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2006- Gail Murphy

BECA (Borg Early Career Award)
2006 Recipient

Gail Murphy
University of British Columbia

The Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2006 Borg Early Career Award. This year's recipient is Gail Murphy, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia.

The award honors the late Anita Borg, who was an early member of CRA-W and an inspiration for her commitment in increasing the participation of women in computing research. This award is given annually by CRA-W to a woman in computer science and/or engineering who has made significant research contributions and who has contributed to her profession, especially in the outreach to women. This award recognizes work in areas of academia and industrial research labs that has had a positive and significant impact on advancing women in the computing research community and is targeted at women that are relatively early in their careers (no more than 10 years past the Ph.D.).

Gail Murphy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. She received a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Computing Science from the University of Alberta in 1987, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 1994 and 1996, respectively. Between her undergraduate degree and attending graduate school, she worked as a senior software engineer at MPR Teltech, a telecommunications research and development company that was located in Burnaby B.C. Her research and teaching focus is software engineering. More specifically, the research projects in her group focus on methods and tools to help software developers manage and evolve the structure of the systems they are developing both at design time and in source code. Since new methods and tools have little value unless useful to "real" software developers, the group is also working on assessment methods to understand how to better validate software engineering research results. The work in the research group is currently funded by NSERC, IBM, Siemens and Nokia. Dr. Murphy has served on numerous program committees for the leading conferences in software engineering research, she was the general chair for the 2004 Aspect-oriented Software Development Conference, and she served two years as the Associate Head for Graduate Affairs in the Department of Computer Science. In 2005, she received the Dahl-Nygaard Junior Prize from AITO and in 2006, she was awarded a NSERC Steacie Fellowship. One of the most rewarding parts of her career has been collaborating with many talented graduate and undergraduate students.