System Engineering Experience Accelerator (SEEA)

 Principal Investigator:  Dr. Jon Wade, Stevens Institute of Technology (

Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Douglas Bodner, Georgia Institute of Technology (

Collaborator(s):  Stevens Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, Defense Acquisition University

Timeframe:  Phase I: May 2010 to May 2011; Phase II:  June 2011 to August 2012; Phase III:  Sept. 2012 to December 2013; Phase IV:  June 2014 to June 2015; Phase V: August 2015 to August 2016; Phase VI: August 2016 to August 2017.


Objectives:  Transform the professional development of systems engineers by creating a new paradigm capable of significantly reducing the time to mature and sustain a senior systems engineer, while providing the skills necessary to address emerging systems challenges in an economically attractive manner.

Approach:  Leverage technology to create an experiential, emotional state coupled with reflective learning so that time is effectively compressed and the learning process of a systems engineer is accelerated as compared to the rate at which learning would occur naturally on the job.

Current Status: The focus of this research has been refined to accomplish the program goals by focusing on the successful integration of the Experience Accelerator into Defense Acquisition University course ENG301 – Leadership in Engineering Defense Systems.  As of February 2015, stabilization and performance enhancements and full multi-player mode have been completed.  Student and lecture materials are in progress and action items to improve the experience accelerator backend have been identified.  Tool development and community building activities were transitioned to project heading Design and Development of System Engineering Experience Accelerator.


Major Deliverables:


TransitionThe initial focus of this program is on the Systems Engineering executive level skills necessary for a systems engineer in a DoD lead program to effectively manage complex systems throughout their lifecycle from an acquisition/acquirer viewpoint in a typical Project Management Office. The skills addressed may well complement or support those taught in senior program management courses. The Experience Accelerator will target the entire life-long learning of the systems engineer.



  • Turner, R., Bodner, D., Kemp D., Rodriguez Y., Wade, J., “SE Simulation Experience Design: Infrastructure, Process, and Application”, 27th Annual INCOSE International Symposium (IS 2017), July 15-20, 2017, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Bodner, D., Wade, J., Watson, W., Kamberov, G. “Designing an Experiental Learning Evironment for Logistics and Systems Engineering”, 11th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER), March 19-22, 2013, Atlanta, GA
  • Bodner, D., Wade, J. (2013) “Multi-Criteria Simulation of Program Outcomes,” 2013 IEEE International Systems Conference, 215-221, April 15-18, 2013, Orlando, FL
  • Bodner, D., Wade, J., Squires, A., Reilly, R., Dominick, P., Kamberov, G., Watson, W. (2012), “Simulation-Based Decision Support for Systems Engineering Experience Acceleration”, IEEE Systems Conference, March 19-23, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Squires, A., Wade, J., Watson, W., Bodner, D., Reilly, R., Dominick, P. (2012), “Year One of the Systems Engineering Experience Accelerator”, Ninth Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER), March 19-22, 2012, Rolla, Missouri
  • Squires, A., Wade, J., Watson, B., Bodner, D., Okutsu, M., Ingold, D., Reilly, R., Dominick, P., Gelosh, D. (2011), “Investigating an Innovative Approach for Developing Systems Engineering Curriculum: The Systems Engineering Experience Accelerator”, 2011 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition, June 26-29, 2011, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Squires, A., Wade, J., Dominick, P., Gelosh, D. (2011) “Building a Competency Taxonomy to Guide Experience Acceleration of Lead Program Systems Engineers”, Ninth Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER), April 14-16, 2011, Redondo Beach, CA
  • Wade, J., Kamberov, G., Bodner, D., Squires, A. (2012) “The Architecture of the Systems Engineering Experience Accelerator”, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) 2012 International Symposium/European Conference on Systems Engineering (EUSEC), July 9-12, 2012, Rome, Italy


Current Researchers:

  • Dr. Jon Wade, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Douglas Bodner, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Richard Turner, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Alex Peizhu, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Jing Liu, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Yvette Rodriguez, Defense Acquisition University

Past Researchers:

  • Dr. William Watson, Purdue University
  • Dr. Masa Okutsu, Purdue University
  • Dr. Peter Dominick, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Richard Reilly, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Alice Squires, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. George Kamberov, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • John Hinkel, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Hao Kang, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dan Ingold, University of Southern California
  • Arya Irani, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Pradeep Jawahar, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Subbu Ramanathan, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Aravind Sundaram, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Brent Cox, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dana Ruggiero, Purdue University
  • Vincent Simonetti, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • With Contributions by Subject Matter Experts: Eric (Rick) Abell, John Griffin, and John McKeown


Collaborating Institutions

Project Researchers