Dr. Ken Nidiffer
Director of Strategic Plans for Government Programs
Carnegie Mellon SEI
Academic Representative

Ken has over 49 years of government, industry and academic experience in the field of software and system engineering where he has held several significant technical, managerial and executive positions. Ken has successfully executed positions as a vice president at the Systems and Software Consortium, a senior vice-president at Fidelity Investments, and head of technical operations/engineering for Northrop Grumman Corporation. Ken is widely published and is one of the most sought after presenters in the systems and software engineering community. He has held and currently holds several key leadership positions, such as, being a member of OSD (AT&L) Software Expert Panel, System and Software Technology Conference Industry Board, Data & Analysis Centers Editorial Board, International Counsel of Software Engineering Corporate Advisory Board, AFCEA Technical Committee and two university industry-advisory committees. Ken received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1962 from Purdue University, Indiana, a M.S. degree in Astronautical Engineering in 1969 from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio, a MBA degree from Auburn University, Alabama in 1975 and his D.Sc. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University, in Washington D.C. in 1988.