Future Directions for Systems Engineering
We have entered an era of great system complexity, rapid technological change, growing resource stress, and evolving societal systems that are both enabled and impacted by advancing engineered systems. Consideration for the system as an evolving enterprise must be a core part of systems engineering. There is an increasing call from all systems stakeholders for foundational tools that reflect the human, organizational, and societal aspects of engineered systems. In particular, the growing complexity of systems and their evolving, emerging behaviors require that systems engineers often need to take the role of systems scientists as well as engineers to ensure that both the system they are creating and the systems that are responsible for their creation are interconnected and aligned. This talk will present a model for systems of the future, and the challenges and future directions for Systems Engineering that will be necessary to conceive, design and support them.
Jon Wade is a research professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He currently serves as the director of the Systems and Software Engineering Division, as the chief technology officer of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) UARC and as the INCOSE associate director for academic research. Dr. Wade previously served as the associate dean of research of the School of Systems and Enterprises. His research interests include complex systems, future directions in systems engineering research and the use of technology in systems engineering and STEM education. Dr. Wade received his S.B., S.M., E.E. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Professor Wade has an extensive background in leading research and development organizations and managing the development of Enterprise quality products. Previously, Wade was the executive vice president of engineering at International Game Technology (IGT) where he created corporate vision, led product development, championed the development of a corporate architecture and system development practices, and managed corporate wide research and development. Before joining IGT, Wade spent ten years at Sun Microsystems during which time he managed the development of the Ultra- SPARC V based Enterprise Server family and served as the product manager for high-performance interconnects. Prior to this, he led super computer development at Thinking Machines Corporation.
Dr. Wade was elected to the Sigma Xi (Scientific Research), Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering), and Eta Kappa Nu (National Electrical Engineering) Honorary Societies. He has served on the Boards of a number of organizations including the Software and Systems Consortium, DigiDeal Corporation, and the Center for Excellence in Education. Dr. Wade holds 11 patents in the areas of integrated circuits, computer architecture, networked systems and internal combustion engines. Dr. Wade is an INCOSE Fellow.
Host: Professor Reinhold Ludwig