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Mary Lou Soffa

Mary Lou Soffa

Department Chair and Owen. R. Cheatham Professor of Computer Science

Phone: (434) 982-2277
Fax: (434) 982-2214
Email: soffa@cs.virginia.edu
Home Page: Mary Lou Soffa

Department of Computer Science
School of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Virginia
151 Engineer‘s Way, P.O. Box 400740
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4740

Areas Of Interest

Virtual executing environments, optimizing compilers, compilers for embedded systems, program analysis, debugging and testing, path sensitive analysis

Biographical Sketch

Mary Lou Soffa is the Owen R. Cheatham Professor and Department Chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia. 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 from 1991 to 1996. Soffa received the Nico Habermann Award in 2006 for outstanding contributions toward increasing the numbers and successes of underrepresented members in the computing research community. In 1999, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. She was elected an ACM Fellow in 1999 and selected as a Girl Scout Woman of Distinction in 2003. She served for ten years on the Board of the Computing Research Association (CRA) and continues as a member of CRA-W, the committee on the status of women in computer science and engineering of the CRA. She has served on the Executive Committees of both ACM SIGSOFT and SIGPLAN, as well as conference chair, program chair or program committee member of many conferences. She has been a distinguished speaker and keynote speaker at a number of conferences and universities. Her papers have received a number of best paper awards as well as designation of one of the 40 most influential papers in 20 years to appear in the Programming Language Design and Implementation Conference, the premier conference in her area. She had directed 25 Ph.D. students to completion, half of whom are women, and over 50 M.S. students. She currently serves on the ACM Publication Board and was elected in 2008 to serve on the ACM Executive Committee.


Soffa's research interests include software tools for debugging and testing programs, compilers, optimizations, and program analysis. She has published over 150 papers in journals and conferences.

Selected Publications

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