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Speaker: Dr. Mark Maier

Moderator: Alex Levinson - LM Fellow

Dr. Mark W. Maier is an author and practitioner of systems architecting, the art and science of creating complex systems. He is co-author, with Dr. Eberhardt Rechtin, of The Art of Systems Architecting, Second Edition, CRC Press, the mostly widely used textbook on systems architecting, as well more than 50 papers on systems engineering, architecting, and sensor analysis. Since 1998 he has been a Distinguished Engineer at The Aerospace Corporation, a non-profit corporation that operates a Federally Funded Research and Development Center with oversight responsibility for the U.S. National Security Space Program. At Aerospace he founded the systems architecting training program (and internal and external training program) and applies architecting methods to government and commercial clients, particularly in portfolios-of-systems and research and development problems. He received the BS and MS degrees from the California Institute of Technology and the Engineer and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. While at USC, he held a Hughes Aircraft Company Doctoral Fellowship, where he was also employed as a section head. Prior to coming to The Aerospace Corporation he was an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama at Huntsville.


Architecture Truths

Systems Architecture and Architecting are central to successful system development, but they are also terms with variable and inconsistent meanings. In some cases systems architecture is a defined business type. In other contexts systems architecting is that part of systems engineering with primary concern for purpose determination, concept formulation, and validation for use. This webinar will review the set of concepts and methods applicable to systems architecting across a wide range of applications. The webinar will focus on concepts, specifically identifying "architectural" or fundamental aspects of systems and development projects, and methods for accomplishing the same. The concepts discussed will include the architecture metaphor and its application to system development, distinguishing between architecture as a concept and architecture description, architecture as invariants in evolving systems, and dimensions of complexity and their impact on architectural approaches. In methods we will contrast project management techniques, formalized heuristics, and document-driven approaches that illuminate fundamental decisions rather than hide them.



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