West Virginia University assistant professor Katerina Goseva-Popstojanova has been selected to serve as program chair of the 18th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE) to be held in Sweden in November 2007.

The appointment recognizes Goseva-Popstojanova’s outstanding contributions to the field of software reliability engineering.

The WVU professor, who teaches in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, is an internationally-recognized researcher and often-quoted author. She recently served as ISSRE s chair for student paper competition.

Her research is currently supported by a Career Award from the National Science Foundation and by the NASA Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (OSMA). Goseva-Popstojanova’s achievement is the latest recognition in the record of excellence by the Lane Department’s research program in software engineering.

In the past five years, program faculty members have received outstanding research awards from OSMA , as well as two highly-regarded early career development awards from the National Science Foundation.

Graduate students in the program have received travel grants and outstanding paper awards from major software engineering conferences and have been sought after for employment by companies such as Motorola Labs, Google and Microsoft.

In addition, faculty members have forged a close and mutually-beneficial collaboration with the NASA Independent Verification and Validation facility in Fairmont.

The software reliability symposium in Sweden is sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology and a leading authority in subjects ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics.

For more information, contact Susan Case at 304-293-4821, ext. 2213.