Get to Know Your ASTQB Board – H. Taz Daughtrey

H. Taz Daughtrey
Instructor, Central Virginia Community College

Volunteer Role in ASTQB: Director

Taz leads the cybersecurity education effort at Central Virginia Community College, where he also teaches programming and networking courses. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality, the Founding Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Software Quality Professional, and a long-standing member of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board.

Taz was previously a member of the Computer Science faculty at James Madison University and has over 30 years of involvement in designing, conducting, and evaluating testing of critical software-dependent systems. He continues a long history of contributing to IEEE software engineering standards, especially on verification and validation. Taz has conducted workshops and provided consulting on a variety of software quality assurance topics across North America, Europe, and Japan.

He was Executive Director of the World Congress for Software Quality, has been on the program committee of numerous professional conferences, and made recent technical presentations such as “Securing Systems through Software Reliability Engineering,” “Economics of Software Quality Engineering,” and “The Many Faces of Software Unreliability.” Taz has edited two volumes of Fundamental Concepts for the Software Quality Engineer published by ASQ Quality Press.

Taz’s previous experience in industry included roles in software development, training, and quality improvement in manufacturing and engineering for both commercial and naval nuclear power applications. He has also served as Quality Manager and Chief Security Officer in the medical device industry. “I enjoy reading speculative fiction and, in my small way, helping to shape the future. I believe involvement in technical certification efforts is one way to encourage the life-long learning and personal growth we say we want and need for tomorrow’s society.”