Rita Creel has been a principal Engineer in CERT since 2010. She works with organizations to apply assurance methods and tools to the acquisition, development, operations, and sustainment of networked, software-reliant systems.
Creel has over 25 years of experience spanning the software and systems life cycle. She has led software development teams, conducted research in software and systems measurement, developed and delivered training in software acquisition and measurement, and collaborated with government agencies to improve the performance and quality of software systems within cost and schedule constraints. Prior to joining CERT, she led a team in the Acquisition Support Program at the Software Engineering Institute, providing expertise to the U.S. intelligence community. Before the SEI, she worked for The Aerospace Corporation and TRW, Inc. (now Northrop Grumman) focusing on software considerations for space systems and associated ground equipment. She holds BS and MS degrees in engineering and computer science.