Pam Vercellone-Smith

Assistant Professor of Software Engineering



    • Software evolution
    • Software visualization
    • Collaborative problem solving
    • Bioinformatics

Professional Activities

    • Member, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    • Member, ASEE, American Society for Engineering Education
    • Member, American Society for Microbiology (ASM)


    • M.S. - Penn State Great Valley: Software Engineering
    • Ph.D. -  University of Delaware: Microbiology
    • M.S. -  Virginia Tech: Microbiology
    • B. S. - Virginia Tech: Biology


    • SYSEN 550: Creativity and Problem Solving I
    • SYSEN 552: Creativity and Problem Solving II

Research Interests

    • Evolution of architectural complexity in open-source systems
    • Software visualization
    • Impact of cognitive diversity on collaborative problem solving
    • Bioinformatics


Articles Published in Refereed Journals

Vercellone-Smith, P., Jablokow, K. and Friedel, C. (2012). Characterizing communication networks in a web-based classroom: Cognitive styles and linguistic behavior of self-organizing groups in online discussions. Computers and Education, 59:222-235.

Jablokow, K. & Vercellone-Smith, P. (2011). The Impact of Cognitive Style on Social Networks in Online Discussion Forums. Advances in Engineering Education: Special e-Learning edition. Winter 2011, pp 1-29.

Sangwan, R. S., Vercellone-Smith, P., & Neill, C. (2010). Use of a Multidimensional Approach to Study the Evolution of Software Complexity. Innovations in Software and Systems Engineering (ISSE) 6:299-310.

Sangwan, R.S., Vercellone-Smith. P., & Laplante, P. A. (2008). Structural Epochs in the Complexity of Software over Time. IEEE Software 25(4): 66-73.

Vercellone-Smith, P. & Herson, D.S. (1997). “Toluene Elicits a Carbon Starvation Response in Pseudomonas putida Containing the TOL Plasmid pWWO”, Applied and Environmental Microbiology 63:1925-1932.

Vercellone, P. A., Smibert, R.M., & Krieg, N. R. (1989). “Catalase Activity in Campylobacter jejuni: Comparison of a Wild-type Strain with an Aerotolerant Variant”. Can. J. Microbiol. 36:449-451.

Articles in Refereed Proceedings

Jablokow, K., Vercellone-Smith, P., & Richmond, S. S. (2009). Exploring Cognitive Diversity and the Level-Style Distinction (AC 2009-550). Proceedings of the 2009 ASEE Conference on Engineering Education. Austin, TX, June 14 – 17, 2009.

Sangwan, R. S., Vercellone-Smith, P., & Laplante, P. A. (2007). Measuring the Complexity of Design in Real-Time Imaging Software. Proc. 11th Real-Time Imaging Conf., SPIE, 6486: 1–6. San Jose, CA, January 28 – February 1, 2007.

Simmons, M.M., Vercellone-Smith P., & Laplante, P.A. (2006). Understanding Open Source Software through Software Archaeology: The Case of Nethack. Proc. 30th NASA Software Engineering Workshop in Columbia, MD, April 24-28, 2006.

Vercellone-Smith, P., Bobb, A. J., & Calomiris, J. J.. (1998). “Automated Enumeration of Bacillus anthracis Spores Using a Digital Image Analysis System”, Proceedings of the Scientific Conference on Chemical and Biological Defense Research, November 17-19, 1997, pp. 603-609, U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

Book Chapters

Vercellone-Smith, P. & Sangwan, R. S. (2010).  Visualization. In P. Laplante (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Software Engineering  (pp.  1341- 1354). CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

Laplante, P. & Vercellone-Smith, P. (2007).  Chapter 15. Real Time Color Imaging Systems. In R. Lukac and K. N. Plataniotis (Eds.), Color Image Processing. Methods and Applications (pp. 351- 362). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

Baker, K. H., Cronce, R. C., Vercellone-Smith, P.A., & Herson, D. S. (1993). Bioremediation of Soils Contaminated with Fuel Oils. In R. Govind, C. Litchfield, and P. Bienowski (Eds.), Biotechnology in Waste Treatment. Chelsea, MI: Lewis Publishers. 

Technical Reports

Jon J. Calomiris & Pamela A. Vercellone-Smith. (2005). Investigation of Chlorine Treatment to Enhance DNA-based Detection of the Bacillus anthracis spore. Air Force Research Laboratory (Report No. AFRL-HE-WP-TP-2006-0040).

Pamela A. Vercellone-Smith & Jon. J. Calomiris. (2005). Sensitivity of Dormant and Germinating B. anthracis Spores to a Polycationic Compound. Air Force Research Laboratory (Report No. AFRL-HE-WP-TP-2005-0116).