Mary Beth Rosson

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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]

Professional Activities[edit]

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[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Onward! Keynote: The End of Users". OOPSLA. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Mary Beth Rosson: About Me. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Faculty profiles. Penn State CIST. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  4. ^ "Mary Beth Rosson profile". Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 

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