Professor Barry Dwolatzky qualified as an Electrical Engineer at Wits University in 1975. After completing his doctorate at Wits in 1979 he spent 10 years in Britain working on software-related research at the Universities of Manchester (UMIST) and London (Imperial College), and at the GEC-Marconi Research Centre. He worked on a number of large software development projects.
He returned to Wits in 1989 where he educates software engineers and carries out research. Barry’s major passion is to promote the growth and development of the South African software industry. He has been the driving force behind a number of strategic initiatives at Wits. He established a new degree option in Information Engineering within Electrical Engineering at Wits. He developed a course-based Masters programme in Software Engineering, and he was a major player in setting up the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits. In 2007 he became Director and CEO of the JCSE.
In 2006 the JCSE, under Barry’s direction, established a partnership with the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University in the USA. Over the past 8 years the JCSE has worked with the SEI and the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) to promote best software engineering practices in South Africa.
Most recently Barry has been the driving force behind the “TechInBraam” initiative – an activity aimed at establishing a Digital Technology Cluster in Joburg’s Braamfontein inner city area. In November 2013 he was the joint winner of the South African IT Personality of the year award.