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Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute Director Accepts Vice President Position at Georgia Institute of Technology

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PITTSBURGH, PA, June 12, 2003—Stephen E. Cross, director and chief executive officer of   the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI), has announced   that he will be leaving the SEI to become a vice president at Georgia Institute   of Technology and director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute, effective   September 1, 2003.

Carnegie Mellon Provost Mark Kamlet stated that Cross has exemplified and personified   excellence in leadership during his tenure at the SEI. “Steve’s   passion for the advancement of better software engineering practices has positioned   the SEI, and thus Carnegie Mellon, as a leader in software engineering and Internet   security,” Kamlet said. “We will miss his leadership, his vision,   and his energy.”

Cross has been the director of the SEI since 1996. He joined the university   in 1994, acting as a member of the research faculty and as the director of the   Information Technology Center, a department in the School of Computer Science.

Cross explained that leaving his director’s position at the SEI was a   difficult decision to make. “The SEI operates at the leading edge of technical   innovation, and I have been honored to lead this organization for the past seven   years,” Cross said. “The SEI is a great place to work, and its technical   staff has had truly remarkable impact in the world. I have been personally inspired   by all of the accomplishments of everyone within this organization.”

Under Cross’ leadership, the SEI has continued to provide leadership   in the field of software engineering. Key accomplishments during the past year   include

  • establishing proactive support programs for each military service (Air Force,     Army, and Navy)
  • releasing the Capability Maturity Model Integration Product Suite (models,     appraisal methods, and training) to support improvement programs for organizations     that develop and maintain software-intensive products and services
  • partnering with other departments of Carnegie Mellon University to provide     educational resources to historically black colleges and universities and     Hispanic-serving institutions.
  • stimulating the creation and growth of worldwide software engineering communities     and generating worldwide interest in best software-engineering practices by     means of conferences that the SEI sponsors, such as the Software Engineering     Process Group Conference, held in Boston in March 2003
  • opening SEI-Europe, a branch office in Frankfurt, Germany, to help disseminate     best software-engineering practices in Europe and provide the training, knowledge,     and research to support the development of quality software

In the area of Internet security, Cross oversaw the CERT Coordination Center,   the nation’s first and best-known computer security incident response   team, which grew in stature and influence during his tenure. He also oversaw   the creation of the CERT Analysis Center (CERT/AC) to assess and predict Internet   threats. The CERT/AC collaborated with the United States Secret Service on the   analysis of critical systems for both Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans, LA, and   the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, UT. During his tenure at the SEI, Cross   also served as deputy director of the Internet Security Alliance, an industry-led   group devoted to the creation of best practices, sharing of information, and   examination of policy issues.

Cross is a member of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Scientific Advisory Board and   is past chairman of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information   Science and Technology (ISAT) panel. Previously, he served as deputy director   of the Software and Intelligent Systems Technology Office at DARPA. He is a   past editor in chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems, and has published   more than 60 papers in the areas of software engineering, information technology   research, and technology transition.

Cross earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, his M.S. in electrical   engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and his B.S. in electrical   engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is a graduate of the USAF   Test Pilot School (Flight Test Engineer Course), the USAF Air War College, and   the National Defense University. He retired from the USAF in 1994.

Among numerous awards and honors, Cross is a fellow of the Institute for Electrical   and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (2002), was named a Distinguished Alumnus   of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering (2002), received   the Defense Superior Service Medal for overseeing logistics systems   developed and fielded during Operation Desert Storm (1991), won the USAF   Research and Development Award for innovative applications of machine intelligence   (1987), and was selected Dayton Ohio Engineer of the Year (1986).

 

About the SEI

  The 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.

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