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August 15, 2018

Rothermel Named New Head of Department of Computer Science

Brent Lancaster | College of Engineering News


Dr. Gregg Rothermel has been appointed as the new head of the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University.


Rothermel, who will become the sixth person to lead the 50-year-old department, will assume his role on November 1st, 2018.


An IEEE Fellow and ACM Distinguished Scientist, Rothermel joins NC State from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was a professor and Jensen Chair of Software Engineering. Widely considered one of the top software engineering researchers in the world, his findings have been cited by thousands of researchers around the globe.


Rothermel’s research interests include software engineering and program analysis, with emphases on the application of program analysis techniques to problems in software maintenance and testing, end-user software engineering and empirical studies.


He is a co-founder of the ESQuaReD (Empirically-Based Software Quality Research and Development) Laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also a co-founder of the EUSES (End-Users Shaping Effective Software) Consortium, a group of researchers who, with National Science Foundation support, have led end-user software engineering research. He co-founded and leads the development of the Software-Artifact Infrastructure Repository (SIR), a repository of software-related artifacts that support rigorous controlled experiments with program analysis and software testing techniques. SIR has been utilized by, to-date, more than 3,500 persons from more than 700 institutions around the world, supporting more than 800 scientific publications. His research has been supported by NSF, DARPA, AFOSR, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, Microsoft, and Lockheed Martin.


Rothermel said his visits to NC State revealed a department with a very talented and collegial faculty and staff, leading an impressive number of highly successful research efforts.

“This department has been blessed by years of strong leadership,” he said. “This is such an exciting place and I am honored to have the opportunity to build on the success of these leaders. I’m looking forward to joining the department, and getting to know our faculty, staff, alumni and partners better. This department is poised for tremendous success, and together, we can make it happen.”


He is currently general co-chair for the 2020 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering, serves as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, and is a member of the editorial boards of the Empirical Software Engineering Journal and Software Quality Journal.


Previous positions include associate editor in chief for IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, general chair for the 2009 International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis, program co-chair for the 2007 International Conference on Software Engineering, and program chair for the 2004 ACM International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis.


Rothermel received a Ph.D. in computer science from Clemson University, an M.S. in computer science from SUNY Albany, and a B.A. in philosophy from Reed College. Prior to returning to academia, he was a software engineer and vice president of quality assurance and quality control for Palette Systems, a manufacturer of CAD/CAM software.



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