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SEI and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Joint Press Release

Media       Contacts: Kelly Kimberland, SEI Public Relations
  Michael       Buckley, Applied Physics Laboratory
  240-228-7536       or 443-778-7536

Johns Hopkins University   Applied Physics Lab and Software Engineering Institute Forge Strategic Partnership  
  Research Centers Look to Enhance National Security Through Technical Collaboration  
November 22, 2002

The Johns Hopkins University   Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), Laurel, Md., and the Software Engineering   Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, have forged a strategic   partnership that combines APL's proven systems engineering experience with SEI's   advanced software expertise.

The pairing positions APL   and SEI to offer better systems and services to the military and other government   agencies that protect national security and the nation's critical infrastructure.  

"APL and SEI have complementary   skills, and our potential to learn from each other, to leverage each other's   capabilities and to support each other's work is enormous," says APL Director   Richard T. Roca. "We could always try to do everything by ourselves, but working   with partners - standing on the shoulders of people who have gone before us   to achieve various goals - has got to be faster, more cost effective and, frankly,   a lot more fun."

The partnership's key goal   is to improve the quality, utility and interoperability of complex, software-intensive   systems. APL and SEI plan to do this by implementing practical and flexible   software engineering practices; developing graduate courses and training programs   addressing the interdependence between software engineering and systems engineering;   and sharing technical expertise.

SEI Director and Chief Executive   Officer Stephen E. Cross says the joint collaboration will result in a mutual   broadening of each party's perspective into the other's areas of expertise.   "This is an exciting partnership for the SEI. Our collaboration with APL demonstrates   our commitment to improved practices for the engineering of software intensive   systems," he says.

APL and SEI have already   identified several potential areas for collaboration, such as creating more   efficient software-intensive systems, streamlining the processes for putting   such systems into production, and developing better approaches to the broad   practice of "systems of systems" engineering.

Through its work with SEI,   for example, APL expects to enhance its ability to engineer prototype "families"   of systems, which blend disparate components into a smoothly operating, collective   system that provides the command and control, communications, weapon status   and other information commanders need to manage the modern battlespace.

The partnership amplifies   the SEI mission to provide technical leadership to advance the state of the   practice of software engineering and will accelerate the transition of software   engineering technology.

Partnership program managers   at APL say as prototypes rely more and more on increasingly complex software,   the engineers crafting these systems need clearer ideas of how software development   fits into their overall projects. At the same time, they add, software developers   need better understanding of how their work fits into an entire system beyond   a single component.


The Applied Physics Laboratory,   a division of The Johns Hopkins University, meets critical national challenges   through the innovative application of science and technology. For information,   visit www.jhuapl.edu.

The Software Engineering   Institute (SEI) is a U.S. Department of Defense federally funded research and   development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI helps organizations   make measured improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing   technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more   information, visit the SEI Web site at www.sei.cmu.edu.  

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