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Mr. Bruce Amato has been with OSD since January of 2007 where he has led the Software Engineering Cell of the Software and Systems Assurance Deputy Directorate.

Mr. Amato has a distinguished career record of professional achievement spanning over than thirty years in mid and upper level positions in software-related businesses. His experience includes program management, investment strategies, business development, and executive-level positions. He has managed organizations with revenue streams up 11,000 personnel and to $850M per year. Mr. Amato's technical expertise includes the complete life-cycle development of commercial, government, and academic high technology systems.

Mr. Amato began his career in automated data processing in the Air Force in 1971.  He taught scientific computer programming with an emphasis on embedded software systems at Florida State University from 1978 until 1983.

Dr. Kirstie L. Bellman returned to the Aerospace Corporation from DARPA to start a new bi-coastal research and development center, called the Aerospace Integration Sciences Center (AISC). The center serves as a research and development center for a number of DoD and government agencies. AISC's focus is on the development of advanced system and model integration methods, new analytic techniques, and evaluation tools for assessing the impacts of new technologies. Upon completion of her term at DARPA as a Program Manager for the Domain-Specific Software Architectures (DSSA) program, Prototech (rapid prototyping technology), projects in the Formal Foundations program, the large Computer-Aided Education and Training Initiative (CAETI), and several TRP programs, she received an award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense for excellence in her programs. During her years at DARPA, she had the honor of working with Dr. Anita Jones, then DDR&E at OSD, with the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House, and a wide range of other government agencies.

Dr. Bellman has over thirty-five years of academic, industrial, and consulting experience in both laboratory research and the development of models and information architectures for large military and government programs. She is a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science and has published her research in a wide range of topics in Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Computer Science. In addition to playing a leading role in the development of programs in the error analysis and evaluation of Artificial Intelligence programs, her group did internationally recognized research in conceptual design environments, software integration and architectures, and 'enterprise evaluation'. Fifteen years ago, she started the VEHICLES project, an environment for the conceptual design of space systems that incorporates both conventional and artificial intelligence methods. Ten years ago, with Dr. Landauer, she started the Wrappings approach to system integration. Eight years ago, with Dr. Landauer and others, she started extending the concept of Virtual Worlds to education, business and research environments. Her recent work focuses on the use of domain specific languages and formally based architectural description languages to design and analyze information architectures. In this work, she has also been developing methods for modeling organizational as well as technical aspects of complex systems. Lastly she has been working on reflective architectures that use models of themselves to manage their own resources and to reason about appropriate behavior. Recently with both national and international partners, she has been applying the above experience and methods to theoretical work and experiments on emotional agents, cybermedicine applications, bio-computation, and "biologically-inspired" architectures and operating systems. Besides her active research and management efforts, Dr. Bellman gives many invited talks every year and is a popular lecturer. www.scs.org/confernc/wmc/wmc07/Bellman-Bio.pdf

Dr. Barry Boehm served within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) from 1989 to 1992 as director of the DARPA Information Science and Technology Office and as director of the DDR&E Software and Computer Technology Office. He worked at TRW from 1973 to 1989, culminating as chief scientist of the Defense Systems Group, and at the Rand Corporation from 1959 to 1973, culminating as head of the Information Sciences Department. He entered the software field at General Dynamics in 1955.

His current research interests involve recasting systems and software engineering into a value-based framework, including processes, methods, tools, and an underlying theory and process for value-based systems and software definition, architecting, development, validation, and evolution. His contributions to the field include the Constructive Cost Model (COCOMO®) family of systems and software engineering estimation models, the Spiral Model and Incremental Commitment Model of the systems and software engineering process, and the Theory W (win-win) approach to systems and software management and requirements determination. He has received the ACM Distinguished Research Award in Software Engineering and the IEEE Harlan Mills Award, and an honorary ScD in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts. He is a Fellow of the primary professional societies in computing (ACM), aerospace (AIAA), electronics (IEEE), and systems engineering (INCOSE), and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

TRW Professor of Software Engineering, Computer Science Department, USC Director, USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering B.A., Math, Harvard, 1957; Ph.D., Math, UCLA, 1964 http://sunset.usc.edu/Research_Group/barry.html

Winsor Brown has extensive experience with process improvement, software engineering and training, including Fagan's inspections, results driven evolutionary planning, relational databases, object oriented technology, and Personal Software Process. He has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Engineering Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During his career, Winsor has been involved in such programs as International Space Station SEPG, C-17 Software Program Management, software engineering technology transfer at Douglas Aircraft Co., Modula-2 for Volition Systems, and UCSD Pascal for General Automation. Winsor has over 25 years of experience in software development, engineering and management; it was gained in aerospace, industrial and commercial applications.

