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SAMPE Orange County Meeting

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Systems Engineering Processes—Their Role in
“System Pull” and Interface to “Technology Push” for M&P


Commitments to new or evolving technologies is difficult because of a combination of the uncertainties to incorporate the technology into a system and the limitations in funding as well as the need for both technology push (the technology is ready for a program) and the system pull (I need the technology to meet system requirements so the chance is worth taking).

This presentation describes some of the system engineering processes that are key to producing a credible path to incorporating new technology into a program. The systems engineering processes to be described, with simple examples relevant to M&P, are requirements decomposition and allocation, trade studies and risk management. This is a framework for the development of additional M&P tools, techniques and methods for inserting the domain knowledge into the systems engineering processes.


Susan Ruth is a manager at The Aerospace Corporation responsible for engineering support to US Air Force space programs in the domains of Manufacturing, System Safety, Human Systems Integration, Operations Modeling and Integration and Test. As a part of her work in conducting oversight of AF space programs in various capacities, many preventable program problems have been observed.

One kind of problem is the unexpected impact of incorporating a technology that is "ready" for the program. Unplanned schedule and cost impacts that have resulted have made it extremely difficult to implement technology developments into subsequent programs. Insertion of M&P knowledge into the early stages of a program when systems engineering plays an important role can help lower those barriers.

In the STSS Program Office Susan was responsible for models and simulations that represented the program into the Ballistic Missile Defense System, verification planning and risk management. She was manager of the organization that provides technical expertise on materials process and manufacturing for satellite and launch vehicle programs.

Susan has a B.A in Chemistry, Occidental College; and an M.S. in Systems Architecture and Engineering, USC. A long time SAMPE member, she was President in 1994/95.


The Jagerhaus in Anaheim, 2525 East Ball Road, just west of the 57 Freeway, on the North side of Ball.
Turn right at the first driveway. Phone 714-520-9500. GoogleMap Link


6:00 pm Social 7:00 pm Dinner 8:00 pm Speaker Member or guest dinner $20.
Student (with student ID) dinner $10. No cost for Program only.

Reservations:: E-mail Darrell Reed, reed@ocmtestlabs.com , call 714-630-3003, x 211 or Fill out our Online Form
by Tuesday noon, July 18.

Mark Your Calendars Now Saturday, December 2 is our Christmas Party
A fun evening has been planned by Joyce Lentz, our Christmas Party Chairperson. It will be held at the Pala Casino, starting off with the cocktail hour. An excellent dinner will be served, followed by a drawing for prizes. After dinner, the Casino has 2,000 slot machines and a wide variety of table games (poker, black jack, etc.) For music lovers, there are two lounges complete with live entertainment. The Pala Casino is located at 11154 Highway 76 in Pala, between Temecula and Escondido. If we have enough interest, we can make arrangements for a bus.
Reserve your spot early by calling Joyce at 949-240-6353.

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