Her national service includes the DARPA ISAT committee (2012-present), CRA board (2012-present), CRA-Women co-chair (2011-present), and two National Academy Studies. She served as program chair for ASPLOS '04, PACT '05, PLDI '07, ISMM '12, and CGO '13, and as co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM Transactions on Programming Language Systems (TOPLAS) (2007-2010). McKinley received an ACM SIGPLAN Distinguished Service Award, an NSF CAREER award, five IBM Faculty awards, outreach awards, and best paper awards. Her research has been selected for CACM research highlights, IEEE MICRO Top Picks, and the OOPSLA Test of Time award. She is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow.
Testimony To House Science Committee
On February 14, 2013, Kathryn S. McKinley on behalf of Microsoft testified along with Ed Lazowska (UW) and Kelly Gaither (Texas Advanced Computing Center) to the House Science Committee's Subcommittee on Research and Science Education on the topic of innovation in information technology. Her testimony focused on (1) the academic, industry, and government computing research ecosystem that is driving innovation and economic advances in almost all fields; (2) the need for investment in key research areas, such as big data, privacy, secure systems, and computing performance; and (3) the need to increase diversity to drive innovation and expand the pool of US workers to meet computing workforce demands.