Presenter Biographies

Dr. Rakesh Agarwal

Dr. Rakesh Agarwal is a Senior Manager in the India Delivery Centre. Rakesh joined Accenture in March 2005 and currently leads the Learning and Knowledge Management function in IDC. Rakesh has worked in different organizations for 18 years at roles related to training, teaching, knowledge management and research. He has a strong passion for writing technical papers, teaching, creating knowledge assets.

Mr. Nonika Bajaj

Nonika Bajaj is a Senior Software Engineer in Accenture Services Private Ltd. Nonika works with the Knowledge Management team. She has 4 years of experience and has a strong passion for building knowledge assets, working with project people for best practices, organizing knowledge seminars.

Dr. 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.

Ms. Sarah Capellari

Sarah Capellari graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in
Computer Science in May of 2005. She has been working with MCR Federal, LLC
since September 2005. Work experience includes cost analysis of space

Dr. Emilio Collar

Emilio Collar is an Assistant Professor at the Ancell School of Business at Western Connecticut State University. He earned his BBA and MS in Information Systems from Pace University, and a PhD in Information Systems from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Formerly, he worked as a consultant for IBM’s Worldwide Olympic Technology Team and conducted research on their technology solution for the 1998 Nagano Olympic Winter Games and the 2000 Sydney Olympic Summer Games. His research interests programming code readability and information security.

Ms. Kathleen Dangle

Kathleen Dangle has over 20 years of experience in project management, software development/maintenance, federal acquisition support, and software process maturity evaluation. At the Fraunhofer Center Maryland, she assists organizations with implementing software measurement
programs, defining and applying CMM/I-based processes, and creating learning organizations. Kathleen provides software acquisition and development expertise to the Army’s Future Combat Systems project and other projects in the areas of systems of systems measurement and software technologies. She is certified by the SEI to conduct Software Capability Evaluations and has participated in dozens of evaluations. She holds an MBA and a BS in Computer Science.

Dr. Thomas P. Frazier

Thomas Frazier is the Deputy Director of the Cost Analysis and Research Division at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) He joined IDA in 1984. He holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in Economics from The American University.  Dr. Frazier has served as an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University Institute for Public Policy. He has published articles in variety of journals including the Review of Economics and Statistics, Empirical Software Engineering, Journal of Parametrics, and Naval Research Logistics. He served as the Editor of Topics in Operations Research, a book series
publish by the Military Applications Society. He was named the 2000 winner of the Institute for Defense Analyses', Andrew J. Goodpaster Award for Excellence in Research.

Mr. Robert Raymond Jones

Mr. graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1969 and received a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America in 1973.  He is a Senior Cost Analyst with Technomics, Inc., where he supports the OSD Defense Cost and Resource Center and leads a U.S. Army project for estimating the integration cost of C4ISR systems.  He has twenty-four years of experience in cost estimating and analysis of Navy technologies and systems for submarines and surface ships.  He has extensive experience in software development cost estimating, cost model development, support to ship ACAT I programs, and source selection activities.  He is a member of SCEA.  For thirty-three years he was employed by the Navy at the NSWC Carderock Division where he was the Department Head of the Systems Engineering and Analysis Department.  In January 2003, he retired from the Navy.

Mr. Leonard J. Jowers

Bachelor of Sciences, 1969, University of Alabama.
Master of Arts, 1972, University of Alabama.
PhD candidate, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

2003-pres. Doctorial student. UAB
2002-pres. President. AuditSoft, Inc. Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
2001-2002 Executive Vice-President. Imaging Business Machines, LLC.
1982-2001 President. Computer Utilization Services Corporation.
1974-1982 VP of Operations. AOM Corporation, Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
1972-1974 Unit Supervisor & systems analyst, LTV Aerospace, Langley AFB, Virginia, USA.
1970-1972 Head of Software Department & systems analyst, Applied Computer Data Services, Tuscaloosa, AL
1967-1970 Programmer, UNIVAC, Bluebell, Pennsylvania, USA.
1965-1968 Student programmer, University Of Alabama Computing Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Publications on simulating fuzzy systems, numerical computing.
Latest book Simulating Continuous Fuzzy Systems (Springer), jointly with Dr. Buckley.

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Ms. Jo Ann Lane

Ms. Lane is currently a University of Southern California (USC) Center for Systems and Software Engineering (CSSE) Principal supporting software and systems engineering and research activities. Her current research efforts focus on the evolution of systems engineering and software development to support SoSE and cost estimation for SoSE programs. Prior to her research work, Ms. Lane was a key technical member of Science Applications International Corporations (SAIC) Software and Systems Integration Group, Her areas of expertise include program management, software process definition and implementation, and metrics collection and analysis. She has 30 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.

Dr. Ray Madachy

Dr. Raymond Madachy is a
Principal of the USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering and Research Assistant Professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department.  Prior to full-time research at USC he was Chief Science Officer at Cost Xpert Group leading the research and development of systems/software estimation and metrics tools, and Chief Scientist at C-bridge Institute where he led consulting and training in software methodologies and economic analysis.  Previously he was manager of the Software Engineering Process Group 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 is a co-author of the book Software Cost Estimation with COCOMO® II and his new book Software Process Dynamics will be out shortly.

Dr. Madachy received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aerospace Enginering from the University of Dayton in 1981; MS in System Science from the University of California, San Diego in 1983; and PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1994.

