Bogdan Vasilescu obtains his PhD cum laude in 3 years time

Bogdan Vasilescu of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has gained his PhD cum laude. He defended his PhD thesis, titled 'Social Aspects of Collaboration in Online Software Communities' yesterday October 20th, in the Auditorium building of the university. 

Social Aspects of Collaboration in Online Software Communities
The PhD thesis of Vasilescu is about differences between software contributors in terms of their gender, skills, contribution kinds and involvement in professional social media sites. Understanding these differences provides software developers with insights in their own development practices, project managers with means of identifying system parts at risk due to developers’ turnover and more senior managers with the basis for decisions pertaining to recruitment and management of specialized and diverse groups of professionals. Moreover, insights obtained by Vasilescu, can be applied beyond the realm of traditional software engineering in such areas as organization of scientific meetings), motivating students or employees or studying social media websites. His promoter is professor M.G.J. van den Brand, professor in Software Engineering and Technology. Dr. A. Serebrenik took care of the daily guidance.

Cum laude
PhD awards with the honor of ‘cum laude’ are relatively rare, and an average of five percent of all theses at TU/e are considered for this distinction. However, cum laude and within three years is extremely rare. To be eligible the PhD work must be of exceptional quality, and must be performed with an exceptional level of autonomy.

Vasilescu is a NWO PhD student and has visited various foreign research groups in the US, Belgium and France.

As of November 1 he will start as a postdoc at the University of California in Davis.