Spertus in 2012
|Home town||Glencoe, Illinois|
|Awards||Sexiest Geek Alive, 2001|
|Thesis||ParaSite: mining the structural information on the World-Wide Web (1998)|
|Doctoral advisor||Professor William J. Dally|
Spertus grew up in Glencoe, Illinois, where she attended New Trier High School. At MIT she received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science and Engineering in 1990, a Master of Science (M.S.) in electrical engineering and computer science in 1992, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1998, with a Ph.D. thesis entitled ParaSite: mining the structural information on the World-Wide Web. She spent several summers between terms working for Microsoft.
Spertus has written articles treating both technical and social subjects, often combining the two. In 1993, she was profiled in The New York Times as one of the "women who might change the face of the computer industry" and in a follow-up article in 2003. In 2001, she was named "The Sexiest Geek Alive".
While at Google, Spertus spent her time working on App Inventor for Android, a block based development platform with a graphical user interface (GUI) that lets developers and amateurs create applications for Android. In May 2011, O'Reilly Media published the book App Inventor, which Spertus co-authored with David Wolber, Hal Abelson, and Liz Looney.
- Spertus, Ellen (2019-03-24). "Ellen Spertus's CV". Spertus Family. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
- Hafner, Katie (1993-08-29). "Woman, Computer Nerd – and Proud". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- Katie Hafner (2003-08-21). "3 Women, 3 Paths, 10 Years On". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- Spertus, Ellen (1998). ParaSite: mining the structural information on the World-Wide Web (Thesis thesis). Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Ward, Mark (2001-06-21). "Sexiest geek declared". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
- Spertus, Ellen. "Articles about Ellen Spertus and SGA 2K+1". Spertus Family. Retrieved 2019-07-01.
- "App Inventor for Android". Archived from the original on 12 December 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
- App Inventor. O'Reilly Media. 2011. ISBN 978-1449397487.
- Mieszkowski, Katharine (2002-09-04). "Steal this car!". Salon. Salon Media Group. Archived from the original on 2008-03-07. Retrieved 2008-03-01.
- Cassidy, Mike (2014-02-21). "Google researcher, Mills College professor Ellen Spertus still working for gender equality in computer science". The Mercury News. MediaNews Group. Retrieved 2019-07-01.