Rick Hefner, Program Director
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Edwin Ordoukhanian
INCOSE-LA USC Student Division
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November 9, 2016, 5:30-8:00 pm PDT

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USC - Minh Hsieh Dept of EE Building, Room 132, 3740 McClintock Ave, Los Angeles, 90089.  

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November 9th Speaker Meeting:
Systems Engineering in the 21st Century: Trends, Opportunities, and Need for a New Mindset
with Dr Azad Madni

TOPIC:  Systems Engineering in the 21st Century: Trends, Opportunities, and Need for a New Mindset with Dr Azad Madni, Professor of Astronautical Engineering and Director of Systems Architecting & Engineering Program, USC 

WHEN:  November 9, 2016.

Meeting Schedule:
5:30 - 6:20 pm   Sign-In, Networking, Refreshments 
6:20 - 6:30 pm   Welcome & Announcements
6:30 - 8:00 pm   Presentation and Questions

USC, Aerospace & JPL reservations close Wednesday NOON the week before the meeting (11/2). We apologize for the inconvenience, but we must observe the security procedures of our host sites. For remote venues and virtual attendance please RSVP by Monday NOON (11/7) before the meeting. Virtual Attendance instructions will be emailed the morning of the meeting.


             Non-Members: $10.

WHERE:  Host site: USC - Minh Hsieh Dept of EE Building, Room 132, 3740 McClintock Ave, Los Angeles, 90089.  Attendees can park at Parking Structure A (PSA) for $12.

Remote Sites (potential):



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Antelope Valley/Palmdale

Mike Wallace

Azusa: Northrop Grumman Corp.

Maria Alvarez-Ruiz

Goleta: Control Point Corp,

Don Adams or Paul Stowell

Pasadena: JPL (RSVP by  11/2)

Michela Munoz-Fernandez

Huntington Beach: Boeing

Bob Noel



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ABSTRACT: Systems engineering in the 21st century is being driven by hyper-connectivity, increasing system complexity, convergence, and increasing use in non-traditional domains. Today the field is in the midst of a transformation fueled by advances in technology, emphasis on transdisciplinarity, and inroads being made in the development of an underlying theory of systems engineering. This talk presents trends in systems engineering and systems engineering education, opportunities in industry and academia, and calls for a new mindset on the part of practitioners and students to exploit these opportunities.

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Azad Madni is a Professor of Astronautical Engineering and the Director of Systems Architecting and Engineering Program at USC. He also has joint appointments in the Schools of Medicine and Education. He serves on USC’s Council of the Cyber-Physical Systems and IoT Center, and is a member of Center for Interdisciplinary Decisions and Ethics (DECIDE). He is the founder and CEO of Intelligent Systems Technology Inc., a high-tech R&D company specializing in intelligent systems for education, training and performance support. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Engineering from UCLA. He is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Institute for senior executives.

He has received several prestigious awards and honors from the U.S. Government, aerospace, professional societies, and the commercial sector. Some of his recent awards include: 2016 Lifetime Accomplishments Award and Visionary Systems Engineering Leadership Award from the Boeing Company during its 100th anniversary; 2016 INCOSE RMC Award for pioneering advances in Transdisciplinary Systems Engineering;  2016 Distinguished Engineering Educator Award from the Engineers’ Council; 2016 Outstanding Educator Award from the Orange County Engineering Council; 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from INCOSE and INCOSE-LA; 2012 Exceptional Achievement Award from INCOSE-LA; 2011 Pioneer Award from the International Council of Systems Engineering. He is a Life Fellow of IEEE, IETE, and SDPS, and a Fellow of AAAS, AIAA, and INCOSE. He has over 350 journal and peer-reviewed conference publications. He is the co-author (with T. Bahill) of a textbook entitled, “Trade-off Decisions in Systems Design” (Springer, 2016). He is the author of a forthcoming book entitled, “Transdisciplinary Systems Engineering: Exploiting Convergence in a Hyper-Connected World” (Springer, 2017). He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of “Engineered Resilient Systems: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century” (Elseveier Procedia Computer Science, 2014). He is listed in the major Who’s Who, including Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in Industry and Finance, and Who’s Who in America.