The 3rd NASA/JPL Symposium and Workshop on Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) was hosted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California in late January 2017. The objectives of the event were to share ideas and advance the state of systems engineering practice. It was held immediately prior to the 2017 INCOSE International Workshop to better facilitate networking and involvement within the international Systems Engineering (SE) community. More than 250 people from NASA, the European Space Agency, the US Department of Defense, industry and academia participated.

Shoal was invited to participate due to our experience and ongoing involvement in the development of MBSE. Our Programs Manager and Senior Systems Engineer, Tommie Liddy, represented the company at the workshop. With highly relevant publications in Model-Based acquisition, capability lifecycle development and early lifecycle design, Shoal shared best practice principles, and offered recommendations and guidance on SE projects.

NASA represents thought leadership in space science; the agency deals with complex problems and develops robust capabilities with long life cycles that are highly visible to the public. NASA has identified MBSE as a key enabler to future success and is maturing engineering practice by implementing MBSE within selected projects and teams and eventually across the whole agency.

Shoal was pleased to be involved in the NASA / JPL MBSE Symposium and Workshop to better understand agency systems engineering needs and to contribute to engineering capability maturation. We look forward to continuing our involvement in future years.