Mission Engineering Competencies

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

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

Timeframe: January 2017 – February 2018

Category: Enterprise Systems and System of Systems

Sponsor:  DASD (SE)


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

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.


Major Deliverables: The deliverables will include the following:

  • Final Technical Report

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

Research Team

Current Research Team:

  • Gregg Vesonder, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dinesh Verma, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • William Miller, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Nicole Hutchison, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Hoong Yan See Tao, Stevens Institute of Technology

Collaborating Institutions

Project Researchers