Deputy Director for Research and Chief Technology Officer
To direct the research and development portfolio of the SEI’s technical programs in cybersecurity, software architecture, process improvement, measurement and estimating, and unique technical support to sponsors.
Before joining the SEI, Fall was principal engineer at Qualcomm, where he worked on adaptive video streaming technology and networking-related programs with QGOV, Qualcomm’s government systems subsidiary. Prior to his work at Qualcomm, Fall was co-founder of NetBoost Corp., where he was responsible for architecture and design of a software framework for programming network processors. When NetBoost was acquired by Intel, he became a principal engineer. In that role, he led the strategic, long-range plan on data use controls, a security mechanism to help ensure data privacy and provenance on computing platforms and networks. For several years, he also researched simulation, network scalability, and protocols at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
In addition to these positions, Fall also served as a member of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Scientific Advisory Board. As board member, he provided technical advice to the USAF chief of staff and secretary, and he participated in technical reviews of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He also has served as a consultant to the Defense Science Board and a member of the Defense Science Study Group, the Army-DARPA Senior Advisory Group, and the DARPA Information Sciences and Technology (ISAT) group, which brings together a highly selective team of academics and researchers to advise DARPA on future directions. He has also served as a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), responsible for architectural oversight of internet standards.
Fall, who holds eight U.S. patents, is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He is the co-author of the book TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols (2nd Edition) and numerous technical articles.