Student Profile - Anita Carleton

Anita Carleton

National Origin


Current Location

Pittsburgh, PA


Software Technology/Cybersecurity


Applied Mathematics

EMBA Class of

Anita Carleton
Deputy Director, Software Solutions Division
Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University


Anita Carleton is the deputy director of the Software Solutions Division at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI), the nation’s only federally-funded research and development center dedicated to solving the most significant U.S. Department of Defense challenges in software and cybersecurity. She provides leadership for the research, development, and transition of methods and technologies for software engineering, management, and measurement. In this role, she also provided technical leadership for the successful spinout of the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) product suite to CMMI Institute, a subsidiary of Carnegie Innovations, Carnegie Mellon University’s technology commercialization enterprise. She conducted foundational studies to apply Statistical Process Control techniques to the software engineering domain using space shuttle software data. This research led to the publication of a book in the Addison-Wesley/SEI Series in Software Engineering titled Measuring the Software Process: Statistical Process Control for Software Process Improvement. She serves on the IEEE Software Advisory Board and is a senior member of the IEEE Computer Society.

Why This Program?

At this pivotal point in my career, I see the MIT Executive MBA program as the most significant step I can take toward developing the skills and perspectives I need to be a more effective executive and to take on the next leadership challenges of my career. I came here to gain the necessary tools to help me assemble a viable business strategy to produce software innovations and contribute to expanding U.S. software leadership. MIT will be instrumental as I develop a toolkit of leading-edge business and leadership best practices and build confidence in my leadership style and decision-making for the next set of challenges our country is sure to face: fighting the war against terrorism, building the next generation of software-intensive weapon systems, and addressing issues of privacy and security in our technology solutions. By being a part of MIT’s innovation ecosystem, I hope to connect and learn from a new network of worldwide leaders and their experiences.