Winsor has taught and developed software engineering related professional development courses. He has taught for West Coast University, UCI Extension, and most recently upper division information systems courses and graduate level software engineering courses at the University of Southern California. He has leadership positions in LA SPIN hosted by USC-CSE, So. Cal. SPIN hosted by UCI-IRUS, and LA Metro SIGSoft (Special Interest Group on Software Engineering). He has had leadership positions in Southern California Client/Server Users Group, Object Oriented Developers Association, AIAA Technical Committee on Software Systems, and LA ACM SIGAda. http://sunset.usc.edu/research/COCOMOII/Researchers/awbrown.html

Dr. Judith Dahmann is a principal senior scientist in the MITRE Corporation Center for Advanced Systems Analysis and Acquisition. Dr. Dahmann is currently a Technical Advisor to the Director of Defense Systems and Systems Engineering in the U.S. DoD Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. In this capacity, she is part of a team working to develop approaches to the acquisition, development and systems engineering of integrated user capabilities. Dr. Dahmann is also the lead for the MITRE Technical Area Team for Modeling and Simulation.

Prior to this, Dr. Dahmann was the Chief Scientist for the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office for the U.S. Director of Defense Research and Engineering, a position she held from 1995 to April 2000. In her role as Chief Scientist, Dr. Dahmann led the development of the High Level Architecture (HLA), a general-purpose distributed software architecture for the development and interoperation of simulations, initially the DoD standard for distributed simulation and now an IEEE Standard (IEEE 1516). She coauthored Creating Computer Simulation Systems, An Introduction to the High Level Architecture (Prentice Hall, 1999) and received the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Outstanding Government Service for her leadership of HLA. Most recently, Dr. Dahmann has been working with the DoD Joint Single Integrated Air Picture Systems Engineer to apply HLA in its systems engineering process based on the OMG Model Driven Architecture (MDA).

Dr. Dahmann holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA (1972), a Master’s Degree from The University of Chicago (1973), and a Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University (1984). She spent a year as a special student at Dartmouth College (1971–72). www.sosece.org/pdfs/1stSOSeceConf/biographies/dahmann.pdf

Jared Fortune is a third year Ph.D. with the Center for Systems and Software Engineering at the University of Southern California. His dissertation research topic is on systems engineering reuse and the development of the COSYSMO 2.0 tool.  In addition to his Ph.D. studies, Jared has worked full-time at The Aerospace Corporation for three years in the Economic and Market Analysis Center, part of the Systems Engineering Division, and was awarded an Advanced Degree Fellowship by the corporation. Jared received his Bachelors and Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering from USC, and is preparing to take the Qualifying Exam at the end of October.

John Gaffney is a Software Engineering Consultant, at Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems in Rockville, MD. He provides support to Lockheed Martin organizations in software and systems measurement. Earlier, he worked at the Software Productivity Consortium where he started the measurement program. Previously, he worked at IBM. He has taught at Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, NY and at Johns Hopkins. He holds a BA from Harvard, and MS from Stevens Institute of Technology, and is a Registered Professional Engineer (Electrical) in the District of Columbia.

Dr. Mary Anne Herndon is the Director of Process Management at Transdyne Corporation, a SEI Transition Partner. She is a Software Engineering Institute (SEI) certified SCAMPI Class C, B and A lead appraiser (ID 0100145-01) and an authorized instructor for the Introduction to the CMMI.

Transdyne Corporation’s clients are high technology products and services small - medium organizations focused on both commercial and government customer bases.

Currently, she provides the Introduction to the CMMI v1.2 and CMMI management overview courses to focus the attention of CEOs of small and medium businesses within southern California and the southwest to the benefits of implementing the CMMI to improve desirability as a potential team member for both source selection and contract performance monitoring. She is also a leading advocate for the use of the SCAMPI Class C and Class B in small settings to increase business expansion opportunities within the government acquisition agencies.

