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    CASE Program - Day Three

    CASE Program – Day Three

    14 August, 0930–1200

    Track 1, Session 3: Managing Complexity: Academic and Industry Perspective on Metrics for Complex Systems

    Session Chair and Moderator: Dan DeLaurentis, Purdue University


     A series of speakers will provide their perspectives on managing complexity as it pertains to aerospace systems development.

    • Dan DeLaurentis (Purdue University) – Overview of Research Threads in Complexity-Aided Design
    • Laura McGill (Raytheon) – An Industry Perspective on Managing Complexity
    • Douglas Allaire (Massachusetts Institute of Technology ) – An Information-Theoretic Metric of System Complexity
    • Douglas Stuart (The Boeing Company) – Thoughts on Explicit Use of Complexity in Design Trade-offs
    • Kirstie L. Bellman (Aerospace Corporation) – Complexity Is Not The Enemy (but Complex Metrics Need to Provide a Better Basis for Analysis and Decision-making)


    Track 2, Session 3 and Track 3, Session 3: Workforce Skills Development

    Session Chair and Moderator: Brett Hoffstadt, The Boeing Company

    Session Co-Chair and Moderator: Steven D'Urso, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign

    This session will focus on issues related to the skills in a workforce that have strong influence on whether or not complex aerospace systems can be successfully designed, delivered, and sustained. Major questions this session will address are:

    1. How do complex aerospace systems justify rethinking how we train our current workforce with regards to Systems Engineering and other technical disciplines? 
    2. Do we need to reconsider our teachings and approaches with Program Management & Leadership for complex aerospace systems? 
    3. What role do non-technical skills (e.g. “soft skills”) play in the success or failure of complex aerospace systems? 
    4. How can or should academic programs be contributing to this skill development? 
    5. What are some innovative approaches to developing these necessary skills in academia and industry?

    CASE attendees or any AIAA member can help define the content and format of this session. You can vote for or submit your most pressing question or issue, your requested takeaways, and suggestions for the session format by going to this website.

    The panelists providing their insight to this joint session are:

    • Debra Facktor Lepore (Ball Aerospace and Technology Corp.)
    • Steven Dunn (Jacobs Technology Inc. at NASA Langley)
    • Franz-Josef Kahlen (University of Cape Town)
    • David M. Rogers (Rolls-Royce Corporation)


    14 August, 1330–1530 hrs

    Track 1, Session 4: Making the Business Case for Model Based Engineering

    Session Chair and Moderator: Louisa Guise, Raytheon


    The session will begin with a two invited presentations to set the stage for the discussion on MBE:

    • David Nichols (JPL) – Realizing the Potential of Model Based Systems Engineering Through the Product Lifecycle
    • Bob Erickson (Raytheon) – Model Based Manufacturing at Raytheon Missile Systems

    The reminder of the session will be devoted to a panel discussion on Model Based Engineering. The panelists are:

    • Gregory Roth (USAF Wright-Patterson AFB)
    • Gary Kamsickas (Boeing)
    • Christopher Forgie (Boeing)
    • Eelco Scholte (UTC Aerospace Systems)
    • David Nichols (JPL)
    • Bob Erickson (Raytheon) 

    Track 2, Session 4: Direction and Integration of Experimental Ground Test Capabilities and Computational Methods, Part I

    Session Chair and Moderator: Steve Dunn, Jacobs Technology, Inc.
    Session Co-Chair: George Sydnor, NASA Langley

    Subject: Provide a 10 to 20 year vision on the relationship between and the evolution of experimental ground testing and computational methods. Will analysis be more dominant or will more experiments be needed or will some steady state exist? In this context, define the key issues, barriers to progress, and other concerns/problems. The goal is to establish a context -- in terms of test regime strengths and weaknesses -- and problem statement.
    Approach: Combine a facilitated/moderated panel session with a virtual panel (following the conference) to answer panel session questions (combination of prepared questions and ones from the audience). A second panel will be convened at the 2014 AIAA SciTech Conference to answer (citing best practices, lessons learned, and other solutions) the issues and questions from CASE.


