Systems Engineering Seminar

The Art of the Trade Study

Presented by: Mark A. Wilson
CEO, Strategy Bridge International, Inc.

October 3, 2006, 1:00 p.m.
Building 3 Auditorium

The Art of the Trade Study

Systems engineers make decisions constantly. The ability to quickly and efficiently structure and execute a technical trade study is a core systems engineering skill, yet many systems engineers do not apply any formal decision-making processes in seeking solutions to challenging issues. The effective systems engineer systematically builds decisions upon a solid foundation of knowledge of project goals, objectives and relevant information. Those decisions may be made under conditions of tremendous stress and uncertainty, or they may be made in a very rigorous, controlled process with volumes of data.

© 2006 Mark A. Wilson



Mark A. Wilson is CEO of Strategy Bridge International, Inc., a company that helps clients to achieve sustained improvements in performance by bridging the gap between strategy development and bottom-line results. He has worked with Aerospace, Defense, Telecommunications, and Federal organizations, facilitating executive teams in choosing organizational strategies, planning major programs, optimizing resource allocations, and choosing preferred concepts and solutions in engineering trade studies. He conducts training seminars and workshops on project management, systems engineering, project leadership, and collaborative problem solving and decision-making.

Mr. Wilson is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (International Council on Systems Engineering—INCOSE), a Certified Quality Manager (American Society for Quality—ASQ), and has served on the Boards of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the President’s Quality Award. He is a Navy Captain in the Reserve Component, and currently commands a Reserve Space Cadre unit in the Navy Space and Network Warfare Program.

Mr. Wilson earned a Master of Science degree in Systems Technology (Space Systems Operations) from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is also an honor graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California in Russian language studies.


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