Faculty Profile

Linda Laird

INDUSTRY PROFESSOR & SOFTWARE ENGINEERING PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Building: Altofer
Room: 416
Phone: 908-803-0288
Email: linda.laird@stevens.edu
School:  School of Systems & Enterprises
Department:  School of Systems and Enterprises
Program:  Software Engineering / Financial Engineering
Education
•    Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (1975), Carnegie-Mellon University
•    Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (1974), University of Michigan

Managerial Training Programs:
•    Executive Program in Business Management, University of Michigan Ross Business School
•    AT&T Mini-MBA
Research
•    Estimation Methodologies
•    Complexity
•    System Safety and Reliability
General Information
Linda Laird came to Stevens from Lucent where she was the Managing Director of Lucent Worldwide Services.  She had a 27-year career of software management and development, product management, and as CIO. She is currently the Director of the Software Engineering Program at the School of Systems and Enterprises, where she develops and teaches courses in Software Engineering.  Professor Laird received her BS Computer Science and MS Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and has been the recipient of the Lucent CIO President's Award, Lucent Quality Achievement Award, Network Systems Quality Award.  She is the author of Software Measurement and Estimation: A Practical Approach, published in 2006 by Wiley.  Her research interests include estimation methodologies, complexity, and system safety and reliability.
Experience
•    STEVENS INSTITUTE of TECHNOLOGY, 2002 – Present, Director of Software  Engineering  
•    LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES/AT&T/ BELL LABORATORIES, 1974-2001, Led a variety of large software projects, primarily focused on the maintenance and provisioning of local telephone service.
Honors & Awards
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Lucent CIO Presidents Award
  • Lucent Quality Achievement Award
  • Lucent Achievers Club (Sales)
  • Network Systems Quality Award
Professional Societies
•    Member of the IEEE



Selected Publications
Journals
  1. Laird, L. (2006). "The Limits of Estimation", IT Professional.
Books
  1. Laird, L. (2006). Software Measurement and Estimation: A Practical Approach, Wiley.
Courses
  • SSW 533 Cost Estimation and Metrics
  • SSW 567 Software Testing, Quality Assurance, and Maintenance
  • SSW 689 Software Reliability Engineering