LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 20 December, 2011 – IEEE Computer Society Vice President for Technical and Conference Activities Paul Croll has been named the 2012 recipient of the Hans Karlsson Award, which commemorates achievement in computer standards.
Croll was recognized "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."
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. He also serves as chief scientist for CSC's Defense & Maritime Enterprise Technology Center.
Croll has more than 35 years of experience in mission-critical systems and software engineering, including requirements specification, architecture, design, development, verification, validation, test and evaluation, and sustainment for complex systems and systems-of-systems. He has worked in surface warfare, air-traffic control, computerized adaptive testing, and nuclear power generation.
As vice president for Technical and Conference Activities, Croll oversees the work of over 40 Technical Committees and more than 200 hundred conferences. He chairs the IEEE Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee and is vice chair of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7, which covers software and systems engineering.
Croll has been active in the development of ISO/IEC/IEEE 15026, the benchmark standard for system and software assurance in the lifecycle processes, and ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288 and ISO/IEC/IEEE 12207, the framework standards for system and software lifecycle processes, as well as several other ISO/IEC/IEEE standards. In addition, through an INCITS/CS1 Ad Hoc committee, he is active in the ISO/IEC SC 27 effort to develop new standards for cybersecurity in supply-chain risk management.
An IEEE Senior Member and Computer Society Golden Core member, Croll is one of three cosponsors of the recently released National Defense Industry Association/US Department of Defense (DoD) guidebook, Engineering for System Assurance. He co-chairs the US Department of Homeland Security/DoD/National Institute for Standards and Technology Software Assurance Forum Processes and Practices Working Group.
Established by the Computer Society in 1992 in memory of Hans Karlsson, father of the IEEE 1301 family of standards, the award comes with a plaque and $2,000 honorarium. It is presented in recognition of outstanding skills and diplomacy, team facilitation and joint achievement, in the promotion of computer standards where individual aspirations, corporate competition, and organizational rivalry could otherwise be counter to society's benefit.
Previous recipients include communications engineer Arthur Astrin; James W. Moore, executive editor of the Computer Society's 2004 Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK); and John L. (Jack) Cole of the US Army Research Laboratory.