Stephen R. (Steve) Schach

Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus

Professor of Computer Engineering, Emeritus

I obtained an M.S. in Physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town in 1973. Between 1972 and 1983, I held faculty positions in the Departments of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. In 1983 I joined the Department of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University.

My research interests are in the field of software engineering in general and specifically in the empirical analysis of open-source software. I have written a number of textbooks on software engineering, object-oriented software engineering, and object-oriented systems analysis and design. I have over 130 refereed publications to my name. I consult internationally and serve as an expert witness on software.

I now live in Sydney, Australia. I have recently authored or co-authored eight thrillers. The first, a historical spy thriller set in the Kingdom of Prussia in 1747, entitled Old Bach Is Come, was published in March 2013. The second, Coopers Island, is a World War II spy thriller set in New Zealand. Highly Satisfactory, a spy thriller published in April 2014, is also set in World War II. The plot is constructed around the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A Matter of Trust is set in Kyoto, Japan. A specialist in offshore trusts believes that he is the victim of a large-scale conspiracy. Bakerloo Line is a new twist on the Israeli Mossad agents vs. Palestinian terrorists genre; Greek fascists capture the Palestinian's arms cache and decide to use the weaponry to blow up Waterloo Tube Station in London. The book was published in April 2015.

Object-Oriented and Classical Software Engineering, Eighth Edition

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    Old Bach Is Come

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    Coopers Island

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    Highly Satisfactory

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    A Matter of Trust

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    Bakerloo Line

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