Applied Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) – Online Short Course (18–21 Nov 2024) 18 November - 21 November 2024 Online

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Instructed by Teaching Science and Technology Inc. (TSTI) 
  • From 18–21 November 2024 (4 5-Hour Days, 20 Total Hours, Class Dates: 18, 19, 20, 21 November)

  • Daily from 12–5 p.m. Eastern Time (9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pacific Time)

  • Includes a complete set of course notes, and free trial licenses for courseware
  • All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course

This 4-day course provides a broad introduction to the what, why and how of the processes, practices, tools and techniques that comprise the emerging discipline of model-based systems engineering (MBSE). The course makes extensive use of “learn by doing” through hands-on exercises. The focus is on six central themes that comprise the unique advantages MBSE offers— Capturing, Connecting, Controlling, Communicating, Collaborating and Cycling. The current state of modeling languages (UML, SYSML, LML, and others), ontologies, architectural frameworks and tools are examined.

From this foundation, the course then focuses on examining each key part of systems engineering-- Design, Manage, and Realize. Participants are guided through how to build a system model "from scratch" leveraging design patterns and other techniques. A "graduation exercise" asks participants to build their own model for a system of their choice.

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Define model-based systems engineering and discuss its value proposition across the project lifecycle.
  • Recognize and explain the use of SysML as well as other commonly used systems engineering diagrams and artifacts.
  • Given existing system details, apply MBSE tools and techniques to build a basic system model that captures and communicates the design solution as well as key relationships.
  • Use a system model to simulate system behavior.
  • Participate in a simulated model-based Design Review to explore the application of MBSE to evaluate project technical maturity.
  • Using MBSE, examine details about a system's structure and behavior to identify potential issues (i.e. gaps, omissions, overlaps, missing traceability, cause and effect, etc.) and propose fixes or improvements to the model.
  • Model specific systems engineering artifacts such as requirements, functional architectures, and interface architectures using diagrams and other
    techniques across the Design, Manage and Realize lifecycle.
  • Build your own integrated model.

This course is intended for practicing systems engineers, payload principle investigators, subsystem 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.

COURSE FEES (Sign-In To Register)
- AIAA Member Price: $995 USD
- Non-Member Price: $1195 USD
- AIAA Student Member Price: $495 USD

Cancellation Policy: A refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 14 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be provided.

Contact:  Please contact Lisa Le or Customer Service if you have any questions about the course or group discounts (for 5+ participants).

Course Series:
In Fall 2024, AIAA and TSTI are offering a series of courses focused on Space Systems Engineering. While courses are completely self-contained and can be taken on their own, those students wishing to deepen their knowledge may be interested in additional course study:
  • Foundations
    • Introduction to Systems Engineering using Models
    • Innoslate Quick Start Guide
    • Ontologies, Languages and Frameworks
    • Solar Fan Exercise
  • MBSE Applications
    • Design
    • Manage
    • Realize
  • MBSE Creation
    • Introduction to MBSE Simulations
    • Design Patterns and Model Re-use
    • Software Modeling
    • Project and Configuration Management
    • Digital Threads and Digital Twins
    • Tool Selection Exercise
    • Building Your Own Model
    • Model Building “Graduation” Exercise
Course Delivery and Materials

The course lectures will be delivered via a Zoom virtual classroom. 

  • Classes will not be recorded.
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  • Connection information will be provided to registrants near the course start date.

Each registrant will receive:

  • Course Notes: A complete set of course notes with copies of all slides used in the presentations
  • Courseware: Innoslate cloud-based tool (free trial license). Internet access required.

Between classes, the instructor will be available via email for technical questions and comments.

The course will be instructed by an aerospace systems expert from Teaching Science and Technology Inc. (TSTI):

Dr. Jerry Jon Sellers, is the author of Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics, and is a contributing author and editor of Applied Space Systems Engineering, author of the new chapter in ASSE on Applied Model-based Systems Engineering, as well as a contributing author of Human Spaceflight Analysis and Design.He 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 AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics and is a Certified Scaled-Agile Program Consultant. He is also an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology and certified Scaled-Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant (SPC5). Jerry is an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics.


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