She received the Diplom Ingenieur in Computer Science from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Penn State in 1982. She has held visiting appointments at the Technical University of Graz, Austria, and the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.
She served as the Department Head of the Purdue’s Computer Science department from 2002 to 2007. From 2010 to 2013, she served as the Director of the Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) Division in the CISE Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF). While at NSF, she successfully led the development of several new crosscutting programs including Cyber-Enabled Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES) and eXploiting Parallelism and Scalability (XPS), and a US-Israel Funding Collaboration in Computer Science.
Professor Hambrusch's research interests are in query and data management in mobile environments, computer science education, parallel and distributed computation, and analysis of algorithms. She has lead two projects in computer science education, "Science Education in Computational Thinking (SECANT)" and "Computer Science for Education (CS4EDU)".
She currently is Purdue’s lead in a project to establish an evidence-based professional development program to improve teachers' knowledge to teach computer science (PD4CS). Her research has been supported by NSF, Air Force, ONR, DARPA, Microsoft, and State Farm.
Hambrusch currently serves on the board of directors of the Computing Research Association (CRA) and from 2014-16 she is CRA’s vice chair. She is a co-chair for CRA-E, CRA’s Committee on Education and a board member of CRA-W, CRA’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research. She currently is a co-chair for Communications of the ACM (CACM)'s Viewpoints section. In the past, she served on the editorial boards of Information Processing Letters and Parallel Computing.
Recognitions include inaugural membership in the Purdue University Book of Great Teachers, a 2003 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award from Pennsylvania State University, and 2004 TechPoint Mira Education Award Winner, a 2012 College of Science Engagement Award, and NSF’s 2012 Director's Award for Collaborative Integration.
- S.E. Hambrusch, C.-M. Liu, and S. Prabhakar, "Broadcasting and Querying Multi-dimensional Index Trees in a Multi-channel environment", Information Systems, Vol. 31, pp 870-886, 2006
- Sarvjeet Singh, Chris Mayfield, Sunil Prabhakar, Rahul Shah, Susanne Hambrusch, "Indexing Uncertain Categorical Data,", 23rd IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 2007), 2007
- Aman Yadav, Ninger Zhou, Chris Mayfield, Susanne Hambrusch, J.T. Korb, "Introducing Computational Thinking in Education Courses", 42nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, 465-470, 2011.
- Chris Mayfield, Ninger Zhou, Susanne Hambrusch, J.T. Korb, Aman Yadav, Computational Thinking in Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education. ACM Transactions on Computing Education, Vol. 14, Nr. 1, 2014.
- Susanne Hambrusch, Ran Libeskind-Hadas, Eric Aaron, Understanding the U.S. Domestic Computer Science Ph.D. Pipeline, Communications of the ACM (CACM), Vol. 58, Nr. 8, pp 29-32, 2015
- Susanne Hambrusch and Ran Libeskind-Hadas, The PhD Pipeline, IEEE Computer, vol. 48, no. 5, pp. 76-79, May 2015, doi:10.1109/MC.2015.147.