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PITTSBURGH, PA, April 15, 2008 —The Carnegie Mellon® Software Engineering Institute (SEI) announced the recipients of the fifth annual SEI Member Awards at its SEPG North America 2008 Conference in Tampa, Florida. The annual awards program honors those members who demonstrate strong representation, contribution, and advocacy to the SEI Membership program. The SEI Member network spans the globe with representatives in 36 countries working in diverse settings from small businesses to multi-national organizations.

Lizann Stelmach, community outreach manager for the SEI, says the awards program was started five years ago as a way to recognize outstanding professionals in the field of software and systems engineering. "The SEI Membership Program offers individuals an opportunity to network, learn, and also enhance their careers. Awardees are nominated by fellow SEI Members from around the world."

"SEI Members are key stakeholders in the software and systems engineering community," said Connie Sapienza, SEI customer relations manager. "They are invested in the community and dedicated to their profession. This is just one way to acknowledge those members who go above and beyond their roles as software engineering professionals."

Dr. Aldo Dagnino, winner of the 2008 SEI Member Award for Outstanding Contributor, is the software and technology program lead at ABB. In addition to his work at ABB, Dagnino serves as an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University where he teaches software engineering courses and also conducts joint research with faculty members at the university’s department of computer science.

Phil Hill, winner of the 2008 SEI Member Award for Outstanding Advocate, works as vice president and director of IT Optimization at American Systems in Chantilly, Va. He performs consulting, leads appraisals, and conducts training for American Systems in Chantilly, Va. Hill, a SCAMPI Lead Appraiser, has completed training at the SEI and is authorized by the SEI to teach "Introduction to CMMI for Development v 1.2."

Madhumita Poddar Sen, winner of the 2008 SEI Member Award for Outstanding Representative, works as a senior program manager—in the field of delivery excellence—for IBM India. Sen is also an authorized SCAMPI High Maturity Lead Appraiser and, for the last three years, has worked as an IBM-sponsored research affiliate in the SEI’s Software Engineering Measurement and Analysis (SEMA) group..

For more information about the SEI membership program, please visit http://www.sei.cmu.edu/ membership/.

About the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a U.S. Department of Defense federally funded research and development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI helps organizations make measured improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit the SEI Web site at www.sei.cmu.edu.

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