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  • DoD Value Engineering Award Nominations Due May 1 (Posted April 2018)

    DoD is accepting nominations for the FY 2017 Value Engineering (VE) Achievement Award, which recognizes DoD civilian and military organizations, teams, projects, and individuals for demonstrating exemplary VE accomplishments. Senior VE Management Officials may submit nominations to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering (ODASD(SE)).

    Recipients of the DoD VE Achievement Award will be honored on June 28 in a ceremony at the Pentagon. For more information, see the Value Engineering Initiative page.

    Call for FY 2017 Value Engineering Nominations

  • DASD(SE) Publishes Acquisition Program Technical Certifications Summary, Version 2 (Posted March 2018)

    DASD(SE) published an update to the Acquisition Program Technical Certifications Summary, available on the Guidance and Tools page. The updated summary provides a non-exhaustive set of program and system-level certifications and supplements the Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) Chapter 3, Systems Engineering. Some of the certifications listed are applicable across the Department of Defense, whereas others are Service specific. Program Managers and Systems Engineers should consult their Service-specific, joint, or ODASD(SE) domain experts to determine if other certifications may be required.

  • DoD Celebrates Engineers Week (Posted February 2018)

    Acting DASD(SE) Ms. Kristen Baldwin co-hosted the 13th Annual Engineers Week Celebration at the Pentagon, February 21, in cooperation with the DoD Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) Facilities Services Directorate (FSD). As part of the EWeek events nationwide, the Department takes this opportunity to recognize the DoD engineering workforce, highlight engineering achievements and innovation, and encourage interest among new generations of engineers. This year’s national theme was “Inspiring Wonder.”

    Dr. Michael D. Griffin, newly appointed Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)), provided opening remarks for the event, sharing his enthusiasm and sense of urgency for the Department’s engineering mission. Engineers solve problems, and the challenges and possibilities make engineering a most rewarding occupation.

    Featured speaker LTG Todd T. Semonite, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), presented numerous examples of the positive impact of DoD engineering projects at home and abroad. From bridges and dams to disaster relief, the Corps is present around the world and always working to improve and learn as they tackle each new project.

    The event included the presentation of two awards on behalf of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)):

    • Scientist of the Quarter Award: Dr. Richard Sciotti
      Dr. Sciotti is a Senior Scientist and Chief of Medicinal Chemistry for Experimental Therapeutics in the Military Malaria Research Program at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is recognized as a leader in malaria prophylaxis and small molecule antibiotic development for the Department of Defense.
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Advocate of the Quarter Award: Dr. John DiCecco
      Dr. DiCecco, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport, is recognized for his efforts in STEM education and outreach programs and activities. His excellence in leadership and mentorship is reflected in his commitment to Division Newport-sponsored outreach and in the greater Naval Sea Systems Command Community.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) presented demonstrations of R&D Map-Based Planning Services and an Environmental Toolkit for Expeditionary Operations, as well as a USACE history and poster display.

    Office of DASD(SE) provided a multimedia exhibit allowing participants to gain insight into the emerging DoD Digital Engineering concept, including examples of how the Department is applying digital, model-based engineering throughout the life cycle.

    Students from the FIRST Robotics program provided a demo of their creation, HMS Humpty Dumpty, the club's 120-pound, 6-wheeled, square rope climber. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire young people to become innovators in science and technology while gaining confidence and leadership skills.

    See a DoD News article here.

    See ASD(R&E) tweets and photos here.

  • DoD SERC Featured in Special Issue of INCOSE INSIGHT (Posted January 2018)

    The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) published the September 2017 issue of INCOSE INSIGHT as a special feature on the DoD Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). INCOSE and publisher John Wiley & Sons are offering the online issue free of charge until March 31, 2018: INCOSE INSIGHT 20(3), September 2017.

    The special feature brings together six articles from INCOSE symposia papers, two SERC-based articles first published by INSIGHT in 2016, a fellows column, book review, and an op ed. The articles offer a range of perspectives on systems engineering research and innovation:

    • A Complete Set of Systems Thinking Skills, Ross D. Arnold and Jon P. Wade An Initial Ontology for System Qualities, Barry Boehm and Nupul Kukreja
    • Semantically Enabled Model-Based Systems: Engineering of Safety-Critical Network of Systems, Leonard Petnga, Mark Austin, and Mark Blackburn
    • A Vision for Human-Model Interaction in Interactive Model-Centric Systems Engineering, Donna H. Rhodes and Adam M. Ross
    • Bringing Operational Perspectives into the Analysis of Engineered Resilient Systems, Valerie B. Sitterle, Erika L. Brimhall, Dane F. Freeman, Santiago Balestrini-Robinson, Tommer R. Ender, and Simon R. Goerger
    • Systems Engineering Simulation Experience Design: Infrastructure, Process, and Application, Richard Turner, Douglas Bodner, Duncan Kemp, Yvette Rodriguez, Jon Wade, and Peizhu Zhang
    • System-Aware Cyber Security: A Systems Engineering Approach for Enhancing Cyber Security, Barry M. Horowitz and D. Scott Lucero
    • An SoS Analytical Workbench Approach to Architectural Analysis and Evolution, Daniel DeLaurentis, Navindran Davendralingam, Karen Marais, Cesare Guariniello, Zhemei Fang, and Payuna Uday
    • Irrationality in Decision Making: A Systems Engineering Perspective, Scott Jackson
    • On Defining Agile Systems Engineering, Rick Dove
    Free access provided by INCOSE and Wiley through March 31, 2018: INCOSE INSIGHT 20(3), September 2017.

  • DASD(SE) Announces 2018 System of Systems Webinar Schedule (Posted January 2018)

    DASD(SE) has announced the 2018 System of Systems Engineering Collaborators Information Exchange (SoSECIE) web-based seminar series. All sessions take place on a Tuesday 11 am-Noon, Eastern Time. Members of the defense acquisition community from government, industry, and academia are invited to hear these free presentations on a wide range of relevant system of systems engineering topics. The goal of the series, held in association with the National Defense Industrial Association's SoS Engineering Committee, is to provide guidance, education, and training for SoS and dissemination of engineering best practices. See the SoSECIE page for more information. Webinar schedule: (PDF). Contact the SoSECIE Webinar Coordinator to be added to the e-mail list for future announcements, to obtain access instructions, or to make suggestions for future presentation topics.