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Speed Dating, Diversity, and Haggis: INCOSE IS in Review

Posted by Kate Gorton on Sep 16, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Don Gelosh (R) receives award for service at INCOSE IS 2016 in Scotland.

July was the 26th-annual INCOSE International Symposium, held in Edinburgh, Scotland. Each year, this event brings together great minds in the field of Systems Engineering to present new ideas and find solutions to present and future challenges.

WPI sent six members of our team across the pond to participate in the symposium. We sat down with two of them to find out more about their experiences.

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Topics: An engineer's insight..., Systems Engineering and Leadership Institute, Systems Engineering

[Part I] Using Real Systems Engineering Tools in the Classroom

Posted by Scott Doremus on Dec 18, 2015 9:00:00 AM


The Palisade Decision Tools Suite, as the name implies, is actually a suite of tools and more specifically, is a set of MS Excel Add-In's. The course Operations Risk Management (OIE541) makes use of four out of the six tools available in the suite.

In keeping with WPI's overall philosophy of real-life application of theory in industry, we demonstrate the use of the Palisade Decision Tools Suite through real-world examples and exercises. Students are guided, step-by-step, in the use of the decision tools and then they apply the tools in the development of a Risk Management Plan. 

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Phase V: Medical Device Lifecycle & Systems Engineering [Infographic]

Posted by Dr. Don Gelosh on Dec 1, 2015 9:15:00 AM


 

Now that your product is out there, you have to ensure your customers are able to properly use it. You should be providing education and training on the product and soliciting feedback from your customers on how well it functions. The systems engineering processes of Quality Management, Knowledge Management, and Information Management would be very beneficial here.

 


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Phase IV: Medical Device Lifecycle & Systems Engineering [Infographic]

Posted by Dr. Don Gelosh on Nov 24, 2015 9:12:00 AM


This is probably the most exciting and most stressful phase; you’re getting ready to launch your new product. You’ve done a lot of work to get here and you want your product to exceed your customer’s expectations. Again, systems engineering can add value. The Validation process is very crucial to determine if the product will function as intended in the operational environment. 

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Topics: An engineer's insight..., Systems Engineering and Leadership Institute

Phase III: Medical Device Lifecycle & Systems Engineering [Infographic]

Posted by Dr. Don Gelosh on Nov 17, 2015 10:27:00 AM


Phase III is when you really get into the heart of your design solution. 

You want to make sure the solution you’ve decided upon satisfies the customer’s needs before you start producing the actual product. Systems engineering can add value here through the technical processes of:

  • Implementation
  • Integration
  • Verification
  • Validation
  • Transition 

You also want to monitor how your risk mitigation plan is doing and adjust accordingly. Phase III really requires you to have a good handle on quality and reliability as well.  
 
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Topics: An engineer's insight..., Systems Engineering and Leadership Institute

Phase II: Medical Device Lifecycle & Systems Engineering [Infographic]

Posted by Dr. Don Gelosh on Nov 10, 2015 9:07:00 AM


Now that your company has decided it is worth the risk, the market is there, and all the analyses and assessments you did in Phase I points to “Yes”, you can move on to Phase II. In the second phase, systems engineering can add value through technical processes such as:

  • Architecture Definition
  • Design Definition
  • System Analysis 

All of these processes can be tailored and customized to fit the needs of this and other phases."

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Topics: An engineer's insight..., Systems Engineering and Leadership Institute

Phase I: Medical Device Lifecycle & Systems Engineering [Infographic]

Posted by Dr. Don Gelosh on Nov 3, 2015 11:00:00 AM


The initial phase of any system development program is the most important.

If you don’t get the real needs from the customer or if you don’t get all of the correct requirements in the right form, ensuring they can be verified and traced, you will never get to an acceptable working solution. Systems engineering can help through the tried and true processes of:

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Topics: An engineer's insight..., Systems Engineering and Leadership Institute

Q&A from Engineering Education: The Systems Approach

Posted by Dr. Don Gelosh on Sep 24, 2015 9:30:00 AM


From our Engineering Education: The Systems Approach webinar series, we had many questions during my session: Empowering Business Growth through Systems Engineering Leadership and Innovation. 

With such thought provoking questions from our audience, I wanted to share them with other systems engineers and systems thinkers out there.

Let's go to the Q&A... 

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What Systems Engineering Knowledge Do Engineers Need? [Infographic]

Posted by Katie Perry on Sep 22, 2015 10:00:00 AM


Whether you're an aerospace engineer, fire protection engineer or mechanical engineer, you still need systems engineering knowledge. Systems engineering is the holistic way of thinking, so you can be more productive, decrease the amount of risks, and streamline processes.

There are key areas that engineers need to know:

  • Systems science and fundamentals
  • Systems thinking
  • Design analysis
  • Technical & project management

View the infographic below to discover more about these vital areas within systems engineering.

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Topics: An engineer's insight..., Systems Engineering and Leadership Institute

Recommendations for Systems Thinking Publications

Posted by Dr. Tom Gannon on Sep 14, 2015 9:30:00 AM


Written by Dr. Tom Gannon and Dr. Jamie Monat

Systems thinking is an essential concept for every industry. It integrates all the parts for a better understanding of how to execute processes, procedures, and products. The holistic way of thinking often can be daunting for someone to implement. 

We have a few suggestions that can get you started with systems thinking and implementing it into your company:

  • Systems Thinking
  • Enabling Systems Thinking to Accelerate the Development of Senior Systems Engineers
  • Systems Thinking: A Disciplined Approach
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Topics: An engineer's insight..., Systems Engineering and Leadership Institute