Developing Systems Engineering Technical Leadership


Principal Investigator:  Phase VI: Dr. Wilson Felder, Stevens Institute of Technology (wilson.felder@stevens.edu);

Phase I-IV: Dr. Val Gavito, Stevens Institute of Technology (vgavito@stevens.edu); Phase V: Dr. Mike Pennotti, Stevens Institute of Technology (michael.pennotti@stevens.edu);

Collaborator(s):  Defense Acquisition University (DAU); Wayne State University,

Timeframe:  Phase I: Aug 2009 to Dec 2010; Phase II: Mar 2011 to Feb 2012; Phase III: Mar 2012 to May 2013; Phase IV: June 2013 to April 2014; Phase V: Sep 2014 to Feb 2015; Phase VI: Sep 2015 to Sep 2016

Category:  Human Capital Development


Description

Objectives:  To conduct research and development for a proposed system engineering technical leadership course to accelerate technical leadership development of the Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition systems engineers by way of providing leadership insights into systems engineering activities and uses at the systems, business, and enterprise levels.

Approach:  During the planning stages, systems engineering competency topics and elements from collected from a wide variety of sources including NASA, Nokia, BAE systems, DoD, and the Australian government. Based on these, an initial competency model was developed and possible competencies for SPRDE Level IV were identified.

An architecture was then developed, based on the principles that there are three lenses that can be used to view technical leadership course content viz., systems lens, business lens, and enterprise lens. Using the architecture, a series of course descriptions were developed to outline the goals, objectives, and key activities of each of the lenses.

The project approach is to develop a prototype leadership course, designated by DAU as SYS 350, that is comprised of three 5-day course modules or lenses designated as the SYS 350A Systems lens, the SYS 350B Business lens, and the SYS 350C Enterprise lens. These course modules will be delivered as pilots, and feedback will be analyzed to improve the modules and to also develop findings and recommendations.

Deliverables

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Application

Application:  The Technical Leadership Program is envisioned as a Defense Acquisition University offering for the Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition track personnel. Various DoD organizations are sponsoring pilots of the SYS 350 courses.

Publications

Publicationsnone to date

Research Team

Current researchers

  • Dr. Wilson Felder, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Steve Yang, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Michael Pennotti, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Katherine Duliba, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Cheuk Y. Mo, Stevens Institute of Technology

Past researchers

  • Dr. Valentin Gavito, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Pamela Burke, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Dinesh Verma, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Tony Barrese, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Peter Dominick, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Mr. Ralph Giffin, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Nicole Hutchison, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. William Guth, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Kahina Lasfer, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. William Robinson, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Ms. Nicole Hutchison, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Mr. William Reinisch, Stevens Institute of Technology

Collaborating Institutions

Project Researchers