Dr. Robin PostonDean of the Graduate School Professor and Director of the Systems Testing Excellence Program FedEx Institute of Technology, The University of Memphis
Dr. Poston is the Director of the System Testing Excellence Program for the FedEx Institute of Technology at The University of Memphis, and she is a Professor and Dean of the Graduate School at The University of Memphis, which has 4,500 graduate students studying in 161 graduate programs. Dr. Poston is a recipient of the Memphis Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award and she led the International Research Workshop on Advances and Innovations in Software Testing attended by hundreds of academic and industry professionals, which was last held as part of IEEE’s 29th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering October 2019. Dr. Poston’s current research focuses on understanding the alignment within the IT unit among developers and testers, client managers’ responsibilities and governance especially in mitigating vendor silence and managing vendors in outsourcing of software testing projects, and testing and evaluation in support of agile development. Dr. Poston has over 20 years of experience in the information systems field working for KPMG Consulting, Educational Computer Corporation, Meta Group Research, and Convergys, as well as consulting with several Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Today, she works with organizations, such as the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Information Systems Agency of the Department of Defense, FedEx Corporation, First Tennessee Bank, St. Jude/ALSAC, and others to conduct projects and educational programs. Dr. Poston received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from The University of Pennsylvania (1987), master’s degree in Accounting from The University of Central Florida (1992), and Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Michigan State University (2003).