Electrical and Computer EngineeringWestern Engineering

Luiz Fernando Capretz

Professor of Software Engineering & Assistant Dean (IT and e-Learning)

Ph.D. in Computing Science, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.
M.Sc. in Applied Computing, Institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil.
B.Sc. in Computer Science, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil.


Dr. L. F. Capretz has vast experience in Software Engineering as  practitioner, manager, and educator. He has worked, taught and done research on the engineering of software in North and South America (Canada, Brazil and Argentina), Europe (U.K. and Italy), Middle East (United Arab Emirates), and Asia (Japan) since 1981.  He was the Director of the Software Engineering Program at Western until 2011, and spent a sabbatical year in Dubai. Before joining Western in 2000, he served as Director of Informatics at two universities in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Formerly, he had held a tenured faculty position at the University of Aizu in Japan.

Dr. L. F. Capretz has published over 200 academic work appearing in journals (90+), conferences (>90), patents, softwares, technical reports, books, chapters, and presentations in professional meetings - venues sponsored by IEEE, ACM, Elsevier, Springer, and UNESCO. He is an IEEE Senior Member, ACM Distinguished Member,  MBTI qualified practitioner, and certified Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Canada.

Overall, Dr. L. F. Capretz values a healthy balance between work, family and personal interests. He is an antique map collector, plays in a  Masters Soccer League during the summer, and practices both cross-country and downhill skiing in the winter. He is fluent in English and Portuguese, has good command of Japanese, fair understanding of Spanish and Italian, and plans to take up Arabic soon.