July 12, 2004
U.S. Air Force Major General Paul Nielsen will become chief executive officer and director of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), effective August 1. Nielsen succeeds Stephen Cross, who left in 2003 to become a vice president at Georgia Institute of Technology and director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Angel Jordan, Emeritus Keithley University Professor of ECE and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon and founder of the SEI, has been serving as the institute's interim director.
"I could not be passing the SEI leadership to a better person," Jordan said. "Paul is a leader of vision and a superb technologist. He will propel the SEI to higher levels of excellence."
As CEO and director, Nielsen's responsibilities will include setting a technical and business strategy for the SEI, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon. "I'm really excited about this unique opportunity to be part of the Carnegie Mellon family and leading the SEI," Nielsen said. "Science and technology has been extremely important to me throughout my career and we find out more and more that software is at the heart of many military and commercial systems."
Nielsen recently relinquished command of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, where he managed a science and technology annual budget of more than $3 billion. He also was the Air Force's chief technology officer, determining their investment strategy for science and technology activities.
Although he hasn't begun working at Carnegie Mellon yet, Nielsen is already a part of the family of our Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; one of his three children, Steven, is a sophomore in ECE.
Angel Jordan, Emeritus Keithley University Professor of ECE and Robotics and founder of the SEI