New England Chapter, MIT Chapter Joint Meeting

Special Topic: Model Based Systems Engineering

Date: May 10, 2011
Topic Model Based Systems Engineering
Time: 6:30PM – 9:00PM
Location: E51-345


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

6:30-6:40PM   Social / Refreshments / MIT Student Chapter Announcements

6:40-6:55PM   Opening / Welcome
        Patrick Hale, Past President, INCOSE
        James McMath, President, INCOSE NE Chapter

6:55-7:00PM   Introductions
        Ziya Deniz Eralp, Director, INCOSE NE and MIT Chapter

7:00-7:20PM  Model Based Systems Engineering Overview
        Joan Koesterherm, Raytheon

7:20-8:00PM  Models as a Foundation for Systems Engineering – Should We Expect a Breakthrough?
        David Long, President VITECH Corporation

8:00-8:20PM  End to End Maritime Surveillance Architecting using MDE
        Tom Wheeler, MITRE

8:20-9:00PM  Discussion Session

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Building: E51, Room: 345
70 Memorial Dr
Cambridge, MA 02139

Free Parking for Visitors
E51 Parking Lot
Amherst St
Cambridge, MA 02139

For planning purposes, please RSVP to by Monday 9, May 2010.

Refreshments will be served.

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Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Overview


Systems Engineering is moving forward to a model based approach. This presentation will describe the shift from document focused Systems Engineering to Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and what that means to the Systems Engineer. A brief description of the potential benefits of doing MBSE versus a purely document based approach will be provided as well as look at the current state of MBSE within industry. Finally a description of how the Systems Modeling Language (SysML) supports MBSE will be provided.


Joan Koesterherm is a Senior Principal Engineer with Honors in the Systems Architecture, Design and Integration Directorate which is a part of the Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) Business at Raytheon Company.

During Joan’s time at Raytheon, she has been the System Engineering Lead on multiple programs (both domestic and international) and has led the directorate’s Systems Holistic Architecture and Requirements Process (SHARP) initiative. She is Raytheon Certified Architect Program (RCAP) trained and anticipates certification later this year. Currently she is the Chief Architect on a Raytheon Internal Research and Development (IRAD) project and is participating in Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) efforts within the company.

Joan has presented papers at multiple Raytheon Systems Engineering Symposia most recently presenting a tutorial on SHARP. She also co-authored a MILCOM-98 paper ‘Integration of Joint Tactical Information Distribution System (JTIDS) into the Patriot Air Defense System’ and provided input to a University of Arizona Paper entitled ‘The Relationship between Traditional Requirements and Use Cases’.

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Models as a Foundation for Systems Engineering — Should We Expect a Breakthrough?


Though models and modeling techniques have always played a key role in systems engineering, model-based has now become the hot topic in systems engineering. Organizations are investing heavily in developing new representations, standards, methodologies, and technologies to transform the practice of systems engineering through model-driven paradigms. As we look at the landscape today and the roadmap tomorrow, projects and practitioners are striving to make sense of this movement — "What does MBSE mean? What would it take to realign our practices? What return on investment will it deliver, now and in the future?" Assessing the state of systems engineering, the needs of our customers, technology and environmental trends, we will look at what model-based systems engineering is and is not. Most importantly, we will identify opportunities, enablers, obstacles, and threats that will help determine if model-based systems engineering will ultimately transform systems engineering or simply be the next failed silver bullet.

(This presentation is an adaptation and extension of the work originally delivered as the closing plenary for the 3rd International Conference on Model-Based Systems Engineering held in September 2010.)


David Long founded Vitech Corporation in 1992; developed and commercialized CORE, a leading systems engineering software tool used across the globe; and continues to lead the Vitech team in developing and applying innovative engineering and business process systems to solve the problems of today and tomorrow.

A longtime member of International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), David has helped lead the council as a member of the international board of directors since 2003 including serving as Member Board Chair, Director for Communications, and Director for Strategy. In 2006, David received the prestigious Founders Award in recognition of his many contributions to INCOSE.

David’s advanced systems engineering experience is vast, having impacted domestic and international commercial, education, government and military industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics, as well as a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.

