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Leadership

With strong ties to Carnegie Mellon University, SEI leadership provides strategic vision as the institute works to innovate from rigorous research, improve the state of the practice in software and cybersecurity, and transition new technologies into the public sector, private industry, and academia.

Executive Leadership Team

The Software Engineering Institute Executive Leadership Team sets strategy and aligns the institute with the goals set by its sponsor. Highly visible, the team embodies the core values of the institute.

Paul Nielsen

Director and CEO

Dr. Paul D. Nielsen is director and chief executive officer of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a global leader in advancing software and cybersecurity to solve the nation's toughest...

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David Thompson

Interim Deputy Director and COO

David Thompson currently serves as the SEI’s Interim Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer and oversees and directs internal and external operations for the organization.  Additionally,...

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Roman Danyliw

Acting Chief Technology Officer, Chief Engineer

Roman Danyliw is the Acting Chief Technology Officer for the SEI and the Chief Engineer of the CERT Division. Danyliw earned a BS in computer science from La Salle University and an MS in information...

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Bobbie Stempfley

Director, CERT Division

Roberta (Bobbie) G. Stempfley joined the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute as director of the SEI's CERT Division in June 2017. Stempfley previously served as director of...

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Matthew Gaston

Director, SEI Emerging Technology Center

Dr. Matt Gaston is director of the SEI Emerging Technology Center (ETC). He assists the Department of Defense and the intelligence community in identifying, evaluating, developing, and transitioning...

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Anita Carleton

Acting Director, Software Solutions Division

Anita Carleton has more than 25 years of experience in the software engineering industry providing leadership for the research, development, and transition of methods and technologies that...

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John Bramer

Chief of Staff

John Bramer is Chief of Staff of the SEI and Executive Director of SEI Washington, DC, Operations. As Chief of Staff, Bramer oversees various aspects of SEI's internal operations including security,...

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Heidi Magnelia

Chief Financial Officer

Heidi S. Magnelia is chief financial officer of the Software Engineering Institute, where she is responsible for financial, business, facilities, and central administrative services. She has more...

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Mary Catherine Ward

Chief Strategy Officer

As chief strategy officer for the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Mary Catherine Ward develops strategic options to keep the SEI’s strategy relevant, to ensure that decisions at all levels...

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Sandra Brown

Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Vice President

Sandra Brown is assistant general counsel and assistant vice president of Carnegie Mellon University and general counsel to the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Brown focuses on contractual...

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Daniel Bauer

Director of Talent Management

Dan Bauer brings more than 20 years of human resource experience to the role of SEI Director of Talent Management. Before joining the SEI in 2015, Bauer held a number of HR leadership positions that...

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Board of Visitors

In addition to advising the Director of the SEI, the SEI Board of Visitors monitors SEI activities and reports to the Carnegie Mellon University Provost, offering recommendations for improvement.

Barry Boehm

Member of the Board of Visitors

TRW Professor of Software Engineering, Computer Science Department Director, USC Center for Software Engineering Dr. Boehm's research interests include software process modeling, software...

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Gilbert Decker

Member of the Board of Visitors

Gilbert F. Decker is a private consultant for several clients including the Boeing Corporation, the U.S. Navy, and Walt Disney Imagineering, where he was previously the Executive Vice President of...

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Philip Dowd

Member of the Board of Visitors

Mr. Dowd has been Senior Vice President of SunGard Data Systems since 1979. SunGard is an information technology company specializing in Investment Support application software and Disaster Recovery....

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John Gilligan

Member of the Board of Visitors

John Gilligan is President of Gilligan Group, a Virginia-based consulting company specializing in government information technology. He has over 25 years of managerial experience in leading large...

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Elizabeth Hight

Member of the Board of Visitors

Elizabeth A. Hight is a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral who served as the Vice Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Since January 2010, she has been with Hewlett Packard's...

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Tom Love

Member of the Board of Visitors

Tom Love is a hands-on leader with on-site experience leading rapid application development projects to achieve something that neither the customer nor the development team thought was possible at...

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Alan McLaughlin

Member of the Board of Visitors

In 1992 McLaughlin was appointed assistant director at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and subsequently was responsible for advanced electronic technology, air traffic control and surface surveillance mission...

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Donald Stitzenberg

Member of the Board of Visitors

Mr. Stitzenberg is a Pittsburgh native. He is currently President of CBA Associates, a Global Supply Chain consulting company to clients in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. Prior to his...

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SEI Fellows

SEI Fellows are individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the SEI. They are leading researchers and practitioners in their fields, working to ensure the continued success of the institute's mission.

Roger Bate

SEI Fellow

Roger R. Bate's work with the Software Engineering Institute was instrumental in seeding best practices for software engineering worldwide. Bate, who was a former chair and member of the SEI Board of...

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Peter Feiler

SEI Fellow and Principal Research Scientist

For the last 31 years, Peter Feiler has been a member of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), where his duties include 5 years of management. His interests include safety-critical real-time...

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John Foreman

SEI Fellow

For 35 years, John Foreman has worked in the complete lifecycle of software and systems, developing and transitioning software technologies. Foreman is currently the director of the Client Technical...

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John Goodenough

SEI Fellow

Although John Goodenough, an ACM and SEI fellow, retired from the SEI in December 2011, he has continued as a part-time employee. During this time, his research has focused on methods for...

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Watts Humphrey

SEI Fellow

When Watts Humphrey arrived at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in 1986, he made what he called an "outrageous commitment to change the world of software...

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Nancy Mead

SEI Fellow and Principal Researcher

Nancy R. Mead is a fellow and principal researcher at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and an adjunct professor of software engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently...

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Linda Northrop

SEI Fellow, Office of the CTO

Linda Northrop has more than 45 years of experience in the software development field as a practitioner, researcher, manager, consultant, and educator. She retired from full-time employment at the...

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Richard Pethia

SEI Fellow

Richard Pethia was the Director of the CERT Division at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute (SEI). The CERT Division grew from the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) that Mr....

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