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.

In 2015, Dr. Burnett won the Most Influential Paper Award from the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing for the seminal work she and Laura Beckwith started in 2004 on Gender HCI, and in 2011, she also won the Most Influential Paper Award 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, Co-Chair of ICSE'16's New Faculty Symposium, 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". She currently serves on the Academic Alliance Advisory Board of the National Center for Women In Technology (NCWIT).

You can view my June 2009 Microsoft Channel 9 interview on Gender and Software (local copy). And, here is a handful of mini-interviews done in Rome, June 2011, with Chris Scaffidi and me for our encyclopedia article, about End-User Programming, End-User Software Engineering, and Gender. Finally, here is my May 2015 Google Tech Talk about our new 'GenderMag' method.

More information is available on:

Upcoming Presentations and Events

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


This year I'm on sabbatical (not teaching).

Recently, I've taught:

Fall 2014: Winter 2015: Fall 2013: Winter 2014:

Office Hours

No office hours after June 12; I'll be on sabbatical until Sept. 2016.

Graduate Student Mentoring

Here are my current graduate students and postdocs: Charles Hill (M.S./Ph.D.), Will Jernigan (M.S./Ph.D.), David Piorkowski (Ph.D.), Bhargav Pandya, Sean Penney, Sruti Srinivasa Ragavan (Ph.D.)

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

Last modified: Nov. 27, 2015