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30th CSEE&T Activities

Keynote Speakers, ASEET, and Hall of Fame

Dr. Richard E. (Dick) Fairley


Richard E. (Dick) Fairley is founder and principal associate of Software and Systems Engineering Associates (S2EA) and an adjunct faculty member in the doctoral program at Colorado Technical University. His professional interests are software engineering, information technology, systems engineering, and project management. Dr. Fairley was chair of the Software and Systems Engineering Committee of the IEEE Computer Society from 2010 to 2015. He was co-editor of the software engineering body of knowledge (SWEBOK V3), leader of the Computer Society team that produced the software engineering competency model (SWECOM), leader of the joint Computer Society-PMI team that developed the software extension to the PMBOK Guide (SWX), and was an author of the systems engineering body of knowledge (SEBoK). He is currently a SEBoK editor and an active member of INCOSE – the International Council on Systems Engineering.  Dr. Fairley’s PhD is in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His bachelors and masters degrees are in electrical engineering. Before obtaining his PhD, Dr. Fairley worked in industry as an engineer and computer programmer. Dr. Fairley has held tenure at three universities but left each to pursue other opportunities. Dr. Fairley is a member of IEEE, the IEEE Computer Society, INCOSE, and PMI – the Project Management Institute. He and his wife Mary Jane live in the Colorado Mountains where he enjoys motorcycling, skiing, and jazz.