Her management and technical activities include over 35 years of experiences in technology insertion and process improvement in Small to Medium Organizations.

Please refer to http://transdynecorp.com for recent presentations at SEI and NDIA sponsored conferences.

Dr. Jairus M. Hihn is a Principal Member of the Engineering staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is currently the manager for the Software Quality Improvement Projects Measurement Estimation and Analysis Element, which is establishing a laboratory wide software metrics and software estimation program at JPL. M&E’s objective is to enable the emergence of a quantitative software management culture at JPL. He has been developing estimation models and providing software and mission level cost estimation support to JPL’s Deep Space Network and flight projects since 1988. He has extensive experience and well over sixty publications in simulation and Monte Carlo methods with applications in the areas of decision analysis, institutional change, R&D project selection cost modeling, and process models.

Jairus has a Ph.D. in Economics with principle application areas in econometrics and mathematical economics. His dissertation used monte carlo methods in developing a R&D project selection model. Jairus was on the Faculty at UC Berkeley in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics where he co-developed a new statistical technique based on the semivariance of a probability distribution for use in estimating agricultural production and income risks; was the co-author on several papers which formally applied catastrophe theory to the analysis of political instability in third world countries using both non-parametric and maximum likelihood methods.

email jhihn@jpl.nasa.gov

Ms. Jo Ann Lane is currently an instructor at San Diego State University, teaching Software Engineering,Software Measurement, Software Test, and Management of Software Development courses. Prior to joining the SDSU Computer Science faculty, Ms. Lane was a key technical member of Science Applications International Corporation’s (SAIC) Software and Systems Integration Group, as well as chairperson of the SAIC corporate Software Metrics Working Group.

Her areas of expertise include software project management, software process definition and implementation, and metrics collection and analysis. She has over 30 years of software engineering and development experience on a variety of projects that include management information, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) integration, web applications, distributed processing, health care/telemedicine applications, command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) systems, real-time signal processing, and aircraft simulation programs.

Ms. Lane earned her MS degree in Computer Science from San Diego State University and is currently working on her PhD at USC in System Architecting and Engineering with an emphasis on software-intensive systems. http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~jalane/

Dr. Mingshu Li received a Ph.D degree from the Department of Computer Science, Harbin Institute of Technology; also a Master degree (secondary one) in Economics from Department of Social Sciences at the same university. He took his post-doctoral research in Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences during 1993-1995 and Department of Artificial Intelligence at University of Edinburgh during 1995-1996, respectively. He is Research Professor, Chief Scientist of Internet Software Technologies, and the Director of the Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is Standing Member of China Computer Federation (CCF), Advisor of the Beijing Government, and Standing Member of the All-China Youth Federation.

His major research interests are software process technology, software engineering methodology, requirements engineering, and software engineering economics. He has published and co-authored more than one hundred research papers, and was awarded the second prize of Year 2005 National Science and Technology Progress. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Software. http://itechs.iscas.ac.cn/people/MingshuLi.htm

Ali Afzal Malik is a Fulbright scholar from Pakistan. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at University of Southern California (USC) Center for Systems and Software Engineering (CSSE). His research focuses on the areas of Software Cost Estimation and Requirements Engineering. Prior to joining the doctorate program Ali received an MS in Computer Science with a specialization in Software Engineering from USC and a BSc. (Honors) in Computer Science with distinction from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Ali’s professional experience spans both the software development industry as well as the academia. He worked as a Software Engineer in Techlogix – one of the leading software houses in Pakistan. There he played a key role in developing a customized Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for a local textile manufacturer. Ali is also a part of the Adjunct Faculty of the Computer Science Department of LUMS. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Dr. Raymond Madachy is a Research Assistant Professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and Principal of the USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering.  Prior to full-time research at USC he was Chief Science Officer at Cost Xpert Group.  Previously he was Chief Scientist at C-bridge Institute, where he led consulting and training in software methodologies and economic analysis.  Before that he was manager of the Software Engineering Process Group at at Litton Guidance and Control Systems achieving SEI CMM Level 4 after being the lead for software metrics, cost estimation and risk management at Litton Data Systems.  He has also served as a Visiting Scientist with the Software Engineering Institute

He wrote the book Software Process Dynamics and is a co-author of Software Cost Estimation with COCOMO® II.  His consulting clients have included Chevron, Northrop-Grumman, Seagate, Motorola, Lucent, USAA, Blue Cross and other Fortune 500 firms.  He has also performed as an expert witness on software cost, quality and contractual disputes.

