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The SEI Fellow Series: Nancy Mead

August 2016 Podcast
Nancy R. Mead

This podcast is the first in a series highlighting interviews with SEI Fellows.

“Even in high school my very first formal teaching job was tutoring one of my classmates who wanted to go to college but was struggling with the academic math requirements. That caused me to be interested in it. Then, at IBM, I was manager of an education team that taught software engineering and I continued to teach at universities part-time, here and there, when the opportunity presented itself.”


Software Engineering Institute




The position of SEI Fellow is awarded to people who have made an outstanding contribution to the work of the SEI and from whom the SEI leadership may expect valuable advice for continued success in the institute's mission. Nancy Mead, a principal researcher in the SEI’s CERT Division, was named an SEI Fellow in 2013. This podcast is the first in a series highlighting interviews with SEI Fellows.


About the Speaker

Nancy R. Mead

Nancy R. Mead is a fellow and principal researcher at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). She is currently involved in the study of security requirements engineering and the development of software assurance curricula. Her research interests include software security, software requirements engineering, and software architectures. Mead is also an adjunct professor of software engineering in the Master of Software Engineering Program at Carnegie Mellon University. She served as director of education for the SEI from 1991 to 1994.

Prior to joining the SEI, Mead was a senior technical staff member at IBM Federal Systems, where she spent most of her career in the development and management of large real-time systems. She also worked in IBM's software engineering technology area and managed IBM Federal Systems" software engineering education department. She developed and taught numerous courses on software engineering topics, both at universities and in professional education courses.

Mead authored more than 150 publications and invited presentations. She is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) and the IEEE Computer Society, and is a distinguished educator of the Association of Computing Machinery. She received the 2015 Distinguished Education Award from the IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Software Engineering. The Nancy Mead Award for Excellence in Software Engineering Education is named for her and has been awarded since 2010, with Mary Shaw as the first recipient.

Mead received her PhD in mathematics from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, and earned a BA and an MS in mathematics from New York University.