Laurie Williams is an American software engineer known for her writings on pair programming and agile software development. She is a distinguished professor of computer science at North Carolina State University, and interim head of the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University.[1]

Education and career

Williams graduated from Lehigh University in 1984, with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. After earning an M.B.A. from Duke University in 1990, she completed a Ph.D. at the University of Utah in 2000. Her dissertation, The Collaborative Software Process, was supervised by Robert R. Kessler.[2]

She joined the North Carolina State University in 2000, and was named a distinguished professor in 2018.[1]


With Robert R. Kessler, Williams is the author of the book Pair Programming Illuminated (Addison-Wesley, 2002).[3] With Michele Marchesi, Giancarlo Succi, and James Donovan Wells, she is an author of Extreme Programming Perspectives (Addison-Wesley, 2003).[4]


In 2009, Williams became one of the two inaugural winners of the ACM SIGSOFT Influential Educator Award, for her work on pair programming in computer science education.[5] In 2018, Williams was elected as a Fellow of the IEEE "for contributions to reliable and secure software engineering".[6]


  1. ^ a b Heath, Darsee (June 8, 2018), "Williams named Distinguished Professor", College of Engineering News, North Carolina State University, retrieved 2019-09-07
  2. ^ Curriculum vitae (PDF), retrieved 2019-09-07
  3. ^ Reviews of Pair Programming Illuminated:
    • Ashbacher, Charles (November–December 2002), Journal of Object Technology (PDF), vol. 5 (1 ed.), pp. 179–180
    • Ghai, Ajit (December 2004), "Review", Software Quality Professional, 7 (1): 43–44
  4. ^ Review of Extreme Programming Perspectives:
    • Walker, David (December 2003), "Review", Software Quality Professional, 6 (1): 46–47
  5. ^ "Williams Receives Inaugural ACM SIGSOFT Influential Educator Award", CSC News, North Carolina State University Department of Computer Science, May 22, 2009, retrieved 2019-09-07
  6. ^ "SoC Alum named 2018 IEEE Fellow", School of Computing News, University of Utah School of Computing, January 3, 2018, retrieved 2019-09-07