He completed his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering at USC in 1994. For his dissertation research, he developed a software project dynamics model for process cost, schedule and risk assessment. He also has an M.S. in Systems Science from the University of California, San Diego and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton. He is a senior member of IEEE, ACM, INCOSE, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma, serves on the program committees for the International Forum on COCOMO® and Software Cost Modeling, the SPW/ProSim workshop, and has served on program committees for several other conferences. He previously served on the LA Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) steering committee.

He lives with his wife Nancy and twin daughters in San Diego, CA. Ray enjoys bicycling and hiking up mountains in his spare time. http://www-rcf.usc.edu/~madachy/

Dr. Azad Madni is the Chief Scientist and CEO of Intelligent Systems Technology, Inc. His research interests include modeling and simulation approaches for enterprise/systems/process architecting, adaptive architectures, and human-systems integration. He has received multiple commendations and awards from OSD, DARPA and the Armed Services for his pioneering R&D, and for the successful transition of the results to Government and industry.  At DARPATech 2004, he was selected by DARPA IPTO for Sustained Excellence by a Performer and Significant Technical Achievement awards.  At the 2006 9th World Conference of Integrated Design and Process Technology, he was presented with the prestigious C.V. Ramamoorthy Distinguished Scholar Award for seminal research in design and process science and technology. In 2008, he received the President’s Award at the Eleventh Biennial World Conference on Integrated Systems, Design and Process Science for providing leadership, innovation and commitment to keep SDPS a vital organization. His research has been sponsored by OSD, DARPA, HSARPA MDA, AFRL, AFOSR, RDECOM, CECOM, TATRC, ARI, AMCOM, HEL, ONR, NRL, SPAWAR, NAVSEA, NAVAIR MARCOR, PMTRADE STRICOM, NIST, DoE, and NASA.  He has conducted highly successful collaborative research with UCLA, Caltech JPL’s Space Microelectronics Center, USC-ISI, USC-BTL, MIT, GMU, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Oakridge National Research Laboratory, NIST, and Institute for Defense Analysis.  Dr. Madni received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles with a specialty in Computer Methodologies and Decision Sciences.  He is also a graduate of the Executive Institute at Stanford University.  From 2006 to 2008, he served as the President of the Society for Design and Process Science. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Design and Process Science.  He is an elected fellow of IEEE, INCOSE, SDPS, and IETE and an associate Fellow of AIAA.  He is listed in Marquis' Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in Industry and Finance, and Who’s Who in America. 

Nenad Medvidović is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Southern California. He is a faculty member of the USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering (CSSE) and a faculty associate of the Institute for Software Research (ISR) at the University of California, Irvine.  Medvidović received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the Department of Information and Computer Science at UC Irvine. He also received an M.S. in Information and Computer Science in 1995 from UC Irvine, and a B.S. in Computer Science summa cum laude in 1992 from the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Arizona State University. Medvidović is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER (2000) and ITR (2003) awards, the Okawa Foundation Research Grant (2005), and the IBM Real-Time Innovation Award (2007). He is a co-author of the ICSE 1998 paper titled “Architecture-Based Runtime Software Evolution”, which was recently named that conference’s Most Influential Paper. His 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’s research interests are in the area of architecture-based software development. His work focuses on software architecture modeling and analysis; middleware facilities for architectural implementation; domain-specific architectures; architectural styles; and architecture-level support for software development in highly distributed, mobile, resource constrained, and embedded computing environments. He is a member of ACM, ACM SIGSOFT, and IEEE Computer Society. http://sunset.usc.edu/~neno/

Tim Menzies received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Artificial  Intelligence from the University of New South Wales in 1995. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Computer Science at West Virginia Unviersity. Before that, he was a  research chair at NASA. He is the author of over 170 papers including several with Barry Boehm, Ray Madachy, and Jairus Hihn. Since 2004, he has been working with Barry on adding data miners and intelligent agents to the USC family of process models.  For more on Tim, please visit his web site http://menzies.us

Christopher L. Miller is the Senior Software Engineer/Analyst.  Mr. Miller’s experience is in software measurement and estimation.  His quantitative analysis background is focused on size and effort estimation, evaluating project feasibility analysis, defining meaningful performance measurements, and establishing effective decision support mechanisms on large software-intensive systems development programs. Chris is a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Measurement Working Group (MWG) and a certified trainer for Practical Software and Systems Measurement (PSM).

