Center Meetings

Fall 2022 Digital Enterprise Center Symposium

Models, Systems, and Operations: Using the Digital Thread to Maintain Alignment with Requirements through the Lifecycle

October 26, 2022
Symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT

RSVP by October 19th by clicking here.

Address: Indiana Manufacturing Institute, 1105 Endeavour Drive, Suite 100, West Lafayette, IN 47906

Engineering has a model, we have a PLM system, we use SysML, so aren't we done? The connection between the requirements definition and management systems, design and systems models, and in-situ monitoring of the product in the field is critical to successful business models. A key aspect of this approach is in the early stages of the lifecycle in keeping alignment between requirements data and product design and simulation data. Today, this often happens in silos with significant manual intervention. For example, someone could make a change to the CAD models and the requirements management role does not get updated, or finding a happy medium between SysML and new, visually-oriented ways of interacting with complex system interactions, while gaining usage across more product teams.  How then, should a digital thread be implemented to maintain alignment of requirements and deliverables through product lifecycle?  

Agenda

Time

Session

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Welcome, DEC Updates and Meeting Theme & Objectives

Dr. Nathan Hartman – Dauch Family Professor of Advanced Manufacturing, Head of Computer Graphics Technology and Digital Enterprise Center Director

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Panel 1: Perspectives on Requirements Definition and Use

Dr. Dan Delaurentis – Professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University and SDI, Chief Scientist of the Department of Defense Systems Engineering Research Center

Mr. David Diaz – Chief Architect, U.S. Air Force Digital Transformation Office

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Presentation 1: Best Practices for Defining Requirements in a Digital Enterprise

Dr. Thomas Hedberg – Mission Director for Acquisition and Industrial Security, Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), University of Maryland

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Break and Networking

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Presentation 2: Connecting Models to Systems Definition via Requirements Management

Mr. Michael Gangl – Principal Systems Engineer, U.S. Air Force Digital Transformation Office

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Lunch Presentation: Contemporary Methods to Support Better Systems Definition and Requirements Management

Joseph Anderson – CEO, Institute for Process Excellence

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Panel 2: Aligning System Requirements to Lifecycle Operations

Dr. John Matlik – Chief of Capability for Digital Engineering, Rolls-Royce Defense

Ms. Christen Walden – Digital Twin/Thread Lead, U.S. Air Force Digital Transformation Office

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Break and Networking

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Reverse Panel Session: Hindsight is always 20/20: Proactively Driving Quality Metrics via Requirements Definition and Systems Models

Dr. Nathan Hartman – Dauch Family Professor of Advanced Manufacturing, Head of Computer Graphics Technology and Digital Enterprise Center Director

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Presentation 3: Gaining Operational Insights via Connected Systems Requirements: A Lifecycle View of Getting What We Asked For.

Dr. John Matlik – Chief of Capability for Digital Engineering, Rolls-Royce Defense

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Concluding Remarks and Forward Look

Dr. Nathan Hartman – Dauch Family Professor of Advanced Manufacturing, Head of Computer Graphics Technology and Digital Enterprise Center Director

Speaker Information

Dr. Dan Delaurentis
Professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University and SDI, Chief Scientist of the Department of Defense Systems Engineering Research Center
Dr. Daniel DeLaurentis is professor in Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he also directs the Center for Integrated Systems in Aerospace (CISA). His primary research and teaching interests include problem formulation, modeling, design and system engineering methods for aerospace systems and systems-of-systems. As the Chief Scientist of the U.S. DoD’s Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) UARC, DeLaurentis works to understand the systems engineering research needs of the defense community (primarily) and translate that to project opportunities and mapped to the nation’s best researchers and students in the SERC network of 22 universities. In addition to being Senior Research Fellow at the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, he is a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Mr. David Diaz
Chief Architect, U.S. Air Force Digital Transformation Office
Mr. David Diaz is the Chief Architect for the Department of the Air Force Digital Transformation Office located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH. He has over 35 years of experience in a variety of engineering and leadership roles, 25 plus in defense and 10 in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. As an experienced Chief Engineer, Mr. Diaz brings significant program acquisition experience to provide expert advice and guidance in unleashing the power of digital technologies to deliver dominant capabilities for Air Force acquisition programs.  He has worked a variety of aircraft programs like the B-2 bomber, F-16 fighter, HH-60W helicopter, and AC/HC/MC-130Js series.  He serves on the board of directors of the Kittyhawk Chapter Association of Old Crows, promoting electronic warfare superiority.  In his current role, Mr. Diaz is an active leader with a passion for the advancement of digital technologies, frameworks, architectures, and data initiatives.

Dr. Thomas Hedberg
Mission Director for Acquisition and Industrial Security, Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), University of Maryland
Dr. Thomas Hedberg is the Mission Director for the Acquisition and Industrial Security mission area at the University of Maryland’s Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security. Dr. Hedberg conducts research in the areas of product design, manufacturing, and lifecycle engineering using information modeling, knowledge engineering, and system integration. Dr. Hedberg earned a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, an M.Eng. in Engineering Management with a concentration on Systems Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. While Dr. Hedberg currently resides in Washington DC, his heart will always remain in West Lafayette… Boiler Up!

Mr. Michael Gangl
Principal Systems Engineer, U.S. Air Force Digital Transformation Office
Mr. Michael Gangl is the Principal Systems Engineer in the Department of the Air Force Digital Transformation Office (DAF DTO). He has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering specializing in electro-optics and systems engineering with 38 years of experience. Mr. Gangl began his career in industry designing and delivering remote sensors for ground, airborne and space-based programs for the DoD, NASA and universities. For the DAF DTO Mr. Gangl is working across Air Force and Space Force MAJCOMs to tie model-based system engineering methods and products from the warfighter through acquisition, test and operation.

Mr. Joseph Anderson
CEO, Institute for Process Excellence
Joseph Anderson is the President of Services at the Institute for Process Excellence (IpX), which provides training, standards and services to companies in enterprise operational excellence. He holds executive-level authority for the IpX global services organization, which is responsible for leading IpX clients through business and digital transformation. Joseph has more than 20 years of experience within the automotive, aerospace, marine and defense industries in various executive positions.

Dr. John Matlik
Chief of Capability for Digital Engineering, Rolls-Royce Defense
As a passionate, proactive thought and servant leader, Dr. Matlik drives digital transformation through implementation of digital capability according to Customer and business prioritized need. By passionately advocating for digital capability adoption and bringing others along with his energy and enthusiasm, he champions and enables value realization for Rolls-Royce Defense, it’s Customers and the Aerospace Industry more broadly.

Ms. Christen Walden
Digital Twin/Thread Lead, U.S. Air Force Digital Transformation Office
Christen’s experience spans digital engineering leadership roles across multiple acquisition programs in the Fighter, Bomber, and ISR/SOF portfolios. She’s a passionate, forward thinking, and vocal thought leader in digitally empowering the acquisition workforce and leveraging modern tools and collaboration platforms to execute the mission. With experience in high-fidelity modeling tools, Christen has published research in modeling of thin layer coatings to advance understanding of material responses to high-stress atmospheric re-entry. In her current position, Christen is responsible for driving culture change, managing program outreach and tool access assistance, supporting/liaising with the Logistics IT community, and collaborating with industry.