The Ds of Engineering: How Digital Engineering and Digital Thread impact Design and Development Decision Making

The Ds of Engineering: How Digital Engineering and Digital Thread impact Design and Development Decision Making

June 8, 2022 from 10:00 am to 10:45 am

Speaker: Stephanie Chiesi, SAIC

The Digital Transformation seeks to change how we perform engineering tasks in the product development lifecycle to reduce the time to market. While this is a benefit in many industries, it is also at the heart of the US Department of Defense Digital Engineering Strategy as a means of rapid delivery for increased capabilities to the warfighter. As we implement Digital Engineering and build Digital Threads in our engineering practices, this also changes the data available to decision makers. Changing the barriers of data accessibility, timeliness, pedigree, and relevance means that decision makers have more data to inform their choices. This increase in data may not lead to improved capabilities or shorter delivery times depending on the training and background of those making the decisions. This presentation will review how Decision Making may be impacted as Digital Engineering and the Digital Thread are implemented in the product lifecycle and how further adaptations may be needed to realize the desired benefits of reduced cycle time and improved capabilities.

Speaker Bio

Stephanie Chiesi earned a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, a B.S. in Biology, and an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During that time, she worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While in graduate school, she worked as a research assistant in the Complex Systems Research Laboratory where her research focused on design visualization translation into intent specifications and utilizing system modeling tools for early design phase execution of system level requirements.

Ms. Chiesi has worked as a systems engineer at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and at Paragon Space Development Corporation. Ms. Chiesi worked at Raytheon Missiles and Defense (RMD) as a senior principal systems engineer. In 2017 she became the first RMD Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) doctoral fellow, beginning her doctoral studies at Stevens Institute of Technology in the School of Systems and Enterprises that fall. Ms. Chiesi is also an inventor with 5 awarded patents through her work at Paragon and RMD. In 2020, Ms. Chiesi joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a chief systems engineer working with the strategy focused team for digital engineering solutions. She is currently a Chief Digital Engineer in SAIC’s Engineering Innovation Factory.

In addition to her work, Ms. Chiesi is also an active member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). She achieved the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) certification through INCOSE in April of 2014. Ms. Chiesi also completed the INCOSE Technical Leadership Institute in the first (inaugural) cohort 2015-2017. She is a participant in several of INCOSE’s working groups including challenge teams within the MBSE initiative and the Empowering Women Leaders in Systems Engineering (EWLSE). She is an AIAA member and has authored several published and presented papers.