I am a Systems Engineer at a local DC beltway bandit and College Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). According to Money magazine and PayScale.com, these are in the top three careers in America! At least for 2009. Oh yea, I am living the American Dream!
The Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, will make it easier to kill weapons programs that spawn runaway development costs, while taking steps to improve competition in the heavily consolidated industry. It focuses heavily on Systems Engineering as a means to control costs. Let this new era begin.
IEEE Spectrum just publish an article (Nov 2008) that highlights the need for a stronger and more vibrant Systems Engineering profession within the Department of Defense. Discussing the the woes and tribulations of DoD's Weapons Acquisitions System. The article is appropriately called: "What's Wrong with Weapons Acquisitions?" It speaks to my chosen profession and my domain of expertise. Suffice to say, I loved it!
Moore's Law.predicts that number of transistors on an integrated circuit will double approximately every two years. The electronics industry has strives to maintain this law. This means as time goes on you can buy more computational power for less money, but what about the computational power you bought last year? One word: obsolesce
40 years ago Texas Instruments introduced the first handheld calculator. It could perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Input was with a small keyboard with 18 keys and a visual output that displayed up to 12 decimal digits using a thermal printhead and paper tape. But how do you test this brand new invention??
Back in the late '60s and early 70's, I was Lost in Space junkie. Love the idea of Space travel, ray guns, and when I saw John Robinson fly in that Jet Pack. Man, I wanted to get one of those. Can this extremely dangerous customer product become a reality?
Communications is a major function of any Systems Engineer. But how do you convey technical concepts to a non-technical person? It’s a not a unique problem to our chosen profession. IT has struggled with it for years. Let’s look at how they handle the dilemma.
My 2006 - 2007 experience in becoming an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional. Was it hard? You bet. Was it worth it? You bet. Read about my 9 months and 11 day journey to SEP Certification.