Software Engineering Blog

Online SENG Faculty Spotlight: Mr. Kenneth Costello

This month's blog is to introduce Mr. Ken Costello, Senior Software Engineer for NASA IV&V in Fairmont, WV.  He is a Lecturer with the Lane Department Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University.  Mr. Costello teaches two courses SENG 530 Validation and Verification and a new advanced course on Engineering Dependable Software. You can read more about him on his LinkedIn account at

He has been a part-time Instructor for over 12 years having taught the SENG 540 Software Evolution in Summer of 2005.  He attended the Pennsylvania State University where he earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering and attended this program as one of the first handful of students to get a MS in Software Engineering from WVU.  His work for NASA as a software engineer focuses on verification and validation of systems, as well as, quality assurance and reliability.  He has been involved with the IEEE for several years and was the vice-chairman on the IEEE standard for system verification and validation (IEEE STD 1012) for several years as well as serving on the IEEE Systems and Software Engineering Standards committee.  He is married with two kids.  His outside activities includes leading a non-profit organization that provides young ladies the opportunity to learn and enjoy fast-pitch softball.  He umpires softball games and is the head umpire for the Amateur Softball Association in West Virginia.

Online SENG Faculty Dr. Lawrence "Larry" Jacowitz a.k.a. "Dr. J"

This month's blog is to introduce Dr. Lawrence Jacowitz, retired IBM Program Manager for NASA projects and Lecturer with the Lane Department Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University.  

He has been a part-time Instructor in the M.S. program in Software Engineering, covering the courses in the project management series.  He teaches SENG 510 Software Project Management and the new advanced course Strategies for Managing Software Projects for this program.  Please watch his video introduction to learn more about him: 

Online SENG Faculty Spotlight: Dr. James "Jim" D Mooney

This month's blog is to introduce Dr. James D. Mooney, Emeritus Faculty member with the Lane Department Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at WVU.  Formerly the Program Director of this program having retired in 2014, Dr. Mooney, LCSEE Professor Emeritus, is the professor for the advanced course CS 533 Portable Software and core course SENG 520 Software Analysis and Design in the WVU Online Software Engineering Program.  Please watch his brief video introduction to learn more about him:  You may also read more about him at his website at

His education is from two note-worthy academic institutions with a Ph.D., Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University, 1977, an M.S., Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University, 1969, and a B.S., Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, 1968.

Online SENG Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Katerina Goseva-Postojanova

I would like to introduce to you Dr. Katerina Goseva-Postojanova. She is a Professor at the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Her research interests are in software engineering, cybersecuirty, and data analytics. She has published over 100 journal and conference articles on these topics. She received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in February 2005. She has served as a Principal Investigator on various NSF, NASA, WVU Research Corporation, NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, CACC, and Motorola funded projects. Since 2013 she is serving as a Faculty Coordinator of the Master of Science in Software Engineering Program, which in 2017 has been ranked 10th by U.S. News & World Report. She also serves as the Chair for LCSEE Area 4 Committee on Software Knowledge/Engineering.  She served as a Program Chair of the 18th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE 2007) and as a Guest Editor of the Special Sections of the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and IEEE Transactions on Reliability. She has served on program and organizing committees of many international conferences and workshops. She is a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of ACM.

WVU Online Software Engineering Program Ranks 10th in 2017

It has been two full years since my last blog post and a lot has transpired in our program since that time.  Our program has been ranked 30th in 2015 and now 10th in 2016 by US News and World Report for Best Online Computer Information Technology Program in the nation.  Details of this announcement can be found at the US News & World Report website.  Statler College released a news report which included quotes about the ranking from WVU Administrators, including one from myself.