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



Margaret Burnett is a Professor of Computer Science at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University. Her current research focuses on end-user programming, end-user software engineering, information foraging theory as applied to programming, and gender issues in those contexts. She has a long history of research in these issues and others relating to human issues of programming. She is also the principal architect of the Forms/3 and the FAR visual programming languages and, together with Gregg Rothermel, of the WYSIWYT testing methodology for end-user programmers. She was the founding project director of the EUSES Consortium, a multi-institution collaboration among Oregon State University and Carnegie Mellon, Drexel University, Pennsylvania State, University of Nebraska, University of Washington, University of Cambridge (U.K.), and IBM to help End Users Shape Effective Software.

Dr. Burnett recently won the Most Influential Paper Award from the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing for her work on Forms/3. She was a recipient of IBM's International Faculty Award (2007, 2008). She was chosen as one of Microsoft's "heroes in education" (2014) for her mentoring, and was also recently honored with Oregon State University's Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award (2010), OSU College of Engineering's Research Award (2009), OSU College of Engineering's Research Collaboration Award (2005), and with OSU's Elizabeth P. Ritchie Distinguished Professor Award (2000). She is also a past recipient of the National Science Foundation's Young Investigator Award (1994). She is currently on the Editorial Board of ACM Trans. Interactive Intelligent Systems and of IEEE Trans. Software Engineering, is on the ACM/IEEE ICSE'14 (International Conference on Software Engineering) Program Board and the ACM DIS '14 (ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems) Program Committee, is Co-Chair of the HCI Program at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, is Co-Chair of ICSE'16's New Faculty Symposium, was Papers Co-Chair for IEEE VLHCC'13 (IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing), and has in prior years served on a variety of other ACM and IEEE conference program committees, chairing a few of them. She also co-led the NCWIT "REU in a box" project (debuted May 2011), was a panelist at ACM CHI'11 and ACM/IEEE ICSE'11 events on U.S. National Science Foundation "Broader Impacts", and from May 2011 to May 2014 co-chaired the Academic Alliance of the National Center for Women In Technology (NCWIT).

You can view my Stanford talk about EUSES, given in November 2004. And here is a similar talk: my Open University talk about EUSES, which was given in June 2005. Laura Beckwith and I gave a talk in September 2006, at Microsoft Research Cambridge, on gender issues in end-user programming. And, you can access my April 27, 2007 Google Tech Talk on the Surprise-Explain-Reward strategy. And, here is my June 2009 Microsoft Channel 9 interview on Gender and Software. Finally, here is a handful of mini-interviews done in Rome, June 2011, with Chris Scaffidi and me for our new encyclopedia article, about End-User Programming, End-User Software Engineering, and Gender.

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Office Hours

As of March 23, my office hours will be:

Except for university holidays and when I'm out of town. The exceptions list is:
April 17-23, April 28-30, May 4, May 18-21, May 25-28.

Graduate Student Mentoring

Here are my current graduate students and postdocs: Laxmi Ganesan (M.S.), Charles Hill (M.S./Ph.D.), Will Jernigan (M.S./Ph.D.), David Piorkowski (Ph.D.), Sandeep Kuttal (postdoc), Anicia Peters (postdoc)

Recently graduated: Faezeh Bahmani (M.S.), Christopher Bogart (Ph.D.), Jill Cao (Ph.D.), Todd Kulesza (Ph.D.).

Last modified: March 23, 2015