Federal funding renewed for Software Engineering Institute

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The Department of Defense has extended its contract with the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University through June 2015, in an agreement valued at $584 million.

The institute works to improve software development and the quality of systems that depend on software. Previous contract renewals were in 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005. The 2005 five-year contract was valued at $411 million.

In a public announcement on the extension, Paul Nielsen, SEI director and CEO, said, "We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to carry out the SEI's mission. Our purpose is to advance the state of the art in software engineering and transition these advancements to the community so that organizations may develop and acquire software that is more reliable, more secure, and more dependable."

The SEI was established in 1984 at Carnegie Mellon University as a federally funded research and development center, with just over $100 million in Department of Defense funds. As of Oct. 1, the institute had about 700 employees, according to an institute spokeswoman.

In addition to the Department of Defense, the institute collaborates with the Department of Homeland Security, as well as industry organizations including Adobe, Oracle, Intuit, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Siemens, Bosch, Booz Allen, BAE Systems, and IBM.

The SEI also supports a group called SEI Partners, which are organizations and individuals that are trained and licensed by the SEI to deliver SEI products and services. For example, two new strategic partners for the SEI Team Software Process are the Next Process Institute, Kawasaki, Japan, and Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico. They are authorized to conduct SEI courses and exams as well as train coaches and instructors.


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