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Ben-Menachem, Mordechai
Ben-Gurion University
Beer-Sheva, Israel
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Mordechai Ben-Menachem is a researcher and adjunct lecturer at Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, and at Sapir College in Sedarot, both in southern Israel. His professional interests are in the areas of systems engineering, software engineering, and project management. He has been active for more than three decades in these areas, as a practitioner, consultant, lecturer, and researcher. He is an autodidact in these, and other, areas.

He has taught about many systems and software engineering subjects at both undergraduate and graduate levels. These have included introductory courses, as well as more advanced courses on testing, software and system processes, software project management, advanced project management for technology-rich projects, analysis and design, software quality engineering, and verification and validation. He has led many projects both in industry and academia, and has acted as a guide, mentor, and faculty advisor for many graduate students. The aspect of his academic career of which he is proudest is the fact that many hundreds of former students remain in contact with him, and consider him to be both a mentor and friend.

He current research interests are centered around the paradigm of change, which is an overall framework for management of systems and software in an organization, whether these are management systems, control systems, or parts of a product. His professional systems experience has included all types of systems—satellites and airborne systems, insurance and banking, telephony, and groundwater seepage—but his favorite projects have always been those involving very complex and large real-time systems.

His extensive writings include about 15 professional books, and several hundred papers. He also has written fictional works, several books of poetry, and about six books of philosophy. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS), the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Oxford Club, and is also an ordained clergyman. His hobbies include cooking, reading, eclectic music, and wandering around his favorite cities.

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Apr 25 2022  
  Enterprise risk management models (3rd ed.)
Olson D., Wu D.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2020. 234 pp. Type: Book (978-3-662606-07-0)

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Sep 15 2021  
  Geographical design: spatial cognition and geographical information science (2nd ed.)
Hirtle S.,  Morgan&Claypool Publishers, San Rafael, CA, 2019. 86 pp. Type: Book (978-1-681735-73-3)

A very brief but possibly useful book/booklet/pamphlet (I am not sure how to best characterize it), Geographical design has some strangeness and some faults; but other than that, it appears to be something that may interest a broader audien...

Sep 17 2020  
   Cross-lingual word embeddings
Søgaard A., Faruqui M., Vulić I., Ruder S.,  Morgan&Claypool Publishers, San Rafael, CA, 2019. 134 pp. Type: Book (978-1-681730-63-9)

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May 5 2020  
  Analytic methods in systems and software testing
Kenett R., Ruggeri F., Faltin F.,  Wiley Publishing, Hoboken, NJ, 2018. 568 pp. Type: Book (978-1-119271-50-5)

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Oct 31 2019  
  A philosophy of software design
Ousterhout J.,  Yaknyam Press, Palo Alto, CA, 2018. 190 pp. Type: Book (978-1-732102-20-0)

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Jun 3 2019  
   Software engineering (10th ed.)
Sommerville I.,  Pearson, Boston, MA, 2016. 816 pp. Type: Book (978-0-133943-03-0), Reviews: (2 of 2)

This book has been around for about three decades. This newest version is the tenth edition. Software engineering is--has become--an enormous subject. The book is very long--over 800 pages--and yet it does not actually cover al...

Oct 17 2018  
   How to teach computer ethics through science fiction
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Oct 15 2018  
  Aesthetics of universal knowledge
Schaffer S., Tresch J., Gagliardi P.,  Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY, 2017. 271 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319425-94-8)

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Nov 30 2017  
  Self-aware computing systems: an engineering approach
Lewis P., Platzner M., Rinner B., Tørresen J., Yao X.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2016. 324 pp. Type: Book (9783319396743)

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