Paul R. Croll

2012 Hans Karlsson Award Recipient

"For dedicated leadership of the IEEE Systems and Software Engineering Standards Committee, and for his diplomacy and collaboration in facilitating the development of a collection of high-quality standards"

Paul Croll


Paul Croll is a Fellow in CSC's Defense Group, where he is responsible for researching, developing and deploying systems and software engineering practices, including those for cybersecurity.  Paul also serves as Chief Scientist for CSC's Defense & Maritime Enterprise Technology Center.

Paul has over thirty-five years experience in mission-critical systems and software engineering.  His experience spans the full life cycle and includes requirements specification, architecture, design, development, verification, validation, test and evaluation, and sustainment for complex systems and systems-of-systems.  He has brought his skills to high profile, cutting edge technology programs in areas as diverse as surface warfare, air traffic control, computerized adaptive testing, and nuclear power generation.

Paul also has over a decade of leadership experience in national and international industry and professional organizations. These positions include IEEE Computer Society Vice President for Technical and Conference Activities, overseeing the work of over forty Technical Committees on all aspects of computing and over two hundred conferences; Chair of the IEEE Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee; as well as former Chair and now Vice Chair of the ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7, (Software and Systems Engineering) U.S. Technical Advisory Group.

Paul has been active in the development of ISO/IEC/IEEE 15026, the benchmark standard for system and software assurance in the life cycle processes, and ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288 and ISO/IEC/IEEE 12207, the framework standards for System and Software Life Cycle Processes, as well as several other ISO/IEC/IEEE standards.  In addition, through an INCITS/ CS1 Ad Hoc committee, Paul is active in the ISO/IEC SC 27 effort to develop new standards for cybersecurity in supply chain risk management.  Paul is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of the Computer Society's Golden Core.

In addition, in his role as the Industry Co-Chair of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) System Assurance Committee, Paul is one of the three cosponsors (along with two Department of Defense [DoD] colleagues) of the recently released NDIA/DoD guidebook on Engineering for System Assurance.  He is also the co-chair of the Department of Homeland Security/DoD/National Institute for Standards and Technology (DHS/DoD/NIST) Software Assurance Forum Processes and Practices Working Group, which has produced several software assurance guidebooks and web content, and is actively engaged in the standardization of software assurance processes.  In addition, Paul is a member of the Technical Advisory Panel for the NIST Software Assurance Metrics and Tool Evaluation (SAMATE) program.

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