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Barry W. Boehm Honored at Symposium

Barry W. Boehm Honored at Symposium
Mingshu Li and Barry W. Boehm have worked together for years.

A symposium in honor of USC Viterbi School of Engineering professor Barry W. Boehm brought distinguished experts and scholars from seven countries to salute the founder of the USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering (CSSE).

Guests included Shanghua Teng, chair of USC Viterbi’s Department of Computer Science, where Boehm is the TRW Professor of Software Engineering.

“I was greatly honored to be invited to this special event,” Teng said. “Listening to talk after talk where these distinguished scholars acknowledged Barry’s profound influence to their own work, I was so proud to be his colleague and so happy that we have such a pioneering scientist in our department.”

Professor Mingshu Li, director of the Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS), chaired the event and read the official announcement of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, formally awarding an honorary doctorate degree to Boehm.

The relationship between Boehm and Li and their respective institutions has remained strong since the two organized a 2005 Software Process Workshop in Beijing. In 2006, they signed a memorandum of understanding creating a joint laboratory for software engineering research.

“China is clearly going to be a major future player in software engineering,” Boehm said at the time. “We look forward to the opportunity to engage in collaborative research with China’s leading software engineering research institution.”

Infosys Limited, the global company headquartered in India that has strengthened relations with USC Viterbi following frequent visits from dean Yannis C. Yortsos, sent two executives – chairman N. R. Narayana Murthy and senior vice president of research Subrahmanyam Goparaju. Murthy, a recent recipient of USC Viterbi’s Daniel J. Epstein Engineering Management Award, gave a presentation at the event.

A separate presentation was made by National Academy of Engineering member and Northrop Grumman senior vice president for engineering Neil G. Siegel, who recently earned his doctoral degree at USC while continuing his administrative duties.

Two USC research faculty members from CSSE – Jo Anne Lane and Ray Madachy (now an associate professor at the Naval Postgraduate School) – served with Siegel on the event’s technical committee along with former Boehm student Ye Yang, who now is an associate professor and deputy director of the Laboratory for Internet Software Technologies at ISCAS.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology research associate Ricardo Valerdi, an associate professor at the University of Arizona who could not attend the event, posted a YouTube video paying tribute to his former teacher and wishing him happy birthday.

Other invitees included professors Leon Osterweil and Lori Clarke of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, IBM director Walker E. Royce and Kouichi Kishida, director of Japan’s Software Research Associates.

As program chair of the event, Osterweil said in his introduction: “I would like to thank our friend, colleague and leader Barry W. Boehm for his tireless work and amazing contributions to the formation, nurturing and maturation of our community.”

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