Myra Cohen is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Iowa State University, and the Lanh & Oanh Nguyen Endowed Chair of Software Engineering. Prior to joining the university, Dr. Cohen was previously a Susan J. Rosowski Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a member of Laboratory for Empirically-based Software Quality Research and Development, ESQuaReD. Her research interests are in software testing of highly-configurable software, search based software engineering, applications of combinatorial designs, and synergies between systems and synthetic biology, and software engineering.
She received her Ph.D. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and was the recipient of an NSF CAREER award, an AFOSR Young Investigator Award, and has received 3 ACM distinguished paper awards.
She is currently an ACM Distinguished Scientist, and also serves on the steering committee of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering, ESEC/FSE, the International Conference on Software Testing and the Systems and Software Product Line Conference. She is currently serving as the program co-chair for ESEC/FSE 2020. She has served multiple organizational roles in software engineering conferences, and was the general chair of Automated Software Engineering in 2015.