Topic: Design and Systems Thinking in a Constrained Environment presented by Ellen Chang from LightSpeed Innovations.

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Date: March 16th, 2016

Time: 5:15 PM for networking;  5:30 PM for dinner;  6:00 PM for the program

Where:  Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego 92123

Cost for Dinner: $5 for INCOSE members; $10 for non-members (pay upon your arrival)

PDUs: Earn 1 PDU towards your SEP recertification by attending the presentation.

Abstract: This presentation describes Design Thinking at a basic level and how it relates to Systems Thinking and systems engineering processes.   These concepts are then presented in the context of a constrained environment to dialogue about the creativity required to overcome the challenge of such a design space.  This design space represents the environment that most of us work in, and should assume; we’ll examine how several companies have overcome these constraints to put forth some pioneering concepts and systems.

Bio: Ellen Chang is Managing Partner of LightSpeed Innovations, an aerospace focused accelerator dedicated to fostering aerospace/robotics start-up growth.  Ellen brings over 25 years of experience in strategy, finance, and product development in the technology and aerospace industries.  Her career spans from the U.S. Navy as an intelligence officer to JP Morgan where she focused on exploring and facilitating investing in start-ups.  She later founded her own start-up in the aviation industry where the team focused on building a B2B aviation part sourcing and brokerage focused on business jets.

During her 12 years at Northrop Grumman, she held positions as a systems engineer and program manager, working in design and development of autonomous systems ranging from the Global Hawk to the Unmanned Carrier based unmanned aerial system. In her last position with Northrop Grumman, as a director of the Advanced Mission Systems Division she was responsible for anticipating mission requirements and developing products that would be relevant 5-10 years out. Ellen holds a bachelors degree in history (historiography) from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in Finance from Wharton, and an MS in systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

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