Dr. Gerard Holzmann
Dr. Gerard Holzmann, a leader in software verification and validation, has joined NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., to further develop the newly established Laboratory for Reliable Software.

The Laboratory for Reliable Software will study technology, methods, tools and techniques to ensure high quality in JPL's mission critical software systems. The studies will extend from the beginning of the software lifecycle, through the design and testing stages, and ultimately to the operations monitoring aboard highly autonomous spacecraft.

Holzmann will lead and conduct research, development and applications as principal computer scientist in the research program, and will provide project consulting in software verification and validation.

Previously the director of Computing Principles Research at Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, Holzmann has vividly demonstrated the effectiveness of his ideas and tools for improving software reliability.

"The pioneering research of Dr. Holzmann and the proof of its effectiveness on projects of significant size and complexity, as well as his world-wide leadership, make him the obvious choice to lead our new initiatives in this area," said Dr. David Atkinson, leader of Computing Area Initiatives and deputy division manager of the Information Technology and Software Systems division. "JPL will provide him with the hardest problems he can imagine, and this is exciting for both him and JPL."

The Association for Computing Machinery presented Holzmann with the prestigious Software Systems Award for development of Spin, a program devoted to the efficient detection of defects in network computers. JPL is one of thousands of institutions that uses the Spin program. Software engineers at JPL who develop systems for both flight and ground applications have used Spin.

"JPL has some of the most difficult software challenges on the planet, and these will certainly drive my research. I look forward to working with the talented and motivated team at JPL on the noble goals of space exploration," said Holzmann.

Holzmann received his Master of Science in electrical engineering and his Ph.D. in technical sciences from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

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