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

Staff Profile

Thomas Merendino

Senior Member of Technical Staff

Key Responsibilities

Assist program offices in their efforts to improve acquisition of software intensive systems, with present focus on Air Force programs

Professional Background

Mr. Tom Merendino is a member of the Client Technical Solutions team (CTS) within the Software Engineering Institute's (SEI's) Software Solutions Division (SSD).

Since joining the SEI in 2004, Mr. Merendino's accomplishments include technical evaluations of plans and designs for software intensive systems while providing guidance, recommendations and feedback to the sponsoring program offices. Tom has authored/co-authored several technical white papers for his federal government customers and has participated on Technical Readiness Assessment (TRA) Independent Review Panels (IRP). He has contributed as a participant on teams performing Independent Technical Assessments, system software architecture evaluations as well as on teams that created RFP language and that performed Source Selections for various SEI customers. While he has been focused on supporting program offices that acquire Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Tom's contributions at the SEI span civil agency and military acquisition programs. He has provided software/systems engineering and architecture assistance to CTS Chief Engineers and their teams who directly support military, civil and intelligence agency acquisition endeavors. 

Prior to joining the Software Engineering Institute, Mr. Merendino compiled over twenty six years of experience in leading the engineering and development of commercially successful products used within mission critical, high performance computer communications and networking environments. His experience spans the full product life cycle with emphasis on systems incorporating real-time embedded software and hardware, including integration of both newly designed and Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) components. Tom has held positions including Senior Project Engineer at Lockheed Martin Information Technology, Director of Software Development for Ericssons (previously Marconi) ASX4000 ForeThought switch software, and Vice President of Engineering for Beall Technologies, Inc. Mr. Merendino has earned the SEI's Software Architecture Professional Certificate and the ATAM (Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method) Evaluator Certificate.

Publications (recent or significant)

  • T. Merendino, "Ongoing Software Maintenance: What it Should Mean to System-Level Documentation Artifacts and Why We Should Care", in AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference proceedings, 6-9 April 2009, Seattle WA. Paper # AIAA 2009-1817.
  • D. F. Firesmith, with P. Capell, D. Falkenthal, C. B. Hammons, D. T. Latimer IV, and T. Merendino, The Method Framework for Engineering System Architectures, Auerbach Publications , Boca Raton, FL, 2009.
  • Ray C. Williams, with Kate Ambrose, Laura Bentrem, and Tom Merendino, " Risk Based Diagnostics ", CMU/SEI-2004-TN-013, September 2004.

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