Mission Engineering Competencies

Principal Investigator: Dr. Gregg Vesonder, Stevens Institute of Technology (gvesonde@stevens.edu)

Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Dinesh Verma, Stevens Institute of Technology (dinesh.verma@stevens.edu)

Timeframe: January 2017 – March 2018

Research Thrust Area: Human Capital Development

Sponsor: Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Systems Engineering)


ObjectiveThe purpose of this initiative is to develop a model of the key competencies required for the DoD acquisition workforce to support Mission Engineering (ME).

ApproachThe competency model will include skills and experiences necessary to perform the following ME activities across complex systems and System of Systems (SoS) to include but not be limited to:

  • mission analysis and synthesis
  • trade‐off analyses
  • technology management
  • resource management
  • architecture development and modeling
  • mission modeling
  • addressing supporting capabilities
  • overarching mission functions
  • synchronization of testing and individual system implementation

The output of this initiative will expand the current state of knowledge on SE human capital in-line with the SERC’s human capital research strategy. This initiative will take advantage of the research performed under RT-140, “Technical Report: Interactive Model-Centric Systems Engineering (IMCSE)- Phase 1,” and RT-129, “Conference Presentation, SSRR 2014: Accelerating the Development of Senior Technical Leaders,” which both focus on developing technical leaders in the systems engineering workforce. This initiative will also take advantage of the research performed under RT-104, “Technical Report: Army Systems Engineering Career Development Model – Final,” and RT-121, “Technical Report: Research on Building Education and Workforce Capacity in Systems Engineering,” Army SE Workforce, which focused on Army SE career development. This initiative also will apply the preliminary findings from RT-135, Helix Program, which identifies methods for improving the effectiveness of system engineers. The outputs also may inform other SE workforce development efforts, such as RT-125, Experience Accelerator.

Application:  Mission Engineering is the development and deployment of a military capability by applying a mission context to SoS and to complex systems within the Department. ME differs from tradition systems engineering because the individual systems that comprise the military capability (e.g. ships or aircraft) are inherently flexible, functionally overlapping, multi‐mission platforms supported by a complex backbone of information communication networks.

Research Team

Current Research Team:

  • Dr. Gregg Vesonder, Principal Investigator, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Dinesh Verma, Co-Principal Investigator, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Nicole Hutchison, Researcher, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. William Miller, Researcher, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Hoong Yan See Tao, Post-doctorate Researcher, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Jon Wade, Researcher, Stevens Institute of Technology


Major Deliverables:

In addition, the SERC shall provide:

  • Any computer-based models or tools developed to support this research
  • Any journal articles, conference papers or presentations resulting from the research


Publications:  none to date


Transition:  There are three key components for transition:

  1. Mission Engineering Competency Model
  2. DAU Curriculum Gap Analysis
  3. Mission Engineering Curriculum Recommendation for DAU

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Project Researchers