Richard H. Thayer

Richard H. Thayer Ph.D., has traveled the world as a consultant and lecturer in software engineering, project management, software engineering standards, software requirements engineering, and software quality assurance. In the summers he travels to Glasgow, Scotland, where he is a visiting senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Strathclyde.

Dr. Thayer received a BSEE degree and an MS degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne in 1962, and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1979. He served for 20 years as a professor of software engineering at California State University, Sacramento, and before that over 20 years as a senior officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he gained experience through positions associated with engineering, computer programming, research, teaching, and management in computer science and information technology. He served six years as a supervisor and technical leader of scientific programming groups, four years directing the U.S. Air Force R&D program in computer science, and six years managing large data processing organizations.

Dr. Thayer is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core, a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP), a member of the IEEE Computer Society, and the IEEE Software Engineering Standards Committee. He is a principle author for a Standard for a Concept of Operations (ConOps) document (IEEE std 1362-1998) and a principle author of the Standard for Software Project Management Plans (IEEE std 1058-1998). He is also a registered professional engineer.

Dr. Thayer has edited or co-edited ten tutorial books for the IEEE Computer Society Press. He edited the two-volume CSDP Resource Guide and developed the CSDP Exam Preparation Course. He has authored more than 40 technical papers, and reports on software project management, software engineering and software engineering standards. He has spoken at numerous national and international conferences and workshops on software engineering.
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