I lead the Practical and Actionable Software Engineering Research (PASER) group at Auburn University. Members of the PASER group work on software engineering research problems that have implications for practitioners.


  1. Wan-Syun Anita Cheng, M.Sc. Student, Auburn University Web
  2. Yue Zhang, PhD Student, Auburn University Web
  3. Pemsith Mendis, PhD Student, Auburn University Web
  4. Shazibul Islam Shamim, PhD Student, Auburn University Web


  1. Syed Rafiul Hussain, Assistant Professor, Penn State University Web
  2. Rahul Pandita, Staff Researcher, GitHub, USA Web
  3. Chris Parnin, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research, USA Web
  4. Stacy Prowell, Distinguished Researcher, Oak Ridge National Lab, TN Web
  5. Shubhra Kanti Karmaker Santu, Assistant Professor, Auburn University Web
  6. Hossain Shahriar, Associate Professor, University of West Florida Web
  7. Anthony Skjellum, Director, SimCenter; Professor, Computer Science, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, TN Web


  1. Farzana Ahmed Bhuiyan (PhD), first appointment as research scientist at Meta (formerly known as Facebook)
  2. Dibyendu Brinto Bose (BSc), first appointment as PhD student at Virginia Tech
  3. Carlos Medrano (BSc), first appointment as site reliability engineer at Google
  4. Justin Murphy (MSc), first appointment as security analyst at CISA, DHS
  5. Raunak Shakya (MSc), first appointment as software engineer at Energy Domain
  6. Anceito Rivera (BSc), first appointment as software engineer at SAIC

Noteworthy Achievements of PASERs

  1. Yue Zhang, 100+ Women Strong Outstanding Departmental Annual Graduate Award, 2024
  2. Yue Zhang, Gavin Graduate Student Fellow, 2023-2026
  3. Shazibul Islam Shamim, Bronze Award, Student Research Competition, ESEC/FSE 2021
  4. Akond Rahman, Distinguished Reviewer, Mining Software Repositories (MSR) 2021
  5. Akond Rahman, 2019-2020 Nominee for the Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, NC State University
  6. Akond Rahman, 2019-2020 COE Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award, NC State University
  7. Akond Rahman, 2019-2020 CSC Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, NC State University
  8. Farzana Ahamed Bhuiyan, Best Student Paper Award, 33rd Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society (FLAIRS) 2020
  9. Akond Rahman, ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award, ICSE 2019 - Technical Track
  10. Akond Rahman, ACM SIGSOFT Best Paper Award, ICSE 2018 - Doctoral Symposium
  11. Akond Rahman, Microsoft Open Source Challenge 2016 - Grand Prize
  12. Shazibul Islam Shamim, Best Poster Award, Bioinformatics and Stringology Conference (BIOS) 2015

Open Source Software

  1. SLI-KUBE for Kubernetes Manifests
  2. LOPSUL for Python-based Open Source ML Projects
  3. TAMA for Ansible
  4. SLAC for Ansible
  5. SLIC for Puppet
  6. ACID for Puppet