Great Lakes – Software Process Improvement Network


The Board of Directors of the Great Lakes – Software Process Improvement Network (GL-SPIN) welcome those who have come to our website for the first time, and also our regular members.
We are a professional organization with more than 350 members in the Detroit area that focuses on the improvement of software engineering practices.
Please take a look through our website.  We especially would like to draw your attention to our Meeting Dates and Topics page, where at the bottom there is a link to “Register with GL-SPIN” and that will provide you with the meeting locations for this season.
Upcoming meetings:

Date: May 12, 2016.

LocationOakland University


Engineering Center Room 116

The Engineering Center (EC) is number 39 on the map legend.



Oakland University 2200 N Squirrel Rd, Rochester, MI 48309

Software Patterns and ‘Building Security In’

presented by Dr. Margaret Lyell, PhD.


“The area of Security Patterns was first mentioned in 1997.

Since then a number of Security Patterns have been developed.

This talk will first present a brief background on Software Patterns and the breadth of software areas which utilize those patterns.

That will be followed by:
– An introduction to Security Patterns
– How Security Patterns are specified,
– Examples of Security Software Patterns.

An approach as to how Security Software Patterns fit into Software Engineering and the Software Lifecycle will also be given.

We will then review:
– How Security Software Patterns have been utilized
– What issues have emerged utilizing those patterns.”



Dr. Margaret Lyell, PhD, is the Principal of Explorations Minerva, LLC whose focus is the Internet of Things and ‘Building Security In’.

Margaret Lyell has been Principal Scientist at Intelligent Automation, Inc. While there, she led efforts in applying software agent technology to a variety of application areas, including authorization and access control, sensor web, cognitive robotics, systems health (operational equipment) monitoring. This work was performed for government customers, primarily NASA and DoD.

Software agent technology is software that is the paradigm beyond object-oriented; instead of an object orientation, there is an agent orientation. Solutions involved software development resulting in working prototypes, deployment to hardware (robotics) and simulation studies.

Dr. Lyell’s formal education includes a background in Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics. She has previously been in industry (in both large and small companies), in academia and other non-profit institutions.

Margaret has served on the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Intelligent Systems Technical Committees. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications as well as reports and has served as a reviewer for conferences and journals.


6:00   Networking with light supper/refreshments.

6:30   Introduction of speaker

6:35   Featured speaker

7:45   Questions & Answers

8:00 – 8:30 Networking.

Please RSVP “I Will Attend” to glspin97@gmail.com 


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