Lori A. Clarke

Professor Emerita
316A CS Building
(413) 545-1328


Dr. Clarke's research is in the area of software engineering, primarily focusing on model checking of concurrent systems and requirements engineering. Recently she has been investigating applying software engineering technologies to detect errors and vulnerabilities in complex, human-intensive processes in domains such as healthcare, scientific workflow, and digital government. She is also involved in several efforts to increase participation of underrepresented groups in computing research.


B.A. Mathematics, University of Rochester (1969). PhD Computer Science, University of Colorado (1976). Dr. Clarke joined the University of Massachusetts Amherst Computer Science faculty in 1975 and served as chair from September 2011 to May 2015. She is a Professor Emerita in the College of Information and Computer Sciences. 

Activities & Awards

Dr. Clark is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, and a board member of the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W). She received the 2012 ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) Outstanding Research Award, the 2011 University of Massachusetts Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity Award, the 2009 College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Outstanding Faculty Service Award, the 2004 University of Colorado, Boulder Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, the 2002 SIGSOFT Distinguished Service Award, a 1993 University Faculty Fellowship, and the 1991 University of Massachusetts Distinguished Faculty Chancellor's Medal. She is a former vice chair of the Computing Research Association (CRA), co-chair of CRA-W, IEEE Publication Board member, associate editor of ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems (TOPLAS) and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE), member of the CCR NSF advisory board, ACM SIGSOFT secretary/treasurer, vice-chair and chair, IEEE Distinguished Visitor, and ACM National Lecturer. She has written numerous papers, served on many program committees, and was program co-chair of the 14th and general chair of the 25th International Conference on Software Engineering. She has been a Principal Investigator on a number of NSF, DoD, and DARPA projects.