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 the principal investigator for the research project Authentication and Authorization of IoT Devices in Tactical Environments that is evaluating, adapting, and implementing an IETF proposal for authentication and authorization in constrained environments (ACE) such that it is resilient to high-priority threats of tactical environments (e.g., node impersonation and capture) that are currently not addressed in ACE.

She also led the work in Tactical Computing and Communications (TCC) that developed tactical cloudlets. The tactical cloudlet software is available as KD-Cloudlet on GitHub.

Areas of expertise: edge computing, cloud computing, software architecture, service-oriented architecture, technology evaluation, IoT security

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 and interest include edge computing, cloud computing, software architecture, service-oriented architecture, IoT security, 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 vast number of publications. Her current areas of work are secure and efficient computing and communications in resource-constrained environments and IoT security.

Lewis has teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate level. She serves various roles in the Master of Software Engineering professional programs 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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Tactical Technologies Group (TTG)

Authorization and Authentication of IoT Devices in Tactical Environments 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
  • 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

  • Early Career Researchers Forum Co-Chair: ICSA 2018 - IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture - April 30 - May 4, 2018 - Seattle, WA USA
  • Technical Program Co-Chair: MobileSoft 2018 - 5th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems - co-located with the 40th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2018) - May 27-28, 2018 - Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Industrial Co-Chair: ECSA 2018 - 12th European Conference on Software Architecture - September 24-28, 2018 - Madrid, Spain

Current Program Committees

  • ECSA 2017 - 11th European Conference on Software Architecture - Research Track and Women in Software Architecture Track - September 11-15, 2017 - Canterbury, United Kingdom
  • ICSME 2017 - 33rd International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution - Industry Track - September 17-24, 2017 - Shanghai, China
  • 2017 Tapia Conference - ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing - Workshop/Panel Reviewer - September 20-23, 2017 - Atlanta, GA USA
  • EDOC 2017 - 21st Enterprise Computing Conference - October 10-13, 2017 - Quebec City, Canada
  • MilCom 2017 - 36th International Conference for Military Communications - Cyber Security and Trusted Computing Track - October 23-25, 2017 - Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • CASCON 2017 - 27th Annual International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering - November 6-8, 2017 - Markham, Canada
  • ICSOC 2017 - 15th International Conference on Service Oriented Computing - Senior PC Member - November 6-9, 2017 - Malaga, Spain
  • HICSS 2018 - 51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Minitrack on Software Development for Mobile Devices, Wearables, and the Internet-of-Things - January 3-6, 2018 - Big Island, Hawaii, USA
  • WF-IOT 2018 - IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things - February 5-8, 2018 - Singapore
  • ICSA 2018 - International Conference on Software Architecture - April 30 - May 4, 2018 - Seattle, WA USA
  • ICT4S 2018 - 5th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability - May 14-18, 2018 - Toronto, Canada
  • ICSE 2018 - 40th International Conference on Software Engineering - Software Engineering in Society (SEIS) Track - May 27 - June 3, 2018 - Gothenburg, Sweden
  • ICDCS 2018 - 38th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems - Edge Computing Track - July 2-6, 2018 - Vienna, Austria
  • MOBILITY 2018 - 8th International Conference on Mobile Services, Resources, and Users - July 22-26, 2018 - Barcelona, Spain


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