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Date/Time: April 12 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Brio Tuscan Grille in McLean, VA

Title: Models as a Foundation for Systems Engineering – Should We Expect a Breakthrough?
Presenter: David Long


Though models and modeling techniques have always played a key role in systems engineering, model-based has now become the hot topic in systems engineering. Organizations are investing heavilyin developing new representations, standards, methodologies, and technologies to transform the practice of systems engineering through model-driven paradigms. As we look at the landscape todayand the roadmap tomorrow, projects and practitioners are striving to make sense of this movement – “What does MBSE mean? What would it take to realign our practices? What return on investment will it deliver, now and in the future?”. Assessing the state of systems engineering, the needs of our customers, technology and environmental trends, we will look at what model-based systems engineering is and is not. Most importantly, we will identify opportunities, enablers, obstacles, and threats that will help determine if model-based systems engineering will ultimately transform systems engineering or simply be the next failed silver bullet.

(This presentation is an adaptation and extension of the work originally delivered as the closing plenary for the 3rd International Conference on Model-Based Systems Engineering held in September 2010.)

Presenter Bio:

David Long founded Vitech Corporation in 1992; developed and commercialized CORE, a leading model-based systems engineering software tool used across the globe; and continues to lead the Vitech teamin developing and applying innovative engineering and business process systems to solve the problems of today and tomorrow.

For over twenty years, David has been focused on enabling, applying, and advancing model-based systems engineering to help transform the state of the systems engineering practice. He has played a key technical and management role in refining and extending an underlying language and integrated model for MBSE as well as integrating traditional and SysML representations with the integrated model to expand the analysis and communication toolkit available to systems practitioners.

David’s advanced systems engineering experience is vast, having impacted domestic and international commercial, education, government and military industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics, as well as a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.