Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre has announced the appointment of Professor Brian Fitzgerald as chief scientist. Prof. Fitzgerald holds the Frederick A Krehbiel II Chair in Innovation in Global Business & Technology at the University of Limerick where he was also Vice-President for Research from 2008-2011. He is a Lero Principal Investigator and was founding director of the Lero Graduate School in Software Engineering.
He was formerly at University College Cork, and has held visiting positions in Italy, Austria, Sweden, US and the UK. He holds a PhD from the University of London and his research interests lie primarily in software development, encompassing development methods, global software development, agile methods and open source software. Prior to joining academia, he worked for about 15 years in the software industry in Ireland and abroad.
As chief scientist, he will support the Director in setting the scientific agenda of the centre and will work with the research teams to ensure that Lero’s research is of the highest standard.
Prof. Mike Hinchey. Director of Lero commented: “I am delighted that Brian has accepted this role. He has made major contributions to Lero’s research since its inception in 2005 and is one of our most distinguished researchers. I look forward to working with him in advancing Lero’s contributions to software engineering.”
Prof. Fitzgerald said: “Lero’s research in software engineering is very important to the progress of the software sector in Ireland. I look forward to working with the research teams and our industry partners to advance our capabilities.”