Carnegie Mellon University
June 01, 2019

Mead Named Parnas Fellow

By Jen Potter

Nancy R. Mead, Fellow at the Software Engineering Institute and an Institute for Software Research adjunct professor of software engineering, was recently named a Parnas Fellow.

The Parnas Fellowship was established by Lero in 2016 to honor software engineering pioneer David Lorge Parnas after his retirement in 2008 from the University of Limerick, and is awarded to talented senior software researchers and developers.

Fellows visit at least two Lero sites over the course of a short stay in which they collaborate on ongoing research with any of Lero’s industry partners, deliver a Distinguished Lecture, and discuss current research with Lero students and faculty.

Lero — Ireland’s national software research center — was established in 2005 to bring together leading software research teams from Universities and Institutes of Technology within Ireland in a coordinated center and to advance the state of research with a strong focus on industry. Headquartered at the University of Limerick, member institutions are located in Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Limerick, Galway, and Maynooth.

Mead has played a key role in the software engineering community, having developed and taught numerous courses, both at universities and in professional education settings. She has authored more than 150 research papers and invited presentations on security requirements engineering and software assurance. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) and the IEEE Computer Society, and she is a Distinguished Educator of the Association of Computing Machinery. In 2015 Mead received the Distinguished Education Award from the IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Software Engineering.