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What’s in Your Toolbox? Practical MBSE Part 2

What’s in Your Toolbox? Practical MBSE Part 2

My silver anniversary as a systems engineer is in the rearview mirror, and I have a box full of systems engineering tools just waiting for an excuse to be used.

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Beyond Buzzword Bingo: Practical MBSE Part 1

Beyond Buzzword Bingo: Practical MBSE Part 1

During a recent meeting with a potential client, I mentioned Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).

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Does the ST in STEM Stand for Star Trek? How Art Inspires Scientific Curiosity

Does the ST in STEM Stand for Star Trek? How Art Inspires Scientific Curiosity

As a Star Trek fan and a doctor in astrophysics, I often find myself wishing for a universal translator like those worn by the crew of the Enterprise.

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Mars Rover Selfies Really Cheer Me Up: The Mars Dust Storm and Its Impact on Space Exploration

Mars Rover Selfies Really Cheer Me Up: The Mars Dust Storm and Its Impact on Space Exploration

Poor little Opportunity. Will its solar panels let it phone home after weeks under a sky-darkening dust storm?

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The Space Race, Treasure Fleets and Technological Cooperation

The Space Race, Treasure Fleets and Technological Cooperation

In Engility’s inaugural podcast episode, guests Gary Oleson and Frank White talk about how space exploration...

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Keeping Pace with Human Spaceflight: An Agile Approach to Independent Verification and Validation

Keeping Pace with Human Spaceflight: An Agile Approach to Independent Verification and Validation

Our lives are full of winning combinations: peanut butter and jelly...

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8 Tips for Assessing Risk in Complex Software Development

8 Tips for Assessing Risk in Complex Software Development

Agile IV&V has been received very positively by the Orion IV&V customers, earning praise from the NASA IV&V Facility Director and the Software Architect.

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Rain, Butterflies, Systems Engineering, and Bayesian Networks

Rain, Butterflies, Systems Engineering, and Bayesian Networks

As the torrential rains continue to descend, I stand in my basement staring at the crack in my foundation that I had sealed last summer.

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Launching My Career with Good Mentors

Launching My Career with Good Mentors

Intern Colin Burke shares how he made the most of his experiences launching space balloons, making friends and gaining mentors at Engility.

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Launching My Career with Missiles and Space Balloons

Launching My Career with Missiles and Space Balloons

Intern Dana Gilroy took a break from missile-intercept calculations to join Engility employees in launching a high-altitude balloon to 100,000 feet.

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Launching My Career into the Stratosphere

Launching My Career into the Stratosphere

Intern Megan Avery details how an after-work activity – sending a payload to 100,000 feet – made for a very memorable internship with Engility.

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Words of Systems Engineering Wisdom: Don’t Settle for Opinion When You Need Advice

Words of Systems Engineering Wisdom: Don’t Settle for Opinion When You Need Advice

Tech Fellow Don York, who serves as an advisor to INCOSE, talks about the need, importance and value or informed advice in the systems engineering industry.

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In Search of the Purple Unicorn: How a Psychologist Is Translating R&D into Clinical Practice

In Search of the Purple Unicorn: How a Psychologist Is Translating R&D into Clinical Practice

Technical Fellow Aaron Sawyer describes how he is combining clinical psychology with an understanding of technical systems to create the perfect mix of...

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Space, Mission Assurance and a Disconcerting Lack of Explosions

Space, Mission Assurance and a Disconcerting Lack of Explosions

Engility’s Mike Pritchard shares a few thoughts on SpaceCom and commercial space opportunities—in particular the growing need for innovative mission assurance.

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Don’t Forget to Pack the Sun Block

Don’t Forget to Pack the Sun Block

Dave Mettenburg, senior engineer, discusses how Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) must adapt to the unique requirements of space.

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Systems Readiness: Are We Ready?

Systems Readiness: Are We Ready?

Dr. Don York details how a car accident taught him a valuable life lesson on systems engineering, readiness assessment and Bayesian logic.

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