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NASA JSC Center Director's Systems Engineering Forum Planned Aug. 21

Status Report From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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A successful Constellation Program at NASA will require the application of superb system engineering competencies. Currently, we face unique system engineering challenges that must be addressed to effectively design a complex manned space vehicle, develop new sub-systems and integrate existing elements that were designed for other missions.

To address some of these challenges, JSC Director Michael Coats is sponsoring a four-hour Systems Engineering (SE) Forum. The forum is being presented in collaboration with the NASA Academy of Program/Project Management and Engineering Leadership, and will feature a panel of distinguished experts in SE design who will share their insights and lessons learned from similar challenges.

Panelists include: Dennis Mays, director, System Engineering and Integration, Missile Defense Agency; Brian Persons, Engineering director, Naval Sea Systems Command; Michael Gaydar, Chief Systems engineer, Naval Air Systems Command; Brian Muirhead, Program Systems engineer, Constellation Program; Richard Ryan, technical specialist, Chief Engineer's Office, Marshall Space Flight Center; and Wayne Hale, NASA deputy associate administrator for Strategic Partnerships. The panel will be facilitated by Steve Kapurch from the Office of the Chief Engineer at NASA Headquarters.

NASA center directors are asked to support this event by disseminating this information throughout the center and encouraging the SE community and other interested practitioners to attend the forum on Thursday, Aug. 21, via WebEx. Or, you can watch the broadcast on NASA TV on Friday, Aug. 22.

JSC directors are asked to nominate five to 10 individuals from each directorate to attend the forum and interact with the panel members. Members of the JSC community who are unable to attend the event in person are also encouraged to participate via WebEx or view the broadcast on NASA TV on Friday, Aug. 22. If you are interested in attending the forum in person, please notify your supervisor. The names of all nominees are due to Bobby Watkins or Kristine Kennedy by close of business Friday, Aug. 15. Both civil servants and contractors are welcome to attend.

WebEx information for the forum will be provided in a future announcement.

Details for the event are below:

DATE: Thursday, Aug. 21
TIME: 1 to 5 p.m.
PLACE: Gilruth Center Alamo Ballroom

NASA TV: Friday, Aug. 22

Brought to you by Communications and Public Affairs, JSC External Relations Office

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