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.
- May 2022: I'm proud to be receiving the 2022 IEEE CS TCSE Distinguished Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Leadership Award this May. The award will be 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.
- May 2020: The GenderMag Project's 2019 commitment with CSforALL is being showcased at the CSforALL site. The commitment has enabled CSforALL members like BootUp PD and WonderWorkshop to obtain iGIANT Seals of Approval for their processes for finding and fixing biases in the software/IT they offer. Here's an an interview about it.
- Jan. 2020: I'm proud to have been honored with a 2020 iGIANT Champion Award. More information: iGIANT press release.
- Jan. 2020: Here's the recording of the Carnegie-Mellon University colloquim on Doing Inclusive Design I gave earlier this month. This is now the most up-to-date video on the GenderMag method.
- Sept. 2019: Here's an interview about GenderMag on the IEEE's Software Engineering Radio podcast series. Thanks to Felienne Hermans for being such a great interviewer.
- July 1, 2019: Here's the Oregon Public Broadcasting Think-out-loud program featuring GenderMag. (GenderMag is the second segment, starts about 20 minutes in.
- March 2019: Here are Anicia Peters (Namibia Univ. Science and Tech.) and me on Good Morning Namibia, talking about GenderMag and the importance to Namibians, Africans, and everyone, of diversity in technology.
- Jan. 2019: Latest GenderMag news: GenderMag is expanding to move directly from finding a gender bias in software to fixing it. Details in are in our CHI'19 paper: From Gender Biases to Gender-Inclusive Design: An Empirical Investigation.
- Feb 2018: The NSF Science360 radio is featuring the "Engineering Out Loud" interview on GenderMag.
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).
Upcoming Presentations and Events
You can hear
about some of the projects I've been working on lately at one of these events:
- March 2021: I'm 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!
- 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.
This year I'm teaching:
- CS 468/568: (HCI 2) Inclusive Design with Personas. MW 10:00-11:50 (LINC 303). 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 version.
My Spring office hours will be the following, 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:
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 Spring term, the exceptions I know about are:
Friday April 29: no office hours (conflicting event)
Friday May 6: UPDATE: office hours ARE being held (no conflict after all)
Friday May 13: UPDATE: NO office hours (conflicting event)
Friday May 20: no office hours (conflicting event)
Friday May 27: no office hours (conflicting event)
Friday June 3: no office hours (conflicting event)
Friday June 10: no office hours (EECS graduation ceremony)
CS352 students: See also the class Canvas page for the TA's office hours.
Graduate Student Mentoring
Here are my current graduate students and postdocs:
Puja Agarwal (M.S.), Andrew Anderson (Ph.D.), Chimdi Chikezie (M.S.), Rupika Dikkala (M.S.), Jonathan Dodge (Ph.D.), Abrar Fallatah (Ph.D.), Rosalinda Garcia (M.S.)
Recently graduated: Brijesh Bhuva (M.S.), Jonathan Dodge (Ph.D.), Claudia Hilderbrand (M.S.), Charles Hill (M.S.), Christopher Mendez (M.S.), Bhargav Pandya (M.S.), Sean Penney (M.S.),
David Piorkowski (Ph.D.), Sruti Srinivasa Ragavan (Ph.D.)
Where do my grad students and postdocs end up?
- Eight are now professors at various colleges and universities.
- Three are researchers 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 industries needing qualifications in areas like business or aviation.
May 6, 2022