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

Staff Profile

Grace A. Lewis

Grace A. Lewis

Principal Researcher

Key Responsibilities

Grace A. Lewis is a principal investigator for the Tactical Computing and Communications (TCC) research project that focuses on efficient and secure computing, data sharing, and communications for teams operating in tactical environments. She is also the deputy lead for the Advanced Mobile Systems (AMS) initiative.

Areas of expertise: mobile cloud computing, cloud computing, software architecture, service-oriented architecture, technology evaluation

Professional Background

Grace Lewis is a Principal Researcher at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Lewis has over 25 years of professional software development experience in industry and research environments. Her main areas of expertise include mobile cloud computing, cloud computing, software architecture, service-oriented architecture, and technology evaluation.

Before joining the SEI, Lewis was Chief of Systems Development for Icesi University, where she served as project manager and technical lead for the university-wide administrative systems. Other work experience includes Design and Development Engineer for the Electronics Division of Carvajal S.A. where she developed software for communication between PCs and electronic devices and embedded software on devices microcontrollers. 

AT the SEI she has worked in the area of Commercial-of-the-Shelf (COTS) Based Systems, Legacy System Modernization, Systems of Systems Engineering, and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) where she has a number of publications. Her current area of work is mobile computing in resource-constrained environments as well as the intersection betwen mobile computing and cloud computing.

Lewis has teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate level. She is currently a member of the technical faculty and a mentor for the Master of Software Engineering program at Carnegie Mellon University.

Lewis hold a BSc in Software Systems Engineering from Icesi University in Cali, Colombia; a Post-Graduate Specialization in Business Administration from Icesi University; a Master of Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA USA; and a PhD in Computer Science from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Publications (recent or significant)


Selected External Publications

SEI Publications


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Advanced Mobile Systems (AMS) Initiative

Tactical Computing and Communications (TCC) Research Project


  • PhD, Computer Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • MS, Software Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Post-Graduate Specialization, Business Administration, Icesi University
  • BS, Software Systems Engineering, Icesi University

Professional Memberships

  • IEEE Technical Council on Software Engineering, TCSE Executive Vice Chair
  • 2016 IEEE Computer Society Technical & Conference Activities Board (T&C) Executive Committee, Member-at-Large
  • IEEE Technical Council on Software Engineering - Member-at-Large
  • IEEE - Senior Member
  • CMU MSE Executive Committee

Current Professional Activities

Conference Organization

  • Student Research Competition (SRC) Co-Chair: MobileSoft 2017 - 4th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems - co-located with the 39th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2017) - May 22-23, 2017 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Current Program Committees

  • GHC 2016 - Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference - Career Track Committee - October 19-21, 2016 - Houston, TX USA
  • IEEE SEC 2016 - First IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing - October 27-28, 2016 - Washington, DC USA
  • CASCON 2016 - 26th Annual International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering - October 31-November 2, 2016 - Markham, ON Canada
  • MilCom 2016 - 35th International Conference on Military Communications - Track 3 - Cyber Security and Trusted Computing - November 1-3, 2016 - Baltimore, MD USA
  • MARTCPS - Workshop on Models at Runtime & Networked Control for Cyber Physical Systems @ IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2016) - December 12-14, 2016 - Reston, VA USA
  • HICSS-50 - Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Mobile App Development Minitrack - January 4-7, 2017 - Waikoloa, Hawaii USA
  • ICSA 2017 - IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture - April 5-7, 2017 - Gothenburg, Sweden
  • SEIS 2017 - 39th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2017) - Software Engineering in Society Track - May 24-26, 2016 - Buenos Aires, Argentina


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