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Conference Plenary Speakers


Tuesday Morning, March 20, 2012
8:15 am – 8:45 am

  Christi A. Gau Pagnanelli

Christi A. Gau Pagnanelli
Boeing Defense, Space and Security - Director, Systems Engineering
The Boeing Company, USA

Abstract Title:
 Leaders Shaping the Future of Systems Engineering

Abstract: Today’s defense and aerospace industries are characterized by increasingly complex demands in the face of diverse threats and constrained resources.  The challenge to us as Systems Engineers is clear:  “Do more, without more”.  The tremendous growth and prestige of aerospace following World War II and throughout the Cold War established the operating principles and business model that have shaped the industry over the past 60 years.  The pace of change over the past six decades has been remarkable.  However, since the end of the Cold War and 9/11 we have seen acceleration in the pace of change and a new direction emerge in the aerospace industry.

Recent policy changes such as the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, are forcing the Systems Engineering community to re-evaluate these long-standing practices and look for a new way to increase productivity while meeting the changing demands of a broad set of diverse requirements. While these new approaches and technologies bring the promise of improved productivity and collaboration, the single most important factor in our collective success is talent and leadership in Systems Engineering.  Developing leaders with a broad set of skills, combined with systems thinking are the key to meeting complex challenges in an ever-changing world.

Biography: In her current role, she is responsible for defining and implementing Systems Engineering best practices, processes and tools to be used across Boeing programs.  Christi has over 25 years of experience in the Aerospace Industry primarily in Program/Project Management and Systems Engineering.

Her experiences include Deputy Program Manager of Vigilare for Boeing Australia Limited where she was responsible for program execution.  Gau Pagnanelli joined Vigilare from various satellite and proprietary programs where her last position was the Director of Systems Engineering.  Prior she held leadership positions responsible for systems integration and test laboratory, mission software, hardware/software integration, and program tools and processes.

Tuesday Luncheon, March 20, 2012
12:00 noon – 1:15 pm

David Mason

David Mason
Assistant Director, Student Division
International Council on Systems Engineering, USA

INCOSE Student Division and Youth Outreach Programs: Preparing the Next Generation of Engineers

Abstract: Youth Outreach originated within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives though out the world to introduce students to these fields toward their selected education paths. These programs can be found at all levels of education having the efforts to introduce students to the excitement, challenges, and rewards associated with these professional careers. These programs include developing lesson plans for grade schools, organizations providing mental challenges, engineering competitions, and universities combining an ‘engineering experience’ with the class room curriculum.  

Discussions will include the EIE efforts to bring STEM lesson plans into the class room, FIRST, ISEF, Student Division, the INCOSE initiatives of Graduate Recommended Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRSCE), System Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK), and the INCOSE Academic Forum.  A solicitation challenge for additional mentors to reach to the youth of today will be presented to those in attendance.

Biography: Mr. Mason holds a MSBA in Quantitative Analysis, is a Certified System Engineer Professional (CSEP), and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  Mr. Mason retired from the Aerospace industry as a System Engineer with over thirty years experience in the Systems Integration and Test arena.  Mr. Mason enjoys reaching out to the youth of today to advocate the rewards of assorted STEM careers and assist the ‘future engineers’ of tomorrow to find their life’s passion in these exciting careers.

Wednesday Morning, March 21, 2012
8:05 am – 9:00 am

Debra Facktor Lepore


Debra Facktor Lepore
Industry Professor and Program Director, Technical Leadership
Stevens Institute of Technology, USA

Title: How fast can we engineer effective solutions... and how?

Abstract: This presentation examines expedited systems engineering as applied to Department of Defense (DoD) rapid capability and urgent needs.  However, the talk applies to any program driven by “time to market."   Systems engineering needs to achieve dramatic reduction in time to develop a fieldable, first-article product, implement foreseeable classes of fielded systems changes, and rapidly adapt to unforeseeable threats or market shifts. Existing systems engineering tools, processes, and technologies are beginning to support rapid design changes or feature enhancements within acceptable cost and schedule constraints.

The foundation for this presentation is ongoing work on the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) Research Task-34, Expedited Systems Engineering.  The presentation will share the surprising feedback regarding how we can better engineer schedule-driven solutions, from three perspectives:  product, processes, and people.  Just how fast SE methods, processes and tools can effectively accelerate development time remains to be seen.

Biography: Debra Facktor Lepore is a rocket scientist and “serial entrepreneur,” with over 20 years experience in the aerospace industry. Her most recent venture was president of AirLaunch LLC, funded by DARPA and the Air Force to develop an operationally responsive small satellite launch capability. At Kistler Aerospace Corporation, she played a senior role in developing a privately-funded, fully reusable launch vehicle. She started her career at ANSER and later served as its Chief of Moscow Operations in Russia.  Ms. Lepore is an Industry Professor at Stevens and Program Director of its inaugural Master’s of Engineering in Technical Leadership program.  She also serves as Director of Strategic Programs for the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), the University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) that Stevens leads for the Department of Defense. Ms. Lepore is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), an Academician in the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and President of the Women in Aerospace Foundation.

