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Hypermodeling: A Profile for Teaching SysML Modeling

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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SED Technical Session: Systems Thinking

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Systems Engineering

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

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Michael J. Vinarcik is a Chief Solutions Architect at SAIC and an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy. He has nearly thirty 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, International Council on Systems Engineering, and American Society for Engineering Education regional and international conferences. He is a regular speaker at the 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. He is the President and Founder of Sigma Theta Mu, the systems honor society.

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Competent execution of descriptive models in SysML, the system modeling language, facilitates rigor and analysis in support of systems architecture and engineering activities. However, this requires mastery of SysML, the selected modeling tool, and the method used. A semester-long course is not long enough to provide students with adequate time and experience to independently construct a high-quality model. This paper details the content and use of the hypermodel profile, originally released by the author in 2017. It contains an organizational structure, stereotypes, queries, analysis aids, metrics, and quality checks that can be leveraged by students. Use of the profile allows students to focus on the intellectual content of their assignments while modeling in compliance to a provided style guide. It permits them to experience the benefits of automated quality checks, detailed inferential queries, and other modeling aids without having to have the advanced knowledge to construct them independently. This approach also exposes students to the full benefits of a sophisticated model and encourages them to explore and gain deeper insights into their system of interest. The specifics of the hypermodel profile will be presented, including its organization, content, and customizations. Guidelines for its use will be presented in conjunction with lessons learned from its use at the University of Detroit Mercy in the Master of Science Product Development, Systems Engineering Certificate, and Advanced Electric Vehicle programs.

Vinarcik, M. J. (2019, June), Hypermodeling: A Profile for Teaching SysML Modeling Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida.

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