Author Biography

Barry Boehm

Barry Boehm received his B.A. degree from Harvard in 1957, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA in 1961 and 1964, all in Mathematics. He also received an honorary Sc.D. in Computer Science from the U. of Massachusetts in 2000.

Between 1989 and 1992, he served within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) 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 was a Programmer-Analyst at General Dynamics between 1955 and 1959.

His current research interests focus on value-based software engineering, including a method for integrating a software system's process models, product models, property models, and success models called Model-Based (System) Architecting and Software Engineering (MBASE).  His contributions to the field include the Constructive Cost Model (COCOMO®), the Spiral Model of the software process, the Theory W (win-win) approach to software management and requirements determination, the foundations for the areas of software risk management and software quality factor analysis, and two advanced software engineering environments: the TRW Software Productivity System and Quantum Leap Environment.

He has served on the boards of several scientific journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, IEEE Computer, IEEE Software, ACM Computing Reviews, Automated Software Engineering, Software Process, and Information and Software Technology. He has served as Chair of the AIAA Technical Committee on Computer Systems, Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Software Engineering, and as a member of the Governing Board of the IEEE Computer Society. He has also served as Chair of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board's Information Technology Panel, Chair of the NASA Research and Technology Advisory Committee for Guidance, Control, and Information Processing, and Chair of the Board of Visitors for the CMU Software Engineering Institute.

His honors and awards include Guest Lecturer of the USSR Academy of Sciences (1970), the AIAA Information Systems Award (1979), the J.D. Warnier Prize for Excellence in Information Sciences (1984), the ISPA Freiman Award for Parametric Analysis (1988), the NSIA Grace Murray Hopper Award (1989), the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence (1992), the ASQC Lifetime Achievement Award (1994), the ACM Distinguished Research Award in Software Engineering (1997), and the IEEE Harlan D. Mills Award (2000). 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 National Academy of Engineering.

Azad Madni

Dr. Azad Madni is the founder and CEO of Intelligent Systems Technology, Inc., a leading R&D firm specializing in systems architecting, enterprise systems engineering, process architecting, and simulation-based design, training and performance support. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the SBA’s National Tibbetts Award for California for excellence in technology innovation, Mass Mutual and U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2000 Blue Chip Enterprise Award for entrepreneurship, and Computerworld‘s selection to the 100 Emerging Companies to Watch in 2000. He is the only two-time (2000, 2004) “Developer of the Year” Software Industry Award winner from the Software Council of Southern California, a region of approximately 8000 software companies.

His research has been sponsored by several prestigious R&D organizations including DARPA, OSD, MDA, ONR, NAVSEA, NAVAIR, NRL, AFOSR, AFRL, USAF, RDECOM, CECOM, AMCOM, ARI, HEL, NIST, DOE, and NASA. He has received special awards and commendations from DARPA, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the U.S. Navy for his pioneering R&D contributions in modeling and simulation to national “agility” and concurrent engineering initiatives. He has been featured in California CEO, Information Week and Los Angeles Business Journal. Dr. Madni has been a contributor to Zone, a magazine featuring emerging technology in Southern California, and has been a featured guest on TV and radio business shows on high technology business outlook. He has also been an invited featured speaker at the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum, LARTA University, and JETRO conferences and workshops. Dr. Madni currently serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of the University of Southern California’s Systems Architecting and Engineering Program.

Dr. Madni has developed and taught several national and international courses including: Creating Sweaty Palms Effect through Simulation Technologies; Cognitive Engineering; Battlefield Artificial Intelligence and Robotics; Intelligent Interfaces In Advanced Automation; and Developing and Managing High-Performance Organizations. He is an elected Fellow of IEEE, INCOSE, SDPS, and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. He has served as the General Chair and Program Chair of International Conferences and is currently the General Co-Chair of the 2006 Ninth World Conference on Integrated Design and Process Technology. Dr. Madni is a past Visiting Industrial Fellow of Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Space Microelectronics Center. He received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in Engineering from UCLA. He also has an Executive (“mini”) MBA from the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute. Dr. Madni is listed in the Marquis’ Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in Industry and Finance.

