Jeannie Falcon

Jeannie FalconDr. Jeannie Sullivan Falcon is the Chief Engineer for Control and Simulation at National Instruments.  She leads technical consulting, product strategy, and product management efforts in the use of LabVIEW for analysis, design, and deployment.  This includes real-time math, analysis, signal processing, control design, simulation, and robotics.  Jeannie joined NI in 2000 as the group manager for motion control in R&D and has also served as a hardware product strategist. In 2011, she won the NI Product Marketing Engineer of the Year Award.

Jeannie has also served as a lecturer at UT Austin in the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She has taught courses in dynamic systems and controls as well as programming and engineering computation. Jeannie served on the External Advisory Committee for the Department of Mechanical Engineering for several years and she is currently serving on the EAC for the UT Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. In 2016, she was inducted into the UT Austin ME Academy of Distinguished Alumni as an Honorary UT Mechanical Engineer based on her contributions to the mechanical engineering discipline.

She previously led research in control and mechatronics at the Air Force Research Laboratory while serving as a Captain in the US Air Force. Her team in the Space Vehicles Directorate at AFRL won an SPIE "Smart Structures Product Implementation Award" for their work on the Vibration Isolation and Suppression System, a precision pointing system for optical payloads on satellites.

Jeannie received her bachelor's degree in physics from Carnegie Mellon University and holds her master's and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was an Air Force ROTC Distinguished Graduate at Carnegie Mellon.


Ira Baxter

Ira BaxterDr. Baxter has been building system software since 1969, when he built a timesharing system on Data General Nova serial #3.  In the mid-seventies, he built real-time, single user, multi-user systems and locally distributed OSes on 8 bit CPUs.  Realizing that software engineering was largely enhancement of existing code rather than building new code, and that the OS architectures were conceptually similar but shared no code, he went back to graduate school to learn more about reuse of knowledge in software maintenance.  He studied program transformation tools for code generation and modification, obtaining a PhD from UC Irvine in 1990. At the Schlumberger Computer Science lab, he worked on generation of parallel CM-5 Fortran code for sonic wave models from PDEs. He spent several years as consulting scientist for Rockwell Automation working on automating factory control. In 1996, he founded Semantic Designs, where he is now CEO and CTO. At SD, he architected DMS, a general purpose program transformation engine, used in commercial software reengineering tasks, and he designed and implemented PARLANSE, a task-parallel, work-stealing programming language in which DMS is implemented.  He has been project lead on applying DMS to re-architect large C++ applications.  Recent work includes automated recovery of chemical factory process control models from low-level industrial controller software to enable migrations to new process control platforms.


Adam Porter

Adam PorterAdam A. Porter earned his B.S. degree summa cum laude in Computer Science from the California State University at Dominguez Hills, Carson, California in 1986. In 1988 and 1991 he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Irvine.

Since 1991 Dr. Porter has been a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Studies. He also serves as the Executive and Scientific Director of the Fraunhofer USA Center for Experimental Software Engineering, a UMD-affiliated applied research and technology transfer center specializing in software and systems engineering.

Dr. Porter is an award-winning teacher and researcher. He is a winner of the US National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award and a winner of multiple teaching awards including the Creative Educator Award from the Board of Visitors of UMD’s College of Computer, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences.

His research focuses on tools and techniques for identifying and eliminating bottlenecks in industrial software and systems development processes, experimental evaluation of fundamental software engineering hypotheses, and development of tools that demonstrably improve fundamental software and systems development processes. This work has been supported by major government and private sector organizations including the US DoD, NSF, NIH, Google, AT&T, Ford Motor Company, IBM and more.

Since 2014, Dr. Porter has run one the world’s largest Massive Online Open Courses. Focusing on Mobile Application Development for the Android Platform, this course has had over 900K student registrations from over 200 countries around the world.