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About Tony


Anthony I. (Tony) Wasserman has divided his career between industry and academia.  

Tony is currently a Professor of Software Management Practice at Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley, and the Executive Director of its Center for Open Source Investigation (COSI). Earlier in his career, Tony was Professor of Medical Information Science at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and concurrently served as a Lecturer in the Computer Science Division at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has been a Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam), the University of Geneva, and the National University of Singapore. He has published more than 60 papers and served as editor of 11 books, primarily on open source software and software development methods, tools, and environments.  Between his time at UCSF and his current role at Carnegie Mellon, he spent 20 years in industry.

Tony was the Founder and CEO of Interactive Development Environments (IDE), which built the innovative Software through Pictures multiuser modeling environment, one of the leading computer-aided software engineering environments. IDE was one of the first 100 companies to obtain a dotcom domain (No. 78), one of the first companies to include open source software in a commercial software product, and one of the first to include an email address in its marketing materials. 

Subsequently, Tony was VP of Engineering for a consumer-oriented web startup in San Francisco. In 2000, Tony became VP of Bluestone Software (later acquired by Hewlett-Packard) responsible for its West Coast Labs, where he led the creation of the award-winning open source Total-e-Mobile toolkit, which allowed mobile devices to connect to Java-based web applications. 

Tony served as a Director of the Open Source Initiative from 2010-2106, and serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of Open Source for America. He is an advisor to several startups addressing varied markets.

Dr. Wasserman has a Ph.D. in computer sciences from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a B.A. in mathematics and physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the ACM.  He is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Educator award from the IEEE Technical Council on Software Engineering, and the 2013 recipient of the Influential Educator award from ACM's Special Interest Group on Software Engineering. Tony is a frequent speaker at both research-oriented and industry conferences.

Tony's hobbies include world travel and photography, and he often combines the two. His travel photos often appear here.