Essential Model-Based Systems Engineering - Online Short Course (April 29 - 30, 2024) 29 April - 30 April 2024 Online

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Instructed by Teaching Science and Technology Inc. (TSTI)

  • April 29 - 30, 2024 (2 4-Hour Days, 8 Hours Total)
  • Monday and Tuesday, 1200-1600 Eastern Time (0900-1300 Pacific Time)
  • This course is ideal for technical or non-technical professionals preparing to undertake digital transformation in their organizations.
  • All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course

What is Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE)? How will it improve my project products and processes? Why is it worth the investment? These and other key questions are explored in the 1-day Essential MBSE course. The course is tailored for project managers, engineering team members, and systems engineers preparing to undertake digital transformation in their organizations. Participants will leave with the knowledge and background to more critically evaluate MBSE implementation in their organizations and with the foundation to pursue more advanced MBSE training if needed.


  • Define Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE)
  • Explain the MBSE value proposition across the project lifecycle.
  • Recognize and explain the use of SysML as well as commonly used systems engineering diagrams and artifacts.
  • Describe the purpose of ontologies, modeling languages and architectural frameworks and give examples.
  • Identify various use cases for MBSE artifacts
  • Use MBSE artifacts to evaluate Project Maturity and Issues
  • Explain how models can be re-used, integrated and extended.
  • Discuss MBSE adoption challenges within organizations
  • Embark on more advanced, hands-on MBSE training

AUDIENCE: Project Managers, Systems engineers, payload principle investigators, subsystem engineers or project managers who are participating in or responsible for digital transformation in their organization.


“Instructor's teaching style and command of the material were excellent. Much of this is dry stuff but the instructor did a terrific job making it interesting and relevant. It's obvious he knows his stuff.”

“I received a basic understanding of what MBSE is and how it could be useful on the programs I currently support, as well as future program.”

“A valuable lesson learned was the realistic expectations of what MBSE can or cannot do”

“One of my primary take-aways is that MBSE is not a substitute for good, solid, rigorous systems engineering.”

“I now have a better understanding of where MBSE begins/ends/fits/is defined within Digital engineering.”

“I now see Systems Engineering holistically as the Art and Science of turning needs into capability; with this, I feel like I can step back and come up with a better proposition for being successful.”

COURSE FEES (Sign-In To Register)
- AIAA Member Price: $595 USD
- Non-Member Price: $795 USD
- AIAA Student Member Price: $395 USD

Classroom Hours: 8 classroom hours / 0.8 CEU/PDH

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.

Course Series:
In Spring 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:

Course Outline
  • MBSE: Why Bother?
    • Course Introduction
    • What is Systems Engineering?
    • What is Model-based Systems Engineering?
    • What is the Value/ROI for MBSE?
  • What are Ontologies, Languages, Frameworks?
    • What is an Ontology?
    • What are Modeling Languages, Diagrams?
    • What is an Architectural Framework?

  • So I have a Model, Now What?
    • What can models tell me about…
      • Design?
      • System Management?
      • System Realization?

  • I’m Sold! What’s Next?
    • How Do I Build My Own Model?
    • What are IT Challenges?
    • What is Model Curation?
    • How Can My Organization Transition to MBSE?
Course Delivery and Materials
  • The course lectures will be delivered via a Zoom virtual classroom. Connection information will be provided to registrants near to the course start date. Test your connection here:
  • Classes will not be recorded.
  • Each registrant will receive a complete set of course notes with copies of all slides used in the presentations.
  • 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.

Dr. Bruce Chesley is an experienced space program manager and industry executive. He served as the Chief Strategist for a space system portfolio spanning human spaceflight, commercial satellites, and government space systems and he led the early development of a global broadband satellite constellation. He has also delivered advanced space systems and prototypes while serving in a variety of roles in program management, business development and engineering. His Air Force assignments included Air Force Space Command, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the USAF Academy where he was an Assistant Professor of Astronautics. He was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics in 2020 and serves as a Vice President on the Bureau of the International Astronautical Federation. He has published more than 20 technical papers and book chapters on satellite design and space systems engineering. He is also an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.


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