Mary Shaw (computer scientist)

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Mary Shaw
Residence Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality American
Fields Computer science
Institutions Carnegie Mellon University
Notable awards National Medal of Technology (2014)

Mary Shaw (born 1943) is an American software engineer, and the Alan J. Perlis Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, United States.

Shaw's main area of research interest is software engineering, including architectural, educational and historical aspects. Shaw authored seminal works in the field of software architecture along with David Garlan. In 2011, Shaw and Garlan received the Outstanding Research Award from ACM SIGSOFT, the Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Software Engineering, for their "significant and lasting software engineering research contributions through the development and promotion of software architecture."[1][2] On October 3, 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that Shaw was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. [3]

Selected publications[edit]

Mary Shaw has published several articles[4] and books.

  • 1967. Computer analysis of chronological seriation. With Frank Hole.
  • 1981. Software metrics: an analysis and evaluation Edited with Alan Perlis and Frederick Sayward.
  • 1985. Carnegie-Mellon curriculum for undergraduate computer science. Edited by Mary Shaw.
  • 1996. Software Architecture: Perspectives on an Emerging Discipline. With David Garlan. Prentice Hall.
  • 1974. "Reduction of Compilation Costs Through Language Contraction". In: Communications of the ACM, 17(5):245–250, 1974.
  • 1990. "Prospects for an Engineering Discipline of Software". in: IEEE Software, 7(6):15–24, 1990.
  • 1995. "Comparing Architectural Design Styles". in: IEEE Software, 12(6):27–41, 1995.


  1. ^ ACM SIGSOFT, Outstanding Research Award winners,
  2. ^ Carnegie Mellon University, May 2, 2011, Carnegie Mellon's Shaw and Garlan Honored For Pioneering Research in Software Architecture, Press release,
  3. ^ The White House, Office of the Press Secretary,President Obama Honors Nation's Top Scientists and Innovators, Oct. 3 2014,
  4. ^ List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server

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