Professor Atlee has worked with a number of industrial partners over the years, including Bell Northern Research (Nortel Networks), Mitel Networks, AT&T Labs, IBM Canada, and General Motors of Canada. In 1999 she spent her sabbatical leave at SRI International in the Formal Methods Group. In 2005–06, she spent her sabbatical leave working on her textbook Software Engineering: Theory and Practice. She spent 2012–13 as Visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and 2019–2020 as Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia.
Professor Atlee’s research interests are in software engineering with a particular focus on improving the quality of software. Much of her work focuses on modelling software in terms of its features and on detecting, resolving, and managing feature interactions — how to support the rapid development of new features / services / modular components that are oblivious of each other yet interoperate well. Applications include feature-rich systems, systems-of-systems, and Internet of Things.