Systems engineering (SE) activity in System of Sytems (SoS), Enterprise Systems Engineering (ESE), and Complex Systems Engineering (CSE) continues to increase. There is still some controversy as to how well conventional methods of SE are able to handle our most difficult complex systems problems, and whether new ways of systems thinking will help. This tutorial: 1) explains and give gives examples of complex systems and CSE; 2) reviews related definitions and terminology; 3) presents CSE principles to create “mindsights” that will accelerate progress in your application domains; 4) provides artifacts for characterizing SE environments and what is being done about them; and 5) suggests a methodology for CSE. With sufficient allocated time, teamed class exercises stimulate creative thought and interactions among participants. The presentation materials and accompanying discussions deepen our understanding of SE and better prepare us for future SE endeavors.   Please contact me at [email protected] for inquiries and possibly to request and receive a quote.  

Professional Workshops

Drawing upon material in the above tutorial, lectures, seminars and/or workshops in academic forums specializing or touching upon system engineering (SE) are given. One lecture provides an introduction to SE. This includes definitions, origins, and viewpoints of SE. The multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, and trans-disciplinary approaches are compared and contrasted, including notions about when and where each of these types can be successfully applied.In a second lecture/seminar/workshop, entitled,” A Personal History of Engineering Management Efforts”, Dr. White draws upon his 50 years of personal experience in helping to develop computer, communication, and networking systems, and applying systems engineering techniques. Using a seminar style he describes, characterizes, and evaluates the engineering management theory and practice associated with each system example presented. The workshop portion includes class exercise concerning hypothetical engineering management problems to elicit from participants current illustrations and augmentations of the principles espoused.Another lecture focuses on applying systems thinking to services. First, services, products and systems thinking are defined. Examples of service industries and service organizations that typically would use these ideas are provided. Aspects of leadership and management are compared and contrasted. Projects examples are given. Other topics include a discussion of system classes, profilers of the environment and what one might do about it using SE, complexity, and a complex adaptive systems engineering (CASE) methodology.Yet another lecture covers SE life cycle stages where the focus is on modernizing the life cycle in ways that better match reality in complex system environments, emphasizing the interactive and nonlinear aspects that make the life cycle more effective than the traditional, linear, sequential approach. Please contact me at [email protected] for inquiries and possibly to request and receive a quote. LECTURES Dr.White has taught one-term courses in or related to complex systems engineering as an adjunct professor at several universities. Most of these courses have been part of master’s degree programs for evening students who have full-time jobs in their respective fields. Please contact me at [email protected] for inquiries and possibly to request and receive a quote.