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Barry Boehm: The Kudos Keep Coming

Special symposiums and exclusive events pay tribute to USC's software systems leader
Ray Madachy
September 13, 2007 —

Viterbi School computer scientist extraordinaire Barry W. Boehm this summer added to his long list of honors a pair of special lifetime contributions to software engineering awards, presented at prestigious research and education conferences.

• In August, papers presented on a special Barry Boehm track at the  19th Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEET) in Oahu, Hawaii in October, 2006 were published in a special issue of the Journal of Systems and Software. CSEET is the primary venue for software engineering education.

• On July 16th Boehm was honored with a dedicated symposium hosted by Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach on "Lessons Learned and Recommendations from 40 Years in the Software Business: How to Prepare for the Upcoming Century."

ISCE collegues honor Boehm, fifth from right.
• And in May, a symposium and special book paid tribute to his achievements at the 29th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It kicked off with Boehm lecturing on being A Software Engineer in the Software Century. 
ICSE is the leading conference in the software engineering field with the top researchers, practitioners and educators from around the world. 

Its day-long symposium "Software Engineering: The Legacy of Barry W. Boehm" was only the third such individual dedication event to an individual in its 29 years.  It paid tribute to Boehm's contributions in areas such as Software Architecture and Quality, Software Economics, and Software Tools, and focused on such Boehm trademarks as the Spiral Model and Risk Management.

After Boehm delivered the conference keynote address, the "Barry Boehm Track" sessions featured papers and panels on his contributions to software engineering education, papers published in August.

The symposium was also the occasion for the first formal publication of the latest compilation of Boehm's work: Software
This ollection of major articles was published  in June by Wiley. (click on cover for more information)
Engineering: Barry W. Boehm’s Lifetime Contributions to Software Development, Management and Research

At the October CSEET event, Boehm gave the keynote on "Educating Students in Value-Based Design and Development" before the Boehm Track presenters covered different aspects of his contributions to education.  Papers were presented for sessions on COCOMO and MBASE (the Constructive Cost Model and Model-Based Architecting and Software Engineering), and Real World Projects.  The last session was a track panel on "Industrial Impact through Education – Lessons Learned from Barry Boehm’s Contributions to Software Engineering."

Boehm is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the primary societies in computing (ACM), aerospace (AIAA), electronics (IEEE) and systems engineering (INCOSE)

-- Ray Madachy