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Fundamentals of Systems Engineering

Today’s complex systems present difficult challenges to develop. From military systems to aircraft to environmental and electronic control systems, development teams must face the challenges with an arsenal of proven methods. Individual systems are more complex, and systems operate in much closer relationship, requiring a system-of-systems approach to the overall design.

This workshop presents the fundamentals of a systems engineering approach to solving complex problems. It covers the underlying attitudes as well as the process definitions that make up systems engineering. The model presented is a research-proven combination of the best existing standards.

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Attend this course if you are:

  • Working in any sort of system development
  • Project leader or key member in a product development team
  • Looking for practical methods to use today

The course is aimed at

  • Project leaders
  • Technical team leaders
  • Design engineers
  • Others participating in system development

Columbia, MD - 31 Jul-1 Aug 18
Minneapolis, MN - 5-6 Dec 18

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Course Topics

Systems Engineering Model – An underlying process model that ties together all the concepts and methods. System thinking attitudes. Overview of the systems engineering processes. Incremental, concurrent processes and process loops for iteration. Technical and management aspects

A System Case Study – Practical application of the systems engineering model using a realistic system development to create anti-gravity automobiles.

Where Do Requirements Come From? – Requirements as the primary method of measurement and control for systems development. Three steps to translate an undefined need into requirements; determining the system purpose/mission from an operational view; how to measure system quality, analyzing missions and environments; requirements types; defining functions and requirements.

Where Does a Solution Come From? – Designing a system using the best methods known today. What is an architecture? System architecting processes; defining alternative concepts; alternate sources for solutions; how to allocate requirements to the system components; how to develop, analyze, and test alternatives; how to trade off results and make decisions. Establishing an allocated baseline, and getting from the system design to the system. Systems engineering during ongoing operation.

Ensuring System Quality – Building in quality during the development, and then checking it frequently. The relationship between systems engineering and systems testing. Technical analysis as a system tool. Verification at multiple levels: architecture, design, product. Validation at multiple levels; requirements, operations design, product.

Systems Engineering Management – How to successfully manage the technical aspects of the system development; planning the technical processes; assessing and controlling the technical processes, with corrective actions; use of risk management, configuration management, interface management to guide the technical development.

Systems Engineering Concepts of Leadership – How to guide and motivate technical teams; technical teamwork and leadership; virtual, collaborative teams; design reviews; technical performance measurement.

Continuing Education: This course qualifies for 1.4 CEUs or 14 PDUs

Course overlap: This course is a two-day version of our Applied Systems Engineering course.

Qualified Instructors for this course

Dr. Eric Honour, CSEP, INCOSE Fellow, and former INCOSE President, has been in international leadership of the engineering of systems for over 20 years, part of a 40+ year career of complex systems development and operation. His energetic and informative presentation style actively involves class participants. He was the founding Chair of the INCOSE Technical Board in 1994, and served as Director of the Systems Engineering Center of Excellence (SECOE). He was selected in 2000 for Who’s Who in Science and Technology and in 2004 as an INCOSE Founder. He is on the editorial board for Systems Engineering. He has been a successful entrepreneur, systems engineer, engineering manager, and program manager at Harris Information Systems, E-Systems Melpar, and Singer Link, preceded by nine years as a US Naval Officer flying P-3 aircraft. He has led or contributed to the development of 17 major systems.. Dr. Honour has a BSSE (Systems Engineering) from the US Naval Academy, MSEE from the Naval Postgraduate School, and PhD from the University of South Australia based on his ground-breaking work to quantify the value of systems engineering. Dr. Scott Workinger has led innovative technology development efforts in complex, risk-laden environments for 30 years in the fields of manufacturing (automotive, glass, optical fiber), engineering and construction (nuclear, pulp & paper), and information technology (expert systems, operations analysis, CAD, collaboration technology). He currently teaches courses on program management and engineering and consults on strategic management and technology issues. Scott has a B.S in Engineering Physics from Lehigh University, an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environment Engineering from Stanford University.
Mr. Glen Francisco (CSEP, PMP) has over 17 years of experience developing new technologies, service, products, and applications for both private and government uses. He has a personable, engaging teaching style that keeps a class alive with information. He has worked as an engineer, Lead Systems Engineer, Project Engineer and Program Manager for a number of military & commercial companies to include Boeing (McDonnell Aircraft Company), Lockheed Martin (Martin Marietta), Texas Instruments, Raytheon, ELCAN Optical and DRS Technologies. His product systems have supported security surveillance, paramilitary (fire, police & EMS), automotive and industrial markets using passive thermal imaging technologies and other wavelength illuminated electo-optical imaging laser radar technologies. He was selected in the 2006 Marquis Publication of Who’s Who in America. Glen has presented over a dozen papers at security & defense symposium. He holds multiple patents in active terminal guidance missile trajectory control and low cost plastic thermal management. He is a firefighter, emergency medic, firefighting instructor, and private pilot. He developed & introduced Thermal Imaging Cameras into the firefighting market in 2001, technology saving hundreds of lives and millions of dollars in property. Mr. William "Bill" Fournier (CSEP) is a Senior Software Systems Engineer with 30 years experience, the last 11 for a major defense contractor. Mr. Fournier taught DoD Systems Engineering full time for over three years at DSMC/DAU as a Professor of Engineering Management. He has taught Systems Engineering at least part time for more than the last 20 years. Mr. Fournier holds a MBA and BS Industrial Engineering / Operations Research and is DOORS trained. He is a certified CSEP, CSEP-ACQ, and PMP. He is a contributor to DAU/DSMC, defense contractor internal Systems Engineering courses and process, and INCOSE publications.
John Pratchios has over 40 years experience as a systems engineer designing, implementing and supporting complex hardware/software systems development. His work has included design and implementation of military command, communications, surveillance, and information systems, and also systems for weather imagery, publications control, and locomotive/train control. He is an engaging instructor with a warm, informal, knowledgeable presentation style. He has presented courses to military, Department of Energy, contractor, and college organizations. He is an expert in classical systems engineering including requirements management, system design, production liaison, hardware/software integration, program management, risk mitigation, and technical leadership. He is a specialist in architectural development of both centralized and distributed systems including DODAF and other types of analysis and model development for entire system performance/throughput estimation and validation. His experience includes Object Oriented software analysis & design using UML, Booch, Ellis RTOOSA, and other OOA/OOD methodologies. Working at Harris Corporation, E-Systems, and for the Navy, John has led or contributed to the development of over a dozen major systems including the Multi-Threat Emitter System (MUTES), the Transformational Satellite Management Operations System (TMOS), locomotive radio remote control systems, and the highest capacity and throughput system ever fielded by Harris Publishing Systems. John has a BSEE from the US Naval Academy, MSEE from the Naval Postgraduate School, and further post-graduate work.  

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