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


Our expert teams at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) develop leading-edge technologies and assist customer organizations to adopt and apply them. U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), civilian government agencies, and industry organizations use our software engineering and cybersecurity guidance, tools, and methods to improve their practices, avoid risk, and deliver software-reliant capabilities faster.

How we help: Applied Technology

We guide and assist organizations throughout the life cycle of software-reliant systems(from development, to operation, to sustainment), including

  • cost and schedule estimating methods
  • cybersecurity and assurance
  • independent technical assessments (ITAs)
  • information security assessments/evaluations
  • legacy system maintenance, sustainment, evolution strategy
  • research/development into emerging software and systems problems
  • RFP preparation workshops
  • risk avoidance and mitigation
  • software architecture evaluation
  • source selection technical advice
  • studies/analysis of alternatives
  • sustainment and evolution preparation
  • technology readiness assessments (TRAs)
  • test/integration planning
  • vulnerability analysis

How we are different

The SEI is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) sponsored by the DoD and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. As an FFRDC, we fulfill core DoD software engineering needs that are unmet by in-house and private sector R&D centers. Our research, systems development guidance, and analysis are objective and independent. By charter, we offer fast-track contracting for DoD and other Federal organizations, and we conduct business with all customers free from conflicts of interest.

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