First Annual SERC Doctoral Fellows Program Forum – Shaping the Next Generation of Technical Leaders through Research and Education


On Monday, February 24, 2014, the first annual SERC Doctoral Fellows Program Forum was held at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center. Launched in 2012, the Doctoral Fellows Program is based on a collaborative model that allows doctoral students at participating organizations to access and work in conjunction with SERC Collaborator Universities’ leading systems thinkers as research advisors.

“Through the Program, the SERC nurtures the next generation of technical leaders by providing them with a platform to collaborate with researchers across the US, and develop one-on-one relationships with thought leaders who serve as mentors during the doctoral process,” said Dr. Dinesh Verma, SERC Executive Director, and Dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises, Steven Institute of Technology.

Eminent members from the government, academia, and industry attended the event, which brought together existing, and potential SERC Doctoral Fellows Program sponsoring organizations, collaborators and participants. The event comprised of a robust list of topics and speakers from the systems engineering arena, and attendees were able to network, learn, and share valuable experiences about the program.

"In summary, it was exciting to host the inaugural Doctoral Fellows Forum, and we intend to make this an annual feature.  The event provided crucial insights from the Program Sponsors, and the presentations by the SERC Fellows were truly inspirational.  It is exciting to see the level of engagement and acceptance of the program across the national security ecosystem,” summed Dr. Verma.

Featured in photo above: Dr. Thomas Christian, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition (SAF/AQR); Ms. Kristen Baldwin, Principal Deputy, DASD(SE); and Mr. Mark Burgess, Chief Engineer, Engineering, Operations & Technology, The Boeing Company.