The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute

SEI_HighRes LogoThe Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. The SEI helps advance software engineering principles and practices and serves as a national resource in software engineering, computer security, and process improvement.


The SEI works closely with defense and government organizations, industry, and academia to continually improve software-intensive systems. This includes helping organizations to improve their software engineering capabilities and develop or acquire the right software, defect-free, within budget and on time, every time.


To accomplish this, the SEI performs research to explore promising solutions to software engineering problems identifies and codifies technological and methodological solutions tests and refines the solutions through pilot programs that help industry and government solve their problems widely disseminates proven solutions through training, licensing, and publication of best practices.


The SEI transitions its technologies to the global software engineering community through its public courses, conferences, technical reports, and Partner Network.



Paul D. Nielsen


Dr. Paul D. Nielsen is Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Nielsen retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major General where he commanded the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and managed the Air Force’s annual $3 billion science and technology budget. Dr. Nielsen is a Fellow of both the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).