Before joining Princeton, Dr. Kaplan was the Chief Technology Officer for Drakontas, a software company that develops a mobile command, control and collaboration platform, called DragonForce, for law enforcement, public safety and first responder agencies.
Dr. Kaplan was formerly Department Head of Middleware and Software Technologies at the Panasonic Princeton Research Laboratory. Prior to Panasonic, he held faculty positions in computer science departments at Clemson University and Flinders University of South Australia. Dr. Kaplan holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.S. in Computer Science from Duke University.
He has significant experience in international standards development organizations, such as Open Mobile Alliance, Java Community Process and IEEE. In addition, he is an active volunteer in the IEEE Communications Society, serving on the Steering Committee for IEEE Communications Society Consumer Communications and Network Conference. He also served as Chair of the IEEE Communications Society GIMS (Globecom & ICC Management and Strategy) Committee.
Alan Kaplan is passionate about recovery and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico. During the summer of 2018, led of team of four Princeton undergraduates teaching a version of COS 126 at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez and volunteering at rebuilding/recovery sites throughout the island. (Princeton Computer Science News and Princeton Alumni Weekly)