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     The Center was founded in June of 1993 by Dr. Barry W. Boehm for the purpose of providing an environment for research and teaching in the areas of large-scale software design and development processes, generic and domain specific software architectures, software engineering tools and environments, cooperative system design, and the economics of software engineering.

     Crucial to the success of the Center's efforts are the partnerships created with leading public and private sector organizations through their participation in our CSE General Affiliates' and COCOMO® II Affiliates' programs. These organizations help fund the Center's research and in turn benefit from its services and assets.

     One of the main goals of the Center is to perform research and development of practical software technologies that can aid its Affiliate members in reducing cost, customizing designs, and improving design quality by doing concurrent software and systems engineering--yet also meet the requirements of the Center for research topics that will facilitate the training and education of skilled software leaders armed with Ph.D. degrees.

     Proof of the Center's success in balancing its own academic needs and the needs of its Affiliates is the fact that since its founding in 1993 the Center has graduated ten individuals with doctorates--with at least two more anticipated within the next year--while at the same time attracting the continued and on-going support of over two dozen leading industrial partners.