Software Engineering Institute

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The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center headquartered on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. SEI also has offices in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; Arlington, Virginia; and Frankfurt, Germany. The SEI operates with funding principally from the U.S. Department of Defense. The SEI also works with industry and academia through research collaborations.

Since 1984, the SEI has served as a global resource in software engineering, networked systems survivability, and process improvement. The SEI provides technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering so that software-intensive systems can be acquired and sustained with predictable and improved cost, schedule, and quality.

In recent years, software has grown in importance and impact, not only in defense systems, but also in transportation, finance, medicine, entertainment, and all other aspects of everyday life. The SEI has contributed to this growth in many areas including software process improvement, network security and survivability, software architecture and software product lines, interoperability of systems, and improvement of software-acquisition skills.

The SEI program of work is conducted in three principle areas: management practices, engineering practices, and acquisition practices. Within these broad areas of work, the SEI defines specific initiatives aimed at solving problems that impede the ability of organizations to acquire, build, and evolve software-intensive systems predictably, on time, within expected cost, with expected functionality, and without vulnerabilities.

Contact details

4500 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2612
Phone: 412-268-5800
Fax: 412-268-6257
Email: customer-relations AT


SEI Related Links

  • SEI Publications [[1]]
    • SEI Training and Education [[2]]
    • SEI Conferences and Workshops [[3]]
    • SEI Membership Program [[4]]
    • SEI Partner Network [[5]]