17–19 September 2018
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, Florida

Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE 2016)

CASE 2016: Envisioning a Free Market Space Industry

This year’s exchange will focus on complexity topics associated with envisioning a free market space industry. Topics will include:

  • Defining the mission in geographically distributed organizations
  • Leveraging the digital design capability throughout the product lifecycle
  • Establishing the right IT infrastructure for the success of private space exploration
  • Addressing the complexity that orbital debris introduces to space missions

Discover more about Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange activities here.


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

0800-0930 hrs Opening Plenary 
0930-1000 hrs Coffee Break
1000-1230 hrs Networking and Lunch On Your Own
1330-1500 hrs
Forum 360: Limiting or Unlimited: Envisioning a Free Market Space Industry

The notion of a free market space industry has picked up momentum significantly in the last decade with an increased focus on commercial endeavors. These endeavors are not only from current players in the space industry, but also from non-traditional entrants like Amazon and Google. The increase in competitors in this market is resulting in faster technological innovations and lower costs that make space much more accessible. This session will explore the following questions around the future of free market space:

  • What types of markets and competitors do we expect to emerge?
  • What are the implications around Space Traffic Management and overall governance in this environment?
  • Do we have any lessons learned from the recent of surge of UAVs in the private sector?
  • What other complexities or emergent behaviors do we anticipate and what impact will it have on our society?

Participants can learn how to embrace and thrive within technically, socially, and organizationally complex environments. Participants will be immersed in a three-pronged approach to learning, with industry examples, applied theory, and interactive practice. Please join us for this engagement, and bring your own experiences to share and a desire to strengthen your complex systems engineering thinking.


  • Sophia Bright, Director of Program Strategy & Execution, Information Technology Product Systems, The Boeing Company (Moderator)
  • Paul Collopy, Department Chair, Professor, Industrial & Systems Engineering Department, University of Alabama, Huntsville (Academic Scholar)
  • Chris Ferguson, Deputy Program Manager and Director of Crew & Mission Operations, Commercial Crew Program, The Boeing Company
  • Michael D. Griffin, Chairman and CEO, Schafer Corporation
  • Jeff Matthews, Director of Venture Strategy and Research, Space Frontier Foundation
  • Bruce Pittman, Chief System Engineer, NASA Space Portal, NASA Ames Research Center
1530-1830 hrs

Digital Integration Across the Full Lifecycle
This session encompasses digitally linking design, manufacturing, and services for the full system. Complexity is added to this topic through multiple organizations (internally and especially externally), global development, and evolving new practices to address this scope.


  • David Loda, Executive Director, NCPS Research
  • Mat French, Systems Engineer, Snr Spec, Rolls-Royce
  • Michael Grieves, Professor, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Zina Ben Miled, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (UIPUI)
  • John Sperling, Vice President, Product Management, ARAS Corporation

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

0800-0930 hrs Mid-Session Plenary 
0930-1000 hrs Coffee Break
1000-1230 hrs Connecting the Dots: Applying Concurrent Engineering to Form Distributed Partnerships

In many complex modern aerospace engineering projects there is an increasing need to work seamlessly between distributed organizations and locations. Concurrent Engineering Centers (CECs) have developed from the need to model complex engineering challenges and overcome the limitations of standard working methodologies. Models and databases have been brought together to allow the iteration of early design concepts. While each center has its own expertise in model development, using specialists brought in to participate in studies, they seldom interact center-to-center. As projects are getting more distributed, and there is global participation at various levels of complex systems, these centers should start to define new ways of working together. This session will provide for an open discussion on how these problems can be solved, ways CECs can work together, what information to exchange, harnessing individual expertise and enabling new business that may not be available independently. The consistent use of data models and standards to exchange engineering information in a way that is able to adapt to the increasing complexity of the project throughout its life-cycle will also be discussed. Finally, the discussion will cover new ways of working in CECs (e.g. Agile Engineering, Model Based Systems Engineering, SysML, Integrated Project Management).


  • Andrew Caldwell, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Co-Chair)
  • Christine McQuirk, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (Co-Chair)
  • Terry Burress, Lockheed Martin Fellow, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Wilson Felder, Distinguished Service Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Rob Stevens, Director, MBSE Office, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Kevin Vipavetz, Senior Systems Engineer, Engineering Design Studio Lead, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Michael Watson, System Engineer, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
1330-1500 hrs

Forum 360—Thriving Within Complexity
Complex systems practitioners and those seeking to elevate their ability to thrive within complex environments are encouraged to attend and actively participate in this complex systems engineering (CSE) engagement. During this Forum 360 dialogue, CSE leaders from across industries and academia will share their experiences in managing work statements and deploying tools within challenging domains of complexity. The CSE panelists will comment on topics such as creating order and achieving success within complex projects and developing dynamic, highly effective teams whose product is greater than the sum of the individuals. Questions and dialogue will also cover successful partnerships among academia and industries, such as leveraging technology advancements and accelerated, experiential learning. A significant portion of the forum will be dedicated to audience participation. Please come prepared to pose your own questions and comments related to complex systems, critical thinking, accelerated learning, and workforce development.


