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Rita Creel

Software Engineering Institute
SCSS Co-chair
Rita C. Creel is Associate Director and Principal Engineer, Cross-Discipline Initiatives, in the Software Engineering Institute’s CERT Division. Ms. Creel’s focus is on building and leading interdisciplinary teams that can navigate competing concerns related to software, systems, and cybersecurity.

Ms. Creel has over 25 years of experience in software-intensive systems engineering and acquisition. She began her career in the aerospace industry, leading teams in full lifecycle software system development for space vehicle ground equipment. She has conducted research in software and systems measurement and security engineering analysis, delivered training in software systems acquisition and measurement, and contributed to the evolution of software and systems measurement standards and practices.

Prior to joining the CERT program, Ms. Creel led the Intelligence Community Sector in the SEI’s Client Technical Solutions Division, working with organizations on complex software systems challenges.

She has BS and MS degrees in Engineering and Computer Science from California State University, Long Beach and an MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.