Sharing Expertise with the Systems Community
Researchers from the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) presented their expertise in digital engineering, model-based systems engineering, systems design, and other prominent topics to a broad audience during the 33rd Annual International Symposium (IS) of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).
More than 1,030 systems engineers attended the conference, either in Honolulu or virtually. SERC CTO Tom McDermott noted the value of the gathering for researchers from SERC collaborating universities. “The INCOSE International Symposium allows us to gain a diversity of feedback on our research that not only is global but also spans the breadth of government, industry, and academia,” he said.
McDermott presented on “Enterprise Adoption of DE and MBSE: Lessons from Research” and “Strategies to Accelerate MBSE Adoption in SE Practices: Results of the Systems Engineering – Modernization Study.” He also he spoke on a panel titled “Roundtable Explores How Security Joins Performance and Safety as Foundational Systems Design Perspectives” and another panel on “Does ‘Engineer’ in the Title Limit Acceptance of Systems Engineers?” with fellow SERC researcher Dr. Nicole Hutchison of Stevens Institute of Technology and David Long of the SERC Advisory Board.
During the Symposium, McDermott also was named an INCOSE Fellow for “consistently researching, developing and applying systems engineering tools to many different domains, and for advancing the use of systems thinking tools in systems engineering practice.” He received recognition onstage from INCOSE President Marilee Wheaton, who is a SERC Doctoral Fellow.
Hutchison presented on “Building Program Archetypes for Digital Engineering” and hosted open meetings on the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK), of which she is the new editor-in-chief. These meetings were a call to engage the broader community in the future evolution of the SEBoK. “The INCOSE IS is always a great opportunity for the community to get together, and I was really pleased by the SEBoK discussions,” Hutchison stated. “We had representatives from INCOSE working groups as well as interested individuals discussing the way that the topics can evolve and how to improve overall community engagement. This is great momentum going forward.”
Long, who is a former INCOSE president, presented on “Practical Systems Engineering: Principles and Methods for Success,” “Making Sense of Alphabet Soup: MBSE and DE,” and “Beyond Digital: Bridging the Divides.” He moderated the panel “Bringing a Knife to a Gun Fight: Systems Engineering for the Modern World” and hosted INCOSE membership workshops on board roles, strategic planning, and other topics.
Dr. Michael Orosz (University of Southern California) co-wrote a paper presented on “Agile Systems Engineering – Eight Core Aspects.” Dr. Donna Rhodes (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) presented on “New Spaces, New Places: How SEs Influence and Impact in Our Changing Times” and “Enterprise Digital Transformation using a Sociotechnical System Approach.” Dr. Paul Wach (Virginia Tech) presented on “Shifting the Paradigm from Lessons Learned to Lessons Applied through Digitally Enabled Transformation.”
INCOSE also recognized SERC Executive Director Dr. Dinesh Verma with an Outstanding Theme Issue Award for the INSIGHT journal issue he co-edited with Dr. Wouter Leibbrandt of the Embedded Systems Innovation (ESI) center in the Netherlands on the Archimedes Initiative, an international collaboration including SERC, ESI, the German Space Center Institute of Systems Engineering for Future Mobility, and Sweden’s Center for Trustworthy Edge Computing Systems and Applications (TECoSA).
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