Lori Pollock

Senior Researcher
Lori Pollock
Office: 436 Smith Hall
Phone: 302-831-1953

Lori Pollock

Senior Researcher
Alumni Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Sciences Emerita


PhD | 1986 | Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh
MS | 1983 | Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh
BS | 1981 | Computer Science & Economics, Allegheny College

Executive Summary

Lori Pollock is an Emerita Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Delaware. She was named Alumni Distinguished Professor in 2016. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 1986 and 1983, respectively, and her B.S. in Computer Science and Economics at Allegheny College in 1981.

Her research currently focuses on helping software engineers maintain and test their large software systems, as well as computer science education. Her research has been continuously supported through the years by numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Laboratory. She is coauthor of 7 best paper awards and one influential paper award since 2010. She served as an Associate Editor for the ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM). She regularly serves as a program committee member and reviewer for the major conferences and journals in software engineering, programming language design and implementation, and computer science education. She served on the executive committee and as an officer of ACM SIGPLAN for several terms.

Lori Pollock teaches courses primarily in compiler construction, automatic program analysis and transformation, software testing, communication skills for CS researchers, and introduction to undergraduate research. She was awarded the University of Delaware’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001, ACM SIGSOFT Influential Educator in 2016, and 2018 NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award. She currently serves as Co-chair of the CRA Education Committee.

Lori Pollock has actively worked for improving the participation of women and other underrepresented groups in computer science for many years. She was awarded the University of Delaware’s E. A. Trabant Award for Women’s Equity in 2004, and 2017 UD College of Engineering Deans Award for Excellence in Service and Community Engagement. She serves on the Executive Board of the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing (CRA-W), which was honored with the National Science Board’s 2005 Public Service Award to an organization for increasing the public understanding of science or engineering.

Research Areas

  • Computing Foundations
  • Human-Computer Interaction and Education