Three Outstanding SEI Members Honored for Contributions to Software and Systems Engineering

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Three SEI Members were honored for their extraordinary contributions, innovations, and advocacy in the software and systems engineering community

The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) announced the winners of its Member Awards for leadership in software and systems engineering. The awards were presented Tuesday, March 22, at the SEPG North America 2011 conference in Portland, Ore.

“It is such an honor to recognize these individuals who have made such a difference in the software and systems engineering communities as well as in cybersecurity,” said Deen Blash, SEI Membership program team lead.

Michele Moss, winner of the 2011 SEI Member Advocate Award, is a lead associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and co-chairs a software assurance working group for the Department of Homeland Security that provides expertise in software assurance and supply chain risk management. Debbie McCoy, who also works at Booz Allen Hamilton, stated in her nomination letter that Moss “exhibited tremendous leadership and intellectual courage” in her groundbreaking work integrating assurance into Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) while minimizing additional burdens on organizations.

M. Lynn Penn, winner of the SEI Member Contributor Award, is director of strategic process engineering at Lockheed Martin Corporation, Information Systems and Global Solutions. She served as the industry lead for the recent release of CMMI Version 1.3, and the team leader for the high maturity working group. Penn is also the co-author of the book CMMI and Six Sigma, Partners in Process Improvement.

Dorna Witkowski, a senior process engineer in Lockheed Martin’s Strategic Process Engineering group, stated in her nomination letter that the high maturity team handled 400 of the 1,000 V1.2 change requests that were submitted. Under Penn’s leadership, “the team became well-integrated and productive.”

Dale Childs, winner of the SEI Member Representative Award, is the founder and CEO of Double Play Process Diagnostics Inc. Prior to that he worked for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) as a software quality manager, SEPG lead, certified lead appraiser, and as a certified high maturity lead appraiser. In that role, Childs then led DCPS from Capability Maturity Model (CMM) level 2 to DFAS’s first CMM maturity level 4 rating and the Top System in Government Award.

“It isn’t just about getting checkmarks, nor is it about preconceived notions,” Childs explained. “CMMI is about a framework of sound engineering principles. I like to think of it as the codification of common sense.”

For more about the SEI Membership program or the SEI Member Awards, visit

SEI Membership
SEI Membership is a business and knowledge network that connects the SEI and leaders in software and systems engineering worldwide. SEI Membership is designed for those professionals who are interested in priority access to SEI technologies and events. Individuals can use the SEI Membership program as a means of networking with other professionals to discuss adoption, implementation, and challenges of software and systems engineering. SEI Members include small-business owners, software and systems developers, security professionals, CEOs, directors, and managers from business, industry, and government organizations in 44 countries around the globe. The SEI is the only federally funded research center that offers membership to the public. For more information about SEI Membership, visit

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

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