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

The SEI Classroom Advantage

The SEI sets a high bar for its professional development programs and high expectations for its participants. Participants can expect a carefully integrated mix of lectures, presentations, exercises, and small group discussions. Students are immersed in courses that will challenge their assumptions, change their ordinary ways of doing business, and encourage them to explore new and unexpected ways of thinking.

Our instructors are noted for their contributions to field-based research, their commitment to teaching, and their closeness to business practice. They are renowned for their ability to draw upon practical business wisdom and to engage participants in activities that expand their abilities as professionals. Learn more about just a few of the SEI instructors:  

  • Christopher J. Alberts
    • Project Team Lead | Mission Success in Complex Environments
    • Instructor: Practical Risk Management: Framework and Methods
  • Robert W. Stoddard
    • Senior Member of the Technical Staff | Software Engineering Process Management Program
    • Instructor: Improving Process Performance Using Six Sigma, Designing Products and Processes Using Six Sigma

The SEI classrooms in Pittsburgh and Arlington are constructed with the space and technology necessary to support our participatory learning models. The classrooms, for example, are designed with state-of-the-art acoustics and clear sightlines to encourage active discussions among participants. Every effort has been made to assure comfort and encourage conversation—an investment that leads to lasting connections among SEI classroom participants. SEI classroom courses contain a vibrant mix of participants that represent diverse professions, industries, and geographic regions. Located conveniently near hotels, museums, shops, and public transportation, courses at an SEI classroom allow participants to also build connections and friendships that are invaluable to their careers.

By participating in SEI classroom training, professionals prepare for the next steps in their careers and lives. Most importantly, they return to their organizations with fresh ideas, new business skills, and a greater capacity for addressing the challenges their organizations will face.

Training courses provided by the SEI are not academic courses for academic credit toward a degree. Any certificates provided are evidence of the completion of the courses and are not official academic credentials.

SEI Classroom Training – FAQ

Where should I stay while attending an SEI course in Pittsburgh or Arlington?

The SEI has standard lodging recommendations for courses, workshops, and seminars held at SEI offices in Pittsburgh and Arlington. For training events at other locations, the SEI will enclose travel and lodging information with the confirmation email sent to registrants. Registrants are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodations.

What should I wear to an SEI training event?

We recommend "business casual." You do not need to wear a suit. You should choose clothing that allows you to be comfortable participating in training at a place of business. Training room temperatures may be too cool for some participants, so we suggest bringing a sweater.

Can the training facilities accommodate someone with a disability or special access needs?

 Carnegie Mellon University makes every effort to provide accessible facilities and programs for individuals with disabilities. To arrange accommodations/services, please contact the SEI by email, (, or telephone (412-268-7622) at least three weeks prior to the course start date. Carnegie Mellon may not be able to provide an accommodation without sufficient notice.

Should I bring a laptop to my course?

Some courses do require that you bring a laptop with you to the SEI classroom training. Please refer to the “Prerequisites” information of the course you plan to attend. If a laptop is required, the configuration information will be posted there.

Will I have the opportunity to discuss questions with my instructor?

Yes, SEI courses are designed to allow for classroom discussions. You will also have the opportunity to ask your instructor more in-depth questions during course break sessions.


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