Ann Majchrzak

Ann Majchrzak, Professor of Information Systems, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California . Ann's interests include IT support for distributed teams, knowledge-sharing and creation, and innovation. She has published in MIS Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Management Science, Information Systems Research, IEEE Transactions, Human Relations, among others. She has served on three National Academy of Sciences committees. She has developed software, including HITOP, HITOP-A, ACTION, TOP-Integrator, and TOP-Modeler to support decisions made by manufacturing process engineers to ensure the integration of technical and social/organizational concerns in the design of manufacturing equipment and processes. .She is currently division chair of the OCIS division for the Academy of Management , was an Associate Editor for MIS Quarterly for three years, and is currently an associate editor for ISR, and a Senior Editor for Organization Science. She has written several books, including The Human Side of Factory Automation, and has been a recipient of the Society for Information Management's best paper.

Jo Ann Lane

Ms. Jo Ann Lane is currently a research assistant supporting software engineering and research activities at the University of California (USC) Center for Software Engineering (CSE). Ms. Lane is also currently an instructor at San Diego State University, teaching Software Engineering, Software Measurement, and Software Test courses.

Prior to her research and teaching work, Ms. Lane was a key technical member of Science Applications International Corporation’s (SAIC) Software and Systems Integration Group, She has over 28 years of software system architecting, software engineering, and software development experience on a variety of projects that include distributed information management systems, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) integration, web applications, health care/telemedicine applications, command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) systems, real-time signal processing, and aircraft simulation programs. A key aspect of her software system architecting and engineering experience was working with the user community to develop effective human factors solutions for these systems.

Ms. Lane earned her BA in Mathematics and MS degree in Computer Science from San Diego State University. She is currently working towards her PhD in System Architecting and Engineering at USC.

Arthur Pyster

Dr. Pyster is currently the Senior Vice President and Director of Systems Engineering and Integration for SAIC, where he has been since June 2004. There he is responsible for elevating the practice and performance of systems engineering and integration across all of SAIC. Previously, Dr. Pyster served in a number of executive and technical positions, including Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Federal Aviation Administration, Chief Technical Officer at the Software Productivity Consortium, a manager of systems engineering at TRW, and an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara . Dr. Pyster has spent most of his career successfully leading organizations through major business and technology change and inventing technologies to enable that change. Among his accomplishments are establishing and operating the Federal Aviation Administration's information security program; directing the creation and application of three CMMs - the integrated CMM, Integrated Product Development CMM, and the Systems Engineering CMM; architecting TRW's early integrated digital environment; prototyping the spiral process for software development; and directing the creation and application of advanced methods to design real-time systems, reuse software, and specify real-time requirements. Dr. Pyster has a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Sciences from Ohio State University , is a distinguished Alumnus of the Engineering College of Ohio State University, and has authored two editions of the book Compiler Design and Construction.

Stan Rifkin

Dr. Rifkin specializes in adoption, implementation, deployment, transfer, helping to put best practices into actual practice. For example, he wrote, "Why software engineering processes are not adopted" in 2003 for Advances in Computers. He often helps client organizations establish an internal focal point for adopting best practices, the software engineering process group (SEPG). When he worked at the Software Engineering Institute 1988-1990 he co-wrote the SEPG Guide, one of the most referred to SEI publications. In 2002 he updated it with "What I would do differently if I wrote the SEPG Guide today." At last year's SEPG Conference he presented "Learning from a great many sources: Summary of SEPG Conferences since 1988." He was the chair of the 2002 SEPG Conference, the largest software engineering conference. He is also one of the founders of the San Diego Software Process Improvement Network, which he operates.

Dr. Rifkin founded Master Systems Inc. 21 years ago at the request of the National Headquarters of the American Red Cross, where he had been the head of systems development. Prior to that he was the Chief Information Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Master Systems is an advisory services firm that focuses on improving the processes by which software is managed and developed.

