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

Staff Profile

Peter Capell

Senior Member of Engineering Staff

Key Responsibilities

Software engineering consultation to government-sponsored programs of record.


Professional Background

Peter Capell joined the Space Team - part of the Customer Services Technical Directorate at SEI. Since that time, he has provided analyis and insights to several government programs of record beginning with the Transformational Satellite Program (TSAT), and then on to the GPS ground station (OCX) and GPS III sofware developments. Principle tasking has included monitoring of test procedures and test events, analysis of flight software code and integration testing. Capell's other assignments have included requirements reviews for the Family of Beyond-the-Line-of-Sight Terminals (FAB-T), and Global Hawk.

 Past activities with the SEI include:

- Army Strategic Software Improvement Program where he participates in ASA(ALT) 

- Software Process Assessment (SPA) team for training development and assessment method.

- SEI-CERT - training for FBI and other DOJ customers

- Dynamic Systems Program (COTS/ Exec COTS),

- Extended work as a team member and developer for Integrated Capability Maturity Model (CMMI). Co-authored Training process area; Technical designer/developer of database used to capture, generate, and publish all of the varieties of the CMMI documentation.

Outside SEI:

2000 Carnegie Mellon Research Institute (CMRI) as a senior member of technical staff as developer of database-accessible online training for the National Guard.

2002  MountainTop Technologies, Incorporated, Director of Instructional Development, then as Director of Production supervising all programming for the Army National Guard and other government customers.

1985 - 1991 Research Associate, then Research Faculty as a member of the College of Fine Arts as developer of a first-of-its-kind intelligent tutoring system integrating multimedia, artificial intelligence, and adaptive instruction. Completed his doctoral degree at the University of Pittsburgh; committee by members of both Pitt and Carnegie Mellon.

Other Status

Adjunct Faculty Member of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon.

Past Director and past Education Chair of the Pittsburgh Chapter of IEEE

Member of Sigma Xi,

Member International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA),

Capell is the author of more than twelve publications related to topics related to software process improvement as well as in the field of intelligent tutoring systems.

Publications (recent or significant)

  • Internet Technologies in Student Learning and AssessmentGetting a Handle on a Universe of Resources (2000) Learning System Architecture Laboratory internal report to the Heinz Foundation Peter S. Capell Anne R. Humphreys Heather E. Walls, editor
  • Analysis of Courses in Information Management and Network System Security and Survivability (1999) SEI Technical Report CMU/SEI-99-TR-006
  • Report on Distance Learning Technologies (1995) SEI Technical Report CMU/SEI-95-TR-004.
  • Instructional Design and Intelligent Tutoring: Theory and the Precision of Design (1993) Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education pp. 95-121 vol. 4, No. 1.
  • A Content Analysis Approach Used in the Study of the Characteristics of Instructional Design in Three Intelligent Tutoring Systems: The LISP Tutor, Bridge, and Piano Tutor. Doctoral Dissertation, U.M.I., 1989.


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