- Ph.D, University of Maryland, computer science. Dissertation: Understanding and Using Program Complexity to Improve Software Development. Areas of concentration: software engineering
- M.S., Harvard University, engineering science
Areas of concentration: decision and control
- B.S., Xi’an Jiaotong University, electrical engineering
Jeff Tian is a professor of Computer Science at SMU Lyle School of Engineering. Before joining SMU in 1995, he was a process/quality analyst at the IBM Software Solutions Toronto Lab between 1992-1995. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1992 and M.S. in Engineering Science from Harvard University in 1986. His research interests include software testing and quality assurance, software metrics and reliability/usability/safety, and applications to commercial/web-based/ embedded/ Cloud/human-machine/ service-oriented systems, with a focus on user-centered and quantifiable quality improvement.
Honors and Awards
Recognized as one of the 15 "Top Scholars in the Field of Systems and Software Engineering" by the Journal of Systems and Software (JSS) in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2008, and 2009 based on publications in six leading journals.
National Engineers Week 2002 Asian American Engineer of the Year.
The SMU Chapter of Sigma Xi "Outstanding Research Award", April, 2000
NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award ( NSF's Highest Honor For New Faculty ), 1998.
IBM's "Author Recognition Program (ARP)" awards: 1993, 1994, and 1995.