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Systems Engineering in the Modern Era – Systems Thinking

Date : Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Time : 6PM – 9PM

Locations : McLean, VA & Washington, DC

Presenter : Dr. Robert Edson & Dr. Robert Pitsko



Dr. Robert Edson is a Principle systems engineer at MITRE Corporation. Dr. Edson is experienced in problem definition, system mapping, extended enterprise design and governance, analysis of alternatives, and concept of operations, and assessments of complex sociotechnical systems. Prior to MITRE, Robert served as Vice President and CIO at ANSER, a not-for-profit defense studies and analysis organization that ran the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, one of the DHS FFRDCs. He also served as the corporate lead for internal research, in which capacity he led the development of the corporate systems thinking capability. Prior to the CIO position, Robert served as a Distinguished Analyst/Fellow supporting a diverse set of DoD and civil agencies. Robert has served in a progression of industry technical and management positions in the environment, emergency management, and technology development areas. Robert began his career as a Naval Officer, filling billets in the Surface Warfare Geophysics communities.

Dr. Edson. graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology from George Mason and a Master’s of Science in Physical Oceanography (emphasis on computational fluid dynamics and numerical modeling) from the Naval Postgraduate School. His PhD in Systems Engineering was awarded from Stevens Institute of Technology where he researched frameworks for the characterization, operations, and governance of public extended enterprises.

Dr. Rob Pitsko is the End to End Systems Engineering Department Head of the Systems Engineering Technical Center based out of McLean, Virginia and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. He is responsible for applying business and management strategies to research and laboratory settings for the Systems Engineering Technical Center. This includes oversight and hands-on engagement in all technical aspects of the systems engineering and research program including systems thinking, research, laboratory and special initiatives, as well as contributions in systems engineering for complex systems and related modeling and simulation. Dr. Pitsko also helped develop and currently co-leads, the MITRE Innovation Program Agile Enterprises research portfolio, which funds over 20 active research projects exploring measures, principles and tools for both organization and technical agility.
Dr. Pitsko received the M.E. and Ph.D in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and his B.S. in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University. As an Adjunct Professor with Stevens Institute of Technology, he teaches the graduate course, SYS625 (Foundation of Systems Engineering) and SYS 650 (System Architecture and Design). Additionally, he remains an active SERC MITRE Doctoral Fellow, routinely provide talks describing Complex Systems research to the academic and DoD sponsor community. His professional and research activities emphasize systems engineering and design with a focus on conceptual design evaluation, adaptability, complex system design and system architecture and System of Systems Engineering