New CS Seminar Series Begins February 2020

It is a pleasure to announce that the Department of Computer Science begins the Computer Science (CS) Seminar Series in February, 2020.

How to Engineer Software

  • Speaker: Mr. Steve Tockey, Construx Software
  • Date:       Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Time:       3:30 pm – 5:00 pm (refreshment at 3:00 pm)
  • Location:  ENGR 307


Software can be engineered. Software should be engineered. But true engineering—in the sense of how it is practiced in civil engineering, chemical engineering, industrial engineering, etc.— of software requires more than just claiming “software engineer” as a job title. This presentation:

  • Defines what software engineering should really mean and shows why software needs to be developed this way.
  • Presents the true nature of code—what lines of code actually mean—and draws out vital implications from that.
  • Explains how the common difficulties experienced on mainstream software projects are avoided when this true engineering approach is applied.


Steve Tockey is the Principal Consultant at Construx Software. He has been employed in the software industry since 1977, and has worked as a programmer, analyst, designer, researcher, consultant, and adjunct professor. During his career in many different industries, Steve has obtained an in-depth knowledge of software engineering practices. Steve has a Master's of Software Engineering from Seattle University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an IEEE Computer Society Certified Software Development Professional. Steve is also the author of Return on Software, a book designed to help software professionals maximize the return on their software investment.

For additional information, please contact CS Seminar Coordinators, Wan Bae at or Michael McKee at


Written by Victor Chimenti

Friday, January 24, 2020