NASA Office of Logic Design

NASA Office of Logic Design

A scientific study of the problems of digital engineering for space flight systems,
with a view to their practical solution.

2004 MAPLD International Conference

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.

September 8-10, 2004

Dr. James Tomayko, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. James Tomayko
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University

2004 MAPLD Abstract


Dr. James E. Tomayko is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Senior Member of the Technical Staff of the Software Engineering Institute. He is the focal point for relations with industry for the Master of Software Engineering Program in CS.

Dr. Tomayko founded and participates in the Software Development Studio for the MSE program, which provides students with a laboratory for direct application of concepts learned in coursework. The Studio has produced a variety of software products. Clients have included Boeing, NASA, Westinghouse, Innovative Systems, Inc., and the United States Air Force. Previously, he was leader of the Academic Education Project at the SEI, and Director of the MSE.

Prior to returning to Carnegie Mellon in 1989, he founded the software engineering graduate program at The Wichita State University. He has worked in industry through employee, contract, or consulting relationships with NCR, NASA, Boeing Defense and Space Group, Carnegie Works, Xerox, the Westinghouse Energy Center, Keithley Instruments, PPG, and Mycro-Tek.

Dr. Tomayko's courses on managing software development and overviews of software engineering are the best-selling Academic Series courses in the SEI. He has given seminars and lectures on software fault tolerance, software development management, and software process improvement at over 200 universities and companies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, the United Kingdom, Colombia, China, and France.

He has had a parallel career in the history of technology, specializing in the history of computing in aerospace. He has written five books and six articles on spacecraft computer systems and software, primarily concentrating on NASA's systems. For the last ten years, he has researched the history of fly-by-wire technology, and has published three papers and two books on the subject.

2004 MAPLD International Conference - Session G
"Digital Engineering and Computer Design: A Retrospective and Lessons Learned for Today's Engineers"

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