SSE Seminar - Dr. Hal Sorenson, UCSD "Architecture – Based Enterprise Systems Engineering"

Thursday, May 9, 2013 11:00 am

Location: Babbio 541B and Online via Wimba

SSE Invited Talk
Architecture – Based Enterprise Systems Engineering
Dr. Harold Sorenson
Prof. Emeritus, UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering

ABSTRACT:  The engineering of interoperable systems that involve legacy systems from a large variety of sources and organizations has proven to be difficult for businesses and government agencies. These developments have come to be recognized as involving complex adaptive systems and require new approaches to deal with the complexity. In particular, solutions to this set of problems are not primarily engineering/technology problems. They expand the domain of consideration to address organizational and personal issues. This presentation presents an approach that is based on basic principles stemming from systems science and from strategic decision-making. The approach has been instantiated in a joint offering of the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. These schools have created a new and unique high-fee Master’s Degree program for working professionals called the Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering (AESE) Leadership Program. The program addresses the concepts, methodologies, and tools for creating interoperable systems that span a potentially wide range of unintegrated, legacy and new systems.  The systems methodology that is fundamental to the program and its offerings posits that complex adaptive systems require an iterative process based on synthesis, not analysis. Consequently, students are required to address a team project that requires the application of the lecture/academic concepts and methodologies to a topic having interest for senior managers in their organization. The team experiences have provided fertile sources of ideas for iteratively improving the program coverage. This has resulted in a program that has been extraordinarily well-received and valued by students and their corporate sponsors.

BIO:  Harold W. Sorenson arrived at UCSD in 1968 as a founding faculty member. He started the System Science Program two years later. In 1972, he helped found and run Orincon, the systems integration company. He served as Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force from 1985 to 1988 and arrived at MITRE in 1989, remaining until 2001. He chaired the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 1990 to 1993 and was a member of the AF SAB from 1982 until 1997. He also was a member of the Defense Intelligence Agency Scientific Advisory Board from 1992 to 1998. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from UCLA in 1966.