2010 Keynote: Systems Engineering Research and Transformation, Dinesh Verma

Speaker: Dinesh Verma, Stevens

Presentation: Dinesh Verma-KSEE Keynote

Systems Engineering Research

There is an increasing interest in systems engineering as an enabler for developing systems and solutions in response to the systemic challenges facing society.  Traditional science and technology organizations in the US (e.g., DARPA, National Science Foundation) are also developing coherent research agendas in this space with a particular focus on understanding and embracing complexity; understanding and modeling flexibility and adaptability in architectures and design; and developing effective capabilities more rapidly.  The recently established Systems Engineering Research Center, a consortium of 18 universities is yet another example of this emphasis.   This presentation will articulate the research context and strategy developed by Stevens in response to today’s systemic challenges.

About Dinesh Verma

Dinesh Verma recieved the Ph.D. and the M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.  He is currently serving as Dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises and Professor in Systems Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, concurrently he serves as the Executive Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a US Department of Defense sponsored University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) focused on systems engineering research.

During his seven years at Stevens he has successfully proposed research and academic programs exceeding $50m in value.  Verma concurrently serves as Scientific Advisor to the Director of the Embedded Systems Institute in Eindhoven, Holland.  Prior to this role, he served as Technical Director at Lockheed Martin Undersea Systems, in Manassas, Virginia, in the area of adapted systems and supportability engineering processes, methods and tools for complex system development and integration.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Verma worked as a Research Scientist at Virginia Tech and managed the University’s Systems Engineering Design Laboratory.  While at Virginia Tech and afterwards, Verma continues to serve numerous companies in a consulting capacity, to include Eastman Kodak, Lockheed Martin Corporation, L3 Communications, United Defense, Raytheon, IBM Corporation, Sun Microsystems, SAIC, VOLVO Car Corporation (Sweden), NOKIA (Finland), RAMSE (Finland), TU Delft (Holland), Johnson Controls, Ericsson-SAAB Avionics (Sweden), Varian Medical Systems (Finland), and Motorola.  He served as an Invited Lecturer from 1995 through 2000 at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.  His professional and research activities emphasize systems engineering and design with a focus on conceptual design evaluation, preliminary design and system architecture, design decision-making, life cycle costing, and supportability engineering.  In addition to his publications, Verma has received two patents and has another pending in the areas of life-cycle costing and fuzzy logic techniques for evaluating design concepts.

Dr. Verma has authored over 100 technical papers, book reviews, technical monographs, and co-authored two textbooks: Maintainability: A Key to Effective Serviceability and Maintenance Management (Wiley, 1995), and Economic Decision Analysis (Prentice Hall, 1998).  He is a co-Editor of a textbook on Space Systems Engineering (McGraw Hill, 2009).  He is a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), a senior member of SOLE, and was elected to Sigma Xi, the honorary research society of America.  He serves as on the Core Curriculum Committee of the Delft University’s Space Systems Engineering Program (Holland).  He was honored with an Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) in Technology and Design from Växjö University (Sweden) in January 2007.