Jeff Offutt

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Jeff Offutt
Self-portrait, 2002
Born (1961-04-30) April 30, 1961 (age 58)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Alma materGeorgia Tech[1]
Scientific career
FieldsSoftware engineering, computer science
InstitutionsGeorge Mason University, Clemson University
ThesisAutomatic Test Data Generation (1988)
Doctoral advisorRichard DeMillo

Jeff Offutt is a professor of Software Engineering at George Mason University.[1] His primary interests are software testing and analysis, web software engineering, and software evolution and change-impact analysis.[2]

He is the author of Introduction to Software Testing with Paul Ammann published by Cambridge University Press. He is the editor-in-chief of Software Testing, Verification and Reliability with Robert M. Hierons. He also helped create the IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification, and Reliability and was the first chair of its steering committee. He won the Teaching Excellence Award, Teaching with Technology, from George Mason University in 2013.[3]

Offutt is known for many fundamental contributions to the field of software testing, in particular mutation testing,[4][5] model-based testing,[6] and automatic test data generation.[7][8]

Dr. Offutt received his undergraduate degree in mathematics and data processing in 1982 (double major) from Morehead State University, and master's (1985) and PhD (1988) in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was on the faculty of Clemson University before joining George Mason in 1992.

He is the son of Andrew J. Offutt and brother of Chris Offutt. He is married to Jian and has three children, Stephanie, Joyce, and Andrew.


  1. ^ a b "People: Jeff Offutt". Volgenau School of Engineering. Archived from the original on 5 June 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Computer Science Department Faculty". George Mason University. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
  3. ^ "2013 Teaching Excellence Awards". George Mason University, Mason News. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  4. ^ DeMillo, Rich; Jeff Offutt (September 1991). "Constraint-Based Automatic Test Data Generation". IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. 17 (9): 900–910. CiteSeerX doi:10.1109/32.92910.
  5. ^ Offutt, Jeff (2011). "A Mutation Carol: Past, Present and Future". Information & Software Technology. 53 (10): 1098–1107. CiteSeerX doi:10.1016/j.infsof.2011.03.007.
  6. ^ Offutt, Jeff; Aynur Abdurazik (October 1999). "Generating Tests from UML Specifications". Second International Conference on the Unified Modeling Language (UML99): 416–429.
  7. ^ Offutt, Jeff; Zhenyi Jin; Jie Pan (January 1999). "The Dynamic Domain Reduction Approach to Test Data Generation". Software-Practice and Experience. 29 (2): 167–193. doi:10.1002/(sici)1097-024x(199902)29:2<167::aid-spe225>;2-m.
  8. ^ Offutt, Jeff (August 1988). Automatic Test Data Generation (Ph.D.). Georgia Institute of Technology.

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