Phillip A. Laplante, CSDP, PE, PhD


Professor of Software Engineering

Penn State University



Brief Bio: Dr. Phil Laplante is Professor of Software Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his B.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and SPIE and has won international awards for his teaching, research and service. Since 2010 he has led the effort to develop a national licensing exam for software engineers. He has worked in avionics, CAD, and software testing systems and he has published 30 books and more than 200 scholarly papers. He is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a Certified Software Development Professional. He is also a frequent technology advisor to senior executives, investors, entrepreneurs and attorneys. His research interests are in software testing, requirements engineering and software quality and management. Prior to his appointment at Penn State he was a software development professional, technology executive, college president and entrepreneur.