Massood Towhidnejad, Ph.D.,(PI)

Professor, ECSSE Dept., ERAU,Daytona Beach,FL,USA

Massood Towhidnejad is a tenure full professor of software engineering in the department of Electrical, Computer, Software and System Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His teaching interests include computer architecture and hardware design, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and software engineering with emphasis on software quality assurance and testing. He has been involved in research activities in the areas of software engineering, software quality assurance and testing, autonomous systems, and human factors.

He has collaborated with various industry and government agencies such as NASA, FAA, VERITAS Corp., Motorola Corp., Carrier Corp., and Lockheed Martin. The results of his research have been published in over seventy technical reports, journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings and funding for about one million dollar as Principle Investigator, and over two million dollar as Co-Investigator and Collaborator.

He has participated in number of activities as it relates to Software Engineering, which includes reviewer Software Engineering Body Of Knowledge (SWEBOK), contributor in the software quality area for Software Engineering Education Knowledge (SEEK), member of author team for Graduate Software Engineering Reference Curriculum (GSwERC), and subject matter expert for Certified Software Development Associate (CSDA) training material. During his tenure at the university, he has served in a number of leadership positions such as, department chair, department/college leadership and/or management teams, undergraduate and graduate program coordinator, university appointment and promotion committee, college of engineering promotion and tenure committee, department research committee, department curriculum committee, and department search committees.

In addition to his university leadership role, he has served as program coordinator and/or general chair for a number of national and international conferences. Massood Towhidnejad is an ABET program evaluator for Computing Accreditation Commission, and he is senior member of IEEE.


Salamah Salamah,Ph.D.,(Co-PI)

Assitant Professor, ECSSE Dept., ERAU,Daytona Beach,FL,USA

Dr. Salamah Salamah is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Daytona Beach, Florida. Dr. Salamah Received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at El Paso in May 2007.


His research areas include formal methods in software engineering, software engineering development processes, and software engineering education. He continues to publish papers in these areas.

Dr. Salamah has also worked on funded research in these areas by NASA, SEI, and NSF. He has also served as a consultant for the Test, Operations & Support of the Software Engineering branch at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

Dr. Salamah continues to serve as an evaluator to many journals and conferences in the areas of software engineering and computer science. He is a member of ACM, IEEE, and ASEE.


Thomas B. Hilburn,Ph.D.,(Consultant)

Professor Emeritus, ECSSE Dept., ERAU,Daytona Beach,FL,USA

Dr. Thomas B. Hilburn is a Professor Emeritus of Software Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Daytona Beach, Florida, and a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Hilburn has also worked on software engineering research and education projects with the FAA, the Mitre Corporation, General Electric, Lockheed-Martin, Harris Corp, DOD, FIPSE, and the NSF.

His current interests include software processes, object-oriented development, formal specification techniques, and computing curriculum development, and he has published over 60 papers in this these areas.

He is an IEEE Certified Software Developer, SEI-Certified PSP Developer, and was co-editor for the ACM/IEEE-CS Computing Curriculum- Software Engineering 2004 project. He currently chairs of the Curriculum Committee for the IEEE Computer Society Educational Activities Board and the Planning Committee for the IEEE Computer Society Professional Activities Board.

He has delivered numerous workshops to faculty and industry on software engineering and education topics.


Bapu L. Hirave,MSE.,(GRA)

Graduate Student, ECSSE Dept., ERAU,Daytona Beach,FL,USA

Bapu is a student of 'Master of Software Engineering (MSE)' course at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Daytona Beach, Florida. He came to the USA from India to complete his Masters course.

Bapu received his undergraduate degree BE (Bachelors of Engineering) in 'Computer Engineering' from well-known Pune University,MH,India. He was consistent class topper during his undergraduate degree and secured first rank in the college in his third year of undergraduate degree. His qualities enabled his nomination as 'University Representative' and 'General Secretary' of the college.

His current interests include software processes, object-oriented development, software requirements.He has also worked on several academic projects and served as Team leader, Implementation leader on some projects.This is his first software engineering research project.


Langpap Bernd,MSE.

Graduate Student, ECSSE Dept., ERAU,Daytona Beach,FL,USA

Bernd is an international student from Germany. During his co-op studies in collaboration with the EADS Astrium Inc. at its Bremen site he ameliorated and deepened his practical skills through industrial training in mechatronics.

Beyond that, he advanced his theoretical knowledge through concurrent academic studies as a graduated engineer in "Information Technology" with the specialization "Computer Engineering and Microelectronics".

After one year of work and getting an insight into the work of a space technology enterprise, which reinforced his wish to undertake further studies and continue working in this direction, he moved to Daytona Beach in order to occupy himself further with this subject through graduate studies in the field of software engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.