Applied Model-Based Systems Engineering

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This course provides a broad overview of the processes, practices, tools, and techniques that comprise the emerging discipline of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) with a greater focus on application for the user and practitioner. The course begins with a review of the systems engineering framework and protocols that establish the context for MBSE practice. We then examine the evolution of MBSE from paper to software and briefly review the concept and usages of modeling languages (UML, SysML, LML, etc.) and tools. The course focuses on the key value propositions MBSE offers—Capturing, Connecting, Controlling, Communicating, Collaborating and Cycling—with specific examples, lessons learned from applications in NASA and commercial projects. Application of MBSE to develop and deliver artifacts in support of all 17 processes that comprise the NASA Systems Engineering “Engine” across the program/project life cycle are examined in detail. 

Key Topics

  • Systems Engineering Fundamentals – Modeling Systems Engineering
  • Introduction to MBSE and Tools
  • Introduction to Modeling Languages
  • MBSE Across the Life Cycle
  • Modeling System Design
  • Modeling Systems Management
  • Modeling System Realization
  • Hands-on with MBSE Exercises 

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for practicing systems engineers, payload principle investigators, subsystem engineers, propulsion engineers or project managers involved in any phase of the space mission life cycle who are curious about the application of MBSE to their projects and are seeking a basic foundation in the subject, as well as an appreciation for practical application in their own programs/projects. Some basic understanding of systems engineering principles and processes is assumed. 


Jerry Jon Sellers, has over 30 years of space systems experience including Guidance & On-board Navigation Officer in Space Shuttle Mission Control; Assistant Professor of Astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy; and Chief of Astronautics for the Air Force European Office of Aerospace Research & Development. He is an Associate Fellow at AIAA and the former Chairman of the Space Systems Technical Committee. Jerry is a certified Scaled Agile Program Consultant and a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He is also an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.