The Grubb Lab

The Grubb lab is the software engineering lab in the Department of Computer Science at Smith College. Our work focuses on goal modeling, and how stakeholders can effectively use models in collaboration. Goal models are a collection of nodes and links that represent the intentions of stakeholders and tradeoffs within the system under consideration. They can be used to make decisions in early-phase requirements engineering as well as in other contexts. The following image is an example of a goal model created in our tool BloomingLeaf, a browser-based tool developed by the lab. See below to join us.

A goal model showing a student deciding what to have for lunch

Lab Members

Alicia Paddling on Paradise Pond

Dr. Alicia M. Grubb they/them (Principal Investigator 2019-Present)
Alicia is from Canada and loves maple syrup and gooses (and duckies). When they are not in the lab, they can be found riding bikes or paddling a kayak on Smith College’s Paradise Pond.

Megan HeadShot Megan Varnum ‘23 she/her (STRIDE 2019-2021, SURF 2020)
Megan is from Eastern Washington and joined the lab as a STRIDE student in September 2019. She is pursuing a double major in engineering and computer science. Outside of academics, Megan competes on the varsity Smith College track and cross country team.

Kate Headshot Kate Spencer ‘22 she/her (Volunteer 2020, SURF 2020)
Kate is an engineering major and computer science minor from Seattle, WA. She joined the lab in January 2020. Outside of lab she enjoys being house president of Parsons House and singing in the Glee Club. She has worked on Modeling Uncertainty, and Color Visualization.

Isabel at the piano Isabel Montesanto ‘21 (Senior Honors Thesis 2020-21)
Isabel is a logic major from the California Central Valley whose interests include gender, stop-motion, the outdoors, and abstract systems.

Kathleen Headshot Kathleen Hablutzel ‘23 she/her (STRIDE 2020-2021)
Kathleen is a double major in computer science and statistical and data sciences from Chapel Hill, NC. She joined the lab in September 2020. Outside the lab, she enjoys technical theater and serving as a Student Academic Advisor.

Ali Eshghi ’21 they/them (Special Studies Fall 2020)
Ali is a Computer Science and Engineering (BA) double major from Lincoln, MA. They joined the lab in September 2020. Outside of lab they enjoy going for walks, eating popcorn, and playing with their cat Socks.

Ester Headshot Ester Zhao ‘21 she/her (Special Studies Fall 2020)
Ester is a Computer Science major and Statistical & Data Sciences minor from Lexington, MA. She joined the lab in September 2020. When she isn’t coding, she enjoys exploring nature trails and arranging songs for her a cappella group, the Smithereens, of which she is President and Music Director.

Isabella Headshot Isabella Brody-Calixto ‘21 she/her or they/them (Special Studies Fall 2020)
Isabella is a Computer Science and Philosophy double major from Arlington, VA. She is interested in the intersection of privacy ethics and online ownership. Outside of academics she enjoys hiking, reading fiction, and attempting to cuddle with her cat.

Ella Chang ‘22 (Special Studies Fall 2020)

Eleni Headshot Eleni Partakki ‘22 she/her (Special Studies Fall 2020)
Eleni is from Cyprus and Romania and joined the lab in September 2020. She is pursuing a double major in computer science and government. Outside of lab, Eleni enjoys cooking, exploring maps, riding her bike, and learning about birds.

Sophie Crane ’22 she/her (Special Studies Fall 2020)
Sophie is a Computer Science major from Atlanta, Georgia. She also enjoys practicing her French, drawing, painting, and running.

Yanning Headshot Yanning Tan ’23 she/her (Special Studies Fall 2020)
Yanning is a computer science major from China. She joined the lab in September 2020. Outside of lab she enjoys drawing and creative writing.

Lauren Headshot Lauren Forando ‘21 (Work Study 2019) Lauren is a statistical and data sciences major from Norwich, CT. She joined the lab in May 2019. She is especially interested in domain bias, female representation in STEM, and privacy ethics. Outside of lab she enjoys sailing, kayaking, and spending time with her dog.

Lab Alumni

Lily Diao ‘22 (SURF 2019, Special Studies Fall 2019)
Naomi Cebula ‘22 (SURF 2019, Special Studies Fall 2019)
Omema Ibrahim ‘22 (SURF 2019)

Lucy's Headshot Yilin Lucy Wang ‘20 (SURF 2019, Senior Honors Thesis 2019-20)

How to Join

We are seeking new lab members interested in both software development and requirements research. There are different ways to conduct research in the Grubb Lab (e.g., volunteer, special studies, SURF, STRIDE, or a Senior Honors Thesis project). Those interested in development or software engineering research should have completed or be currently enrolled in CSC212. Ideally, students interested in pursuing a Senior Honors Thesis should contact Alicia in their junior year. Interested? Contact Alicia. Not sure what to say? Review the “Recommendations for Emailing Professors” on the Research at Smith page. Want to know what it’s like? Reach out to one of our current or past members.

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