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End to End Maritime Surveillance Architecting Using MDE


This presentation discusses recent work on a large scale system of systems engineering effort. The specific domain was surveillance of maritime environments. We were tasked with identifying enterprise level ground rules and assumptions and analyzing their effect on the sensor being produced, as well as on the overall system of systems. A model driven engineering approach was used. This included the production of executable UML-based models that were integrated with a non-UML GUI for better highlighting of key issues and findings. The model driven engineering approach enhanced the multi-disciplinary team’s ability to work together. Likewise, the executable model and associated GUI proved effective in enabling communication with decision makers. Finally, we see a need for our toolset to better facilitate rapidly navigating between various levels of abstraction.


Tom Wheeler is a senior principal engineer at the MITRE Corporation. He works on distributed real-time systems including E-10A, MP-RTIP, JSTARS, PATRIOT, CRUSADER, and the Canadian Patrol Frigate. A particular focus has been on developing and applying robust engineering techniques for use in specifying, designing, and analyzing large scale systems under development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Clarkson University and a masters in Physics from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

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Getting from the E51 parking lot to Room E51-345

(See below for directions to the building)

E51 has a small parking lot in back, and the back entrance leads to a large elevator. Toward the front of the building is a smaller elevator.
You can enter E51 from the back entrance by the parking lot, or through the front entrance on the corner of Amherst and Wadsworth Street. If you enter through the rear entrance, the large elevator is just down the corridor a short distance.

Getting to MIT Building E51:

Campus map

MIT map to E51

MBTA Red Line
Take the MBTA Red Line to Kendall Square. If you came from the north (Harvard Square, Alewife, etc), take the stairs straight up to the rear of the Kendall Square entrance and proceed forward onto Carleton Street. If you came from the south (Park Street, Ashmont, Braintree, etc), take the stairs up and then walk across the street to the other Kendall Square entrance, then continue behind it onto Carleton Street.
Follow Carleton Street to the end, where it connects to Amherst Street. Cross to the other side of Amherst Street and proceed to the left.
The building at the end of Amherst Street, on the corner of Amherst and Wadsworth, is Building E51, also known as the Tang Center. Just before the building is a parking lot; take the stairs after the parking lot entrance and proceed to the back door of Building E51.

Interstate 93
From the south: Follow Route 93 North to the Cambridge/Storrow Drive exit (Exit 26). Take Exit 26, then follow the right fork and keep to the left as the offramp merges onto Storrow Drive.
From the north: Follow Route 93 South over the Tobin Bridge and take the Cambridge/Storrow Drive exit (Exit 26). Merge onto Storrow Drive and get into the left lane.
Once you’re on Storrow Drive: Take the offramp on the left, shortly after the underpass, then take a right to cross over the Longfellow Bridge.
Immediately at the end of the bridge, turn right onto the offramp, then turn right onto the road, and follow it to Memorial Drive.
Almost immediately upon reaching Memorial Drive, turn right onto the first side street, which is Wadsworth Street. Then turn left onto Amherst, and immediately turn left into the E51 parking lot. Park your car, then enter E51 through the back door.

Interstate 495
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Exit 22) and follow it East to Cambridge (Exit 20). Then follow the Mass Pike directions below.

Route 128
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Exit 24), and follow it East to Cambridge (Exit 20). Then follow the Mass Pike directions below.

Massachusetts Turnpike
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Cambridge (Exit 20). Go through the lights and over the overpass, then turn right onto Memorial Drive. You’ll pass the Howard Johnsons Motel and MicroCenter on your left, and then cross over the B.U. Bridge.
Follow Memorial Drive to Wadsworth Street, and turn left onto Wadsworth. Then turn left onto Amherst, and immediately turn left into the E51 parking lot. Park your car, then enter E51 through the back door.

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Distance Participation Instructions

For members unable to attend due to distance there will be a GoToMeeting Webinar and telephone dial in number. The GoToMeeting URL is The meeting ID is 266-217-961. There is also a Dial In or VOIP capability. The Dial In number is +1 (314) 627-1505. The Dial In access code is 266-217-961. An audio PIN will be shown after joining the meeting.

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