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History of Innovation at the SEI

Since its establishment in 1984, the SEI has delivered innovative methods and tools to meet current software and cybersecurity needs and combat future ones.

Software Engineering Institute


Since it was established in 1984 as a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, the SEI has delivered innovative methods, tools, algorithms, and frameworks to meet current software and cybersecurity needs and provide a foundation for combating future ones.

In our role as a research leader, the SEI often produces technical work that bears fruit years later. For example, our pioneering work in software architecture led to the accepted understanding today that architecture determines the quality and longevity of a software system. And SEI experts closed gaps in network data collection and analysis by developing a suite of cybersecurity tools and a system that now provides traffic monitoring and protection throughout federal networks.

This book offers snapshots of the culture of innovation at the SEI from 1988 to 2015 as our researchers and engineers have investigated the nation's toughest problems in software and cybersecurity over the years.