Christopher M. Abts
P.O. Box 268
Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 625 - 4192
fax: (909) 445 - 0111


PhD (in progress), Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Southern California.
MS (1989), Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Southern California.
Ergonomics & Computer Science (1981-82), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.
BS (1981), Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.



Security Clearance

TS-SBI, SIOP-ESI (DIS) - currently inactive.

Professional Experience

1993 - present: Doctoral student/graduate research assistant at USC. Program of study is cross-disciplinary in nature, combining studies from both the departments of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Computer Science, with major thesis research being conducted out of the USC Center for Software Engineering under the direction of Dr. Barry W. Boehm. Focus of thesis is on developing predictive models addressing integration and life-cycle costs associated with using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software components in the development of new software systems. Related research interests include software metrics, software risk management, and systems architecting.

1983 - 1993: Member of the Technical Staff (Lead systems engineer/analyst/programmer), Logicon, Inc. Work was in the area of Strategic Nuclear Weapons Mission Planning, including automated mission planning tools development and maintenance, database design, algorithm development, mission scenario analysis, nuclear war gaming, and simulation modeling. Included a year on-site (1986-87) in the Gaming Directorate of the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon as a chief project liaison and technical facilitator. Major defense programs supported covered all three legs of the Strategic Triad, including the Titan, Minuteman and Peacekeeper ICBM programs, the Trident ballistic submarine fleet, and the B-52, B-1 and B-2 bombers.

Specific strategic planning tool development programs on which employed: M202 (allocation and operational MIRV set formation for strategic missiles); MRT (Minuteman missile minimum reaction time nuclear target reassignment tool); SWAP (strategic missile and aircraft allocation); ASA (automated SIOP allocation system); SINBAC (system for integrated nuclear battle analysis calculus); B2 Mission Planning Package.

Languages and Hardware

C, C++, FORTRAN, Pascal, COBOL, GPSS; VAX, IBM mainframes; VMS, UNIX operating systems; SQL based relational databases; WINDOWS based desktop systems; R-Code and SPSS statistical packages.


Proceedings of the USC-CSE Focused Workshop #7: Systems Integration with COTS Software; co-editor with Barry Boehm, November 1996, published by the University of Southern California.