NSERC Chair for
Women in Science & Engineering

Dr. Andrea Bunt

I love how varied my work is. I also love being able to work with such great students and colleagues.

Associate Professor, Computer Science
University of Manitoba

Andrea Bunt is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Manitoba where she co-directs the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) lab. Andrea completed her Ph.D. (2007) and M.Sc. (2001) at the University of British Columbia, and her BSc (1999) at Queen’s University. Prior to joining the University of Manitoba, Andrea worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo. Andrea’s research falls into the areas of human-computer interaction and intelligent interactive systems, with an emphasis on issues surrounding feature-rich software, community-authored help resources, and computing experiences in rural and remote communities.

As an academic, what is your favourite part of your job?

I love how varied my work is. The combination of research, teaching and service, means I'm continually working on new and different things. I also love being able to work with such great students and colleagues.

What are you researching and what excites you about it?

I work in an area of computer science called Human-Computer Interaction, which is the study of how people interact with technology and how to design technology so that people can interact with it in better and/or novel ways. I get excited by how interdisciplinary the research is -- it is a great combination of Computer Science, Psychology, Sociology and Design.

What types of professions can students graduating in your field enter?

There are a number of potential career paths: user experience specialist, interface designer, software developer, business analyst, project manager (to name a few).

What advice would you give to girls or young women who are interested in careers in science or engineering?

Computer Science affords so many opportunities for high-paying, diverse and rewarding careers. It also gives women the opportunity to shape the technology that we all use.

As a professional in science or engineering, who are your role models and mentors?

My PhD advisors have been amazing role models and mentors for me. They have not only helped shape my approach to research, but I also look to them as exemplars of how to manage work and other interests (e.g., family, hobbies, etc). They have also shown me that it is possible to find your place in a male-dominated workplace without necessarily taking on traditionally "masculine" traits.