Mr. Welby will use the context of DoD Systems Engineering to discuss some challenges to the practice and profession of systems engineering – with a focus on 1) How we manage complexity 2) How we identify and manage risk and 3) How we develop future Engineering Leaders.


Mr. Stephen P. Welby was appointed the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering in September 2009. He is the principal systems engineering advisor to the Secretary of Defense and is responsible for establishing and executing engineering policy and oversight across the Department. His responsibilities include pre-acquisition development planning; engineering support to design, development and manufacturing; and independent engineering review, technical risk assessment and engineering analysis across the Department’s portfolio of major acquisition programs. He provides functional leadership to more than 40,000 Defense acquisition professionals in the DoD systems planning, research, development, and engineering (SPRDE) and production, quality, and manufacturing (PQM) workforce. Mr Welby also serves as the Defense Standardization Executive.

Cost: $25


McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant
8484 Westpark Drive
McLean, VA 22102

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant8484 Westpark DriveMcLean, VA 22102


Mixed Greens Salad or
Caesar Salad

Pesto Cream Pasta or
Parmesan Chicken or
Shrimp Scampi

Chocolate Truffle Cake or
Creme Brulee