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IEEE-Computer Society Professional Software Engineering Master Certification (PSEM) # 0007771 June 2015-June 2018.

IEEE-Education Society 2018 Ronald J. Schmitz Award recognizing outstanding and continued service to engineering education through contributions to the Frontiers in Education Conference. Awarded October 2018.

  • Software Engineering (SE): Developed and offered over eleven different Graduate and Undergraduate SE courses new to the university including iOS development, software project management, requirements engineering, software engineering, software and business process design, software testing, and quality assurance. Led the SE program from its inception in 2003-present.
  • Computer Engineering (CE): Eleven different CE courses at the Graduate and Undergraduate level. Included five courses new to the ECE department: language-based digital design, neural networks, computer architecture, advanced computer architecture and the ECE Professional Seminar. Led the Computer Option within the ECE program from 1995-2005.
  • Computer & Information Science (CIS):Various CIS core courses at the Graduate and Undergraduate level, mostly related to Project Management, Software and Systems Requirements, research methods and professional development. Introduced the undergraduate CIS Professional Seminar and CIS Leadership Seminar into the undergraduate CIS curricula.
  • General:Small team-taught social science and liberal studies courses, including the “Tech Think” Freshman Seminar, Project Economics and a history course on the Chancellorsville & Gettysburg Campaigns. Have co-taught Project Economics for business and engineering majors.
  • Post-Graduate work in Pastoral Studies, Aug. 2009-Present, Gannon University
  • Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering, Dec. 1995, University of Pittsburgh.  Dissertation: “Requirements-Based Design Evaluation Methodology.” Advisor: Prof. Steven P. Levitan.
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Apr. 1991, University of Pittsburgh. MS Thesis: “SPAR: A Schematic Place and Route System.” Advisor: Prof. Steven P. Levitan.
  • Post-Graduate work in Computer Science, Aug.-Dec. 1987, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering cum laude Apr. 1985, University of Pittsburgh

Academic Experience (1995-present):

  • Department Chair Computer & Information Science Dept., Gannon University, Jan. 2018 – present.
  • Professor of Software Engineering, Gannon University, Aug. 2012 – present.
  • President, Faculty Senate (May 2013 - May 2014)
  • Associate Professor of Software Engineering, Gannon University, Jul. 2005 – Aug. 2012.
  • Chair, University Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee, Jul. 2009 – Jul. 2011.
  • Department Chair Computer & Information Science Dept., Gannon University, Jul. 2005 – Jun. 2009.
  • Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Gannon University, Aug. 2001 – Jun. 2005.
  • Acting Department Chair: Computer and Information Science Dept., Gannon University, Jan. 1997 – May 1998.
  • Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Gannon University, Aug. 1995 – Aug. 2001.

Industrial Experience (1995-present):