  • Alison Lauderbach, Systems Engineer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (Moderator)
  • Jim Blohowiak, Systems Engineering, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Burkhard Mackensen, Professor & Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine University of Washington Medicine Research & Education Endowed Professor in Anesthesiology, Adjunct Professor of Medicine
  • Molly Martens, Flight Operations Engineer, The Boeing Company
  • Marshall Short, Vice President, Laboratory Test Value Stream, Boeing Test & Evaluation, Engineering, Test & Technology, The Boeing Company
  • John Valasek, Director, Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems (CANVASS); Professor of Aerospace Engineering,Texas A&M University
1530-1800 hrs

CASE Academics 2016 Discussion
This program is open to those in academe who are interested in developing the body of knowledge around complex systems based on interactions with business, industry and government. The CASE Academics are a community of scholars interested in fostering a rigorous approach to the innovation and enhancement of systems as a field of study and the body of practice of systems complexity in the workplace. There is urgency around the importance of characterizing systems of increasing complexity, including the inherent challenges that arise in all phases of systemic life cycles and the need to develop and design solutions to address the nature of systems effectively. The challenges of engineering today’s complex systems beg for new and revolutionary philosophies, perspectives, theoretical foundations, and practices. The CASE Academic activities support thought leadership in transdisciplinary complex systems perspectives and applications, such as the exploration of former and new ideas on systems management and systems thinking, the clarification of the critical elements of systems engineering, the identification of new research areas in and related to systems, and the need for collaborative discussions to support systemsbased research and work. Your involvement is welcomed!


  • Shannon Flumerfelt, Oakland University, Co-Chair CASE Academics 2016-2017
  • Hernando Jimenez, Georgia Institute of Technology, Co-Chair CASE Academics 2016-2017 
  • Dianne DeTurris, California Polytechnic State University (Academic Scholar) 
1730-1915 hrs Academic Roundtable—Everyone Is a Systems Thinker
 The CASE Academic Roundtable is an open participation session whereby invited presenters are provided with a 15-minute time slot allowing for ten minutes to informally or formally present their thinking, research, and/or scholarly work on a complex systems topic.  This is followed by five minutes of audience discussion, Q&A, or challenge.  All CASE Academic Scholars will present at this session.  The session is a rapid fire format, with timelines strictly enforced.  The Roundtable is an efficient way for scholars to articulate their work and get feedback and for the audience to obtain a high-level view of thought leadership in system complexity.  The theme for this year’s Roundtable is:  Everyone Is A Systems Thinker.  Presenters will include some of the points taken from George H. Heilmeier's Catechism, or Heilmeier’s Questions:
  • What is the problem to be addressed? What motivates interest? Why is it hard? Why is it important? Is this a new problem / only recently been recognized?
  • How is it done today, by whom, and what is wrong with it?
  • How does the community propose to address it? What are the new ideas, and why can we succeed now but not before? What recent breakthroughs now make this possible?
  • What do these new solutions, concepts, approaches look like? What are the biggest challenges and why? How long will it take?
  • What is the impact if successful? Who cares and what is the quantified value if successful? What are measures of success, how can we measure success, what are key milestones?
  • What resources (computational, monetary, infrastructure, workforce, etc.) and enablers (e.g., culture change, regulatory environment) are needed? What are the implications for securing them?

You are invited to join this session to learn from the premier thought leaders in systems complexity.

  • Shannon Flumerfelt, Ph.D., Oakland University(Session Chair)
  • Hernando Jimenez, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology (Facilitator)
  • Dr. Paul Collopy, University Alabama Huntsville (Academic Scholar)
  • Dr. Michael Grieves, Florida Institute of Technology (Academic Scholar)
  • Dr. Wilson Felder, Stevens Institute of Technology (Academic Scholar)
  • Dr. John Valasek, Texas A&M University (Academic Scholar)
  • Dr. Dianne DeTurris, California Polytechnic State University (Academic Scholar)
  • Dr. Bryan Mesmer, University of Alabama Huntsville (Academic Scholar)

Discover more about Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange activities here.

1830-2030 hrs CASE Social

Thursday, 15 September 2016

0800-0930 hrs Plenary—Next Stop: Mars
0930-1000 hrs Coffee Break
1000-1200 hrs Envisioning the IT Infrastructure of the Future Aerospace Industry
In the vacuum created by NASA's downsizing, what does the new IT infrastructure supporting the aerospace and space industries look like? No longer outdated? Cutting-edge and adaptable? What data will be generated and how will it be used? What security concerns need to be addressed? Can an infrastructure standard be established that all independent private companies can leverage to easily share data that can help drive the industry forward? During this session, we will explore these topics as they range from new and adaptable infrastructure technologies along with information protection and security in order to enable the Digital Thread and leverage the Internet of Things.
  • Melanie Lorang, Associate Technical Fellow, IT, The Boeing Company (Co-Chair)
  • Carl Rudroff, IT Manager, PLM Systems, The Boeing Company (Co-Chair)
  • Paul Dodd, Senior Technical Fellow, Information Security, The Boeing Company
  • Paul Duchouquette, CDG, a Boeing Company
  • Willie Krenz, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Sandee Throneberry, Defense Industrial Base Integration Lead, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Bryan Mesmer, University of Alabama Huntsville
1230-1400 hrs Recognition Luncheon—Celebrating Achievements in Space and Astronautics
1400-1530 hrs
Forum 360 Sessions: Technologies for the New LEO Economy
Space Traffic Management
Global Perspectives

Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 16 Aug 2018
  • Early Mem Reg Deadline: 27 Aug 2018
  • Cancellation Deadline: 04 Sep 2018

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