Elaine Weyuker

Software Engineer, Independent Researcher and Consultant
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"I conduct research at AT&T labs, specializing in software testing and metrics - the goal is to develop ways of assuring the dependability and performance of software."

INTERVIEW DATE December 4, 2005
HER JOB Computer Engineer, AT&T Labs
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I conduct research at AT&T labs, specializing in software testing and metrics - the goal is to develop ways of assuring the dependability and performance of software.
Elaine Weyuker, Independent Researcher and Consultant

ADDEDSunday, December 4, 2005

  • Q
    Describe what you do in your current work situation?
    A
    I conduct research at AT&T labs, specializing in software testing and metrics - the goal is to develop ways of assuring the dependability and performance of software. AT&T has roughly 450 million lines of software that do everything from running the telephone network to handling billing, and most of these systems run continuously. It is a real challenge to develop techniques to make sure that it all works correctly and efficiently!
  • Q
    Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    A
    Bronx High School of Science; B.S. in Mathematics from State University of New York in Binghamton; Ph.D. in computer science from Rutgers University
  • Q
    What do you like best about being an engineer?
    A
    I was a professor at New York University for 18 years before I moved to AT&T. Although I was happy at NYU, I have been even happier at AT&T since I have access to AT&T's large software systems and get to try out my ideas on these systems.
  • Q
    What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
    A
    The biggest challenge I face in my career involves the relatively small numbers of women I meet at most professional events. I have endured some sexism, and it sometimes took all the courage I could muster to speak up when people made inappropriate assumptions based on gender, but it was important, and I am glad that I have tried to make things better for women in the field.
  • Q
    Please tell us a little about your family.
    A
    I have a teenage daughter who is lots of fun (usually) who has accompanied me to every conference and workshop I've attended since she was born.
  • Q
    Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    A
    I conduct research at AT&T labs, specializing in software testing and metrics - the goal is to develop ways of assuring the dependability and performance of software.
  • Q
    Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
    A
    I love to swim, bike, and hike. I also knit and design sweaters.