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

Staff Profile

Rita Creel

Principal Engineer, CERT Division

Key Responsibilities

Lead and support cross-discipline efforts to develop, apply, and evaluate advanced software systems assurance and cybersecurity engineering technologies. Areas of interest include cybersecurity risk management, secure software systems engineering, application of complexity theory and cognitive science to software assurance, leadership in engineering and technology, and measurement and evaluation of security, dependability, and supportability characteristics of software-reliant systems.

Professional Background

2004-present: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

1990-2004: The Aerospace Corporation

Consulting, training, and research in software and systems acquisition, architecting, engineering and process improvement.

1984-1990: TRW Space and Technology Group (now Northrop Grumman Space Technology)

Software-intensive systems engineering and technical leadership. Responsible for system requirements analysis, software development planning, software requirements analysis, system and software design, coding and unit testing, integration and testing, acceptance testing, and maintenance.

Publications (recent or significant)


  • BS, Electrical Engineering
  • MS, Computer Science


    CISO Executive Education and Certification Program, Cyber Security - Information Security, Carnegie Mellon University - Heinz College
    ,Master's Certificate, Organizational Leadership, Gonzaga University
    ,Master's Certificate, Project Management, University of Pittsburgh - Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

Professional Memberships

  • ACM
  • IEEE

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