Mary Shaw received her B.A. from Rice University and her Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University. She has been a member of the faculty at Carnegie Mellon since she completed her Ph.D. degree in 1972. Shaw's main area of research interest is software engineering, including architectural, educational and historical aspects.
Shaw has received numerous awards for her contributions to software engineering, including the Stevens Award and the Warnier Prize. She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Mary Shaw is the Alan J. Perlis Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon University.