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GSAW 2018 Evening Session

Session 12A: Special GSAW/INCOSE-LA/SPIN/USC CSSE Evening Event

Leads: Michelle Carter and Judy Kerner, The Aerospace Corporation

Topic: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – Driving the Future of Ground Systems

As the space domain becomes more crowded and contested, ground systems are driven to continue to evolve technologically to meet our nation’s challenges.  Current and future technologies, such as speech recognition, smart speakers (e.g., Amazon Echo, Google Home), cloud computing, virtualization, and machine learning, are increasingly impacting our ground systems. The aerospace engineering community must encourage and support opportunities for the next generation to pursue more STEM-focused education and careers, to foster realization of these and other future technologies in ground systems.   The objective of this evening session is to highlight how the industry is currently supporting STEM initiatives, particularly in the areas of space and ground systems, and what attendees can do to foster more interest in STEM education and careers in their own communities.

The GSAW/INCOSE-LA/SPIN/USC CSSE evening session will focus on fostering STEM education and careers in the context of ground systems. The session will be broken into two segments: the first segment (about one hour) will feature presentations, and the second segment (about one hour) will feature an interactive panel session. Presentations in the first half of the evening session will include STEM presentations from students, educators, and industry describing approaches and experiences getting students interested in STEM education and careers. Our presenters will discuss their work in cultivating interest in STEM education and careers in aerospace; computer science education; and their personal experiences with STEM outreach. The panel session will follow up on the topics raised in the presentations and will include discussion and questions on STEM education and careers, and on attracting students to ground systems and to systems engineering in general.

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Hearty refreshments provided
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Presentations on STEM outreach, education, and experiences
7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Break
7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. An interactive panel on our roles in STEM outreach and careers


  • Barry W. Boehm, TRW Professor, USC Computer Sciences, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Astronautics Departments
    • Educating T-Shaped Software-Intensive-System Engineers
  • L. DeWayne Cecil, Founder and Chief Scientist, Destination SPACE
    Lauren Ballard, Emily Brison, Jordan Miller, and Moriah Miller, Nesbitt Discovery Academy

    • Destination SPACE (Satellite Program for Aerospace-Centered Education) and STEM
  • Stephen K. Guine, Space Product Quality Manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
    • STEM and Systems Engineering: A Continual Need and Natural Fit
  • Paul J. Hudgins, Masters Student, Virginia Commonwealth University, and former Marine
    • A Student’s Perspective on Computer Science Outreach
  • Mark L. McKelvin, Engineering Specialist in Applied Software Technologies, The Aerospace Corporation
    • Fostering STEM Education

Session Leads:

  • Michelle Carter, Sr. Engineering Specialist, The Aerospace Corporation
  •  Judy Kerner, Sr. Project Leader, The Aerospace Corporation

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel
9620 Airport Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

There is no charge for the meeting, but there is a charge (discounted GSAW rate) for parking. Food and refreshments will be served.

Sponsoring Organization:

  • Ground System Architectures Workshop (GSAW)

Co-hosting Organizations:

  • International Council on Systems Engineering – Los Angeles (INCOSE-LA)
  • Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN)
  • University of Southern California Center for Systems and Software Engineering (USC CSSE)


Session 12B: Migrating Toward a Resilient Enterprise

Leads: Mike Campbell and Don Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

Most space systems that have not already adopted an enterprise ground approach are exploring or are actively engaged in migrating their ground segments from traditional single-purpose ground systems to more modern architectures based on an enterprise environment employing cloud-based infrastructure, common services, and increased reliance on COTS software and common mission frameworks. This industry-wide transformation is happening in the context of well-known, rapidly evolving technological trends in the commercial IT world, which are simultaneously: pushes, pulls, enablers, challenges, and constraints. We see that every organization facing this transformation is responding somewhat differently depending on their unique environment and definitions of resiliency; yet, some patterns are emerging that are nearly universal across all sectors of space: commercial, civil, and military / intelligence. This panel session will provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion of recurring patterns and significant opportunities, challenges, and risks that organizations are encountering as they migrate to resilient enterprise solutions.