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 200 papers and co-edited two books.

Dr. Wong is currently serving as the Secretary 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). 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

Until January 2020, Dr. Mike Siok was a Software Systems Engineer with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (LM Aero) in Fort Worth, Texas for more than 30 years. He was responsible for researching computer performance and software assurance, planning avionics systems development, and conducting software process and product analyses for aircraft avionics programs. Dr. Siok led the in-house effort to put into place the standard engineering practice for software safety and reliability. He also consulted with various aircraft program engineering staff at the LM Aero Fort Worth plant and with Lockheed Martin corporation engineering staff on matters of software safety and reliability. In addition, Dr. Siok delivered software safety and reliability courseware for practicing software engineers. Currently, he is an Adjunct Faculty in Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington.

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 Member of IAB

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. Currently, Dr. Hill is a co-Founder of the Fellows Consulting Group in Dallas, Texas, which provides quality, productivity, and innovation services for industry clients to deliver their products at cost-effective ways.

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 Member of IAB

Mark Bentsen has been leading cross-enterprise collaboration in the Dallas-Fort Worth area among software quality practitioners for the past ten 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 Member of IAB

During his 40-year professional career, Dr. Dennis Frailey has been employed simultaneously in both academia and industry. During the 1970's, he was one of the Computer Science faculty members at Southern Methodist University (SMU), where he organized and taught most of the courses in the CS curriculum. Later on, he worked at Texas Instruments and then the Raytheon Company, where he was elevated to the position of Principal Fellow and became Raytheon's software safety "expert" for the Texas region. Dr. Frailey continues his role as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Engeineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he teaches courses in quality engineering and software measurement. 

Dr. Frailey served as a council member, regional representative, and vice president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in the 1980's, president of the Dallas Fort Worth Association for Software Engineering Excellence in the 1990's, and member of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors as well as a member of the Society's Educational Activities Board and Professional Activities Board. He is an ACM Fellow, ACM distinguished lecturer (for over 20 years), and recipient of the ACM SIGCSE lifetime achievement award in Computer Science Education in 2008.

Dennis Frailey Member of IAB

Mr. Lon Chase was a Senior Principle Systems Engineer in the Space and Airborne Systems division at the Raytheon Company. Although he retired in 2020 after more than 30 years of working experience in industry, he is still actively engaged in many professional activities. 

Currently, Mr. Chase is the Vice Chair of the Reliability Society (RS) Dallas Chapter. The society consists of a volunteer group of professionals engaged in assuring reliability in the engineering disciplines of software, hardware, and human factors. The objective is to assure that a system will perform its intended function for the required duration within a given environment, including the ability to test and support it throughout its total life cycle.

Lon Chase Member of IAB