Systems Engineering Seminar

Systems Engineering and Architecting:
Some Business and Engineering Perspectives

Presented by: Dinesh Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Professor of Systems Engineering
Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering
Stevens Institute of Technology

June 7, 2005, 1:00 p.m.
Building 3 Auditorium

Systems Engineering and Architecting:
Some Business and Engineering Perspectives

There is enhanced emphasis these days within the government and commercial sectors on the implementation of systems engineering principles and concepts. This is based on an expectation that this discipline can play a key role in the efficient and robust development of complex systems capable of responding to adapting and evolving mission capabilities (in the government and defense sectors), and adapting and evolving consumer expectations and requirements and the competitive landscape (in the commercial sector). Within this environment of great demand and expectation, there are many views on systems engineering. What is it? And, how is it best implemented? Some of these views will be summarized in this presentation.

This talk will present systems engineering from two perspectives: The perspective of a business or organizational leader (strategic perspective), and the perspective of a pragmatic (and often cynical) engineer, developer, and even program manager (tactical perspective). An attempt will also be made to convey the “return on systems engineering investment” using data from a commercial IT organization. This data will be presented in the form of a case study on systems engineering deployment and implementation.



Dinesh Verma received the Ph.D. and the M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Outreach and Executive Education, and Professor in Systems Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. He concurrently serves as Chief Engineer with Strategy Bridge International, a small systems engineering and organizational development company, based in Virginia. 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.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Verma worked as a Research Scientist at Virginia Tech and managed the University’s Systems Engineering Design Laboratory. While at Virginia Tech and afterwards, Verma continues to serve numerous companies in a consulting capacity, to include Eastman Kodak, Lockheed Martin Corporation, L3 Communications, United Defense, Raytheon, IBM Corporation, Sun Microsystems, SAIC, VOLVO Car Corporation (Sweden), NOKIA (Finland), RAMSE (Finland), TU Delft (Holland), Johnson Controls, Ericsson-SAAB Avionics (Sweden), and Motorola. He served as an Invited Lecturer from 1995 through 2000 at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. His professional and research activities emphasize systems engineering and design with a focus on conceptual design evaluation, preliminary design and system architecture, design decision-making, life cycle costing, and supportability engineering. In addition to his publications, Verma has received one patent and has two pending in the areas of life-cycle costing and fuzzy logic techniques for evaluating design concepts.

Dr. Verma has authored over 75 technical papers, book reviews, technical monographs, and co-authored two textbooks: Maintainability: A Key to Effective Serviceability and Maintenance Management (Wiley, 1995), and Economic Decision Analysis (Prentice Hall, 1998). He is a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), a senior member of SOLE, and was elected to Sigma Xi, the honorary research society of America.


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