Mary Beth Rosson
Mary Beth Rosson is a Professor at the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology. Most of her research concentrates on End User Programming, Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Prior to teaching at Penn State, Rosson taught at the Virginia Tech Computer Science department and worked as a researcher and manager at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center. Rosson earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology in 1982 from the University of Texas (1).
Rosson currently co-directs Penn State's CSCL Lab with her husband, John Carroll. She is a founding member of the End Users Shaping Effective Software(EUSES) Consortium, which focuses on issues and techniques related to end-user software engineering. Her other research interests include community informatics, environments and tools for object-oriented programming and design, and visual programming environments. She has also done work related to scenario-based design and minimalism (2, 3). Rosson and Carroll co-developed the task-artifact framework for design (4).
Rosson and Carroll have co-authored a book, Usability Engineering: Scenario-Based Development of Human-Computer Interaction(3). Rosson has co-authored dozens of book chapters. She has authored or co-authored over one hundred journal articles and refereed conference proceedings (2).
Recently, Rosson has served as the General Chair for CHI 2007, Doctoral Symposium Chair for DIS 2006, Program Committee and Graduate Symposium Mentor for VL/HCC 2006, and General Chair for OOPSLA 2000 (2).
Awards and honors
Rosson was awarded the SIGCHI Award for service as CHI 1997 Technical Program Co-Chair International and the ACM Recognition of Service Award in 2001. In 2007 she was recognized as a Distinguished Scientist by the ACM.