SERC Leadership

BBoehmBarry Boehm
Chief Scientist, SERC; TRW Professor of Software Engineering and Director, Center for Software Engineering, University of Southern California

Dr. 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 has also received honorary Sc.D. in Computer Science from the U. of Massachusetts in 2000 and in Software Engineering from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011.

While at USC, he has served as the Principal Investigator on major research contracts and grants from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, DARPA, ONR, AFRL, USAF-ESC, TACOM, NASA, FAA, and NSF. He has received industry research grants from over 25 industrial organizations. His real-client software engineering project course has successfully completed over 200 projects for USC-neighborhood clients and educated over 2000 students in an integrated approach to systems engineering and software engineering. He has published over 400 papers and books, with over 20,000 citations, and a Google Scholar h-index of 64.

Thomas A. McDermott, Jr
Deputy Director, SERC

Tom is a leader, educator, and innovator in multiple technology fields. He currently serves as Deputy Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, as well as a consultant specializing in strategic planning for uncertain environments. He studies systems engineering, systems thinking, organizational dynamics, and the nature of complex human socio-technical systems. He teaches system architecture concepts, systems thinking and decision making, and the composite skills required at the intersection of leadership and engineering. He has over 30 years of background and experience in technical and management disciplines, including over 15 years at the Georgia Institute of Technology and 18 years with Lockheed Martin.

Verma_4317-EditDinesh Verma
Executive Director, SERC; Professor, School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology

Dr. Dinesh Verma is a Professor in Systems Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, while concurrently serving as the Executive Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), the first University Affiliated Research Center established by the DoD for Systems Engineering Research. He also serves as the Scientific Advisor to the Director of the Embedded Systems Institute in Eindhoven, Holland. Prior to this role, he served as Technical Director at Lockheed Martin Undersea Systems, in Manassas, Virginia, in the area of adapted systems and supportability engineering processes, methods and tools for complex system development and integration.

Wade_4422Jon Wade
Chief Technology Officer, SERC; Director, Systems and Software Division, Distinguished Research Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

Dr. Jon Wade is the Director of the Systems and Software Division within the in the School of Systems and Enterprises at the Stevens Institute of Technology, as well as a Distinguished Research Professor, where he conducts research in the areas of systems thinking, complex systems and the use of technology in systems engineering education. He also serves at the Chief Technology Officer for the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). He has an extensive background in leading research and development organizations and managing the development of Enterprise systems.