Lyle Long


Dr. Lyle Long is a Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Computational Science, and Mathematics at The Pennsylvania State University. He is the Founder and Director of the Penn State Graduate Minor Program in Computational Science. He was also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication. In 2007-2008 he was a Moore Distinguished Scholar at the California Institute of Technology in Computation and Neural Systems (CNS). Prof. Long has been at Penn State since 1989. He also served as a visiting scientist at Thinking Machines Corporation and NASA Langley. Dr. Long’s research interests are in neural networks, software engineering, high performance computing, intelligent systems, computational fluid dynamics, rarefied gas dynamics, robotics, and unmanned vehicles. He received a Doctor of Science degree from George Washington University in 1983. He also has a Master of Science degree from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Distinction from the University of Minnesota. During his Ph.D. program he was at NASA Langley Research Center, and during his M.S. program he worked with NASA Ames Research Center. In a 2008 article for “CrossTalk, The Journal of Defense Software Engineering,” Long wrote that “software disasters cost the United States billions of dollars every year, and this will only get worse because future systems will be more complex.” To buttress the point, the article notes that the Boeing 777 has 1,280 onboard processors that use more than 4 million lines of software, the F-22 has more than 2 million lines of software onboard, and the wiring harness of an aircraft is often more complex and difficult to design than its structure. It is crucial that we educate students who can help with these issues. He has served on advisory panels at NSF, NASA, Army, and Air Force. In 2011 he was part of a peer review panel at Kirkland Air Force Base to review Plug-and-Play software for satellites. In 2008 he was a peer review panel member for Safety-Critical Software at NASA Langley. In 1999 and 2000 he was on a Peer Review panel at NASA Ames to review Rotorcraft Technology. He has also Chaired and helped organized several conferences and workshops for the AIAA and IEEE. His webpage is at and his email address is [email protected] .

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Evolving Curricula for an Exponential World
    • Article

    For U.S. college graduates to remain competitive on a global level, changes in curriculum and faculty education are required to begin providing computing and software education for all students in every discipline. We must prepare students for the 21st century and the information age.