Systems Engineering Seminar

Systems Engineering - Goddard's GPR Guideline, Mission Concept Studies, and Support Tools

Presented by: John Azzolini /592

September 13, 2005, 1:00 p.m.
Building 3 Auditorium

Systems Engineering - Goddard's GPR Guideline, Mission Concept Studies, and Support Tools

John Azzolini will present an overview of GPR 7120.5A Systems Engineering, which provides requirements for the performance of systems engineering on all Goddard projects. An examination of the mission concept study life-cycle phase will be presented to illustrate the implementation process of this guidance. The talk will conclude with a demonstration of a new tool which may support the process.

The GPG 7120.5A may be viewed on-line in the Goddard Directives Management System (GDMS) at:
Select from the dropdown menu: LIBRARIES, DOCUMENT MASTER LIST, GPR / GHB, 7000-7999
NOTE: Only the on-line copy is official as that is the only controlled copy.



John Azzolini is a Senior Systems Engineer assigned to the Systems Engineering Services and Advanced Concepts Branch. He began his career at Goddard in 1967. During the ensuing period, he performed assignments in the areas of control system analysis and design, flight software development, simulation test-bed development, robotics and systems engineering. These assignments supported many missions, among them, the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE), the Solar Maximum Mission (SMM), the Solar Maximum Repair Mission (SMRM), and the Broad Band X-Ray Telescope (BBXRT) Two Axis Pointing System (TAPS). From 1991 through 1995, he served as the Lead System Engineer for the X-Ray Timing Explorer (XTE) spacecraft. Supervisory assignments have included Section Head and Associate Branch Head within the Guidance and Control Branch, Head of the Robotics Branch, and Associate Office Chief of the Systems Engineering Office. He has served on the Agency Systems Engineering Improvement Team and Systems Engineering Forum. He edited and co-authored the original GPG 7120.5 and the revised GPR 7120.5a Systems Engineering Guidelines that are used on all new Goddard Projects. Mr. Azzolini has served as an instructor at Goddard's Technical Manager Training Course, teaching course segments on requirements and verification and validation.


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