Margaret M. Burnett

Distinguished Professor
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:
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.


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).

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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:

Fall 2023: Winter 2024:

Recently, I've also taught:

Office Hours

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:

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 Week 9, the exceptions I know about are:
Office hours Oct. 20 moved to 4-5:15, this day only, due to conflicting event that day.
Office hours Oct. 24 moved to 12-1 on zoom only.
Office hours Oct. 27 moved to 2:00-3:00 on zoom only.

Week 10:
No office hours (Dr. B. is keynoting at ACM's FSE)

Finals week has Special Office hours on these days:
Mon Dec. 11 12-1 and 3-4
Wed Dec. 13 10:30-12
Th Dec. 14 2-3:30

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?

Dec. 3, 2023