counseling Center in Tokyo, Japan. During the continuation of his education, Krieg was a doctoral intern and clinical staff member at the Student Medical and Counseling Center at Central Washington University. Throughout Krieg’s career as a businessman and academic, he has published peer-reviewed material in academic journals and books, as well as providing workshops, training, and other professional presentations both in the United States and overseas.

Krieg considers himself both a scientist and entrepreneur. In pursuit of his endeavor “to spread the science of psychology and human behavior analysis in the various local and international contexts,” Krieg co-founded Emosta, Inc., a consulting company that provides emotion AI technology to counselors, coaches, and HR consultants. As the chief research and design officer, Krieg is responsible for the design and development of the AI software.

Xavier Krieg receives the Ten Under Ten Award presented by Professor of Sociology Roger Nemeth.

The “10 Under 10 Awards” honor emerging leaders who are making significant contributions by living out their callings; engaged in the local and global community through professional and/or volunteer involvement; and use their education to think about important issues with wisdom and clarity, communicate effectively to bridge boundaries that divide human communities and act as agents of hope living faithfully into their vocations. Designed for alumni who are within 10 years of graduation, they are presented by the Hope College Alumni Association. Make a nomination today!

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