Annette D. Reilly
Award Recipient


Annette D. Reilly, CSDP, IEEE-CS Golden Core and Senior Member, is a four-time winner of IEEE-CS Outstanding Contribution awards for her leadership and development work in systems and software engineering standards. For fifteen years, Dr. Reilly has led the development and harmonization of IEEE and ISO/IEC standards for systems and software engineering, software user documentation, and IT service management. Working diplomatically as a leader in US and international standards groups including the Computer Society’s Systems and Software Engineering Standards Committee Management Board (S2ESC-MB) and ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC7, she achieved difficult standardization challenges—including some that had been considered impossible. She was instrumental in fulfilling a strategic plan for software documentation standards, carried out through a series of five audience-oriented standards (ISO/IEC/IEEE 26511 to 26515), including IEEE’s first standard for agile projects. She developed the schema and produced a highly adaptable standard for the content of information items in systems, software, and service delivery (ISO/IEC/IEEE 15289). She developed a ground-breaking vocabulary standard for software and systems engineering (ISO/IEC/IEEE 24765) to update definitions from IEEE’s 25-year-old vocabulary standard with ISO’s even older one with the definitions from all current, relevant IEEE and ISO standards and other authoritative sources, available as a free database ( She leads a large international working group to revise the pioneering IEEE and ISO standard (2001/23026) on website engineering and management.

Dr. Reilly is a Senior Staff member of Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions, with responsibilities for IT enterprise management and technical solutions development for US and international proposals. In over 30 years with Lockheed Martin, she has held a variety of roles for proposal management, engineering management, systems engineering, information management, and technical documentation. She received a B.A. from Rice University, a Ph.D. from Brandeis University, and an MIS from The George Washington University.


2014 Hans Karlsson Award
“For harmonization and development of novel approaches to the system and software engineering standards for vocabulary, life-cycle information, and user documentation.”
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