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Recognizing the need for skilled software engineering professionals, in 1997, the Department of Computer Science launched its Master of Science of Software Engineering (MSSE) program under the administration of the Center for Development of Technological Leadership (CDTL). By all accounts the program has been highly successful and continues to provide a high-quality learning experience.
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering has long maintained a very strong research program in software engineering and closely related fields such as databases, human machine interaction, and programming languages, and has for many years sponsored local interest groups such as the Twin Cities Software Process Improvement Network (TwinSPIN). In a strategic decision to align our software engineering research efforts, educational offerings, and outreach activities, in February 2004 the department created the University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC) to nurture innovative research and administer the educational programs related to software engineering. With UMSEC's creation we will increase the coupling between research, education, and outreach allowing for closer industry involvement in our research efforts and more rapid technology transfer from researchers to software engineering professionals.
Professor Mats Heimdahl has been appointed the Center's first Director.