CEOHP collection summaries: Susan Gerhart

Susan Gerhart at the screen

Location(s) where grew up: Utica, OH USA

Location(s) for post-secondary education: B.A. Math from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH USA; M.S. in Communication Sciences from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI USA; Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA USA

Location(s) where employed: Research Outlet and Integration (consulting, software development, social entrepreneurship) in Prescott, AZ USA; Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ USA; Director of RICIS (Research Institute for Computing and Information Systems) at the University of Houston - Clear Lake; Director at Division of Computer and Computation Research at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C.; President and Founder of Applied Formal Methods, Inc. in Austin, TX and Houston, TX USA; Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation (MCC) Software Technology Program in Austin, TX; Professor of Information Technology at Wang Institute of Graduate Studies in Tyngsboro, MA USA; Technical Director at Software Research Associates in Los Angeles/San Francisco, CA USA; Research Staff Member and Program Verification Project Leader at USC Information Sciences Institute in Marina del Rey, CA USA; Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Duke University in Durham, NC; Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science at University of Toronto in Toronto, CA

Career stage when interviewed: semi-retired computer scientist

Areas of interest: Technology assessment models; information representation for the WWW; evaluation of search engines; context-driven navigation; logic programming as a tool for software engineering; theorem proving technology; system verification and validation; interactive tools for stimulating learning; assistive technology for podcasting

Highlights: Seminal paper in software testing [with J. B. Goodenough: "Toward a theory of test data selection" in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, SE-1(2), June 1975]; Best Paper in IEEE Software (1975); Honorary Mention for Best Paper in IEEE Software (1994); blog about adaptive technologies, As Your World Changes

Interviewed March 10, 2008 by Vicki Almstrum