Carnegie Mellon University

Cécile Péraire

Cécile Péraire

Associate Teaching Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Address Carnegie Mellon University
Silicon Valley
Building 23
Moffett Field, CA 94035


Dr. Cécile Péraire has over 20 years of software engineering experience working in both industry and academia. She earned her Ph.D. in computer science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland). Following a postdoctoral research fellowship at SRI International and Hewlett Packard, she worked at Rational and IBM where she played different roles covering the many facets of software development. She has contributed significantly to the Rational Unified Process (RUP) and IBM's internal methods.

Dr. Péraire is currently an Associate Teaching Professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). She is a recipient of CMU College of Engineering Dean’s Early Career Fellowship Award, as well as CMU College of Engineering Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award for her contribution to the development of ECE’s unique and distinctive Software Engineering Master program   offered in Silicon Valley , California . She has a passion for innovation in practices and tools that enable teams to more effectively develop and deliver software-intensive systems.


Computer Science
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology



  • Agile, lean, and other software engineering development approaches
  • Measurable process improvement
  • Project/program management, requirements, interaction design, quality, business processes, empirical studies, and software engineering education