SEI's Watts Humphrey Selected as ACM Fellow

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SEI's Watts Humphrey Selected as ACM Fellow


Pittsburgh, PA, January 20, 2009 – The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is proud to announce that Watts Humphrey, SEI Fellow, has been named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

An ACM Fellow is the organization’s most prestigious member category. It recognizes the top one percent of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community.

On learning of his election, Watts said: "I am delighted to receive this prestigious honor and am excited to be joining the truly distinguished body of ACM Fellows. While this honor is for me, it should also be recognized as covering the many people who have worked with me on SEI's process-improvement work during the last 20-some years."

Humphrey was honored for his contributions to improving the software engineering process. Since joining the SEI in 1987, Humphrey has developed the basis for the Capability Maturity Model for Software (SW-CMM), which became the generally accepted standard for assessing and improving the software processes worldwide. The SW-CMM led to the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Product Suite, which was released in 2002.

In 1995, Humphrey expanded his original software engineering discipline to include methods that improve the work-life of individual software engineers and their teams. He initiated and led the development and introduction of two new methods, the Personal Software Process (PSP) and Team Software Process (TSP), which have produced impressive results in the quest toward the predictable and efficient development of defect-free software.

Humphrey was awarded the prestigious United States National Media of Technology in 2005 for his contributions to software. He has published several books in the SEI Addison-Wesley Series including Winning with Software (2002) and his latest TSP: Coaching Developing Teams (2006). As an ACM Fellow, Humphrey joins SEI colleague, John Goodenough, former SEI Director Larry Druffel, and several Carnegie Mellon distinguished professors. The SEI is also honored to have four ACM Senior Members: James Ivers, Larry Jones, Rod Nord, and Carol Sledge.

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 http://www.sei.cmu.edu.

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