Educators Workshops

SEI Software Engineering Workshop for Educators

11th SEI Architecture-Centric Engineering (ACE) Workshop for Educators

The 11th SEI Architecture-Centric Engineering Workshop for Educators was held at the Software Engineering Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, on August 4–6, 2014. 

Facilitating this year's workshops were the SEI's Rick Kazman and Grace Lewis. Kazman conducts research in the areas of software architecture, software engineering economics, design and analysis tools, and software visualization. He is a co-author of several books, including Software Architecture in Practice and Evaluating Software Architectures: Methods and Case Studies. Lewis is the deputy lead for the SEI's Advanced Mobile Systems initiative and is principal investigator for the Edge-Enabled Tactical Systems research team. Her research interests include mobile computing, cloud computing, software architecture, and service-oriented architecture.

On the first two days of the ACE Workshop for Educators, participants attended the course Advanced Software Architecture Workshop. This course is helpful if you wish to     

  • enhance your architecting skills by receiving practical feedback as you address challenges
  • resolve the challenges of an architecture project through a customized example

The third day consisted of two invited talks by two SEI Senior Members of the Technical Staff and a group session. Ian Gorton spoke on "Software Architecture for Big Data Systems," and Felix Bachmann spoke on "Designing Architectures Using UML Tools." In the group session, facilitated by SEI team members, participants shared experiences, ideas, and tangible artifacts for introducing software architecture and product line topics into the college curriculum. A "shareable artifact" served as an "entry fee," an idea suggested by the 2010 workshop attendees to formalize the sharing that has traditionally taken place and has had great success since we implemented it in the 2011 workshop.

Through the Educators Workshop, the community of attendees continues to grow and influence the direction of software engineering education. Participating educators enable hundreds of students annually to benefit from exposure to software architecture and product line concepts. Attendees describe how how they regularly incorporate new material from the workshop into their courses.

The Educators Workshop has created a network of collaboration both for research and for education. It presents a unique opportunity to interact with colleagues who have similar interests and to connect with the growing community who has attended other workshops.


Marty Barrett, East Tennessee State University, USA
Humberto Cervantes, Universidad Autónoma  Metropolitana, Mexico
Roger Champagne, Ecole de Technologie Superieure, Canada
Luis García-Paucar, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Peru
Peru Scott Hawker, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
John Hunt, Covenant College, USA
Suradet Jitprapaikulsarn, Naresuan University, Thailand
Michael McCarthy, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Mehdi Mirakhorli, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Eduardo Miranda, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Jungwoo Ryoo, Penn State University, USA
Perla Velasco, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico 

Attendees of the 2014 ACE Educators Workshop


August 4-5, 2014: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Advanced Software Architecture Workshop

August 6, 2014: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Group session to share experiences, ideas, and tangible artifacts for introducing software architecture and product line topics into the college curriculum

Note: The workshop is open to any accredited college-level educator. It is not open to the general public.

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