BioB.S. University of PittsburghM.S. Ohio State UniversityPh.D. University of Pittsburgh
"My research impacts the performance, reliability and security of software systems. As I teach programming type courses, students learn how to program in different programming languages and to write high quality and dependable code."Mary Lou Soffa, Owens R. Cheatham Professor of Sciences
Mary Lou Soffa is the Owen R. Cheatham Professor of Sciences in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia, serving as the Department Chair from 2004 to 2012. From 1977 to 2004, she was a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh and also served as the Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences for five years. Her research interests include cloud computing, warehouse scale computers, software systems for multi-core architectures, optimizing compilers, software testing, and program analysis. She has directed 32 Ph.D. students to completion, half of whom are women.
Mary Lou is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). In 2012, she received the Ken Kennedy Award for contributions to compiler technology and software engineering, exemplary service to the profession, and lifelong dedication to mentoring and improving diversity in computing. She received the Anita Borg Technical Leadership Award in 2011, which celebrates a woman who led or developed a product, process, or innovation that made a notable impact on business or society. Other awards she received include the ACM SIGSOFT Influential Educator Award in 2014, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Computer Science Department at the University of Pittsburgh in 2017, the the Computing Research Association (CRA) Nico Habermann Award in 2006, a Girl Scout Woman of Distinction Award in 2003, and the White House’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 1999. She has also received a number of distinguished paper awards.
Mary Lou was a member of the Computer Research Association Board (CRA) for ten years. She served as a co-chair and member on the CRA-W Board co-founded the CRA-W Graduate Cohort Program and the CRA-W Mentoring Program for Associate Professors. She served on ACM Council from 2000-2016. She has served on the editorial board of a number of journals, including the ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems and the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. In addition, she has been a conference chair, program chair or program committee member for many conferences in programming languages, software systems and software engineering. Currently, Mary Lou is on the ACM Publication Board and serves on conference program committees.