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U of M’s Mike Whalen Teams Up with DARPA to Create a Less Vulnerable Drone

May 11, 2017

The Director of the University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center Mike Whalen has been working for the past four years with a number of research groups around the country including DARPA to find a way to make autonomous vehicles less vulnerable to systemic attacks by hackers.

Heimdahl begins appointment as new department head

July 1, 2015

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is pleased to welcome our new department head, Professor Mats Heimdahl, who will begin his five-year appointment July 1. Heimdahl is succeeding Professor Vipin Kumar, who steps down June 30 after serving CS&E as department head for 10 years.

Mike Whalen appointed Director of UMSEC

July 1, 2015

To continue the success of the University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC) and the Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE) program, Mike Whalen has been appointed the Director of UMSEC beginning July 1, 2015.

Mike has been involved in UMSEC and the MSSE program for many years and has an excellent record of teaching, research, and service. "I am positive that UMSEC and the MSSE program will thrive under his leadership and direction." said Mats Heimdahl, current director of UMSEC.

New appointments for Heimdahl

March 5, 2014
Professor Mats Heimdahl has received two new prestigious appointments. He is now serving as Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology and as a member of The National Academies' Committee on Airport Passenger Screening: Backscatter X-Ray Machines. The former is a journal for software engineering research and the latter is analyzing the radiation risks from backscatter x-ray machines.

Outstanding Paper Award for Rayadurgam

November 21, 2013
UMSEC Program Director Sanjai Rayadurgam received an Outstanding Paper Award at the ACM Conference on High Integrity Language Technology 2013 (HILT13), held in Pittsburgh. The paper, "Compositional Verification of a Medical Device System," presents a scalable approach to design and verify large software systems using an assume-guarantee style reasoning over architectural models to compose proofs for system-level properties from component-level properties verified by model-checking.

New appointment for alumnus Rajan

June 13, 2013
Alumnus Ajitha Rajan was recently appointed as a Chancellor's Fellow/ Lecturer at the School of Informatics in the University of Edinburgh. Rajan graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in Aug 2008. His advisor is Professor Mats Heimdahl.

Congratulations to Murat Yilmaz

February 15, 2013
Congratulations to Murat Yilmaz, who recently completed his Ph.D. at Dublin City University School of Computing, under Rory O'Connor. His research interests include software engineering economics, team dynamics, project management and productivity, software process improvement and practices, social modeling, and agent-based simulation. Dr. Yilmaz received his master's degree in software engineering from University of Minnesota in 2009.

MSSE Alum Launches Social Venture in India

June 1, 2012

Sri Latha Ganti's (MSSE 2011) new project, MyRain LLC, has acquired funding to launch a for-profit social venture to boost local economies in India. Ganti is the co-founder and COO of MyRain, which offers efficient drip irrigation systems to rural farmers in developing countries.

MSSE Alums Creating Great Things from a Tiny Mission

August 2, 2010
MSSE Alums Creating Great Things from a Tiny Mission

The MSSE graduate program is designed to develop professional skills, teaching the fundamentals of software development and management of software technology. Recent graduates Bekki Freeman, Heath Schubert, and Andy Selvig have taken those skills and used them to launch their company.
Tiny Mission ( is their enterprise software development company specializing in mobile development with integrated web services. One example of Tiny Mission’s work is QuickCues, a set of social scripts designed for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Mike Whalen joins UMSEC

December 1, 2009

The University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Mike Whalen will be the new Program Director for UMSEC. In this newly created position, Dr. Whalen will direct the research performed and sponsored by the center and will also administer parts of the Masters of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE) program.