  • Software Development Lead, Immersimap, LLC., Erie, PA; May 2008- Present. Lead the software development for a homeland security information system involving distributed 360o-video capture, storage and deployment. Included support for system and software design, quality planning, code construction, testing, production support and project management.
  • Embedded Software Lead, Airborn-Lake City, inc., Lake City, PA; April 2010 ; Dec. 2004- Aug. 2008.  Dec. 2011-June 2014. Lead the software development and modifications for an embedded controller for a prototype custom aircraft power supply. Included support for system design, software specifications, design, quality planning, code construction, testing, production support and project management.
  • Software Development Lead, PSI Medical, LLC., Erie, PA; Jan 2010- Dec 2012. Lead the software development for a medical information system to collect, track and provide alerts for blood catheter information in clinical settings. Included support for system design, design, quality planning, code construction, testing, deployment, production support and project management.
  • Director, Keystone Software Development Institute, Gannon University.  Erie PA. .Jan. 2007- June 2008. Led the formation, funding and staffing of an institute for software development for supporting technology development and transfer.
  • Software Development Lead, Precision Rehab Manufacturing, North East PA. May. 2007- June 2008. Lead the software prototyping and validation for a video-based  surface-mapping system involving o support . Included project planning, customer management and support for system validation, , code construction, and testing.
  • Chief Technology Officer, Electronic Source Documentation, Inc., Erie, PA; Jan. 2003 – Aug. 2005.
    Support in the development of entrepreneurial software to support computer-based medical records to support pharmaceutical studies.
  • IT Development Lead, Beata Clinical Research Services, Inc., Erie, PA; Mar. 2002 – Jan. 2003.
    Lead a team of interns in the development of entrepreneurial software to support computer-based medical records to support pharmaceutical studies.
  • Mentor for IMGP Graduate Students, GE Transportation Systems, Erie, PA; Jan. 2000 – Jul. 2003.
    Guided four full-time graduate students’ work in IT development, including eServices and infrastructure work with General Electric Transportation Systems. Included on-site and on-campus (recruiting, guidance, etc.) work.
  • eServices Lead Analyst, GE Transportation Systems, Erie, PA;  Jun. 2000 – Jul. 2003.
    Supported eServices initiatives to enable integrated delivery of product software and software configuration tracking for 5000+ locomotives.  Included development of system and software requirements for electronic locomotive performance specifications and automated software configuration health checks.
  • Software Process Consultant, GE Transportation Systems, Erie, PA; Sept. 1998- June 2001.
    Supported efforts in software process improvement, including the training and implementation of Formal Technical Reviews, software estimation and tracking, software metrics, TickIT and ISO 9000 support. Included development of web-enabled tools to support process changes, development of in-house standards and templates, prototype modeling. Sept. 1998- June 2001.
  • Industrial Trainer, Erie Insurance Group (EIG), Erie, PA; May-December 2002; March-August 2005.
    Provided custom short courses to support department-specific training initiatives:
     - Systems Analysis and Design, 20-hour on/off-site course primarily focused on UML application for practicing systems analysts. (2005)
    - Requirements Management for Business Analysts, 20-hour on-site custom course on requirements elicitation, documentation, modeling, analysis and review techniques. (2002)
  • Industrial Trainer, GE Transportation Systems (GETS), Erie, PA; May 1996-Jun. 2001.
    Provided custom short- and long courses to support various GE Transportation Systems initiatives:
    - Formal Technical Reviews, including long and short courses for reviewers, moderators and readers (1999-2001)
    - Design for Six-Sigma, short course on modeling techniques to support DFSS training. Feb. 1998.
    - Software Testing, long course focusing on the fundamentals of software testing for embedded systems (1996)
  • Mentor for ESGP Graduate Students, GE Transportation Systems, Erie, PA; Aug. 1997-May 2001.
    Guided graduate students’ work in embedded software systems (GETS). Aug. 1997-May 2001.


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 1984, Senior Member 2010.
  • IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) 1986; Volunteer for Professional & Educational Activities Board (PEAB), Nov. 2006 to present.
  • Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) Steering Committee member, 2011-present. Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference General Chair 2016, Steering Committee Chair 2016-2018.
  • Computing Curricula 2020 (CC2020) Steering Committee 2017-present.
  • ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), 1998
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 2012. Web Master, Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering (TELPhE) Division, 2017-present.

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Book Publications:

Frezza, S., Tang, M-H., and Brinkman, B., “Chapter XVI: How to Create a Credible Software Engineering Bachelor’s Program: Navigating the Waters of Program Development,” in Software Engineering: Effective Teaching and Learning Approaches and Practices, Heidi J. C. Ellis, Steven A. Demurjian, and J. Fernando Naveda, Eds., Idea Group Inc (IGI), 2008,  pp. 298-325, ISBN 978-1605661025.

Journal and Conference Publications

Stephen Frezza, Mats Daniels, Arnold Pears, Åsa Cajander, Viggo Kann, Amanpreet Kapoor, Roger McDermott, Anne-Katherine Peters, Mihaela Sabin, and Charles Wallace, “Modelling competencies for computing education beyond 2020: a research based approach to defining competencies in the computing disciplines” In G. Rößling & B. Scharlau (Eds.), Proceedings Companion of the 23rd Annual ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, Larnaca, Cyprus, December 2018, pp. 148–174.

