Project management has become an imperative in most organizations, and as the ever increasing number of projects results in portfolios and programs of projects, the role of complexity increases proportionately. Systems engineering provides the models and thinking necessary to assess ambiguous decision making and risk, whereas project management has long been the means by which practitioners and engineers can work together to deal with complexity in the execution of programs. While these disciplines are complementary to each other, an understanding of their interaction requires their inclusion in engineering curricula.
The panel will be moderated by Professor Pradeep K. Khosla, Dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. The four panelists will discuss integrated offerings at their respective institutions with a discussion of the relevancy of the disciplines to each other. Time after presentations will be scheduled to allow for an open discourse with the audience.
Pat Hale. Director, System Design and Management Fellows Program and Senior Lecturer in Engineering Systems, MIT. Pat Hale holds a B.S. in Geophysical Oceanography from the University of Washington, an MBA from National University in San Diego and the degrees of Ocean Engineer and S.M. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from MIT. His professional interests include application of systems engineering in commercial product development, complex naval system design and engineering process frameworks and methods.
Prior to joining MIT, Mr. Hale completed a 22 year career in the U.S. Navy, qualifying in both Surface Warfare and Submarine Warfare (Engineering Duty) communities, and culminating in managing the design and construction of submarines in Groton, Connecticut. Following his Navy career, Pat held executive-level systems engineering positions in defense and commercial system and product development organizations, including Director of Systems Engineering at both Draper Laboratory and Otis Elevator Company, where he developed and implemented Otis’ first systems engineering process and organization. Since joining MIT in 2003, Mr. Hale has led the MIT-Industry Partner Systems Engineering Certificate Program, a one-year graduate certificate program under SDM, and since 2004 is now Director of the SDM Fellows program.
Mr. Hale has been a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) for 15 years, and has served on the INCOSE Board of Directors for 12 years. He served as President for 2008-2009. He has published papers in the area of commercial systems engineering in the conference proceedings of both INCOSE and ASME.
Dr. Peter L. Jackson
Peter Jackson. Professor in the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University. B.A. in Economics with Mathematics in 1975 (University of Western Ontario), a M.Sc. in Statistics in 1978 (Stanford University), and a Ph.D. in Operations Research in 1980 (Stanford University). He has served at Cornell since 1980. Currently, he is Director of Graduate Studies for, and a former Director of, the Systems Engineering Program within the Cornell University College of Engineering.
Prof. Jackson’s research interests include production planning and scheduling, inventory control, supply chain management, transportation planning and scheduling, integrated production and transportation planning, and graphical modeling systems. He has published in IIE Transactions, Journal of Manufacturing and Operations Management, Management Science, Mathematical Programming, Mathematics of Operations Research, Naval Research Logistics Quarterly, and Operations Research. Prof. Jackson is active in curriculum development for systems engineering. He is the recipient of several awards for curriculum innovation in addition to numerous student-voted awards for teaching excellence. He is the author of an introductory textbook in systems engineering, Getting Design Right: A Systems Approach.
Michael DUPE Pennotti
Michael Pennotti. Distinguished Service Professor & Associate Dean, Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr. Pennotti’s research analysis includes Organizational Systems, Intersection of Software and Systems Engineering, Quality Management and Improvement, and Applications of Complexity Theory to Systems Engineering and Architecting.
He has over 30 years of industry research experience, including the design, analysis, and improvement of the operational performance in three generations of anti-submarine warfare systems for the United States Navy. He has also played an integral role in helping develop and execute people strategies within international organizations.
Dr. Pennotti is a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering, a senior member of both the IEEE and the American Society for Quality, a former trustee of Caldwell College, and a graduate of the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute for Technology Executives. His research and academic contributions have also resulted in becoming the recipient of the Henry Morton Distinguished Teaching Professor Award in 2006.
Prof. Brian E Gilchrist
Brian Gilchrist. Professor of Electrical Engineering and Space Science at the University of Michigan and is (Founding) Co-Director for the College of Engineering’s Multidisciplinary Design (MD) Program. He has recently served as interim Chair (2006-2008) for the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. He specializes in plasma electrodynamics, principally for in-space applications with a focus on electric propulsion and plasma sensors. Prior to coming to Michigan, he held industry R&D and management positions over an eleven-year period focusing on microwave component and sub-system technologies. The MD Program is dedicated to implementing project-based, multidisciplinary design experiences connected principally to the undergraduate curriculum as part of a 21st Century vision for engineering education. He has been a faculty advisor for Michigan’s student Solar Car Race Team and the Student Space Systems Fabrication Laboratory (S3FL) engaging well over a hundred students each year in real-world design experiences.