Vu Nguyen is a graduate student at Computer Science Department, University of Southern California (USC). His study specializes on Software Engineering including software development methodologies, software project management and software economics. This field of computer science tries to answer many tough questions such as how to build software products not only within the budget, schedule and on time but also satisfying customers', users' needs, yielding benefits for customers, users and other related parties, and so on.

Prior to joining USC, he worked for Paragon Solutions Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam for almost five years. If you are interested, you are welcome to refer his resume here. http://www-scf.usc.edu/~nguyenvu/

Donald J. Reifer is recognized as one of the leading figures in the fields of software engineering and management with over thirty-eight years of progressive management experience in academia, industry and government.  From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Reifer managed the DoD Software Initiatives Office under an IPA assignment with the Defense Information Systems Agency.  As part of this Senior Executive Service assignment, he served as the Director of the DoD Software Reuse Initiative and Chief of the Ada Joint Program Office.  He led the move to product lines and architecture-based reuse.  Previously, while with TRW, Mr. Reifer served as Deputy Program Manager for their Global Positioning Satellite efforts.  While with the Aerospace Corporation, Mr. Reifer managed all of the software efforts related to the Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle).  Currently, as President of RCI, Mr. Reifer advises executives in Fortune 500 firms worldwide in the areas of software investment and improvement strategies.  For the past seven years, Mr. Reifer has been focusing his efforts on COTS, software security and related protection issues.

For the past twenty-eight years, Mr. Reifer has been a successful businessman, entrepreneur, software management consultant, author and teacher.  He has published over one hundred software engineering and management papers and six books including his popular sixth edition of the “Software Management Tutorial (IEEE Computer Society).”  Mr. Reifer is currently a Visiting Associate at the University of Southern California (USC) where he interfaces with industry affiliates and serves as a member of several their cost modeling teams.  During 2005, Mr. Reifer served as a Visiting Scientist at the Systems and Software Consortium, Inc. (SSCI). 

Mr. Reifer has served on numerous industry and government panels and boards.  As an example, he served in 2001 as a member of the Software Product Engineering Panel, Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Software Summit Panel.  In 1999, he was a member of the COTS panel, Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.  Currently, he has served on the Board of Directors of several software start-ups.

Mr. Reifer is a senior member of the IEEE, a senior member of the ACM, a member of INCOSE, and life member of ISPA.  He is a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Software Engineering.

Mr. Reifer’s many awards include the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the AIAA Software Engineering Award, the ISPA Frieman Award, the DISA Exceptional Service Award, membership in Who’s Who in the West, and the Hughes Aircraft Company Fellowship.  http://www.reifer.com

Garry Roedler is the Senior Program Manager of Systems Engineering (SE) at the LM Engineering Process Improvement Center.  He is responsible for the development/selection of SE processes, implementation assets, training, and tools for the corporation towards an integrated set of SE enablers to aid program performance. This role also has responsibility for managing the corporate subcouncils for SE, Test & Evaluation (T&E) and Specialty Engineering.  Previously, he was the Engineering Process Integration Manager for LM Integrated Systems & Solutions, responsible for strategic planning of technology needs, process technology development and infusion, and process maintenance and improvement of engineering processes.  Prior to that, he chaired the Systems Integration Process Review Board for LM Management and Data Systems (M&DS), focusing on process improvement and achievement/sustainment of Level 5 CMM/CMMI objectives, including a world first to achieve Level 5 ratings in the SE-CMM.

Garry has over 28 years experience in engineering, measurement, and teaching and holds degrees in mathematics education and mechanical engineering from Temple University.  Garry has been a technical leader in many areas of SE on programs and was the technical lead for various winning proposals.  His technical work has brought him many commendations for technical excellence.  Other work includes leadership roles in various technical and standards organizations, including: US Head of Delegation and Task Group leader for ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 Working Group 7 (SE and SW process standards), Practical Software and Systems Measurement Steering Group; International Council On Systems Engineering Corporate Advisory Board, Technical Board and Committees; INCOSE Delaware Valley Chapter co-founder, and IEEE Standards Assoc.  Garry has worked on the author teams of several current standards, including project editor of ISO/IEC 15288, Systems Life Cycle Processes, which was adopted by LM for SE processes.

