There are new complexities in engineering practice as industry implements digital engineering to improve their products or as part of a contract requirement for a customer. It is not enough to select best in class tools and focus how they can be integrated to build a company’s singular products. While some of the usual suspects persist, such as needing standards that work across tool suites and digital transformation across the whole development and deployment lifecycle, there are new emergent problems that impact the digital thread realization. These new problems present additional actions needed, not only by industry and digital engineering implementers, but by vendors, standards boards, cyber physical systems, workforce educators, and legal teams. This presentation will discuss the emergent complexities of open digital thread implementation in aerospace programs in both the commercial sector and for government customers.
Stephanie Sharo Chiesi is a Principal Aerospace Systems Engineer with Blue Origin. She has two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree from MIT and is currently pursuing her doctorate at Stevens Institute of Technology as a SERC Doctoral Fellow. Ms. Chiesi’s previous roles have included lead systems engineer at Draper Laboratory and Paragon Space Development Corporation, Senior Principal Systems Engineer at Raytheon Missiles and Defense and Chief Digital Engineer at SAIC. She is an inventor with 5 awarded patents through her work at Paragon and RMD. Her current technology focus builds on her previous Digital Engineering and Digital Transformation work to study how data driven environments in Digital Engineering impact and change engineering decision making.