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.
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. Judith Dahmann is a principal senior scientist in the MITRE Corporation Center for Acquisition and Systems Analysis supporting the Director of Systems and Software Engineering (SSE) US DOD Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. One of her recent accomplishments in this role was leading the development of the Systems Engineering Guide for Systems of Systems, Version 1.0, just released this last August by SSE. Prior to this, Dr. Dahmann was the Chief Scientist for the Defense Modeling and Simulation Office for the US Director of Defense Research and Engineering (1995-2000) where she led the development of the High Level Architecture, a general-purpose distributed software architecture for simulations, now an IEEE Standard (IEEE 1516). Dr. Dahmann holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA with a year as a special student at Dartmouth College, a Master’s Degree from The University of Chicago and a Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.