Stephen Frezza, Alison Clear, Abijat Vichare, “Voices on the Core of Computing” in 48th Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE’18), San Jose, CA, October 2018, 9pp.

Joshua C. Nwokeji and Stephen T. Frezza, “Cross-Course Project-Based Learning in Requirements Engineering: An Eight-year Retrospective,” in Proceedings of the 47th Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE'17), Erie, PA, October 2017.

David A. Nordquest and Stephen T. Frezza, “Lonergan and the Philosophy of Engineering,” in The
Lonergan Review, Vol. VIII, 2017 From Insight to the World , pp. 55-74. DOI:10.5840/lonerganreview201785

Katherine Goodman and Stephen Frezza, “Finding Möjligheter : Creativity and Ill-Structured Problems,” in Proceedings of the 2017 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference & Exposition , Columbus, OH, June 2017.

Stephen Frezza, “Issues in Student Valuing of Software Engineering Best Practices,” in Proceedings of the 46th Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE'16), Erie, PA, October 2016.

Stephen T. Frezza, “Considering the engineering mindset-a response to “Does Engineering Education Breed Terrorists?” with responses by John Heywood and Alan Cheville, in John Heywood, (Ed) Philosophical and Educational Perspectives in Engineering and Technological Literacy, Vol. 3, June 2016, pp. 1-7.

Stephen Frezza and David Nordquest, “Engineering Insight: The Philosophy of Bernard Lonergan Applied to Engineering,” in John Heywood, (Ed) Philosophical and Educational Perspectives in Engineering and Technological Literacy, Vol. 2, June 2015, pp. 17-28.

Stephen Frezza, “A Knowledge-Basis for Engineering Design,” in Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE'14), Madrid, Spain, October 2014, pp. 158-165.

Stephen Frezza, David Nordquest, and Richard Moodey, “Knowledge-generation epistemology and the foundations of engineering”, in Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE'13), Oklahoma City, OK, October 2013, pp. 818-824.

Stephen Frezza, Richard Moodey, David Nordquest, and Krishnakishore Pilla, “Applying a knowledge-generation epistemological approach to computer science and software engineering pedagogy,” in Proceedings of the 2013 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, GA, June 2013.

Xu, Lin Deng, Qing Zheng, and Stephen Frezza, “Using stereo vision to construct 3-D surface models,” IEEE Potentials, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 31-37, March/April 2012, doi: 10.1109/MPOT.212.2182833

Weifeng Xu, and Stephen Frezza, “A Case Study: Integrating A Game Application-Driven Approach and Social Collaborations into Software Engineering,” in Proceedings of 13st International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS’2011), Beijing, China, June, 2011.

Weifeng Xu, William R. Betz, Stephen T. Frezza, and Wookwon Lee, “Letting Patients’ Daily Living Information Speak: A Novel Approach to Study Geriatric Patients with Dementia and Hypertension,” in Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science, San Francisco, CA, October 2010. Paper awarded the Certificate of Merit for the International Conference in Modeling Health Advances 2010.

Stephen T. Frezza, “Computer Science: Is It Really the Scientific Foundation for Software Engineering?” Computer, vol. 43, no. 8, pp. 98-101, August 2010, doi:10.1109/MC.2010.224

Weifeng Xu, Ben Luebbert, Stephen Frezza, Sreela Sasi and Todd Dinner, “Building Customized Cushion Seats Using Stereo Visions for Disabled,” in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Information Technology : New Generations, Las Vegas, NV, April 2010

Eric D. Regan, Stephen T. Frezza, and Jeremy Cannell, “Product-Based Learning in Software Engineering Education”, in Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE'09), San Antonio TX, October 2009.

Stephen T. Frezza, “Deus Machinator: God the Engineer”, in Proceedings of Christian Engineering Educators Conference (CEEC’09), Waco, TX, June 2009.

Stephen T. Frezza, “‘Real World Problems’ as Assessment of Software Engineering”, WIP paper in Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE'07), Milwaukee, WI, October 2007.

