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Mission Engineering Competencies

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 2: SE Applications

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Systems Engineering

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16

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Nicole A.C. Hutchison Stevens Institute of Technology

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Dr. Nicole Hutchison is a Research Engineer at the SERC. Her primary work through the SERC includes the Helix project. Previously she was a member of the BKCASE research team. Before joining Stevens, she spent 5 years working for Analytic Services, supporting the US Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. She holds a PhD in systems engineering from Stevens and her INCOSE CSEP.

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Sergio Luna Stevens Institute of Technology

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Sergio Luna is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. His research interests include the implication of social media information on emergency management systems, enterprise modeling, and network abstractions. Prior to joining
Stevens, Sergio was a Research Assistant at The Research Institute for Manufacturing and
Engineering Systems (RIMES) in El Paso, TX. Sergio holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a
MS in Systems Engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso.

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William D. Miller Stevens Institute of Technology

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William Miller is a Senior Researcher for the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) and Adjunct Professor in the School of Systems & Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology with over 40 years professional experience in systems engineering, program management, and product management. At Bell Laboratories, he worked as a Member of the Technical Staff on the concept formulation, development, introduction and operational improvement of commercial telecommunications services and then as the Systems Engineering Manager in the concept formulation, development, introduction and operational improvement of specialized communications systems for government and defense. He was Product Manager for a business communications product in the AT&T General Departments and Program Manager for development of advanced technology for the last mile in the AT&T Local Infrastructure and Access Management organization. He is a systems engineering consultant to industry and government. Bill is the editor-in-chief of INSIGHT magazine, past Technical Director and former Secretary of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He is a member of the IEEE. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He comes to the practice of systems engineering as a control and communications systems engineer.

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Hoong Yan See Tao Stevens Institute of Technology

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Dr. Hoong Yan See Tao is a postdoctoral researcher at SERC. Hoong Yan recently graduated with a PhD in systems engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in 2017. She has been working with the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) on different projects since 2015. She was the Summer Pre-College Program Instructor for Systems Engineering and the IEEE Millburn STEM Coding Club Instructor in 2016. She was the recipient of the Stevens Outstanding Female Graduate Student Leader Award (2015) and the Stevens Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award (2014). She was the president of the INCOSE Student Division at Stevens (2013-2014). Hoong Yan earned her BS and MS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). At UTEP, she worked in the Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems and was the team leader for two NASA and Texas Space Grant Consortium design challenges. She was also the president of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) student chapter at UTEP (2011). Hoong Yan worked as an engineering and technical writing specialist with EdComm, Inc.

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Dinesh Verma Stevens Institute of Technology

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Dinesh Verma received the Ph.D. (1994) and the M.S. (1991) in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. He served as the Founding Dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises and Professor in Systems Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology from 2007 through 2016. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a US Department of Defense sponsored University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) focused on systems engineering research. During his fifteen years at Stevens he has successfully proposed research and academic programs exceeding $150m in value. Verma served as Scientific Advisor to the Director of the Embedded Systems Institute in Eindhoven, Holland from 2003 through 2008. Prior to this role, he served as Technical Director at Lockheed Martin Undersea Systems, in Manassas, Virginia, in the area of adapted systems and supportability engineering processes, methods and tools for complex system development and integration.

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Gregg T. Vesonder Stevens Institute of Technology

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Gregg Vesonder is an Industry Professor in Software Engineering and Cyber-Physical Systems at Stevens Institute of Technology. He is the Director of The Software Engineering program and Director of the Altorfer Design Studio Lab. Prior to this role he served as Executive Director of the Cloud Platforms Research Department at AT&T Labs Research. His Department at AT&T Labs Research focused both on Cloud Platforms and Mobile and Pervasive Systems.

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Jon Patrick Wade Stevens Institute of Technology

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Jon Wade is a Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at the Stevens Institute of Technology and currently serves as the Director of the Systems and Software Division and Chief Technology Officer for the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) where he is leading research in the use of technology in systems engineering education and complex systems. Previously, Dr. Wade was the Executive Vice President of Engineering at International Game Technology where he managed corporate wide research and development. Dr. Wade spent ten years at Sun Microsystems during which time he managed the development of Enterprise Servers. Prior to this, he led advanced development of supercomputer systems at Thinking Machines Corporation. Dr. Wade received his SB, SM, EE and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Abstract

Mission Engineering, or capabilities engineering, is the development and deployment of capabilities by applying an operational mission context to the relevant systems of systems (SoS) engaged in performing the mission. Mission engineering differs from traditional systems engineering because from the mission engineering perspective, the individual systems that comprise the capabilities are inherently flexible, functionally overlapping, multi-mission platforms supported by a complex backbone of information communication networks. The SoS approach has arisen in response to the needs for capabilities requiring multiple linked systems that are greater than the sum of the capabilities of the constituent parts.

One question is what is the critical competency skills required to successfully accomplish mission engineering? This research task has several objectives, the results of which will be reported to conference attendees. The project: • Identifies competencies for mission engineering that are truly unique, showing where there is separation from the generally demanded systems engineering competencies. • Identifies critical overlaps between mission engineering and systems engineering competencies. • Identifies aspects of mission engineering that are general enough to be considered critical by the broader acquisition workforce, yet specific enough to support building interdisciplinary mission engineering knowledge and abilities. • Develops a Mission Engineering Competency Model that supports the engineering community but also provides input to other career fields (e.g. Program Management, Test & Evaluation, etc.) unique to their responsibilities to support and manage mission engineering. • Conducts a gap analysis comparing current curricula against the competency requirements. • Provides recommendations on creating a mission engineering curriculum, as well as modifying the applicable career fields’ curricula to build interdisciplinary mission engineering knowledge and abilities.

The research team will present the current state of the project at ASEE 2018, including: the Mission Engineering Competency Model at the conference; the relationships between mission engineering, systems engineering, and system of systems engineering as defined in the interview data and from open source literature; any findings on common approaches for developing mission engineering competencies; and any identified gaps in current education for mission engineering.

Hutchison, N. A., & Luna, S., & Miller, W. D., & See Tao, H. Y., & Verma, D., & Vesonder, G. T., & Wade, J. P. (2018, June), Mission Engineering Competencies Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30812

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