Margaret M. Burnett

Distinguished Professor
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon, 97331-5501, USA

email: my-last-name at eecs dot oregonstate dot edu
voice: 541-737-2539, FAX: 541-737-1300
office: Kelley Engineering Center, 3051


Bio, Research, and Interests

Margaret Burnett is an OSU Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University. She began her career in industry, where she was the first woman software developer ever hired at Procter & Gamble Ivorydale. A few degrees and start-ups later, she joined academia, with a research focus on people who are engaged in some form of software development. She was the principal architect of the Forms/3 and FAR visual programming languages, and co-founded the area of end-user software engineering, which aims to improve software for computer users that are not trained in programming. She pioneered the use of information foraging theory in the domain of software debugging, and leads the team that created GenderMag, a software inspection process that uncovers gender inclusiveness issues in software from spreadsheets to programming environments. Burnett is an ACM Fellow, a member of the ACM CHI Academy, and an award-winning mentor. She currently serves on three editorial boards, and has served in over 50 conference organization and program committee roles. She is also on the Academic Alliance Advisory Board of the National Center for Women In Technology (NCWIT).

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Upcoming Presentations and Events

You can hear about some of the projects I've been working on lately at one of these events:

  • In September, I'll be keynoting on GenderMag at ICSME'18.
  • In October, my student Chris Mendez will be presenting our work on the GenderMag Recorder's Assistant at VL/HCC'18.
  • In October, I'll be doing a presentation at New Relic's Future Talks series in Portland.
  • As of Nov. 2018, I'm an ACM Distinguished Speaker again. If you would like me to give a talk on gender-inclusive software (and you meet ACM's other criteria), ACM will pay for my airfare to do so.

  • Teaching

    This year I'm teaching:

    Fall 2018: Winter 2019: Spring 2019:

    Recently, I've also taught:

    Office Hours

    On days the University is in session, my office hours are:

    Exceptions: Occasionally office hours will need to be moved or cancelled due to conflicting events, but I'll try to give you plenty of advance notice. From now thru end of November, the exceptions I know about are:
    No office hours 11/7.

    Graduate Student Mentoring

    Here are my current graduate students and postdocs: Andrew Anderson (M.S./Ph.D.), Brijesh Bhuva (M.S.), Jon Dodge (Ph.D.), Claudia Hilderbrand (M.S.), Chris Mendez (M.S. and/or Ph.D.), Sruti Srinivasa Ragavan (Ph.D.)

    Recently graduated: Charles Hill (M.S.), Will Jernigan (M.S.), Todd Kulesza (Ph.D.), Bhargav Pandya (M.S.), Sean Penney (M.S.), David Piorkowski (Ph.D.).

    Last modified: Nov. 26, 2018