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Dean Yortsos and Prof. Boehm Name New CSSE Director -

Prof. Nenad Medvidović

Dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering Yannis Yortsos and Prof. Barry Boehm have recently announced that Prof. Nenad Medvidović will become the new director of the Center for Systems and Software Engineering, effective January 1, 2009. Prof. Boehm and Prof. Stan Settles will still be active participants at the CSSE. The role of new co-Director and Director of the Systems Architecting and Engineering Program is still open.

Nenad Medvidović is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the Department of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. He has been on the faculty at USC since January 1999; he is also a Faculty Associate of the Institute for Software Research at the UC Irvine. Medvidović's research interests are in the areas of software architectures, distributed systems, and embedded systems. He has received an NSF Career Grant, and several other research grants from NSF, DARPA, NASA, and industry.  He has published over one hundred journal and conference papers, has chaired or served on the program committees of a number of software engineering conferences, and has chaired the dissertation committees of seven Ph.D. graduates. His co-authored paper titled " Architecture-Based Runtime Software Evolution," published at the 1998 International Conference on Software Engineering, was recently named that conference's Most Influential Paper ten years later. His lead-author paper "A Classification and Comparison Framework for Software Architecture Description Languages" was recognized by the Elsevier Information and Software Technology Journal as the most cited journal article in software engineering published in 2000. Medvidović has taught undergraduate, graduate, and industry courses in software engineering, software architecture, software engineering for embedded systems, and formal methods. Medvidović served as a consultant to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in creating their software architect training program (SWAP) from 2000 to 2003.