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Contact: Bill Pollak
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For immediate release:
January 21, 2002

Stephen Cross Reappointed to Second Term as SEI Director

Stephen Cross has been reappointed to a second five-year term as director and chief executive officer of Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

The SEI's mission is to provide technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering so the DoD can acquire and sustain its software-intensive systems with predictable and improved cost, schedule and quality.

"Steve Cross has done a tremendous job during the five years in which he has served as SEI director," said Carnegie Mellon Provost Mark Kamlet. "I commend Steve for his accomplishments, and I am very grateful that he has been willing to serve in this deans-level position for five more years."

Kamlet called the SEI one of the "crown jewels" of the Carnegie Mellon community.

During his tenure Cross has successfully led the SEI through a change in primary sponsorship from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.

Under Cross' leadership, the SEI's CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC), the nation's first and best-known computer emergency response team, has gained worldwide recognition for excellence in network security, spawning nearly 100 other CERTs worldwide and becoming the centerpiece of an ambitious and influential SEI program in network survivability.

Carnegie Mellon has been rated for the past four years by the Journal of Systems and Software as the number one publisher of scholarly articles in information technology. The editors of the publication said the distinction is due to the substantially increased number of SEI publications that have appeared during Cross' tenure.

The SEI has also taken a much more active role in the local community, through its support of workforce development initiatives and its role as the manager of a software engineering support project for small manufacturers, sponsored by Congressman Michael Doyle (D-Pa., District 18).

Kamlet also praised Cross for his success in streamlining SEI's organizational structure, improving its operations and increasing its revenue.

"Steve did an excellent job in dealing with all the challenges that he faced," Kamlet said. "The university and this community will benefit from his continued leadership."

Cross, who was featured in the Jan. 4 BusinessWeek Online as one of the "Gurus of Tomorrow's Tech," said he is very excited to be reappointed as director of one of the most important and influential research centers in the United States.

"We have a world-class staff of dedicated software engineering and cybersecurity professionals who have had tremendous impact on the state of software engineering worldwide since 1984," Cross said. "As the importance of software to the U.S. economy and national defense continues to increase, I look forward to five more exciting years of excellence and impact."

Cross joined Carnegie Mellon in 1994 as a member of the research faculty. He also holds a joint appointment in Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science as a principal research scientist in the Robotics Institute and the Institute for Software Research, International (ISRI).

He is the past chairman of the DARPA Information Science and Technology panel and continues to serve on the executive committee. He is also a member of the Naval Post Graduate School's Software Engineering Advisory Board. He has published more than 50 papers on technology and the applications of advanced information processing technology.

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