Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

Staff Profile

Dennis R. Goldenson, PhD

Dennis R. Goldenson, PhD

Senior Member of the Technical Staff

Key Responsibilities

Dr. Goldenson’s interests broadly construed are in the use and transition of empirical analytic methods to guide the development, maintenance, and acquisition of software-reliant systems. His work over the years has focused on modeling performance and quality outcomes of such systems, improving the practice of measurement and analysis, and the impact and transition of related engineering technologies.

Recent work includes early cost estimation in the presence of uncertainty, calibration of expert judgment, systems engineering effectiveness, software architecture, statistical methods to ensure data quality, and requirements analysis. Related interests are in survey research, experimental design, the quantitative analysis of textual information, tools to support collaborative processes, and the visual display of quantitative information. He also has been instrumental in organizing a series of eight workshops since 2008 on advanced measurement & analytical methods bringing together leading experts in the field.

Goldenson has published numerous papers and made many presentations over the course of his career. He serves on the editorial board and as an associate editor for the Journal of Software: Evolution and Process, and he is a member of the editorial board for the CSIAC Journal of Cyber Security and Information Systems. He continues to serve on the program committees for the yearly International Conference on Software and Systems Process and the International SPICE Conference on Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination in Software, Systems Engineering and Service Management.


Professional Background

Goldenson came to the SEI in 1990 after teaching at Carnegie Mellon University since 1982. He began working on software development almost 50 years ago, initially as a research programmer for custom statistical software, then as a lead programmer/designer for an early decision support system. Immediately prior to coming to the SEI, he was co-principal investigator of a large National Science Foundation funded project for the development and evaluation of integrated programming environments.

Since joining the SEI, he served for several years as Secretary-Treasurer of the Foundation for the Empirical Studies of Programmers, was a founding member of the international SPICE trials team, was the international trials coordinator for the SPICE project in support of ISO/IEC 15504, and participated on the United States Technical Advisory Group for ISO/IEC, SC7/WG10. A principal author of the Measurement and Analysis Process Area for Capability Maturity Model Integrated (CMMI) models, he was technical lead for the SEI's empirical investigations into the performance outcomes of CMMI-based process improvement.

Goldenson continues to serve occasionally on doctoral and other graduate examining committees, and he is regularly asked to review book proposals and articles for journals and publishers including IEEE Software, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Empirical Software Engineering, Information and Software Technology, Systems Engineering, Human Computer Interaction, Communications of the ACM, ACM Transactions on Software Engineering Methodology, Software Quality Journal, the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the MIT Press, Kluwer Academic Publishers, and others.


Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Senior Member
  • IEEE Computer Society
  • Association for Computing Machinery, Senior Member
  • ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education
  • American Association for Public Opinion Research, Honorary Life Member


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1975
  • M.A., University of Minnesota, 1970
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1966

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