Lori A. Clarke

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Lori A. Clarke
Born New York, New York
Nationality American
Fields Computer Science
Institutions University of Massachusetts Amherst
Alma mater University of Colorado
University of Rochester
Thesis Test Data Generation and Symbolic Execution of Programs as an Aid to Program Validation (1976)
Doctoral advisor Leon J. Osterweil
Doctoral students Alexander L. Wolf
Known for software engineering
Notable awards ACM Fellow (1998)
IEEE Fellow (2011)

Lori A. Clarke is an American computer scientist noted for her research on software engineering.


Clarke received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester in 1969. She received a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Colorado in 1976.

She then joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as an assistant professor in 1976. While there she was promoted to associate professor in 1981 and to professor in 1986. In 2011, she became the chair of the School of Computer Science.

She was a board member for SIGSOFT from 1985 to 2001, including the chair from 1993 to 1997. She was a board member of CRA from 1999 to 2009. She is also noted for her leadership in broadening participation in computing. She has been a member of the CRA-W Board since 2001 and was the co-chair of CRA-W from 2005 to 2008.


In the year 1998 she was named an ACM Fellow.[1]

Her other notable awards include:

  • IEEE Fellow in 2011[2] for contributions to software testing and verification.
  • ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award, 2011[3]
  • ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award, 2002[4]


  1. ^ Association for Computing Machinery (1998). "AWARDS ACM Fellow Lori A. Clarke". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  2. ^ Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering (2011). "IEEE Fellow Class of 2011". Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  3. ^ ACM SIGSOFT (2011). "ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Research Award". www.sigsoft.org. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  4. ^ ACM SIGSOFT (2002). "ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award". SIGSOFT. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 

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