Asee peer logo

A Pragmatic Approach to Teaching Model Based Systems Engineering: The PRZ-1

Download Paper |


2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 2

Tagged Division

Systems Engineering

Page Count




Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Michael J. Vinarcik P.E. University of Detroit Mercy

visit author page

Michael J. Vinarcik is a Senior Lead Systems Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton and an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy. He has over twenty-five years of automotive and defense engineering experience. He received a BS (Metallurgical Engineering) from the Ohio State University, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and an MS (Product Development) from the University of Detroit Mercy. Michael has presented at National Defense Industrial Association Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposia, International Council on Systems Engineering and American Society for Engineering Education regional conferences, and a tutorial at the 2010 INCOSE International Symposium. He was a Featured Speaker at the 2016 No Magic World Symposium and is one of two Keynote Speakers at the 2017 No Magic World Symposium. Michael has contributed chapters to Industrial Applications of X-ray Diffraction, Taguchi’s Quality Engineering Handbook, and Case Studies in System of Systems, Enterprise Systems, and Complex Systems Engineering; he also contributed a case study to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK). He is a licensed Professional Engineer (Michigan) and holds INCOSE ESEP-Acq, OCSMP: Model Builder – Advanced, Booz Allen Hamilton Systems Engineering Expert Belt, ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, and ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer certifications. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit, chaired the 2010-2011 INCOSE Great Lakes Regional Conferences, and was the 2012 President of the INCOSE Michigan Chapter. He currently co-leads INCOSE’s Model Based Conceptual Design Working Group and is the President and Founder of Sigma Theta Mu, the systems honor society.

visit author page

Download Paper |


Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is transforming how systems engineering is practiced. System modeling with SysML (the Systems Modeling Language) drives rigor and crispness into the formulation of system behavior, structure, and parametrics. The author has introduced MBSE into the Systems Architecture and Systems Engineering courses that are part of the MS Product Development (MPD) program at the University of Detroit Mercy. This presentation will discuss lessons learned over the course of several years, culminating in the capstone project from the Spring 2016 Systems Engineering course. In that course, students were required to model a polar exploration submarine, starting from a handful of system elements provided by the instructor. Over the course of the exercise, the students matured the model, increasing its detail and complexity through organic growth. The final outcome was a respectable fraction of the size of large, professionally executed efforts (such as the 30 meter telescope model still under development). The significant advantages in clarity, consistency, and overall integrity of a model-driven systems engineering effort will be highlighted; an emphasis will be placed on derived work products (tables, matrices, and derived properties) and their ability to provide relevant content to stakeholders.

Vinarcik, M. J. (2017, June), A Pragmatic Approach to Teaching Model Based Systems Engineering: The PRZ-1 Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27499

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2017 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015