Carnegie Mellon University

Women of ISR

Below are some of the astounding faculty and graduate students of the Institute of Software Research!


Professor Lorrie Cranor

Lorrie Cranor

Lorrie Cranor is an associate professor in the ISR and the school of Engineering and Public Policy. She is the director of the Cylab Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory and her current projects include privacy decision making, user-controllable security and privacy, usable cyber trust indicators and usable secure passwords. She has also worked on anti-phishing and electronic voting, among other things.

Professor Mary Shaw

Marry Shaw

Professor Mary Shaw is the Alan J. Perlis University Professor of Computer Science and a member of the Institute for Software Research, the Computer Science Department, and the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She has been a member of this faculty since completing the Ph.D. degree at Carnegie-Mellon in 1972. From 2001 to 2006 she served as Co-Director of the Sloan Software Industry Center. From 1992 to 1999 she served as the Associate Dean for Professional Education. In 1997-98 she was a Fellow of the Center for Innovation in Learning. From 1984 to 1987 she served as Chief Scientist of CMU's Software Engineering Institute. She had previously earned a B.A (cum laude) from Rice University and worked in systems programming and research at the Research Analysis Corporation and Rice University.

Professor Kathleen Carley

Kathleen Carley

Kathleen Carley is the director of the Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS), a university wide interdisciplinary center that brings together network analysis, computer science and organization science ( and has an associated NSF funded training program for Ph.D. students. She also has courtesy appointments in the School of Engineering and Public Policy, Heinz College, and the Graduate School of Industrial Administration.

Professor Claire Le Goues

Claire Le Goues

Professor Le Goues is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Her home department is the Institute for Software Research. She is broadly interested in software engineering and programming languages, and particularly in how engineers can construct, maintain, and evolve high-quality, real-world systems. Her primary research focus has been on automatic error repair.

Graduate Students

Graduate student Maggie Oates

Maggie Oates

Maggie Oates is a Societal Computing PhD student in the Institute for Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on interactive and arts-based methods for understanding and teaching cybersecurity, privacy, and technology ethics and policy. She's interested in widening the definition of computing research to include playful, reflective, and emotional experiences, and is currently exploring public perception of AI and privacy through an immersive theater performance. She received a BS in Computer Science from Indiana University and sits on the Board of Trustees for

Graduate student Jessica Colnago

Jessica Colnago

Jessica Colnago is a PhD student in Societal Computing. She is a recipient of the Facebook Emerging Scholars Award and her research focuses on usable privacy, in particular  people's privacy attitudes and behaviors. Jessica helps lead the SCS4ALL PhD Initiative that aims at improving the quality of experience of PhD students in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.