John W. Sheppard's Curriculum Vitae (brief)

For a complete cv, check here. The following is abbreviated for web use.

Contact Information

Gianforte School of Computing
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
V: +1 406 994 4835
E: john dot sheppard at cs dot montana dot edu

Research Interests and Activities

Machine Learning (Bayesian, reinforcement, evolutionary)
Data Mining
Multi-Agent Systems
Decision Support (Diagnosis, prognosis)
Semantic Modeling (Ontologies, information integration)
System Test and Evaluation


Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science, 1997
The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Master of Science, Computer Science, 1990
The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, Computer Science, 1983
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.


Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering Distinguished Professor in Computer Science
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, August 2008 – Present.

Adjunct Professor
The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD July 2012 – June 2018

Associate Research Professor
The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD July 2008 – June 2012

Assistant Research Professor
The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD August 2005 – June 2008

ARINC Incorporated, Annapolis, MD December 1986 – August 2006

The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD,   September 1994 – August 2005

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Vice President for Research and Economic Development Meritorious Award for Science/Technology (2016)
  • Third recipient of College of Engineering Distinguished Professorship (2015)
  • IEEE Fellow (2007): Elected for contributions to system-level diagnosis and prognosis
  • Frank McGinnis Professional Achievement Award (2007), IEEE AUTOTESTCON.
  • ARINC Technical Excellence Award (1989)—The highest corporate technical award, and the first given by the corporation
  • ARINC General Manager’s Award for Outstanding Performance (1989)—Granted for development of significant new product line (diagnostics) based in independent research.
  • First recipient of Right Now Technologies Distinguished Professorship at Montana State

Selected Professional Activities

  • Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Fellow
    • Computer Society
    • Instrumentation and Measurement Society
    • Standards Association
  • Technical Program Chair: International Workshop on System Test and Diagnosis: 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Technical Program Chair: AUTOTESTCON: 2001, 2007, 2011
  • Co-editor in Chief: International Journal on Prognostics and Health Management (2011 - present)
  • Associate Editor: IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement (2008 - present)
  • Associate Editor: Journal of Electronic Testing: Theory and Applications (2007 - 2011)
  • IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 20 (Vice Chair and Computer Society Liaison)
  • IEEE Computer Society Standards Activities Board (Member at Large)
  • IEEE SCC20 Diagnostic and Maintenance Control Subcommittee (Co-Chair)
  • IEC Technical Committee 93 on Design Automation (US Delegate): 1996, 1997, 1998