Emeritus professor of software quality and research fellow.
Margaret Ross MBE is emeritus professor of software quality and research fellow at Southampton Solent University. Margaret received an MBE at Buckingham Palace in 2009 from Prince Charles for Services to Higher Education.
Margaret was awarded an honorary doctorate from Staffordshire University in 2004, became a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Engineers in 2001. Already an FBCS, she was awarded an Honorary FBCS in 2007, - of the 104 awarded since 1969, she is one of the seven women to have received this. Margaret was also awarded the BCS John Ivison Medal in 2011.
In 2001, she won the national PAWS Special Award for a TV soap idea that if televised could raise the profile of engineering and attract youngsters, particularly girls, to computing and technology. She is currently working with colleagues in Finland, trying to develop an internet/radio based series, through drama, to raise awareness of IT, particularly for SMEs. Its aim is also to address the shortage of computer professionals by encouraging girls and women to consider careers in IT.
Margaret's area of interest is quality, education and gender issues within a computing context. She has also been conference director since 1992 of the annual series of software quality management international conferences, aimed at benefits to industry, and since 1995 of the annual series of international educational INSPIRE conferences. She has edited over forty books, and is on the editorial board for two journals. She was previously the assistant editor responsible for Europe for the refereed Software Quality Journal, and has published about two hundred papers, many jointly with colleagues from outside the UK. Margaret has been Keynote to various conferences and invited international visitor, including to Scandinavia, Spain, Austria and Australia.
Margaret has been the external examiner for BSc and MSc courses and for over 20 Phds, She has supervised many successful PhD students on various aspects of quality, and currently lectures part-time.