|Education||New Trier High School|
|Alma mater||Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering (1990), master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1992), Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1998)|
|Occupation||Computer scientist, professor|
|Employer||Microsoft, Mills College, Google|
|Known for||App Inventor for Android, leasing a General Motors EV1, comparing male and female graduate student attitudes and progress|
|Home town||Glencoe, Illinois|
|Awards||"Sexiest Geek Alive", 2001|
Spertus grew up in Glencoe, Illinois, where she attended New Trier High School. At MIT she received a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering (1990), a master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1992), and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (1998). She spent several summers between terms working for Microsoft.
Spertus has written articles treating both technical and social subjects, often combining the two. In 1993, she was profiled in The New York Times as one of the "women who might change the face of the computer industry" and in a follow-up article in 2003. In 2001 she was named "The Sexiest Geek Alive".
While at Google, Spertus spent her time at Google working on App Inventor for Android, a block based development platform with a graphical user interface that lets developers and amateurs alike create applications for Android. In May 2011, O'Reilly Media published App Inventor, which Spertus co-authored with David Wolber, Hal Abelson, and Liz Looney.
- "Ellen Spertus's CV". Retrieved 2016-09-20.
- Katie Hafner (1993-08-29). "Woman, Computer Nerd -- and Proud". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- Katie Hafner (2003-08-21). "3 Women, 3 Paths, 10 Years On". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- Mark Ward (2001-06-21). "Sexiest geek declared". BBC News. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- "SGA 2K+1 Articles". Retrieved 2014-09-01.
- "App Inventor for Android". Archived from the original on 12 December 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
- App Inventor. O'Reilly Media. 2011. ISBN 978-1449397487.
- Katharine Mieszkowski (2002-09-04). "Steal this car!". Salon.com. Archived from the original on 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- "Google researcher, Mills College professor Ellen Spertus still working for gender equality in computer science". The Mercury News. 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2018-10-27.