David Raffo


Dr. Raffo is a Professor at Portland State University with joint appointments in Business (Supply and Logistics Management and Management Information Systems), Engineering, and Computer Science. 

Previous positions include: 

  • CEO of Quantel Systems, Inc., a Scientific Software Developer and Consulting firm serving clients in the Aerospace, Automotive and Telecommunications industries as well as government organizations. (This was the first technology-based company spun out from Portland State University.)
  • Visiting Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute (SEI)
  • Research Member of the International Process Research Consortium (IPRC)

Dr. Raffo's research interests include Strategic Software Engineering, Software Process Simulation and Modeling, Economic Analysis of Engineering Decisions, Business Case Development, Software Process Improvement, and Quality Assurance Planning. Dr. Raffo has over 100 publications in the field of software engineering and three U.S. Patents.

He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Software Evolution and Process which is the leading academic journal in the field of software process. Dr. Raffo has received research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Software Engineering Research Center (SERC), NASA, IBM, Tektronix, Motorola, Robert Bosch, Northrop-Grumman among others.

Dr. Raffo received his Ph.D., ME, and MSIA degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and a BSE from the University of Michigan.

  • Ph.D., Manufacturing and Operations
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • BSE, Industrial and Operations Engineering
    The University of Michigan
  • MS, Industrial Administration
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • ME, Manufacturing Engineering
    Carnegie Mellon University