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

Staff Profile

M. Steven Palmquist, PE, PMP, PMI-ACP

Principal Member of Technical Staff

Key Responsibilities

Help civil and defense agency customers determine their best approrach(es) to planning, acquiring, evolving, supporting, and retiring software-intensive systems

Professional Background

Steve is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) (Electrical), a Project Management Professional (PMP) ®, and a Project Management Institute’s Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®.

Joining the SEI in 2000, Steve initially worked in the Program Integration Directorate (PID), principally supporting the Dynamic Systems program. In 2002, he joined the Acquisition Support Program (ASP), and in 2003 he was named ASP's first Chief Engineer for Civil and Defense Agencies.

Steve frequently leads or supports multi-disciplinary SEI teams working with large, software-intensive government programs across the life-cycle.  He currently leads the SEI's engagement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

Before joining the SEI, he served over 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard.  As the HC-130H Forward Looking Airborne Radar (FLAR) Program Manager he cut the installation schedule from six years to three years.  He simultaneously served as the Avionics Technical Director on the EC-130V, a one-of-a-kind airborne early warning (AEW) program that delivered on budget, ahead of schedule, and with performance that exceeded requirements.

He also managed the HH3F Doppler Radar Program, the HU-25C Avionics Upgrade Program, and was the Avionics Support Manager for the Coast Guard's fleet of E-2C AEW and RG-8 Reconnaissance Motor Gliders.  His final tour was as the Assistant Program Manager for C4ISR on the Deepwater Project.

As a helicopter pilot, he flew over 3,000 hours and was twice honored as the Naval Helicopter Association's "Rescue Aircrew of the Year".  A commercial-rated pilot as well as a Naval Aviator, he is a graduate of the National Test Pilot School (Avionics).


Publications (recent or significant)

Parallel Worlds: Agile and Waterfall Differences and Similarities (CMU/SEI-2013-TN-021). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013


  • BS, Electrical Engineering, US Naval Postgraduate School
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, US Navel Postgraduate School
  • BS, Engineering, University of Minnesota


  • Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Project Management Institute
  • Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute
  • Professioanal Engineeer (PE) - Electrical, State of Florida

Professional Memberships

  • AIAA, Senior Member

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