MITRE's Judith Dahmann Named INCOSE Fellow

March 21, 2017

MITRE's Dr. Judith Dahmann was recently elected an International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Fellow, a high honor received by only 79 people worldwide with distinctions in systems engineering. Her election is effective immediately and will be formally announced at the organization's 27th international symposium held in Adelaide, Australia, this July.

INCOSE is the premier professional association for systems engineers. Its mission is to address complex societal and technical challenges by enabling, promoting, and advancing systems engineering and systems approaches. The group was established in 1991 and has more than 11,000 members worldwide.

Decades of Achievement

Since she joined MITRE in the 1970s, Dahmann's technical expertise steadily earned her roles with increasing responsibility. She is currently a senior principal engineer and leads a group focused on system-of-systems engineering (SoSE). Early in her career, she applied evidence-based approaches to analyze federal programs to improve criminal justice systems; assessed simulations for military exercises and training; and tested distributed military systems and systems of systems.

While on MITRE assignment with the Defense Department as the Defense Modeling and Simulation Chief Scientist, Dahmann led the development of a general-purpose distributed system architecture for simulation. The work formed the intellectual foundation for IEEE standard 1516, which prescribes the framework and rules for modeling and simulation of high-level architectures. 

"Mastering and Pushing the State of the Art"

Dahmann is well known for advancing the discipline of SoSE. She formed and co-chairs the INCOSE SoS Working Group and the National Defense Industrial Association Systems of Systems Engineering Committee. She led the development of the Department of Defense Guide for Systems Engineering of Systems of Systems.

In addition, Dahmann led the development of The SoS Implementers' View (Wave Model), an agile, evolutionary life cycle approach to SoSE. The approach was recognized with a best paper award at the 2011 IEEE International Systems Conference. It is widely considered a leading practice and has been adopted as guidance to SoSE implementation by the DoD.

Dahmann also led an international team of systems engineers to develop Recommended Practices - Systems of Systems Considerations in the Engineering of Systems. This collection of experiences from across The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) participants ensures that critical SoS issues are addressed early and throughout system development. The guidance was recognized with a TTCP Principal’s award in 2015. It has also been accepted as the basis for a new ISO standard being developed by an international working group, which Dahmann co-leads.   

Dahmann is widely sought out as an instructor and featured speaker. She has lectured or given keynote speeches for a variety of organizations, including Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, and NATO.

"Judith's career epitomizes mastering and pushing the state of the art in systems engineering, not just in theory, but also in practice for some of nation's most complex challenges," said MITRE Senior Vice President Rich Byrne. “Her recognition as an INCOSE Fellow could not be more well deserved."

—by George Rebovich

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