Digital Engineering: A Transformation of Systems Engineering Practice
Mark McKelvin, Jr. – The Aerospace Corporation
Abstract: Systems engineering is a transdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of complex systems that must satisfy the needs of their customers, users, and other stakeholders. As systems grow in scale and complexity, the implementation of new development methods in systems engineering is required. Advancements in digital technologies are unleashing innovations that provide an opportunity to transform the systems engineering practice. Digital engineering leverages the use of digital technologies to enable systems engineering across disciplines to support integrated system development. A systems engineering environment that is built on an integration of digital technologies enables critical and consistent decision-making throughout the system lifecycle, improves efficiency of engineering practices, and improves data sharing and collaboration to develop solutions that meet stakeholder needs. The ability to integrate across people, processes, and technology to provide system solutions at the speed of need separates digital engineering from traditional systems engineering approaches. This talk will present challenges in systems engineering practice and discuss key enablers for implementing digital engineering. Example applications of digital engineering in space systems development will be provided.
Biography: Mark McKelvin, Jr. is a Senior Project Leader in Digital Engineering at The Aerospace Corporation and a Lecturer in the System Architecting and Engineering graduate program at the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering. At The Aerospace Corporation, he serves as the technical authority and team lead for the digital engineering implementation of Enterprise System Engineering for the United States Space Force portfolio architect. Prior to joining the Aerospace Corporation, he led the development of model-based engineering technology and techniques for space system development at the National Aeronautics Space Administration Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a software systems engineer and fault protection engineer. He is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and he serves as President of the International Council on Systems Engineering, Los Angeles Chapter. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.