Dick B. Simmons

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

Software engineering, software models and metrics, expert systems, productivity improvement techniques

Awards & Honors

  • IEEE Third Millennium Medal: “in recognition and appreciation of valued services and outstanding contributions,” 2000
  • Elected Fellow of the IEEE: “For the development of software models, metrics, and agent-based tools for software project management,” 1988
  • IEEE Golden Core Member: “one of the distinguished core of dedicated volunteers whose leadership and service have made the IEEE Computer Society the world’s preeminent association of computing professionals,” 1996
  • IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Service Award, "for Continuous and Outstanding Leadership on Intersociety Activities," October 29, 1987
  • IEEE Centennial Medal - for Extraordinary Achievement - 1984;


  • Ph.D. Computer and Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania.
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University.

Selected Publications

Wang, Y., Lively, W. M., and Simmons, D. B., “Software security analysis and assessment model for the web-based applications,” Journal of Computational Methods in Sciences and Engineering, Vol. 9, Numbers 1, 2, Supplement 2, 2009, pp. 179-189.

Wang, Y., Lively, W. M., and Simmons, D. B., “Web Software Traffic Characteristics and Failure Prediction Model Selection,” Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering, June 30, 2008.

Wang, Y., Lively, W. M., and Simmons, D. B., “Software Security Analysis and Assessment for the Web-Based Application,” Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering, June 30, 2008

Simmons, D. B., Lively, W. M., Nelson, C., and Urban, J. E., “Rapid Insertion of Leading Edge Industrial Strength Software into University Classrooms,” Handbook of Research on Open Source Software: Technological, Economic, and Social Perspectives, Idea Group, Inc., 701 E. Chocolate Avenue, Suite 200, Hershey, PA 17033, 2007, pp. 670-676.

Zhang, D., and Simmons, D. B., “Use Statistical Method to Build Open Source Software Maturity Model,” Proceedings of the 2007 World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, & Applied Computing, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 25-28, 2007

Wang, Yong, and Simmons, Dick, “Modeling Web Accessibility: A Case Study on Texas A&M University People Website,” Proceedings of the 18th IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI 2006), Arlington, Virginia, November 13-15, 2006, pp. 115-118.

Simmons, D. B., and Ma, N. “Software Engineering Expert System for Global Development,” International Conference on TOOLS with ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (ICTAI-2006), Arlington, VA, November 13-15, 2006, pp 33-38.

Wang, Y. and Simmons, D. B., “Enhanced Enterprise Web-based Application Security Using Group Services,” Proceedings of the 10th IASTED International Conference – SOFTWARE ENGINEERING AND APPLICATIONS, Dallas, TX, USA, November 13-15, 2006, pp. 210-215.

Simmons, D. B., “Software Engineering Education in the New Millennium,” The Thirtieth Annual International Computer Software and Application Conference, Chicago, USA, 18-21 September 2006, pp. 46-47

Kim, Sang Eun; Lively, William; and Simmons, Dick, “An Effort Estimation by UML Points in Early Stage of Software Development, Software Engineering Research, 2006, pp. 415-421.