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Systems Engineering Approach to First Responder Interoperability

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

A Systems-Thinking Approach to Solving Problems

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Systems Engineering

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22.1366.1 - 22.1366.16



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Adeel Khalid Southern Polytechnic State University

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Dr. Adeel Khalid is an Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) in Marietta, Georgia USA. His expertise include Multidisciplinary design and optimization of Aerospace systems. He has worked as systems engineer at Avidyne Corporation. The company manufactures glass cockpits for general aviation aircraft. Dr. Khalid was involved in architecture definition, design and development of cockpit avionics. He is experienced in test case scripting, verification and validation of Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Multi-Functional Display (MFD) applications. He is adept in performing requirements definition, analysis, review, management, and documentation using Dynamic Object Oriented Requirements Software (DOORS). As a lead systems engineer, he played an instrumental role in designing, developing, and testing the next generation of Entegra Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS).

Dr. Khalid received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds Master of Science degrees in the discipline of Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, and Industrial, and Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He obtained Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute. His academic background is notable for a strong emphasis on research and teaching. As a researcher at Georgia Tech, he worked on system design of Aerospace vehicles. His research is focused on system level design optimization and integration of disciplinary analyses. Dr. Khalid has held the positions of adjunct professor at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and SPSU. He has also worked as postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Tech.

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Scott C. Banks Georgia Tech Research Institute

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Scott Banks is a Research Engineer with the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s (GTRI) Electronic Systems Laboratory (ELSYS). Scott has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and Masters of Systems Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University. Scott is Branch head of Software Tool Engineering in the Electronic Systems Division. He has more than 20 years experience in system testing, integration, quality assurance and process improvement. Prior to joining GTRI, Scott was instrumental in system testing and development process improvements at TransCore and Northrop Grumman. Scott has presented at the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Systems Engineering and CMMI conferences. He is an Atlanta Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) Board Member.

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Systems Engineering Approach to First Responder Interoperability ABSTRACTThe purpose of this paper is to investigate the technologies, policies and standards that arecurrently being developed to assist first responders in successfully managing major incidents.Using systems engineering approach, the technology, policies, standards and procedures that arenecessary in creating an effective system for disaster responses will be evaluated andrecommendations made. First responders need to work and coordinate with a variety of agenciesthat may not have similar communications equipment, policies and tools. First responders canfind themselves unable to communicate with other agencies or unable to locate and applyresources when responding to a major incident or natural disaster. This can seriously hinder theability to plan for and respond to major events. A successful system will aid in coordinating,tracking and managing resources. Specifically, an appropriate system can aid first responders inexchanging valuable information seamlessly and provide a factor of safety for the individualresponder.

Khalid, A., & Banks, S. C. (2011, June), Systems Engineering Approach to First Responder Interoperability Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18934

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