Director, Center for Women in Technology (CWIT)
Dr. Carolyn Seaman is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Her research generally falls under the umbrella of empirical studies of software engineering, with particular emphases on maintenance, organizational structure, communication, measurement, COTS-based development, and qualitative research methods. Carolyn is also a Research Fellow at the Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering, Maryland, where she participates in research on experience management in software engineering organizations and software metrics. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, a MS in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Tech, and a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics from the College of Wooster (Ohio). She has worked in the software industry as a software engineer and consultant, and has conducted most of her research in industrial and governmental settings (e.g. IBM Canada Ltd., NASA, Xerox). Carolyn has participated in WISE since its beginnings, as well as other women-centered initiatives on campus, such as CWIT and ADVANCE. Having opportunities to blend social and professional interaction with female peers is very important to her, and WISE provides a unique opportunity to do that. She has developed close and very valuable relationships through that WISE that would otherwise not have been possible. WISE events have also helped her to develop skills in mentoring, especially of female colleagues and students.