Wednesday Luncheon, March 21, 2012
12:00 noon – 1:15 pm

David Sharp

David Sharp
Senior Technical Fellow
The Boeing Company, USA

Title: Extending Standard Black Box System Decomposition For Software Intensive Systems and Systems Of Systems

Abstract: Traditional real-time embedded systems often tightly couple hardware and software. Because software development may take several years for large systems, even initially fielded systems may include obsolete hardware. When hardware is upgraded, associated software often requires substantial redesign and/or complete re-implementation. While the costs of these co-dependencies are well-known, this hardware-software relationship also simplified collaboration between system and software engineers. Software products were custom crafted for particular computers. Integrating the software for that configuration item with other configuration items was synonymous with integrating associated subsystems or systems.

Bridging the gap between system engineering expectations and software implementation realities is critical to successful integration planning and execution in these loosely coupled software intensive systems. In addition to describing the differences between these system and software perspectives to aid collaboration, this talk will discuss the appropriate application of the two perspectives and approaches to integrating them within a combined system & software engineering effort, especially as applied to system of systems.

Biography: David Sharp is a Senior Technical Fellow of The Boeing Company, located in St. Louis, Missouri. Dave specializes in software architecture and development for embedded and networked systems and systems of systems (SOSs), working with a number of Boeing’s defense and commercial programs. From 2004 – 2011, Dave was the Chief Software Architect for the US Army’s Future Combat Systems system of systems program. From 1996 – 2003, Dave was the Lead Architect for the Boeing Bold Stroke Software Architecture effort, developing an object oriented software architecture reusable throughout a fighter aircraft product line. Dave also led a number of associated DARPA and Air Force Research Laboratory-sponsored embedded systems and software research projects based on Bold Stroke.

Wednesday Banquet, March 21, 2012
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Donna Rhodes

Donna Rhodes
Senior Lecturer and Principal Research Scientist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Title: Challenges of Creating Synergies in Systems of Systems Research

Abstract: The significant growth of systems of systems has spawned numerous new research programs that are beginning to generate findings that hold potential for advancing the practice.   Yet, rarely does any one individual research outcome have true impact; rather it is the synergy of multiple outcomes.  In creating these synergies, our community faces challenges that are twofold.  The first is how to effectively synthesize individual contributions into beneficial knowledge assets such as a new method, teaching case, or a set of design principles.  The second challenge is the difficulty of comprehending the big picture of what research results are being produced, as well as how these may interrelate.   Further, we should ask whether there are important gaps that need to be addressed. 

Clearly, progress has been made. There have been many framing approaches and research agendas that have been developed by various individuals and organizations, and efforts to create community-level research agendas.   While useful, these are some about important themes and topics.  A map of specific ongoing and completed research, with a means for new research to map to the larger whole, is proposed as a possible way forward.  The speaker will introduce a concept for this, drawing from the ideas of systems pioneer A.D. Hall in his morphology of systems engineering.  Several Illustrative examples of creating research synergies will also be highlighted. 

Biography: Dr. Donna H. Rhodes is a Senior Lecturer and Principal Research Scientist in the Engineering Systems Division at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is director of the MIT Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEAri), with research on advanced systems engineering methods and architecting practices for systems and enterprises. She is a Past President and Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering. She received a Ph.D. in Systems Science from Binghamton University.

Thursday Morning, March 22, 2012
8:45 am – 10:00 am

Tom Christian
Director of AF Center for Systems Engineering

Thursday Luncheon, March 22, 2012
12:00 noon – 1:15 pm

Col. H. Garth Anderson

Col H. Garth Anderson
Principal Investigator
US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, USA

Title: Contingency Basing Integration Technology Evaluation Center – An Experimental Contingency Base at Fort Leonard Wood To Promote Sustainable Design and Construction

Abstract: Contingency forward operating bases are sustained through long and often vulnerable supply lines. Nearly all base command, combat and support systems are dependent on petroleum based fuel, either directly or indirectly through power generation. It is imperative that contingency bases reduce their energy demand and reduce the dependence on fossil fuels.  Improving the efficiency of base camp systems such as power generation, water consumption and waste treatment, we can improve sustainability and reduce base vulnerability. 

To ensure potential contingency base technologies are suitable for acquisition and deployment to forward areas, they must be thoroughly tested in realistic conditions under full soldier loads.  The Contingency Base Integration Technology Evaluation Center (CBITEC) is a new facility under construction at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri that will provide this testing and evaluation platform.  CBITEC is designed to replicate a forward operating base and all of its systems while being also used as a training facility for units, staffs and leaders.  This provides realistic conditions and loads to evaluate potential power, water production and waste treatment technologies.

Biography: Garth Anderson is an Engineer Colonel in the Army Reserve who recently traveled to Afghanistan to collect data and conduct interviews of contingency base camp personnel. Previous assignments include Commander of the 353rd Engineer Group and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Facilities Engineer Group. In 2002 he served as the base engineer at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan and oversaw the construction and management of numerous forward operating bases in the theater. He currently serves in the Center for Strategic Leadership at the US Army War College.

As a civilian, he serves as a Principal Investigator in the US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, IL.  His previous assignment was with the USACE Kansas City District where he served as a Military Construction Program Manager and Project Manager.  He has also managed large Superfund investigation and remediation projects in Missouri, Kansas, New Jersey and New York.