Professor Tim Lethbridge awarded with the TCSE Distinguished Education Award

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Vice-dean (governance) and Professor Tim Lethbridge is recognized by the IEEE Computer Society for his outstanding and sustained contributions to software engineering education.

Tim Lethbridge

Tim Lethbridge, Vice-dean (governance) and Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, has been awarded the 2016 IEEE CS TCSE Distinguished Education Award for his continuous and exceptional contributions to developing software engineering education. He was nominated for the award by Professor Daniel Amyot and received support for his nomination from Professor Liam Peyton. The award was presented on May 19 at the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering in Austin, Texas.

As a Faculty member, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Professor Lethbridge has been involved in many areas pertaining to the teaching of software engineering. Since becoming a full-time member of the Faculty in 1994, he has taught over 75 course sections that span many areas of software engineering and has supervised 19 successful graduate students. He also led the development of the Faculty’s software engineering curriculum starting in 1997 .

An well-published academic writer, Professor Lethbridge has penned over 125 scientific papers. Moreover, he wrote and published a textbook—currently in its second edition—that is geared toward instructing second-year level students on the subject of object-oriented software engineering. Outside of the university, he has helped lead international efforts by the IEEE and the ACM to establish standards for software engineering education and was Chair of the Computer Science Accreditation Council from 2008 to 2014.

Professor Lethbridge has also led innovative projects and research that focus on helping people manipulate complex information and on software engineering education. A standout in his list of projects is the model-oriented programming technology, Umple, which was developed by a team led by Professor Lethbridge. Since its beginnings in 2008, the open source technology now serves both academic and industrial purposes and is used in several universities in undergraduate teaching.

The TCSE Distinguished Education Award is presented annually by the IEEE in recognition of an individual’s outstanding and continued contribution to education in software engineering. Professor Lethbridge has had continuous input in education not only in the classroom, but in administration and research. When asked what this recognition meant to him, Professor Lethbridge replied, “A great deal. I have found myself in a position of being an "all-rounder" in the sense that not only have I put a lot of effort into continually-improving teaching, but I have put a lot of effort into administration, and a lot of effort into research. But it is particularly nice that the award nomination was initiated by one of my colleagues here, Daniel Amyot.”

Professor Lethbridge has been a full-time professor since July 1994 and served a year as Acting Associate Dean in 2005. He has served as Vice Dean (Governance) since 2010 and sits on the Senate, the Senate Executive, the Council on Undergraduate Studies, and the Faculty of Engineering Executive Committee. He is a Professional Engineer and an Information Systems Professional.

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