Myers, Brad

Myers at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Seattle, Washington on June 12, 1990.

Brad Myers is a Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

He is the author or editor of over 500 publications, including the books “Creating User Interfaces by Demonstration” and “Languages for Developing User Interfaces,” and he has been on the editorial board of six journals. He has been a consultant on user interface design and implementation to over 85 companies, and regularly teaches courses on user interface design and software. His research interests include user interfaces, programming environments, programming language design, end-user software engineering (EUSE), API usability, developer experience (DevX or DX), interaction techniques, programming by example, handheld computers, and visual programming.

He received the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Research Award in Research in 2017, for “outstanding fundamental and influential research contributions to the study of human-computer interaction”. He is an IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow, member of the CHI Academy, and winner of 13 Best Paper type awards and 5 Most Influential Paper Awards.

I’m constantly in admiration of Brad’s terrifically prolific contributions to the software engineering aspects of user interface design.  His series of jewel-named projects (Amethyst, Peridot, Garnet, etc.) helped push forward many user interface innovations and developer tools.  Brad’s encyclopedic knowledge of the field were put to good use in his masterful 2-hour video called “All the Widgets”, which captured many early designs for everyone to see and learn from. His broad knowledge (and strong writing skills) are visible in his 1996 review “A Brief History of Human-Computer Interaction Technology”.  Brad has been an influential teacher, producing a stream of doctoral students who have gone on to do important work on their own.  One memorable event was when we (and two others) went to ACM headquarters to successfully argue for the creation of the ACM Interactions magazine.  Let me close by saying how generous Brad has been in organizing conferences, editing journals, running awards programs, and helping students.  I give a lot of credit to Brad for helping make HCI so successful – his impact has been enormous in technically rigorous research plus his strong service and effective education. – Ben Shneiderman


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Toronto (1987)
  • M.S. in Computer Science and B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Faculty Member, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (1987 – Present); Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science (2004 – Present)
  • Advisor UI/UX, PIXterity (2012 – Present)
  • Strategic User Interface Advisor, Web and Mobile, SachManya LLC (2010 – Present)
  • Visiting Professor, Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester (2007 – 2008)
  • Consultant, more than 85 companies including Desmarais LLP, Silicon Valley Expert Witness Group Inc., Apple Computer, Inc. and the Institute for Defense Analyses (1984 – Present)
  • Senior Software Engineer, PERQ Systems Corporation (1980 – 1983)
  • Research Intern, Palo Alto Research Center (1977 – 1979)



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