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

Staff Profile

Charles Holland

Chief Scientist, Software Solutions Division

Professional Background

Charles Holland is the Chief Scientist of the SEI Software Solutions Division (SSD). SSD advances interdisciplinary science and technology and delivers solutions to assure the quality, timeliness, trust, and affordability of current and future software-reliant systems for the Department of Defense (DoD), other federal government agencies, and industry. 

He joined the SEI in 2012 following a 30+ year career directing DoD science and technology (S&T) programs. During 2012-2016, he worked through the intergovernmental personnel program and was assigned from the SEI to the Office of Naval Research Global, Prague office, where he developed relationships between the Central European scientific community and the Naval research enterprise.

His 30+ year DoD experience includes directing S&T programs at the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)–Pentagon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. During 2001-2005 he served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Science and Technology).

Following his PhD, he began an academic career with university mathematics appointments at Purdue University and the Courant Institute, New York University. He received a BS and MS from Georgia Tech and a PhD from Brown University, all in applied mathematics.

He received an Army ROTC commission upon graduation from Georgia Tech and served as a First Lieutenant in 1972 following completion of graduate school. His professional recognitions include the Presidential Rank Award, Meritorious Civilian Service Awards (OSD, Air Force, and Navy), appointment as an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow, a Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Commendation for Public Service, and a Government Computer News Information Technology Leadership Award.