The role of the editorial board is very important, and being a member of the board is both challenging and time-consuming. The members of the editorial board are responsible for selecting reviewers for papers submitted to the journal and for making publication decisions. Many of them also assist in the preparation of our various special issues. The editorial board also engages in regular discussion about policy issues facing the TSE. These activities are undertaken voluntarily, and co-exist with existing professional responsibilities. It is my pleasure to introduce and welcome two new members of the editorial board, David M. Weiss and Betty H.C. Cheng. The brief biographical sketch below presents both their accomplishments, expertise, and interests.
Recently, five associate editors have left the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. They are Albert Cheng, David Rosenblum, William Griswold, Scott Leutenegger, and Don Batory. Each of these colleagues has served the journal and, hence, the community with enthusiasm and energy, and we have all benefited from the work that they have done. It is a pleasure to thank each of them for their many contributions to the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering.
David M. Weissreceived the BS degree in mathematics in 1964 from Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska, and the MS degree in computer science in 1974 and the PhD degree in computer science in 1981 from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is currently the head of the Software Technology Research Department at Avaya Laboratories. Previously, he was the director of the Software Production Research Department at Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories, which conducted research on how to improve the effectiveness of software development. Before joining Bell Labs, he was the director of the Reuse and Measurement Department of the Software Productivity Consortium (SPC), a consortium of 14 large US aerospace companies. Prior to joining SPC, Dr. Weiss spent a year at the Office of Technology Assessment, where he was coauthor of a technology assessment of the Strategic Defense Initiative. During the 1985-1986 academic year, he was a visiting scholar at The Wang Institute and for many years was a researcher at the Computer Science and Systems Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), in Washington, D.C. He has also worked as a programmer and as a mathematician. Dr. Weiss's principal research interests are in the area of software engineering, particularly in software development processes and methodologies, software design, and software measurement.
Betty H.C. Chengreceived the BS degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, in 1985 and the MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign in 1987 and 1990, respectively, all in computer science. She is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University, East Lansing. Her research and teaching interests include formal methods for software engineering, software development environments, object-oriented analysis and design, requirements engineering, embedded systems development, multimedia systems, visualization, and distributed computing. She collaborates with industrial partners for both her class projects and research in order to facilitate technology exchange between academia and industry. She was awarded a NASA/JPL Faculty Fellowship in 1993 to investigate the use of new software engineering techniques for a portion of the shuttle software. In 1998, she spent her sabbatical working with the Motorola Software Labs investigating automated analysis techniques of specifications of telecommunication systems. In addition to TSE, she also serves on the editorial boards for the Requirements Engineering Journal and Software and Systems Modeling. She is a cofounder of the Software Engineering and Network Systems Laboratory that currently supports six faculty members and their graduate students. Her research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, DARPA, NASA, ONR, EPA, USDA, and numerous other industrial organizations.