Instructor: Brian E. White, Ph.D., CAU<-SES

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2011

Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location: MITRE 1 Facility Room 1H300 – 7525 Colshire Drive McLean, VA 22102

Cost: $95 per attendee includes lunch

Experience Level: This tutorial is geared to those who have worked in systems engineering or a closely related discipline for at least  3 years and are interested alternative perspectives for solving our most difficult problems.

Note: This tutorial was offered at the INCOSE Symposium in Denver.


Systems engineering (SE) activity in System of Systems (SoS), Enterprise Systems Engineering (ESE), and Complex Systems Engineering (CSE) continues to increase. There is controversy as to how well conventional methods of SE are able to handle our most difficult complex systems problems, and whether new ways of systems thinking will help. This tutorial will:

1) explain and give examples of complex systems and CSE;

2) review related definitions and terminology;

3) present CSE principles to create mindsets that will accelerate progress in your application domains;

4) provide tools for characterizing SE environments and what is being done about it;

5) suggest a methodology for CSE.

Teamed class exercises will stimulate creative thought and interactions among participants. The presentation materials and accompanying discussions should deepen our understanding of SE and better prepare us for future SE endeavors

Instructor Biography

Brian E. White received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin, and S.M. and S.B. degrees in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. He served in the U. S. Air Force, and for 8 years was at M.I.T. Lincoln Laboratory. For 5 years Dr. White was a principal engineering manager at Signatron, Inc. In his 28 years at The MITRE Corporation, he held a variety of senior professional staff and project/resource management positions. He was Director of MITRE’s Systems Engineering Process Office, 2003-2009. Dr. White left MITRE in July, 2010, to offer a consulting service, CAUßSES (“Complexity Are Us” ß Systems Engineering Strategies