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Kevin Fall to Join SEI as Chief Technology Officer

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  • Description: Kevin R. Fall, a computer scientist and engineer with broad experience in government and industry, will join the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) January 30 as deputy director for research and chief technology officer.

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E-mail: public-relations@sei.cmu.eduKevin R. Fall, a computer scientist and engineer with broad experience in government and industry, will join the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) January 30 as deputy director for research and chief technology officer.
PITTSBURGH, Pa., January 22, 2013—Kevin
R. Fall, a computer scientist and engineer with broad experience in
government and industry, will join the Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute (SEI) January 30 as deputy director for
research and chief technology officer. In this role, Fall will direct
the research and development portfolio of the SEI's technical programs
in cybersecurity, software architecture, process improvement,
measurement and estimating, and unique technical support to sponsors.

"We
look forward to working with Kevin to move our research programs
forward to meet the needs of our sponsors," said Paul Nielsen, SEI
director and chief executive officer. "He brings to the SEI a depth of
experience not only as a principal engineer in industry but also as a
scientific adviser to government organizations such as the Department of
Defense, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U.S. Air
Force, and the U.S. Army."

"I'm very pleased to be joining the
SEI," Fall said. "Today, the reliability, security, and performance of
software have an incredibly broad impact, from entertainment to national
security. The SEI is uniquely positioned to bring together
world-renowned expertise, operational experience, and knowledge to
attack the nation's toughest software-dependent systems problems. I'm
looking forward to working with the SEI staff, CMU, and our sponsors to
help deliver an R&D program second to none focusing on the
development, analysis, and security of complex distributed software
systems."

Before joining the SEI, Fall was principal engineer at
Qualcomm, where he worked on adaptive video streaming technology and
networking-related programs with QGOV, Qualcomm's government systems
subsidiary. Prior to his work at Qualcomm, Fall was co-founder of
NetBoost Corp., where he was responsible for architecture and design of a
software framework for programming network processors. When NetBoost
was acquired by Intel, he became a principal engineer. In that role, he
led the strategic, long-range plan on data use controls, a security
mechanism to help ensure data privacy and provenance on computing
platforms and networks. For several years, he also researched
simulation, network scalability, and protocols at the Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory.

In addition to these positions, Fall also
served as a member of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Scientific Advisory
Board. As board member, he provided technical advice to the USAF chief
of staff and secretary, and he participated in technical reviews of the
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He also has served as a consultant
to the Defense Science Board and a member of the Defense Science Study
Group, the Army-DARPA Senior Advisory Group, and the DARPA Information
Sciences and Technology (ISAT) group, which brings together a highly
selective team of academics and researchers to advise DARPA on future
directions.  He has also served as a member of the Internet Architecture
Board (IAB), responsible for architectural oversight of internet
standards.

Fall, who holds eight U.S. patents, is a fellow of the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of
the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He is the co-author of
the book TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols (2nd Edition) and numerous technical articles. 

About the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
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. The SEI helps organizations make
measurable improvements in their software engineering capabilities by
providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software
engineering. For more information, visit the SEI website at: http://www.sei.cmu.edu.