    The panelists for the CASE 2013 session are:

    • Tom Wayman (Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation)
    • Ed Marquart (Raytheon Missile Systems)
    • Shigeya Watanabe (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
    • Ruben Delrosario (NASA)
    • Alex Krynytzky (Boeing Commercial Airplanes).

    Work Product: The CASE session work product will be a briefing, with responses tabulated as data. A formal paper will result from the CASE and the SciTech panels. The briefing will be used as an oral presentation for the SciTech panel to introduce the panel subject matter and frame the issues to be addressed.


    Track 3, Session 4: Program Organization

    Session Chair and Moderator: Anna-Maria McGowen, NASA Langley

    Program organizations are a critical foundation for all work in complex aerospace systems. Organizations must address topics such as communication strategies, leadership, responsibilities, culture, and structure for increasingly large and distributed teams. This session will focus on considerations that need to be made in order to establish an effective to organization to address the product or service goals. A moderated panel format will be used to discussion related issues. The panelists will also deliver a short presentation on organizational issues.

    • Ali Abbas (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): Adding Trade-offs to Design Requirements for Improved Decision Making Systems Design
    • Bob Broeder (The Boeing Company): Functional Organizations and the Drive to Engineering Excellence
    • Jeff Loren (Dynamics Research Corporation HPTG): Need for Robust and Consistently Applied Decision Analysis in DoD Acquisition.
    • Jeff Hamstra (Lockheed Martin): Challenges for Nest Generation Aerospace Systems

    The panelists will address organization challenges they have encountered in their programs or organizations. Over-arching question: How do you design the organization to better design complex aerospace systems?


    Specifics include challenges and opportunities related to:

    1. Transitions in the product development cycle: How do organizations affect transitions as the system moves from research to development to production and sustainment? How do organizations manage when each phase or parts of each phase are performed in different time zones?
    2. Organization Structure: What are principal considerations regarding organizational structures? What are effective, ineffective structures? How do we change/adapt our structures? What are the implications of different organizational structures on workforce development, program management, etc.?
    3. Communication and Knowledge Networking: As systems grow in size and complexity, the organization grows and diversifies. What are methods and strategies for organizational networking, sharing knowledge and results, and enabling team cohesion with virtual, distributed, or multi-national teams? How are complex system interfaces addressed via efficient interactions laterally across an organization?
    4. Leadership throughout an Organization: What specific steps can Managers, Executives, and Leaders take to effectively leverage their organizations to ensure program success? Where can we strategically place mid-level leaders in the organization for improved effectiveness? 
    5. Skill Balance and team formulation: What considerations do organizations need to make with respect to developing effective teams including balancing out-sourcing and in-house staff?

    14 August, 1600-1800 hrs


    CASE Wrap-up: Taking our Next Steps into a Complex World…

    This is our opportunity to collect our thoughts and have a final discussion on complexity as it pertains to the development of aerospace systems. The CASE 2013 Program Chairs will share their insights from the event using a panel discussion format. CASE 2013 General Chair Allen Arrington will provide closing remarks and also set the path forward for future discussion on complexity in aerospace systems.

    • CASE 2013 Executive Chair: Wilson Felder (Stevens Institute of Technology)
    • CASE 2013 General Chair: Allen Arrington (Sierra Lobo, Inc.)
    • CASE 2013 General Co-Chair: Abdollah Khodadoust (The Boeing Company)
    • CASE 2013 Program Chairs:
      • Track 1: Laura McGill (Raytheon)
      • Track 2: David Dress (NASA Langley) and Mark Melanson (Lockheed Martin)
      • Track 3: Sophia Bright (The Boeing Company) and Nancy Andersen (Lockheed Martin)