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

Staff Profile

Kevin Fall

Chief Technology Officer

Kevin Fall, PhD, is the Deputy Director and Chief Technology Officer of the SEI, where he directs the research and development portfolio of the SEI’s technical programs in cybersecurity, software architecture, process improvement, measurement and estimating, and unique technical support to sponsors. He is also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science.

Before joining the SEI, Fall was a Principal Engineer at Qualcomm and Intel, where he worked on adaptive video streaming technology and networking-related programs. Fall was co-founder of NetBoost Corp., where he was responsible for architecture and design of a software framework for programming network processors. While at Intel labs, after the acquisition of NetBoost, he led the development of Delay Tolerant Networking (DTN), a corporation-wide strategic technical plan on data use controls (a security mechanism to help ensure data privacy and provenance on computing platforms and networks), and contributed to work on the use of programmable general-purpose computers for networking infrastructure. Between his graduation from UC San Diego and NetBoost, he worked on network protocols, simulation software, and security as an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley and staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

In addition to these positions, Fall served as a member of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Scientific Advisory Board. As a board member, he provided technical advice to the USAF chief of staff and secretary, and participated in technical reviews of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He also has served as a consultant to the Defense Science Board and as a member of the Defense Science Study Group, the Army-Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Senior Advisory Group, and the DARPA Information Sciences and Technology (ISAT) group, which brings together a highly selective team of academics and researchers to advise DARPA on future directions. He has also served as a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), responsible for architectural oversight of internet standards.

Fall holds nine U.S. patents and is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He is the co-author of the book TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols (Second Edition) and numerous technical articles.

Fall earned a BA in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego.

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