Date: May 18, 2011 – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dr. Harold Sorenson (UCSD)  on Engineering Complex Systems for the Enterprise

Abstract: This presentation is intended to discuss and inform senior engineering and management leaders to the problems and emerging solution approaches that can enable their complex enterprises to better respond to the challenges of globally distributed operations in a highly dynamic, event-driven environment. The ubiquitous presence of the World-wide Web has induced an environment in which entities are bonded through the exchange of information. Businesses and national security organizations, which are able to operate successfully in this information-bonded environment, have demonstrated outcomes and advantages that are evident to everyone.  An “integrated perspective” that merges the views of management and engineering communities is increasingly recognized as one of the cornerstones of a successful approach dealing with enterprise complexity.  The result can be new and more effective ways for enterprises to enhance their competitive advantage through the rapid fielding of enhanced capabilities based on a close working relationship among all stakeholders, including business leaders and practitioners, enterprise architects and enterprise systems engineers. To conclude the presentation, the Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering (AESE) Leadership Program is introduced and discussed briefly. The AESE Leadership Program is a new Master of Advanced Study program at UCSD, a joint effort of the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management. [Presentation]

About the Speaker: Dr. Harold W. Sorenson is a founding faculty member of UCSD, and is currently a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering. In 1973, he founded the Orincon Corporation, now part of Lockheed Martin in San Diego. He retired from UCSD in 1990. From 1989 to 2001, Dr. Sorenson served as Sr. Vice President and General Manager for the MITRE Corporation, a non-profit organization that applies systems engineering and advanced technologies to address challenges in system development and enterprise modernization for the defense and intelligence communities. He returned to the UCSD in 2003 as faculty director with the charge to develop a new graduate program in architecture- based enterprise systems engineering that has emerged as a joint program between the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management. A long-time scientific and technology advisor to the United States defense and intelligence communities, he chaired the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 1990-1993 and was the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force from 1985-1988. Sorenson is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal, two Exceptional Civilian Service awards and a Meritorious Civilian Award from the Air Force, the Director’s Award from the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Benjamin H. Gold Medal for Engineering from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), and the Air Force Association’s Doolittle Award.


5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Sign-in and Networking/Dinner

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Speaker Presentation

Location: La Jolla Village Professional Center 8950 Villa La Jolla Drive – Suite A-24 La Jolla, CA 92037

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