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

Staff Profile

M. Steven Palmquist, PE, PMP

Principal Member of Technical Staff

Key Responsibilities

Work with SEI civil and defense agency customers to acquire, evolve, support and retire software-intensive systems

Professional Background

Steve is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) (Electrical) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) ®.  He is also preparing to take the Project Management Institute’s Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® examination.

Joining the SEI in 2000, Steve initially worked in the Program Integration Directorate (PID), principally supporting the Dynamic Systems program. In 2002, he joined the Acquisition Support Program (ASP), and in 2003 he was named ASP's first Chief Engineer for Civil and Defense Agencies.

Steve frequently leads or supports multi-disciplinary SEI teams working with large, software-intensive government programs across the life-cycle.  He currently leads the SEI's engagement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

In addition, he recently led the SEI's engagement with the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) regarding the Interagency Fuels Treatment Decision Support System (IFTDSS); JFSP is a multi-agency group that funds scientific research on wildland fires and distributes results to help policymakers, fire managers and practitioners make sound decisions.  He also led the SEI's engagement with the Department of the Interior’s (DOI’s) Office of Wildland Fire (OWF) regarding the Strategic Transition Plan for wildland fire information and technology (IT).

Before joining the SEI, he served over 20 years as a program manager, engineer and helicopter pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard. As a helicopter pilot, he flew over 3,000 hours and was twice honored as the Naval Helicopter Association's "Rescue Aircrew of the Year". A commercial-rated pilot as well as a Naval Aviator, he is a graduate of the National Test Pilot School (Avionics).


Publications (recent or significant)

Parallel Worlds: Agile and Waterfall Differences and Similarities (CMU/SEI-2013-TN-021). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013


  • MS, Electrical Engineering, US Navel Postgraduate School
  • BS, Engineering, University of Minnesota


    Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute
    ,Professioanal Engineeer (PE), State of Florida

Professional Memberships

  • AIAA

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