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


At the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI), our interdisciplinary research and development (R&D) teams provide our government and industry customer organizations with new perspectives, expertise, and rigorous investigation regarding tough problems, in order to develop answers that are at once practical and innovative. 

Mutual benefits

Our government R&D sponsors trust our expertise in software engineering and cybersecurity and deep experience with the concerns of the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Energy, and other agencies.

Our industry R&D sponsors benefit from using their earliest access to results to improve development, streamline operations, and gain an edge on competitors.

Our work with sponsoring organizations provides valuable insight into the adoption of improved practices. Further, while scrupulously protecting our customers' confidentiality, we distill the results of sponsored R&D into principles and practices that benefit the wider software industry. 

Engaging with us as an R&D Sponsor

The SEI has investigated several solutions that are ready for the next step: application to solve a customer need as part of a sponsored R&D project. Ask us about one of these areas or about anything related to R&D.

Improve efficiency

  • Acquisition Program Patterns of Failure
  • Agility in DoD Acquisition and Sustainment
  • Agile Architecture Risk Assessment
  • Agile at Scale Models and Methods
  • Automated Data Anomaly Detection
  • Data-Driven Software Assessment

Mitigate cybersecurity risk

  • Insider Threat Enterprise Architecture
  • Insider Threat Models & Controls
  • Digital Investigations and Malware Analysis Tools
  • Secure Coding Standards
  • Trustworthy Embedded Systems
  • Vulnerability Discovery Tools

Adopt new technologies

  • Cloudlets in Tactical Settings
  • Common Operating Platform Environments
  • Situational-Awareness Mashup on Handhelds
  • Static Analysis for Real-time Multi-Core
  • Virtual Upgrade Validation

Learn more about us

Read about the lasting benefit of our R&D engagements in some brief case summaries.