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  • INCOSE-LA Tutorial Series

    Sat, Oct 14, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Systems Architecting and Engineering, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Dr. Rick Hefner and Dr. Sue Gabriele, Program Director, California Institute of Technology Center for Technology and Management Education; Executive Director, Gabriele Educational Materials and Systems

    Talk Title: Systems Thinking Tutorial

    Abstract: What is systems thinking? How does systems thinking, or the lack of it, affect you and your work?

    Systems thinking is an approach to understanding a system by examining the interactions among its components and between the system and the external environment. Systems thinking is essential to proper systems engineering, because it provides a framework for understanding and influencing the system's behavior. The ability to design systems relies on applying systems thinking rules to the definition of the system boundary, structure and interfaces to predict system performance.

    This workshop will discuss the fundamental concepts, tools, and methods of systems thinking, and describe how their application distinguishes systems engineering from more traditional product development. Participants will apply these techniques to various systems engineering problems in this hands-on and interactive workshop.

    Come to this Systems Thinking Tutorial to learn more about systems thinking participate in a Systems Thinking Roundtable, and enjoy lunch while networking with INCOSE-LA members and wrap-up by 2 p.m.

    Cost: $10.00

    Where: California Institute of Technology (Powell-Booth building, room 120), 1200 E California Blvd., Pasadena, CA. Visitors may park in any unreserved space. Permits are required between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and may be purchased from the machine in the lot or parking structure. Permits are not required on the weekend.

    Agenda:
    9:00am-10:55am Systems Thinking Introduction, Dr. Rick Hefner
    10:55am-11:05am Break
    11:05am-12:00pm Systems Thinking Roundtable, Dr. Sue Gabriele
    12:00pm- 1:00pm Lunch and networking
    1:00pm- 2:00pm Wrap-up, next steps


    Biography: Rick Hefner, PhD, currently works at the Caltech Center for Technology and Management Education, where he helps industry professionals and high-tech companies understand and apply systems engineering concepts. He has over 40 years of experience in the aerospace, communications, electronics, and health sciences industries. This includes work with AeroVironment, Applied Physics Laboratory, Applied Materials, Ares Management, Boeing, DRS Technologies, Halliburton, Herbalife, Honeywell, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, John Deere, L-3 WESCAM, Maytag, Motorola, Pacific Bell, Raytheon, Schlumberger, Southern California Edison, St. Jude Medical, Toshiba, U.S. Navy, and Xerox.

    Dr. Hefner is credited with over 100 publications and presentations. He earned his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, in applied dynamic systems control, and his MS and BS from Purdue University in interdisciplinary engineering.

    Dr. Sue Gabriele of Gabriele Educational Materials and Systems is an innovator and consultant in systemic school and workplace renewal. Her expertise builds on twenty-years as a high school teacher. Following her teaching career, she turned to graduate school seeking answers to problems in public education. Finding solutions in general systems theory and control systems, she earned her PhD in "Human Science: Social and Institutional Change" by creating and researching the "RoundTable" as a seed for social system renewal.


    Host: Caltech (venue) INCOSE-Los Angeles (event)

    More Info: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eejw1c4la2c89235&llr=l4ihvgeab

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    Location: CalTech (Powell-Booth Bldg, room 120), 1200 E California Blvd., Pasadena, CA

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Phyllis Marbach

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