Margaret M. Burnett
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
- June 1: GenderMag meets OpenSource tools: come see Chris Mendez give his talk about our results at ICSE, last talk in the 11:00-12:30 session, room J2.
- May 29: Here are my Advising and Supervising Students slides from my ICSE New Faculty Symposium presentation.
- May 16: GenderMag-Teach@NCWIT Summit: Together with Patricia Morreale, we'll be running a BOF (Birds-of-a-Feather session) to learn/share tips for teaching gender-inclusive software design. 12:00 that day. If you're at the Summit, I hope you'll join us.
- May 2018: Exciting news! Both graduate student Chris Mendez and REU student Alannah Oleson won NSF Graduate Fellowships this year! Congratulations to both!
- April 2018: Coming to CHI? Interested in or already using GenderMag? Come to my GenderMag "Office Hours" @ CHI. Where/when: Wed, April 25, 5:20pm till around 6:00pm, right after the Gender-in-HCI panel, Wed. 4:00pm-5:20pm in room 520.
- Feb 2018: New! We've just launched our "Teaching GenderMag" educators' community site.
- Feb 2018: Here's the recording of the DUB talk on Gender-Inclusive Software I gave earlier this month. This is now the most up-to-date video on the GenderMag method.
- Feb 2018: The NSF Science360 radio is featuring the "Engineering Out Loud" interview on GenderMag.
- Jan 2018: My amazing REU student Alannah Oleson was just named a Finalist for CRA's Outstanding Undergrad Researcher Award!
- Dec. 2017: I'm now an ACM Fellow!
- Oct., 2017: Adobe Research has released the news: Alannah Oleson won the 2017 Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship! Alannah is an Honors undergrad student here, and one of my REU (Research Undergrad) students. She is working on the GenderMag project.
- Aug 1, 2017: Here's an article in Rewire about glass ceilings I've bumped into and broken, and my current efforts to keep them out of software.
- July 2017: Geraldine Fitzpatrick interviewed me about my professional life and GenderMag, for her blog series Changing Academic Life
- Feb. 2017: OSU's "Engineering Out Loud" series just added a podcast interview on our work on gender-inclusive software.
- Feb. 2017: The Computing Research Association has just honored me with the 2017 CRA-E Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentoring Award.
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 Distinguished Scientist, 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).
Upcoming Presentations and Events
You can hear
about some of the projects I've been working on lately at one of these events:
- In May, my student Chris Mendez will be presenting our work on Gender-Inclusive OSS tools at ICSE in Sweden.
- On OPB June 11, they're doing a documentary on Oregon State University's history. Somewhere in that documentary is an interview with me about my GenderMag work.
This year I'm teaching:
Recently, I've also taught:
- CS/ECE 507: EECS Professionalism, Ethics, & Diversity (Fall 2016).
- CS519: Personas Methods in HCI and User-Centered Design (Winter 2015).
- CS 569/589: Special topics: Empirical lab studies of software development (Winter 2014). This course will cover how you go about designing, preparing for, running, analyzing, and writing-for-publication lab experiments of programming situations involving human subjects. This is an end-to-end coverage of the entire process, and will put you in a position to conduct lab studies of your own with human subjects.
- CS 569: Special topics: Empirical methods for field (case) studies in software engineering (Fall 2014). This course deals with the type of empirical study known as the "case" study. These are studies that collect data from natural software development situations as they really occur in the field, in which the researcher does not manipulate or "control" anything. The course is an end-to-end coverage of the process. We will mainly focus on case studies involving human software developers in the field. You will actually conduct a field study as part of this course. The course does not cover lab studies.
- CS 584 (Fall 2013).
Here are my office hours until June 15, except on days when the university is not in session (eg, holidays, weather closures, ...)
Exceptions: Occasionally office hours will need to be rescheduled due to conflicting events, but I'll try to give you plenty of advance notice. From now thru end of term, the exceptions are:
Finals Week (6/11-6/15): Regular office hours Tu 6/12, 1:00. Special additional office hours Wed 6/13 1:00-1:50 and Thur 6/14 2:00-4:00. No office hours Friday 6/15 due to EECS Graduation Ceremony.
Graduate Student Mentoring
Here are my current graduate students and postdocs:
Andrew Anderson (M.S./Ph.D.), 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: June 11, 2018