Managing System Complexity with Model-Based Systems Engineering

Date:            12 December 2019

Location:       UMW Dahlgren Campus – University Hall (Room 110)

Refreshments will be served at 8:00am, and the lecture begins promptly at 8:30am.

The lecture is open to the public.  Registration is requested as space is limited (registration form below).

Summary:  Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is a mysterious concept that means various things to different stakeholders.  MBSE was envisioned to manage the increasing complexity within systems, by replacing traditional document-based system engineering with a model-based approach.  However, more than a decade after MBSE was introduced, many systems engineering efforts still default to “document-based representations” rather than an integrated, “virtual,” representation of the system.  In a practical sense, this leads to conflicting system requirements caused by different representations of the same system entity within the model. This presentation defines MBSE as the formalized application of modeling (static and dynamic) to support system design and analysis, throughout all phases of the system lifecycle, and through the collection of modeling languages, structures, model-based processes, and presentation frameworks used to support the discipline of systems engineering in a model-based or model-driven context.   MBSE allows for complexity to be managed more efficiently because each entity is ideally represented in the model only once, thereby creating a virtual representation of the system within the model.  Successful implementation of MBSE will increase the efficiency and clarity of the system through this virtual representation, and will provide the foundation for the evolutionary steps of Model-Centric Engineering and Digital Engineering. MBSE has the potential to revolutionize the systems engineering discipline.

Bio:   Dr. Warren Vaneman is a Professor of Practice in the Systems Engineering Department at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey, CA. He has more than 30 years of leadership and technical positions within the U.S. Navy and the Intelligence Community. Since joining NPS, in 2012, Dr. Vaneman has been conducting research, and teaching courses, in Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and System of Systems Engineering. Prior to joining NPS, Dr. Vaneman has held various systems engineering positions within the Intelligence Community.  Dr. Vaneman is also a Retired Captain in the Navy Reserve, where he was qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer, Space Cadre Expert, and Information Dominance Warfare Officer. He has a B.S. from the State University of New York Maritime College, a M.S. in Systems Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1 Certificate from the Naval War College.

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