Ms. Mathy A. Pandian

Ms. Mathy Pandian works for The Aerospace Corporation as an Engineering Specialist providing project management and software engineering expertise to the Department of Defense customers.

She has 20 years experience in the software industry and holds a BS degree in Computer Science.  She has a strong analytical and technical background in the areas of Software Engineering.

Prior to joining The Aerospace Corporation, Mathy Pandian spent more than a decade supporting many Ground and Deep Space Projects at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory including Mars Exploration Rovers.

John Reiff

John is currently the Business Development Manager for Information Security and Anti-Tamper in the Space and Airborne Systems business of Raytheon. Prior to this assignment, John was the Manager of Systems Engineering Process for NCS-North Texas, and the Deputy Director of Systems Engineering and Manager for Systems Engineering Process for the IIS-Garland site business unit. He is the outgoing chair for the Raytheon Systems Engineering and Technology Council. In these positions, John supported engineering-wide initiatives related to systems engineering, cost estimation, process improvement, object-oriented technologies, and architecture-based development. John is one of the co-authors of the Raytheon Enterprise Architecture Process (REAP). He is a member of the COSYSMO Working Group.

John received his Bachelor of Science degrees from Iowa State University  and graduate and post-graduate degrees from Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and University of Texas. His research interests include distributed databases, object technologies, networking technologies, sports physiology, and human performance. John is very active in the Olympic movement and is a National Championship swimming official.

John has been employed by Raytheon (formerly E-Systems) since 1986. He has been a systems engineer, software developer, project leader, and research scientist prior to his current assignments. John and his wife, Heidi, live in Plano, Texas and have two daughters.

Mr. David P. Seaver

David P. Seaver is the Managing Director of the Information Technology Practice at PRICE Systems. He joined PRICE Systems in March 2002 as Technical Director for Software Estimation and Measurement. He has more than 20 years experience in the area of software estimation and measurement in government and industry. Mr. Seaver is the creator of the Fast Function Point technique for estimating Function Points from requirements. While at PRICE he has supported the developed software estimates for the US Military, the National Archives, the Internal Revenue Service, FAA, Accenture, CSC and Boeing.

Prior to joining PRICE Systems he was with Fidelity Investments in Boston for 6 years where he was a member of the Software Engineering Process Group. While at Fidelity, Mr. Seaver assisted in the achievement of CMM level 2 in 1998. From 1998 to 2001, he was the Director of the company's IT Measurement Program. Prior to Fidelity Investments, he spent two years in France at Alcatel Alsthom as a member of the Corporate SEPG in Paris. Mr. Seaver coordinated CMM assessments for two Alcatel business divisions and participated in 3 assessments as a member of the assessment team.

Mr. Seaver spent 7 years supporting NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center developing software size, effort and schedule estimates for numerous NASA programs including EOS, TDRSS, White Sands Ground Station, Space Station, and the Space Network Control Center. He introduced functional size estimation to NASA Goddard, and was recognized by NASA for one of the key Total Quality Management initiatives in 1993. In 1990 -1991 Mr. Seaver was a member of the Software Measurement Working Group at the Software Engineering Institute.

Mr. Seaver holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brandeis University and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University Graduate School of Management. He is a certified Function Point Expert, and has a certification in Program Management from The American Graduate University.

Mr. Dan Strickland

Mr. Dan Strickland is a Senior Computer Analyst for the Software Management branch at Dynetics, Inc. in Huntsville, AL.  He has been at Dynetics since 1997.  His work efforts include software cost and schedule estimation, metrics development and analysis, software readiness level definition and analysis, and software tool development.  He currently serves as the manager for the Program Software Support section, supporting the System Software Engineering branch of the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) project.  He also supports MDA directly through the Software Acquisition Group in the Quality and Safety directorate.  In the past, Mr. Strickland has supported Boeing’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program and MDA’s Sensors directorate in cost estimation and metrics analysis at the Lead System Integrator and Element Component levels.  Mr. Strickland holds a BS and MS degree in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.  He lives in Harvest, AL with his wife Amy and sons J.D. and Jake.    

Dr. Ricardo Valerdi

Ricardo Valerdi is a Research Associate at the Lean Aerospace Initiative at MIT and a Visiting Associate at the Center for Software Engineering at USC. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of San Diego, MS and PhD Systems Architecture & Engineering from USC. He is a Member of the Technical Staff at the Aerospace Corporation in the Economic & Market Analysis Center. Formerly, he worked as a Systems Engineer at Motorola and at General Instrument Corporation.

Mr.Lori Vaughan

Lori Vaughan has 20 years experience in the software industry. Her experience includes: configuration management, system test, systems programming, and applications programming with a database specialization.  Lori has put her software experience to good use in the field of Software Cost Estimation, historical data collection and parametric cost modeling for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems as a Cost Engineer.  

Education: Lori attended UCSD-Revelle and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from UCLA-Letters and Science.  Lori also has a California Secondary Teaching Credential in Mathematics.

Ms. Vivian Xia

Vivian Xia has extensive professional experience in Internet applications development, design and architecture and worked on numerous Java/J2EE projects for global financial institutes such as Citibank, HSBC. Currently she is a senior analyst at HSBC Bank Canada, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Her research interests include software cost estimation and software metrics. She received her Master of Engineering Science degree in Software Engineering from University of Western Ontario, London, Canada and her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Donghua University, Shanghai, China. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP).


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