Date: October 17, 2012 – 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Jeff Grady  on Systems and Their Environment

Abstract: This presentation defines what the environment of a system is, partitions it into five classes, and identifies a way to extend interface concepts employed by most system engineers for functional interfaces to environmental stresses. A student manual is provided that was developed as a chapter in the next edition of the lecturer’s “System Requirements Analysis” book now in work for Elsevier Academic Press.

Speaker’s Bio: Jeff is a member of INCOSE since the beginning and has been selected as an INCOSE Fellow, Founder, and Expert Systems Engineering Professional. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from San Diego State University, master of science in systems management from USC, and systems engineering certificate from UCSD.

The author’s understanding of the environment required many years of life experiences working on radio communication systems in the Marines for 10 years; 30 years employed in four aerospace companies as a customer training instructor involved in antisubmarine warfare computing systems, as a field engineer and system engineer on unmanned reconnisance, EW, SIGINT, ELINT, strike, and target aircraft systems, later as a system engineer and engineering manager in General Dynamics divisions on development of cruise missiles and space transport systems; plus the past 19 years as an author, consultant, and lecturer in system engineering with many companies. These experiences have left an impression that most engineers, like the author, require several years to evolve a clear appreciation of the environment as it relates to the systems they may become a part of the development team for. While it does not seem that universities address this area adequately in preparing engineers, it is not necessary for this maturation process to extend over a period of many years subsequent to graduation. This paper and the related presentation attempt to explore the environment so as to accelerate this process for the graduate engineer.

SAIC Cafeteria 10260 Campus Point Drive, Bldg C San Diego, CA


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

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Speaker Presentation

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