2011: Less Heavy Systems Engineering, Gerrit Muller PhD

2011: Less Heavy Systems Engineering, Gerrit Muller PhD


Title: Less Heavy Systems Engineering, How Much is Appropriate?


Many companies are aware of opportunities to improve systems development,
system integration and complex project execution. Conventional Systems
from the military and aerospace domain, although perceived as useful, also tends
to be seen as “heavy” in terms of process and artifacts. In this paper we explore
alternative Systems Engineering approaches that are perceived as lighter. We
also explore how much Systems Engineering is appropriate.


Gerrit Muller, originally from the Netherlands, received his Master’s degree in physics from the University of Amsterdam in 1979. He worked from 1980 until 1997 at Philips Medical Systems as a system architect, followed by two years at ASML as a manager of systems engineering, returning to Philips (Research) in 1999. Since 2003 he has worked as a senior research fellow at the Embedded Systems Institute in Eindhoven, focusing on developing system architecture methods and the education of new system architects, receiving his doctorate in 2004. In January 2008 he became a full professor of systems engineering at Buskerud University College in Kongsberg, Norway.
All information (System Architecture articles, course material, curriculum vitae) can be found at: Gaudí systems architecting