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Kelly Kimberland

For immediate release:
June 12, 2003

Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute Director Accepts Vice President Position at Georgia Institute of Technology

PITTSBURGH—Stephen E. Cross, director and chief executive officer of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI), has announced that he will be leaving the SEI to become a vice president at Georgia Institute of Technology and director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute, effective September 1, 2003.

Carnegie Mellon Provost Mark Kamlet stated that Cross has exemplified and personified excellence in leadership during his tenure at the SEI. "Steve's passion for the advancement of better software engineering practices has positioned the SEI, and thus Carnegie Mellon, as a leader in software engineering and Internet security," Kamlet said. "We will miss his leadership, his vision and his energy."

Cross has been the director of the SEI since 1996. He joined the university in 1994, acting as a member of the research faculty and as the director of the Information Technology Center, a department in the School of Computer Science. Cross explained that leaving his director's position at the SEI was a difficult decision to make. "The SEI operates at the leading edge of technical innovation, and I have been honored to lead this organization for the past seven years," Cross said. "The SEI is a great place to work, and its technical staff has had truly remarkable impact in the world. I have been personally inspired by all of the accomplishments of everyone within this organization."

Under Cross' leadership, the SEI has continued to provide leadership in the field of software engineering. Key accomplishments during the past year include:

  • establishing proactive support programs for each military service (Air Force, Army and Navy)
  • releasing the Capability Maturity Model Integration Product Suite (models, appraisal methods and training) to support improvement programs for organizations that develop and maintain software-intensive products and services
  • partnering with other Carnegie Mellon departments to provide educational resources to historically black colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions
  • stimulating the creation and growth of worldwide software engineering communities and generating worldwide interest in best software-engineering practices by means of conferences that the SEI sponsors, such as the Software Engineering Process Group Conference, held in Boston in March 2003
  • opening SEI-Europe, a branch office in Frankfurt, Germany, to help disseminate best software-engineering practices in Europe and provide the training, knowledge and research to support the development of quality software.

In the area of Internet security, Cross oversaw the CERT Coordination Center, the nation's first and best-known computer security incident response team, which grew in stature and influence during his tenure. He also oversaw the creation of the CERT Analysis Center (CERT/AC) to assess and predict Internet threats. The CERT/AC collaborated with the United States Secret Service on the analysis of critical systems for both Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans and the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. During his tenure at the SEI, Cross also served as deputy director of the Internet Security Alliance, an industry-led group devoted to the creation of best practices, sharing of information and examination of policy issues.

Cross is a member of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Scientific Advisory Board and is past chairman of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Information Science and Technology (ISAT) panel. Previously, he served as deputy director of the Software and Intelligent Systems Technology Office at DARPA. He is a past editor-in-chief of IEEE Intelligent Systems, and has published more than 60 papers in the areas of software engineering, information technology research and technology transition.

Cross earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, his M.S. in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School (Flight Test Engineer Course), the USAF Air War College and the National Defense University. He retired from the USAF in 1994.

Among numerous awards and honors, Cross is a fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (2002), was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering (2002), received the Defense Superior Service Medal for overseeing logistics systems developed and fielded during Operation Desert Storm (1991), won the USAF Research and Development Award for innovative applications of machine intelligence (1987) and was selected Dayton Ohio Engineer of the Year (1986).

About the SEI
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University.


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