This months presentation will be Dr. Steven Dam & Dr. Jerry Sellers presenting “Model-Based Reviews” on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014.  Dr. Dam has over 35 years of systems engineering experience being involved with structured analysis, software development, and architecture development.  He is the President and Founder of SPEC Innovations and is the current Programs Chair and a Past President of INCOSE WMA.  Dr Sellers is the author of “Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics” and has over 25 years of space systems experience.  He was the director of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Space Systems Research Center and is currently an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.  Full Abstract and bio can be found bellow.  The presentation will be given at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA with a live broadcast to Chantilly, VA; Dumfries, VA; and Washington, DC.  Social hour starts at 6:00 pm at many locations with presentation starting at 7:00 pm.  More information for each location can be found bellow.

(Main Location) Fairfax, VA (hosted by George Mason University) – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with lite refreshments.  The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  Free for INCOSE members and non-members.  Register & more info at: http://incosewmafeb2014fairfax.eventbrite.com

Chantilly, VA (hosted by The SI Organization) – The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  Free for INCOSE members and non-members.  U.S. citizens only.  Register & more info at: https://incosewmafeb2014chantilly.eventbrite.com

Dumfries, VA (hosted by SURVICE Engineering Company) – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with lite refreshments.  The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  Free for INCOSE members and non-members.  U.S. citizens only.  Register & more info at: https://incosewmafeb2014dumfries.eventbrite.com

L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, DC (hosted by Noblis) – Social hour starts at 5:30 pm at the After Hours Bar (in the building).  The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  Free for INCOSE members and non-members.  U.S. citizens only.  Register & more info at: http://incosewmafeb2014lenfant.eventbrite.com

 

Abstract:
Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) has received much attention in the past few years; however, few have discussed how to use the models themselves as part of the review process. The assumption was that the MBSE tools would produce the necessary documentation and then the review process would proceed as usual. This approach limits the utility of MBSE as suggested changes will be lost in the paper shuffle between the review and the model. It also takes additional time to produce the paper documentation and capture the results. In addition, reviewers will not see the entire model and they will be unable to query the model to determine how good or complete it is. Recently, Stevens Institute of Technology and NASA have been exploring how to use only the MBSE repository as a means to conduct reviews. This paper summarizes some of the lessons learned from conducting these reviews. It also provides insights on how tool developers can do a better job of supporting model-based reviews.

 

Bios:
Steven H. Dam, Ph. D., ESEP
Dr. Dam is the President and Founder of the Systems and Proposal Engineering Company (SPEC Innovations), based in Manassas, VA. He has been involved with structured analysis, software development, and system engineering for over 35 years. He participated in the development of C4ISR Architecture Framework and DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF), the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office (DARO) Vision Architecture, the Business Enterprise Architecture (BEA), and Net-Centric Enterprise Services (NCES) architecture. He currently is applying system-engineering techniques to various DoD projects.

Dr. Dam is currently the Programs Chair and a Past President of the Washington Metropolitan Area (WMA) chapter of INCOSE. Dr. Dam is the author of two systems engineering-based books: “DoD Architecture Framework: A Guide to Applying System Engineering to Develop Integrated, Executable Architectures;” and “Proposal Engineering: A Guide to Developing Winning, Cost-Effective Proposals.” He was a contributor to the DoD/NASA-sponsored textbook entitled “Applied Space Systems Engineering.” Dr. Dam has a BS degree in Physics from George Mason University and a PhD. in Physics from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Dam is also an INCOSE certified Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP).

 

Jerry Sellers, Ph.D.
Dr. Jerry Jon Sellers is author of Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics, and is a contributing author and editor of Applied Space Systems Engineering. He was the director of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Space Systems Research Center. Jerry has over 25 years of space systems experience including Guidance & On-board Navigation Officer in Space Shuttle Mission Control; Assistant Professor of Astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy; and Chief of Astronautics for the Air Force European Office of Aerospace Research & Development. He is an Associate Fellow at AIAA and former Chairman of the Space Systems Technical Committee. He is also an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.