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Debra Greenhalgh Lubas

Associate Teaching Faculty, Distance Education


Debra “Deb” Greenhalgh Lubas is currently Associate Teaching Faculty for Master of Software Engineering, Distance Education in the Institute of Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). With Carnegie Mellon since 2001, she has delivered software engineering education courses to students world-wide. She is a System Engineering PhD candidate with Naval Post Graduate School and earned her MS in Software Engineering from CMU in 2001 and Bachelors in Mathematics in 1991.
Deb is also a Program Manager for System Engineering and Reliability & Maintainability (R&M) Engineering at Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NAVSEA) Newport, RI with over 30-years of experience producing reliable systems for the U.S. Military and industry.

Deb is a member of the Working Group of IEEE Standard 1633, IEEE Recommended Practice on Software Reliability. She coauthored the revised IEEE Standard 1633 IEEE Recommended Practice on Software Reliability and NAVSEA Reliability & Maintainability Engineering Technical Manual (release scheduled 2016).


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  • Women in Defense Scholarship Award, 2015
  • United States President’s Volunteer Service Award, Points of Light 2014
  • Letter of Appreciation from Rear Admiral D.M. Duryea for volunteer efforts focused on people with disabilities and adaptive needs including wounded warriors and terminally ill children, 2014
  • NAVSEA Meritorious Unity Commendation 2013
  • Employee of the Year Award, John Chafee Humanitarian Award, RI Federal Executive Council 2009
  • Humanitarian Award, US Congressional Citation 2009, Congressional Patrick Kennedy 2009
  • Letter of Appreciation from Captain Feeney for outstanding program management and technical expertise and commitment to the successful execution of delivery of the Portable Undersea Training Range to the Pacific Missile Range Facility, 2003-2009
  • Letter of Appreciation from Commander Byman for Federal Women’s Program Committee Service April 2009
  • NAVSEA Newport Special Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Service 2008
  • Hugh Fletcher Scholarship Award, WDHOF 2003
  • NAVSEA Newport Performance Award, Exceptional performance during AN/SQQ-89(V)6 Integration of MSTRAP 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Outstanding Performance during UKMSTRAP LAMPS 97B and PUNISH Trials, PMS427, 1997, 1998
  • Special Act Award, NAVSEA Newport, System Engineering, Test and Evaluation, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003
  • US House of Representatives Outstanding Performance during MSTRAP testing, 1995, 1996

Course Offerings

17-652 Methods: Deciding What to Design
17-653 Managing Software Development
17-654 Analysis of Software Artifacts
17-655 Architectures for Software Systems
Software Reliability
System Suitability
Diving for Science, Basic Open Water—Technical