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Arthur Middlebrooks, a current SDM fellow, presented on his work with the Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEAri) at the 17th annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER) on April 4, 2019. The conference is hosted jointly by the Stevens Institute of Technology and Virginia Tech and focuses on theoretical work in systems engineering and its translation to practical application. Middlebrooks’ paper, titled “Broad Utility: Architecting Flexible and Robust Systems for a Complex Operational Environment,” discusses research focused on the U.S. military and its operational environment, proposing a set of key design decisions for systems engineers and architects to employ when developing systems that need to respond to changing environmental conditions and handle disruptions without a loss in effectiveness. The paper also includes authors Donna Rhodes of MIT, Jeffrey J. Cipolloni of Draper, and Simon R. Goerger of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.

Middlebrooks matriculated in the SDM program in August 2017 and serves as a Captain and Operations Research and Systems Analyst in the U.S. Army. He is a Systems Engineering Fellow at Draper and a graduate research assistant at the MIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center.

To read the paper, download it here. SDM congratulates Arthur on this achievement!