Colfax Selby is a high school senior at St. Margaret's Episcopal School and a part-time employee at Rice & Company CPA's Inc.  Colfax's interests are in engineering and business, and he plans to major in these areas in college.

Richard W. Selby is the Head of Software Products at Northrop Grumman Space Technology in Redondo Beach, CA. He manages a 250-person software organization and has served in this position since 2001. Previously, he was the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) in Newport Beach, CA where he managed a 105-person organization for three years. From 1985-1998, he was a Full Professor of Information and Computer Science (with tenure) at the University of California in Irvine, CA (UC Irvine).

Since 2004, he has held an adjunct faculty position at the USC Computer Science Department in Los Angeles, CA. In 1993, he held visiting faculty positions at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science and MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, MA, and in 1992, he held a visiting faculty position at the Osaka University Department of Computer Science in Osaka, Japan.

His research focuses on development and management of large-scale systems, software, and processes. He has authored over 95 refereed publications and given over 190 invited presentations at professional meetings. At Northrop, he led the $3 billion company to a successful enterprise-wide rating of Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 5 for Software. At PIMCO, he led the $1 billion company to be ranked as the fourth most innovative technology organization in financial services, according to Wall Street & Technology. At UC Irvine, he co-authored an international best-selling book that analyzed Microsoft’s technology, strategy, and management that was entitled Microsoft Secrets: How the World’s Most Powerful Software Company Creates Technology, Shapes Markets, and Manages People. The book, written with Michael Cusumano, has been translated into 12 languages, has 150,000 copies in print, and was ranked as a #6 best-seller in Business Week. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD in 1985 and 1983, respectively. He received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN in 1981.

Bert Steece is Deputy Dean of Faculty and Professor of Statistics in the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. Prior to joining USC, he spent four years on the faculty of the University of Oregon and two years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

As Dean of Faculty, Dr. Steece is the chief academic officer and deputy to the Dean of a school with an enrollement of 4,000 students. Responsibilities include working directly with faculty, staff, and major instructional leadership committees and governance groups to develop and enhance academic programs. He oversees the allocation of resources, the appointment and retention of faculty and the scope and quality of instruction.

Professor Steece, the 1990 Program Chair of the Business and Economic Section of the American Statistical Association Annual meeting, is past-president of the Decision Sciences Institute (Western Region). He also serves on two editorial boards as a consultant to several national firms.

Professor Steece is a specialist in statistical modeling, time series analysis (forecasting), and econometrics. He has published research papers in a number of journals including "Management Science", "Accounting Review", "Journal of Royal Statistical Society Board", and "Communications in Statistics." His papers in the "Accounting Review" received two outstanding tax manuscript awards from the American Taxation Association, and his paper on model adequacy received an award from the Decision Sciences Institute. Presently, Dr. Steece's research focuses on issues in Bayesian modeling, regression diagnostics, and statistical graphics. His areas of applications include economic forecasting, air pollution, hospital delivery systems, and the economic impact of taxes and regulations. http://sunset.usc.edu/research/COCOMOII/Researchers/steece.html

Ricardo Valerdi is a Research Associate in the Lean Aerospace Initiative and a Lecturer in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT.  He is also the co-founder of the Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEAri) which was launched in 2007.

He received his B.S./B.A. in Electrical Engineering from the University of San Diego in 1999, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Systems Architecting and Engineering from USC in 2002 and 2005.  Between 1999 and 2002, he worked as a systems engineer at Motorola where he was responsible for the design and implementation of mission critical public safety communications systems for clients such as the Los Angeles Police Department, Orange County Sheriff, and San Diego Police Department.  He has been affiliated with the Aerospace Corporation's Economic and Market Analysis Center as a Member of the Technical Staff since 2003 where he supports cost analysis of programs for the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center at the Los Angeles Air Force Base.

His current research interests include systems engineering cost estimation, system level metrics and models, dynamics in large-scale government system acquisition, and system-of-systems ontologies.  His contributions to the field include the Constructive Systems Engineering Cost Model (COSYSMO), a model for estimating systems engineering effort, which has been calibrated with data provided by BAE Systems, Boeing, General Dynamics, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and SAIC.

