Organizers and Industry Advisers

Dr. Wong received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. He is a Full Professor, the Director of International Outreach, and the Founding Director of Advanced Research Center for Software Testing and Quality Assurance in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). He also has an appointment as a guest researcher at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to joining UTD, he was with Telcordia Technologies (formerly Bellcore) as a senior research scientist and the project manager in charge of Dependable Telecom Software Development.

Dr. Wong is the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Reliability Society Engineer of the Year. His research focuses on helping practitioners improve software quality while reducing production cost. In particular, he is working on software testing, debugging, risk analysis/metrics, safety, and reliability. He has extensive experience developing real-life industry applications from his research results. He has published more than 170 papers and co-edited two books.

Dr. Wong is currently serving as the Vice President for Publications of the IEEE Reliability Society and the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Reliablity (TRel aka TR). He is also the Founding Steering Committee Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Software Security and Reliability (SERE) and the IEEE International Workshop on Program Debugging (IWPD). In 2015, the SERE conference and the QSIC conference (International Conference on Quality Software) merged into one large conference, QRS, with Q representing Quality, R for Reliability, and S for Security. Dr. Wong continues to be the Steering Committee Chair of this new conference. He has served as special issue guest editor for IEEE TRel, JSS, SPE, IST, SQJ, IJSEKE, etc. He is on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Reliability, the Journal of Systems and Software, etc.

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Eric Wong Principal Investigator

Dr. Michael F. Siok is a staff Software Systems Engineer with over 25 years experience in embedded avionic computer systems and software development at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Siok works in the engineering department and has conducted research in computer performance and software assurance, developed detailed planning for avionics software programs, managed large avionics laboratory development projects, and conducted avionics systems test and analysis. In recent work, Dr. Siok led an inter-disciplinary inter-company senior engineering team to define and put into place the standard engineering practice for software safety at the company.

Dr. Siok received his D.Eng. and M.S. in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University (SMU), and a Bachelor's of Engineering Technology, Electronics, (with a double major in Music) from Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota. He is a senior member of the IEEE, a registered Texas Professional Engineer, and an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).

Mike Siok Industry Adviser

Dr. Thomas Hill, who became an EDS, an HP company, Fellow in 1991, was Director of EDS' Fellows and Distinguished Engineering Programs. The Fellows organization is responsible for corporate technical thought leadership and for creating innovative revenue-producing service offerings and tools for EDS' strategic targets, clients and EDS itself.

In addition to fulfilling his professional obligations, Dr. Hill is a member of the ACM and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He currently serves on the engineering boards of Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Dallas, as well as volunteers as a mentor for the University of Dallas' MBA program. He has a BS and MBA in Information Technology, Microsoft certifications, and an open group architecture certification. Dr. Hill has written numerous articles and publications. He holds four active patents and has five patents pending.

Tom Hill Industry Adviser

Mark Bentsen has been leading cross-enterprise collaboration in the Dallas-Fort Worth area among software quality practitioners for the past eight years. Gathering corporately on a quarterly basis, the QA Trailblazers are pushing each other to expand the capabilities of the modern software testing organization.

He is the QA Manager of ARGO data, a software development company providing mission-critical and analytical solutions for financial services and healthcare. Mr. Bentsen is a certified CTAL-Full, CSTE, PMP, and ASQ CMQ/OE. He has been invited to give lectures at different venues such as STPCon and UT Dallas, and present industry webinars to various audience.

Mark Bentsen Industry Adviser