Invited Presentations
Stephen T. Frezza, “Computational Thinking?” Presented at the KDP Education Week, School of Education, Gannon University, Erie, PA, 16 November 2017.

Joshua C. Nwokeji, Sephen T. Frezza, Terry S. Holmes and V. Uskov, "Panel: Software requirements engineering education in a changing world," 47th Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), Indianapolis, IN, 2017.

Stephen T. Frezza, “What Makes Engineering Engineering?” Presented at the ECE Högre seminarium, School of Education and Communication, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 12

Stephen T. Frezza, “Assessing Global IT Professional Values,” Poster presentation at the Teknisknaturvetenskapliga
fakultetens universitetspedagogiska konferens
(TUK2017), Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, 16 March 2017.

Donna Riley, Kitty Didion, Lisa Benson, Stephen Frezza and Tom Siller, “Are Engineers Authoritarian? A Dialogue on Engineering Education and a Terrorist Mindset,” ASEE Headquarters invited panel session (T459C). Alan Cheville and John Heywood moderators. Presented at the 2016 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, LA, June 2016.

Stephen Frezza, John Krupczak and Mani Mina, “Special Session on Design Metaphors: Rethinking the Vocabulary of Design Education,” in Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE'15), El Paso, Texas, October 21-24 2015.

Stephen Frezza, “Professionalism and Quality: What can accreditation offer Engineering?” Invited keynote presented at the AlBaha University and Uppsala University Symposium on Quality in Computing Education (ABU3QCE) , Al Baha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, February 24, 2015.

Stephen Frezza and Mani Mina, “Special Session on Design & Failure: How Philosophy and Belief Impact Design Education” presented at the Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE'14), Madrid, Spain, October 2014, October 22-25 2014.

Dennis Jerz, and Stephen Frezza, “A Digital Humanist, A Computer Scientist, and You Walk into a ‘Computers and Writing’ Conference Room” panel presentation at the Computers and Writing 2013 Mechanization and Writing Conference, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD, June 6-9 2013

Stephen T. Frezza, “A Facilitator’s bag of Tricks: Dealing with difficult stakeholders,” workshop presented to the August 2010 Project Manager’s Forum, Erie Insurance, Erie, PA, 31 August, 2010.

Stephen T. Frezza, and Mei-Huei Tang, “Testing as a Mental Discipline: Practical Methods for Affecting Developer Behavior,” workshop presented at the 2007 Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T ’07), Dublin, Ireland, 5 July, 2007.

Stephen Frezza, Andrew Getz, Mary Anne Rivera, “Re-visualizing the Mission of the Catholic University for the 21st Century,” presented at A City on a Hill: A Symposium on the Purpose and Identity of Catholic Higher Education, Steubenville, OH, April 19-22 2007.

IEEE Computer Society (1984-present)

  • Senior Member 2010
  • Computing Curricula 2020 Steering Committee Representative
  • Frontiers in Education Conference Steering Committee (2011-Present) Program Co-Chair (2012, 2019) Steering Committee Secretary (2013-4), General Co-Chair (2016), Steering Committee Chair (2016-2018)
  • Professional and Educational Activities Board (PEAB) Volunteer (2006-2014)
  • STC for Edcucation 2015-present

Association for Computing Machinery (1988-present)

  • ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), 1998-Present


American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 2012-Present

  • Appointed member of the ASEE Board of Directors’ Task Force for Educational Proficiency, 2018-present.
  • Program CoChair Technology and Engineering Literacy and Philosophy of Engineering (TELPhE) Division 2018-2019
  • TELPhE Webmaster ( 2017-2018, Division Secretary 2014-2017.

Gannon University

  • Chair, Computer & Information Science Department (1999-2000, 2005-2009, 2018-present)
  • Scholarly Release Time Committee Chair (2014-2018)
  • Faculty Senate President (2013-2014) and Vice President (2012-13)
  • Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee (2006-Present); Chair (2009-11)
  • Mission & Identity Council (2003-Present)