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Alan Wassyng

Alan Wassyng is the Director of the newly created McMaster Centre for Software Certification, and Acting Director of the Software Quality Research Laboratory at McMaster University in Canada. He received his degrees in Applied Mathematics (B.Sc., B.Sc. Hons., M.Sc. and Ph.D.) at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. After spending 7 years in the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Wassyng incorporated a Computer Consulting company in Toronto. For 15 years Dr. Wassyng consulted on software development. During this time he was hired as a consultant by Ontario Hydro (later Ontario Power Generation) to work on the software based shutdown systems for the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station, helping OPG develop the methods they now use for safety-critical systems, and was a key member of the team that developed the software for Shutdown System One (SDS1). For his efforts, in 1995 he was awarded (with others) an Ontario Hydro New Technology Award for “Development of Safety-Critical Software Engineering Technology”. He also developed real-time control and monitoring systems for OPG at their Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in the early 1990s. During 1992-1994 Dr. Wassyng consulted with AECL on the development of SDS2 for the Wolsong reactor. In 2002 Dr. Wassyng returned to academia, and publishes on software certification, and the development of dependable embedded systems, emphasizing ways in which the gap between industry and academia can be diminished. He is a co-founder of the Software Certification Consortium. Dr. Wassyng is a Co-PI on the ORF-RE project “Certification of Safety-Critical Software-Intensive Systems”, led by McMaster University and awarded in 2009. He is the PI for an IBM Shared University Research Award on “The Smarter Car” (2010), and is a member of the research team on the recently announced Automotive Partnerships Canada project – NECSIS, led by his colleague, Tom Maibaum, at McMaster (2010). With Tom Maibaum and Bill Farmer, he is a PI on the CFI-LOF award for VIDALAB – the “Visual Design and Analysis Laboratory” (2007). He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada.

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