About the author, slger

Susan L. Gerhart (slger) is a retired computer scientist. Her professional specialities included software engineering research, technology transfer management, and computer science education, summarized in a A research autobiography.


Susan is active in a lifelong learning institute at Yavapai College in Prescott Arizona. She has facilitated courses on social media, Internet history, Twitter, and the Singularity.


“As Your World Changes” blog describes her journey with vision loss into the spectacular world of assistive technology and frustrating practices of accessibility. She writes with the NVDA screen reader, reads books from Bookshare on a BookSense, and listens to podcasts on an iPhone using VoiceOver and multiple accessible apps. She advocates for people with vision loss and offers assistive technology tutorials “Using Things That Talk”.


slger123 on Twitter records her favorite articles and occasional comments on life and politics.


Creative writing courses led her to undertake “A Chip On Her Shoulder”, a novel. Through a diverse team of characters and several speculative scenes circa 2016, she asks the question”how did we get into the privacy mess of modern social media?”. Tracing several less acknowledged epochs of computing history exposes partial answers told from her career experience. Other parts of the novel take us all forward with a touch of Singularity thinking. Are we now just ‘packets of data formerly known as people’?


Contact: author@AChipOnHerShoulder.com


Here are traditional creds.


Susan received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University, M.S. in communication Sciences from U. of Michigan, and B.A. in Mathematics from Ohio Wesleyan University. Her dissertation subject was “Verification of APL Programs”. She worked as educator, researcher, and manager at, among others : Duke, and Embry-Riddle Universities; Wang Institute of Graduate Studies; USC Information sciences Institute; MCC (Microelectronics and Computer Corporation); and the National Science foundation. Her primary research projects(and funders) were: software testing theory (Softech); fallibility in programming methodologies (NASA Langley); knowledge about programs (NSF); program verification (DARPA); formal methods transition(13 companies, including DEC, Hughes, NCR,/ATT, and NASA/JSC and NSA); technology transfer assessment (NRL, NIST, AECB); search quality (self); and computer security education(NSF). Her career narrative is Research Autobiography and blog “As Your world Changes” which explains Susan gerhart on Wikipedia; Academic research profile on Microsoft; DBLP bibliography timelinePublications and Citations in Google Scholar ;Computer Educators Oral History.