He is the author of over 45 technical publications which have appeared in IEEE, AIAA, and INCOSE conferences.  His work has appeared in several journals, including Journal of Systems Engineering, Journal of Systems and Software, and CrossTalk - The Journal of Defense Software Engineering.  He has also served as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and IEEE Software.  He served as Program Chair of the 20th Forum on COCOMO® and Software Cost Modeling and is involved with INCOSE in the Measurement Working Group, the Systems Engineering & Architecting Doctoral Student Network, and since 2007 serves on the Board of Directors as Associate Director for International Growth.  He is a Visiting Associate at the Center for Systems & Software Engineering at USC. http://web.mit.edu/rvalerdi/www/

Gan Wang is a Senior Principal Engineer at BAE Systems. He has been engaged in the development of cost estimating and decision support methodologies for enterprise and capability-based engineering. Prior to joining BAE Systems, Dr. Wang has spent many years developing real-time geospatial data visualization applications, and man-in-the-loop flight simulation and aircrew training systems. He has over 20 years of experience in software development and software-intensive systems engineering and integration.

Dr. Qing Wang is Research Professor of the Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is the Director of the Lab for Internet Software Technologies and a supervisor of Ph.D students. She has intensive research and industry experience in the area of software process, including software process technologies and quality assurance, software estimation and requirement engineering. She is also a member of Software Incubation Committee for the Hi-Tech research and development program of China (863 Program) and a Lead Appraiser of SEI CMMI SCAMPI.

Qing Wang has led and is leading many key projects of state, as well as many important domestic and international cooperative projects. She has won various kinds of awards such as the National Award for Science and Technology Progress, Ministerial and Commission Award for Science and Technology Progress. She has published over seventy papers in journals and conferences both at home and abroad. In addition, she has co-authored seven books. Her major research fields are software process technologies and quality assurance, software estimation and requirement engineering. She also is PC member of some academy conferences and program co-chair of SPW/ProSim 2006, ICSP 2007 and ICSP 2008. She was awarded the second prize of Year 2005 National Science and Technology Progress for her contribution to "Software Process Service Technologies and Integrated Management System". http://itechs.iscas.ac.cn/people/QingWang.htm

Marilee Wheaton is general manager of the systems engineering division in the engineering and technology group at The Aerospace Corp (El Segundo, CA). Aerospace runs a federally funded R&D center that supports national security and civil and commercial space programs. It does studies and assessments and provides advisory services for customers like the U.S. Air Force, NASA and the intelligence community.

Wheaton provides technical leadership for about 250 systems engineers. Their work ranges from developing new conceptual designs to risk management, cost estimation, program assessment and scheduling and other forms of advanced problem-solving to help customers keep their programs on track. The group also led the development of the Aerospace Smarter Buyer program. "More than a thousand high-level customers have taken these courses," Wheaton says proudly.

Wheaton has a 1978 BA in math from California Lutheran University and a 1993 MS in systems engineering from the University of Southern California. She started with Lockheed in 1979 as a manufacturing engineer and moved on to Aerospace the next year.

In 1999 she moved to TRW Systems (now Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, Reston, VA) as a director in the office of cost estimation, but returned to Aerospace in 2002.

Wheaton is a life member of SWE. She's been president of the Los Angeles section and is currently its awards chair. She was made a SWE Fellow in 2000. "SWE reinforces the sense that women 'can do it,'" she says.

She's also a past president of the Aerospace Women's Committee. This internal organization brings technical and administrative women together for mentoring and networking. Wheaton was one of its women of the year in 1986.

Wheaton notes that for four of the past five years AARP has named Aerospace one of the best employers for workers over fifty. Nearly half the organization's regular full-time workers are in that age group. They enjoy alternative work arrangements like flextime and telecommuting, and the opportunity to continue working after formal retirement.

"What keeps me and most people in this industry going is the importance of our missions and our contributions to national security," Wheaton says.

Ye Yang is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS). She received her B.S. degrees in both Computer Science and Economics from Peking University in 1994, and her M.S. in Computer Science from ISCAS in 1998, and her Ph.D. in Computer Science from USC in 2006.

Her research interests include software process, software measurement and metrics, software engineering cost modeling, software product lines, requirement engineering, and empirical software engineering methods. http://itechs.iscas.ac.cn/people/YeYang.htm

 

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