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Congratulations to our new PhD graduates (May 2010)

Dr. Jo Ann Lane

Dr. Lane graduated from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in May 2009. Her Dissertation "Imapacts of System of System Management Strategies on System of System Capability Engineering Effort"offers a comparison of SoSE management. Jo Ann is currently a Research Assistant Professor at USC's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, conducting research in the area of systems engineering and system of systems engineering as part of the DoD-Stevens-USC Systems Engineering Research Center.


Dr. Jared Fortune

Jared received his Ph.D. in Fall 2009 from the ISE department, under the direction of Dr. Boehm and Dr. Settles. For the past five years, he has worked at The Aerospace Corporation and is currently a Sr. Member of the Technical Staff in the Economic & Market Analysis Center. In this position, Jared supports a variety of systems engineering studies on satellite systems for defense, intelligence, and civil customers. He also serves as a Lecturer in the ISE department, teaching a course on systems engineering economics (SAE 560), and is a Visiting Associate of CSSE.

Dissertation: "Estimating Systems Engineering Reuse with the Constructive Systems Engineering Cost Model (COSYSMO 2.0)"


Ali Afzal Malik

Ali Afzal Malik is graduating in August 2010. After graduation from USC, he plans to return to his home country i.e. Pakistan. His goal is to join the academia in Pakistan and continue his research over there. Ali intends to establish a research laboratory in Pakistan which would conduct research in all disciplines of software engineering especially software cost estimation.

Dissertation: "Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses of Requirements Elaboration for Early Software Size Estimation"


George Edwards

George Edwards is graduating in Summer 2010 from the Department of Computer Science. His Dissertation is entitled "Automated Synthesis of Domain-Specific Model Interpreters." His research interests include varied topics related to software engineering and distributed systems, such as model-driven technologies, middleware platforms, application frameworks, and mobile software systems.


David Woollard

David Woollard is graduating in Summer 2010 from the Department of Computer Science. His Dissertation is entitled "Domain Specific Software Architecture for Large-scale Scientific Software." He works at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Modeling and Data Management Systems. He is currently developing ground data systems for a number of NASA missions including the Orbiting Carbon Observatory and NPP Peate Sounder.


Vu Nguyen

Vu Nguyen is graduating in Fall 2010 from the Department of Computer Science. His Dissertation is entitled "Improved Size and Effort Estimation Models for Software Maintenance." His research interests in Software Engineering include software development methodologies, software project management, and software engineering economics. He is currently focused on software cost estimation models including COCOMO® models.