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Professor of Software and Systems Engineering
Engineering Division

Main Building, 220 D, 610-725-5314

Phillip A. Laplante, professor of software and systems engineering and registered professional engineer (PE), earned his Ph.D. in computer science, M.Eng. in electrical engineering, and B.S. in systems planning and management all from Stevens Institute of Technology. He also earned an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. Dr. Laplante teaches courses in software and systems engineering including project management, software testing and requirements engineering. Prior to arriving at Penn State he was a software engineer, entrepreneur, and senior academic administrator (dean and president). His career accomplishments include leading the effort to create the exam to license professional software engineers in the US, defining the hybrid discipline of real-time image processing, and writing the first text on real-time systems engineering. His research currently focuses on safety critical software engineering and the Internet of Things and is a visiting scientist at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He has published more than 250 articles and 32 books.


2013 Data Management International (DAMA) – Award for Academic Achievement “… for outstanding research or theoretical contributions in the area of IRM/DRM”.

2011 IEEE Reliability Society, Engineer of the Year, “For achievements in mission critical software systems research, education and professional practice”.

2005 IEEE Educational Activities Meritorious Service Award “for ongoing contributions and innovations in continuing engineering education as a Volunteer to IEEE and as an academic administrator and educator”.

Selected Publications

Laplante, Phillip A., Jeffrey M. Voas and Nancy L. Laplante, "Standards for the Internet of Things: A Case Study in Disaster Response," Computer, 5 (2016), 40-43.

Laplante, P. A. and N. L. Laplante, "The Internet of Things in Healthcare: Potential Applications and Challenges," IT Professional, 3 (2016), 2-4.

Phillip A. Laplante, "Licensing Professional Software Engineers: Seize the Opportunity," Communications of the ACM, vol. 57, no. 7, July 2014, pp. 38-40.

Laplante, Phillip A., Requirements Engineering for Software and Systems, Second edition, CRC/Taylor & Francis, 2013.

Laplante, Phillip A., Beth Kalinowski, Mitchell Thornton, "A Principles and Practices Exam Specification to Support Software Engineering Licensure in the United States of America," Software Quality Professional, 1, (2013), 4-15.

Laplante, Phillip A. and Seppo J. Ovaska, Real-Time Systems Design and Analysis, Fourth Edition, John Wiley & Sons/IEEE Press, 2012.

Laplante, Phillip A, Technical Writing: A Practical Guide for Engineers and Scientists, CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Publishing, 2012.