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The Growing Importance of Software Engineering

Software is the engine that drives the modern economy. Unfortunately, it can also be the tool that undermines it: Tricenta estimated that software errors cost $1.1 trillion in 2016. Software security flaws have deeply impacted large companies and there are serious concerns as to the robustness of the software that we build.

These are real issues impacting all sectors of society. These are issues that software engineering (SE), as a profession, must and can address.

In a strategic decision to help address these problems, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering created the University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC). With UMSEC's creation, we will increase the coupling between research, education, and outreach allowing for closer industry involvement in the Department's research efforts and facilitate more rapid technology transfer from researchers to software engineering professionals.

We are committed to an innovative learning community where professionals can collaborate, cooperate, and create.

The University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center provides that community.