Dr. Kenneth E. Nidiffer has over 56 years of government, industry, and academic experience in the field of software and systems engineering. Ken has successfully executed positions as a, Senior Vice-President at Fidelity Investments, Vice President of the Software and Systems Consortium, Director of Technical Operations/Engineering at Northrop Grumman Corporation and a Colonel in the United States Air Force. He is currently the Director of Strategic Plans for Government Programs at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute. Ken received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, Indiana; his M.S. degree in Astronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio; his MBA degree from Auburn University, Alabama; and his D.Sc. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University, Washington, DC.