SERC is a collaborative research center comprised of 18-leading collaborator universities and research organizations led by Stevens Institute of Technology. Collectively, the SERC collaboration is unparalleled in its depth and breath, leadership and citizenship in Systems Engineering research. SERC collaborators include: Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, Air Force Institute of Technology, Auburn University, Carnegie Mellon University, Fraunhofer Center at the University of Maryland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Alabama at Huntsville, University of California at San Diego, University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Virginia, and Wayne State University.

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Evaluation of Systems Engineering Methods, Processes and Tools (MPT) on Department of Defense and Intelligence Community Programs

The team conducted interviews to identify four key challenges with regards to the sponsor's environment. Data on the current systems engineering practices being used in similar environments was gathered. Based on their work, the team recommended three MPTs as most likely to increase effectiveness in the sponsor's environment.

MPT Extension

The team mined best practices for addressing the sponsor organization's major challenges. The team developed a "bridge diagram" that links three kinds of information. The team described an MPT in a formal process modeling tool and then performed analysis on the resulting model. Based on the bridge diagram, implementation guidance for three MPTs was developed.

Bridge Diagram

Assessing Systems Engineering Effectiveness in Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs)

The team developed extendable baseline tools including the SE Performance Risk Tool(shown below) and the SE Competency Risk Tool for project use and enhancement.

SE Performance Risk Tool