Dr. David C. Rine

Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering,+(703) 993-1530, DavidCRine@aol.com


Received the Ph.D. in 1970 from The University of Iowa in the Mathematical Sciences Division with a Dissertation in Computer Science.


He has been practicing software development, computational sciences and software systems engineering for forty-five years. He joined George Mason University in June 1985 and was the founding chair of The Department of Computer Science, as well as co-developer of the School of Information Technologyand Engineering. He is presently Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, and in the past has also served as a Professor of Information Systems and Software Systems Engineering, and Professor on the Faculty of the Institute for Computational Sciences and Informatics. He has been researching, teaching, consulting, working with the software industry and directing research projects in the areas of software systems engineering, computational science, information systems, computer science and science and engineering education. Within the span of his career in computing he has published some three hundred papers in the general areas of computer science, engineering, information systems, computer applications, computational science, science and engineering education, systems engineering and software engineering. Dr. Rine is internationally known for his work in science and engineering education, having accumulated many years of experience in directing curriculum, large scale software, computational science and systems projects.

Recent External Funded Research Summary.

The Army, Air Force, Navy, NATO, National Science Foundation, NASA, IEEE, ACM, IBM, AFIPS and many industrial organizations have funded Dr. Rine’s scientific research and development work. IEEE, AFIPS, The College Board, Air Force, Educational Testing Service, George Mason University have funded his educational research and development. He has directed research and development projects that have integrated combinations of science, engineering and educational models.Examples include 'A Tool Kit for Correctively Maintaining a Rule-Based Information Distribution System in C3I: Adaptation and Error-Removal Module', US Army Research Lab and SONEX Enterprise and Leros, Inc., 'A Tool Kit for Maintaining Quality of a Rule-Based Information Distribution System: Adaptation and Error-Removal Module', US Army Research Lab/ARO and SONEX Enterprise and Leros, Inc., 'A Tool Kit for Correctively Maintaining a Rule-Based Information Distribution System’, US Army Research Lab. ‘Research and Development of a Public Case-Base and a Tool Kit Using a Validated Software Reuse Reference Model’, National Science Foundation, Software Engineering and Languages, and ‘Research and Development of Domain Engineered Tool Kit for PIC Modeling and Simulation’, Air Force Office of Scientific Research.


Dr. Rine has received numerous awards from computer science societies and associations, including the IEEE Centennial Award, the IEEE Pioneer Award, the IEEE Computer Society Meritorious Service Award, the IEEE Computer Society Special Award, and the IEEE Computer Society 50th anniversary Golden Core Award. He has also been a multiple-time recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Honor Roll (and Distinguished Technical Service) Award and the IEEE Computer Society Certificate of Appreciation Award.

Professional Service.

He has been conference chair or program chair of many international conferences including the annual ACM Computer Science Conference, the International IEEE and ACM Conference on Computer Languages, the AFIPS and IFIPS National Computer Conference, the IEEE and ACM National Educational Computing Conference, Computational Physics conferences, and NASA conferences. He has also co-authored a number of computer science texts and took a lead role in establishing the international Advanced Placement Computer Science program for the nation's high school students. He was co-designer of both the first computer science and engineering curriculum (1976) and the first masters in software engineering curriculum (1978) sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society. He has been an Editor of Computer (IEEE-Computer Society )and an editor for Computer Society Press, as well as being an Editor of other software-oriented journals He is presently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Information Technology and Web Engineering.

He has in more recent years worked with other internationals in developing educational programs in the information technologies for developing countries such as those in the Middle East and East Africa. Some of the programs developed are similar in strength, content and futuristic objectives to those accredited programs in place at George Mason University. George Mason University is named after the founding American patriot George Mason who originally penned works on human rights used to develop the Bill of Rights. He led early missions in the West to end slavery.