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PITTSBURGH, Pa., and FRANKFURT, Germany, October 15, 2002 - Carnegie Mellon University   announces the international expansion of its Software Engineering Institute   (SEI) with the opening of an office at An der Welle 4 in central Frankfurt,   Germany today.

The opening is in response to strong European demand for the   development of products based on quality software. SEI-Europe, in partnership   with its licensees, will provide the training, knowledge and research to support   the development of quality software.

Mark Kamlet, provost of Carnegie Mellon University, explained   that the opening of an office in Europe enhances Carnegie Mellon and the Software   Engineering Institute's ability to serve its European research customers and   technology licensees.

"By expanding our borders internationally, Carnegie Mellon is   positioned to provide top-tier educational resources, and research and development   opportunities. The office in Europe serves as an important gateway for us and   embodies the principles of education and training on which Carnegie Mellon was   founded," Kamlet said.

Stephen E. Cross, chief executive officer of the SEI, stated   that European industrial users, licensees and research partners will be better   able to adopt the institute's advanced software engineering practices.

"Over the past five years, Europe has grown to be a very strong   commercial-user community in the usage of new SEI technologies," Cross said.   "This office demonstrates our commitment to our diverse European stakeholders,   licensees, industry users and academia."

The SEI-Europe office will promote the institute's commitment   to quality software development through public course offerings, colloquia and   meetings, as well as providing university-level courses. The public courses,   which include courses about Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI ), support   the adoption and transition of SEI technologies. Most important, European organizations   licensed by the SEI as transition partners, along with SEI staff and visiting   scientists, will deliver these courses to key European industries such as aerospace,   automotive, automation, telecommunications and finance.

Heading the SEI-Europe office is Geir Fagerhus. Fagerhus is   the founder and former chief executive officer of Q-Labs, a leading international   professional services company specializing in software engineering practices   headquartered in Denmark.

"Our vision is that European users of SEI practices routinely   deliver the right software, defect free, on time, on cost every time," said   Fagerhus. "Quality software is industry best practice. Quality software is software   that always works."

Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, Fagerhus holds a B.Sc., combined   honours degree in physics and computing science from the University of Glasgow,   Scotland, and now lives in Sweden. Prior to leading Q-Labs, Fagerhus worked   with advanced, software-intensive communication products for air traffic control,   holding positions first in development and later in management and customer   support at Ericsson. He is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and   Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the International Software Engineering Research   Network (ISERN).

Founded in 1984, the SEI core purpose is to help organizations   make measured improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing   technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. Internationally   recognized for CMMI® and the CERT® Coordination   Center, the United States first and best-known computer emergency response team,   the SEI works with industry and government communities to identify, mature,   transition and facilitate the broad adoption of new and improved software practices.   In addition to the Frankfurt office, the SEI has offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania;   Arlington, Virginia; Denver, Colorado; and Huntsville, Alabama.

Information about the SEI, CMMI and public course offerings   can be found at http://www.sei.cmu.edu   or by contacting SEI's customer relations team at customer-relations@sei.cmu.edu.  

Carnegie Mellon is an internationally recognized institution   with a distinctive mix of world-class educational and research programs in computer   science, robotics, engineering, the sciences, business, public policy, fine   arts and the humanities. Carnegie Mellon leverages its existing strengths to   benefit society in the areas of biotechnology, information and security technology,   environmental science and practices, the fine arts and humanities. The university   has one of the most technologically sophisticated campuses in the world. More   information about Carnegie Mellon can be found at http://www.cmu.edu/.

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