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 location: Kelley Engineering Center, 3051
Zoom location: https://tinyurl.com/MargaretBurnettZoom
Zoom Passcode: If you're in one of my classes, see the class Canvas page for this information. If you aren't in my classes, send me email for the passcode.
- Sept 2023: I'm speaking on how Making Tech Gender-Inclusive Can Change the
World at the Grace Hopper Celebration\
this week. I'll be on stage on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 4:00 in the Chapin Theater.
- July 2023: Looking forward to keynoting at IEEE VL/HCC this October in Washington DC. Topic: Some outside-the-box perspectives on who/why/how of low-code programming.
- March 2023: Very proud to see the 2023 Microsoft Inclusive Design-for-Cognition Guidebook, which mentions how they've leveraged our inclusive design research (as in GenderMag, InclusiveMag, etc.) in their latest inclusive design process guidance.
- March 2023: I'm joining ACM TOSEM's Editorial Board. Please send in your research papers on human aspects of software engineering!
- January 2023: Thanks to enormous help from OSU's Ecampus, OSU now offers a free on-line course on GenderMag. Passing the first two modules certifies that you can use GenderMag, and passing the last two modules also certifies that you can teach/train others to use GenderMag. More info here, or jump right into the Free Canvas course.
- Sept 2022: Very honored to have just received the "Most Influential Paper Award" at IEEE VL/HCC'22, for the long-term impact of our paper from 2011: Modeling Programmer Navigation: A head-to-head empirical evaluation of predictive models, by David Piorkowski, Scott D. Fleming, Christopher Scaffidi, Liza John, Christopher Bogart, Bonnie E. John, Margaret Burnett, Rachel Bellamy.
- May 2022: I'm proud to have received the 2022 IEEE CS TCSE Distinguished Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Leadership Award. The award was presented at the ACM/IEEE ICSE conference.
- Feb. 2022: I'm an ACM Distinguished Speaker again. If you would like me to give a talk on GenderMag, SocioEconomicMag, or the InclusiveMag family of inclusive design methods (and you meet ACM's other criteria), ACM will pay for my airfare to do so.
- April 2021: Honored to be receiving ACM IUI's Highest Impact Award, for our 2015 IUI paper: Principles of Explanatory Debugging to Personalize Interactive Machine Learning, by Todd Kulesza, Margaret Burnett, Weng-Keen Wong, and Simone Stumpf. Come see our talk and panel at IUI on April 17!
- March 2021: Presenting a keynote on March 15 at ACM SIGUCCS on how universities can improve the equity and inclusion of their own IT. Registration is free this year!
- August 2020: The United Nations meets GenderMag! See the August 2020 UNESCO report on Artificial Intelligence and Gender Equality.
- Jan. 2020: Here's the recording of the Carnegie-Mellon University colloquim on Doing Inclusive Design I gave earlier this month.
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 has served in over 50 conference organization and program committee roles.
She is also on the Academic Alliance Emeritus Chairs Council
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:
This year I'm teaching:
- CS 468/568: (HCI 2) Inclusive Design with Personas. MW 10:00-11:50 (KEC 1001). This course is offered every year. Here is the class website.
Recently, I've also taught:
- CS/ECE 507: EECS Professionalism, Ethics, & Diversity (Fall 2016).
- CS 419/519: (HCI 2) Inclusive Design with Personas. This course is now offered every year; starting Fall 2018 its number became CS 468/568.
- 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 565: (HCI 1 for grads) Introduction to HCI. This course is offered every year. Here is the 2019 version:
- 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 564: FIELD STUDIES IN SE AND HCI (Winter 2021).
This course deals with the type of field study known as the "case" study. These are studies that collect data from natural software-based 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 focus on case studies involving human users 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).
- CS 352: (HCI 1 for undergrads) Usability engineering.
Here is Winter 2019's pre-Canvas version.
My Fall term office hours will be the following, starting the first day of class. They will be in my office and simultaneously in my personal zoom room (see top of this page), except when the University is not in session or when I'm out of town:
- Tuesdays 2:30-4:00
- Fridays 12:30-2:00
- If you're a student in my current class, see also the Canvas site for the TA's office hours
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 Fall term, the exceptions I know about are:
No office hours Sept. 29 (onstage at Grace Hopper Conference)
Office hours of Oct. 3 moved to Monday Oct. 2, 2:00-3:00
No office hours Oct. 6 (Keynoting at IEEE VL/HCC)
Graduate Student Mentoring
Here are my current graduate students and postdocs:
Puja Agarwal (M.S.), Andrew Anderson (Ph.D.), Chimdi Chikezie (M.S.),
Rosalinda Garcia (M.S.), Md Montaser Hamid (Ph.D.)
Recently graduated: Rupika Dikkala (M.S.), Jonathan Dodge (Ph.D.), Abrar Fallatah (Ph.D.), Claudia Hilderbrand (M.S.), Christopher Mendez (M.S.),
David Piorkowski (Ph.D.), Sruti Srinivasa Ragavan (Ph.D.)
Where do my grad students and postdocs end up?
- Nine of my PhDs/postdocs became professors at various colleges and universities.
- Three became researchers/scientists in academic research institutes or industrial research labs (Carnegie-Mellon, IBM Research, Microsoft Research).
- The rest of my PhD students and postdocs (and some of my MS students too) have become senior UX (User Experience) researchers at companies like Google and Microsoft.
- Most of the rest of my MS students became software developers, tech company administrators/gurus, and/or went on to get more degrees that brought them into positions in business, aviation, ...
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