Barry William Boehm, PhD, ScD

Barry Boehm

Title: Distinguished Professor, Engineer, Researcher
Company: University of Southern California
Location: Santa Monica, California, United States

Barry William Boehm, PhD, ScD, Distinguished Professor, Engineer and Researcher at the University of Southern California, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers and Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in software engineering.

Dr. Boehm became involved in his profession because he was a mathematics major, and was never sure what a mathematics major was going to do as a career. At the time, the jobs for that major were insurance company actuary, a statistician or something similar. After his sophomore year at Harvard University, he got an internship at General Dynamics, they asked what his major was, and he told them mathematics. The person in the personnel office looked at their list of departments he could go to and said there are dynamics and the digital computer lab, which sounded like digital mathematics. Intrigued, Dr. Boehm ended up becoming an intern computer programmer as he never had a chance to do that before. That was the turning point. The previous summer, he worked as a draftsman, which he didn’t want to do for the rest of his life but he thinks getting an internship with computers was fortunate. It was a good time to have gotten involved in that field.

Dr. Boehm started on his path to his field by earning a BA in mathematics from Harvard University in 1957. He continued with his education at the University of California Los Angeles receiving an MS in mathematics followed by a PhD in mathematics, in 1961 and 1964, respectively. While still in college, he began working as a programmer and analyst at General Dynamics in 1955 and remained until 1959. Dr. Boehm then moved on to become the head of the information science department at Rand Corp until 1973. In 1973, he became a chief scientist at the TRW Defense Systems Group, where he remained until 1989. From there he moved on to the Department of Defense, where he was from 1989-1992 and then went back in 2009 and remains on board there to this day. He held the positions of director of the information science and technology office, director of the software and computer technology office and is now director and chief scientist of the Systems Engineer Research Center. During the time, he left the Department of Defense he took on roles of an honorary chair professor at Hanglow Dianzi University in 2018 and distinguished professor, TRW professor of software engineering and director of the Center for Software Engineering at the University of Southern California since 1992.

As a testament to his illustrious career, Dr. Boehm has received myriad accolades including, the Nancy Mead Lifetime Achievement Award in Software Engineering Education in 2015, the Stevens Software Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, the American Society for Quality Control Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994, an Award for Excellence from the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 1992 and the Warnier Prize from the  Society of Software Analysts in 1984, among others. He has also received two honorary ScD degrees from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011 and the University of Massachusetts in 2000. Furthermore, Dr. Boehm has been included in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Media and Communication and Who’s Who in the West.

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