SERC Capabilities

The SERC core competencies address advanced research, innovative methods, processes, tools, and technology, and concept prototype and development in the following areas:

  • Systems Engineering (SE) methods, processes, and tools (MPTs) to enable integrated development and management of requirements, design, interfaces, verification and validation, technical baselines, and risk
  • Exploration of new ways of linking requirements to design
  • SE MPTs to fully leverage modeling and simulation advances including the use of formal languages (e.g., XML, SAML) and modeling techniques (e.g., UML, SysML) to capture and document requirements along with other program artifacts and to support design trade studies
  • Linkage of technical baselines to architectures
  • Application of SE to acquisition of services

The SERC addresses systems architecting, complex systems theory, systems thinking, systems science, knowledge management, and software engineering to perform research to advance the design and development of complex systems across all DoD domains, including:

  • System and open systems architecture practices and systems analysis
  • Systems Engineering in complex systems of systems and family of systems environments
  • Enterprise systems engineering
  • Software-unique extensions and modern software development techniques and how they relate to SE
  • Flexible SE environments to support complex software systems and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software integration
  • Knowledge management SE repositories
  • Undergraduate/graduate SE education needs
  • Leverage developments in open systems standards, organizational theory, program management, systems engineering management, and information technology to provide needed integration of program / technical management MPTs including:
  • Integrating technical performance measures (TPM) with earned value management (EVM)
  • Role of maturity reviews in SE planning – technology, manufacturing, and software, and their integration
  • Systems engineering team structures, communication mechanisms, internal and external collaboration, and other mechanisms for continuous process improvement
  • Improved SE information sharing across the enterprise, program, and engineering team using technologies such as wikis, blogs, portals, search engines, etc.
  • Rationale and way ahead for standards harmonization
  • Consideration of tool sets throughout the system life cycle
  • Analyzing SE costs, cost accounts, and return on investment (ROI)
  • SE metrics and use of leading indicators to track/forecast program success