Dr.  Margaret Burnett Digital Library

Based in Corvallis, OR, United States
SIG Affiliations:  SIGCHI
Margaret Burnett


Margaret Burnett is a 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 Advisory Board of the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT).  

ACM Involvement (selected recent): 

--------------- Steering Committee: ACM FAT* Conf. Fairness, Accountability, & Transparency, 2017-... 

Editorial board: ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems, 2012-2016. 
Guest Editor, Special Issue of ACM TiiS, 2018-2019.  

ACM Program Committees (recent): 
  ACM Symposium on Intelligent User Interfaces (Program Co-Chair), 2018. 
  ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS): 2014 
  ACM Symp. Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE), 2012, 2016. 
  ACM/IEEE ICSE, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019.  

Other ACM Conference Organizational Roles (recent): 
  ACM CHI Research and Practice Awards Committee, 2017-2019. 
  ACM/IEEE ICSE: Workshops Co-Chair, 2013. 
  New Faculty Symposium Co-Chair, ACM/IEEE ICSE, 2016.  

ACM Keynotes and Invited Talks (recent):  
  Keynote, ACM-W New Jersey Celebration of Women in Computing, 2018. 
  Keynote, ACM-W Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing, 2017. 
  Keynote, ACM Foundations of Software Engineering, 2016. 
  Keynote, ACM-W India Celebration of Women in Computing, 2016. 
  Invited Speaker, ICSE New Faculty Symposium, 2016. 
  Invited Speaker, ACM SIGSOFT Webinar series, 2015. 
  Invited Speaker, CRA-W Career Mentoring Workshop at ACM FCRC, 2015. 
  Invited Speaker, Grace Hopper Celebration, "Best of ACM SIGCHI", 2014.  

ACM Awards (recent): 
  ACM FSE Distinguished Paper Award: 2016. 
  ACM CHI Best Paper Award: 2016. 
  ACM CHI Best Paper Honorable Mentions: 2016, 2017. 
  ACM Chi Academy, 2016. 
  ACM Fellow, 2017. 
  ACM CHI: Special Recognition for Exceptional Reviewing, 2017. 
  ACM DIS: Special Recognition for Exceptional Reviewing, 2014. 


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  • Gender-Inclusive Software and Beyond
    How can software industry professionals (e.g., developers, UI/UX professionals, product managers) assess whether their software supports diverse users? And if they find problems, how can they fix...
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (for Faculty)
    Research Experiences for Undergraduates have been shown to have very positive results for recruitment, retention, and helping good students excel in computing majors. These experiences are...

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