Stan an associate editor in chief of IEEE Software magazine and a founding member of the editorial board of Empirical Software Engineering. He has degrees in business, engineering, and organizational studies.

Walker Royce

Walker Royce is the Vice President of IBM's Worldwide Rational Lab Services. Walker joined Rational in 1994 and served as Vice President of Professional Services from 1997 through IBM's acquisition of Rational in 2003. He has managed large software engineering projects, consulted with a broad spectrum of IBM's worldwide customer base, and developed a software management approach that exploits an iterative life cycle, industry best practices, and architecture-first priorities. He is the author of Software Project Management, A Unified Framework (Addison Wesley Longman, 1998) and a principal contributor to the management philosophy inherent in Rational's Unified Process. Before joining Rational, Walker spent 16 years in software project development, software technology development, and software management roles at TRW Electronics & Defense. He was a recipient of TRW's Chairman's Award for Innovation for his contributions in distributed architecture middleware and iterative software processes in 1990 and was named a TRW Technical Fellow in 1992. He received his BA in physics from the University of California , and his MS in computer information and control engineering from the University of Michigan.

Neil Siegel

Neil Siegel is Sector Vice-President of Technology (e.g., Chief Technology Officer) for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, and also their chief engineer for military command-control-and-communications systems.

Prior to taking the Mission Systems CTO assignment, he was the Vice-President and General Manager of the company's Tactical Systems Division, and before that, held positions in engineering, business development, and program management.

He has supervised the creation and fielding of military systems in many domains, including air / missile defense, battle command, Blue-Force tracking, network-centric warfare, tactical operations centers, integrated security / force protection, commercial information technology, simulation and training, radar, intelligence, unmanned air vehicles, and logistics automation.

His personal contributions to the company's technology base include work in networking, software development methodologies, system-of-systems engineering, and advanced systems integration techniques.

His patents and inventions span many domains, including real-time manufacturing, medical systems, communications protocols, and computing systems.

He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2005, and has received a variety of other awards from the company, from customers, and for his involvement with community and charitable affairs.

Frank Weil

Frank Weil, Manager, GSG Software Design Automation, has been working in the area of model-driven engineering at Motorola for over 15 years. His main work has been in the areas of modeling languages, automatic code generation from design models, and various related technologies such as model checking and feature interaction.

Frank is author or coauthor of more than 15 refereed publications in professional journals and conferences, including three book chapters. The publications span a wide range of software engineering topics, including formal analysis and design methods, automatic code generation, object-oriented programming, software and systems development, simulation, and feature interaction.

Frank has served on the Motorola Senior Executive Program Object-Oriented Development Group, the Motorola Corporate Artificial Intelligence Steering Committee, and is Chair of the Motorola Model-Driven Engineering Technical Advisory Board. Frank attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, receiving his BS EE with Distinction (1982), MS EE (1984), and PhD EE (1988) degrees.

Marilee Wheaton

Marilee J. Wheaton is currently the General Manager of the Systems Engineering Division in the Engineering and Technology Group at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo. She supports Aerospace customers in space systems architecture, design, and development. She has held numerous positions at Aerospace, including Principal Engineer in the Ground Systems Program Office, Systems Director for AFSCN Engineering and Integration, Associate Director for Directorate H Ground and Communications, Principal Director of the Business and Operations Analysis Subdivision, and General Manager of the Computer Systems Division. Most recently, as General Manager of the Computer Systems Division, she provided management and technical leadership for computer science and technology, computer systems engineering, and software acquisition. Prior to rejoining Aerospace in 2002, Marilee was a Director at TRW Systems (now Northrop Grumman Mission Systems) providing leadership for cost estimation, metrics, and quantitative management goals. She is a trained CMMI appraiser, and also led process improvements as a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Ms. Wheaton is a Fellow and Life Member of the Society of Women Engineers. She is also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of the AIAA Technical Committee on Economics. She has a B.A. magna cum laude in Mathematics and Spanish from California Lutheran University . She holds an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC). In addition, she is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Program in Management. Ms. Wheaton serves as an instructor for The Aerospace Institute and at USC.