March 15 - Pasadena Meeting

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03/15/2018 - Thursday, 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Parsons Corporation
Speaker: Jeff Estefan
Strategy for Advancing MBSE
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speaker estefan jeffDeveloping a Strategy and Roadmap for Advancing the State-of-the-Practice of MBSE within your Organization.

The Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) paradigm has been gaining greater visibility in academia, industry, and government in recent years, even though it has been in practice to varying degrees for over a decade and a half.

Despite modest gains in the practice of MBSE, paradigm shifts are hard and organizations often struggle with modernizing their engineering practices. A number of factors can explain this infusion challenge, for example, economic forces may limit any capital investment in a modernization effort. More common, however, other factors are at play such as organizational culture and/or organizational politics. It is after all human nature to resist change and such a strong force cannot be overlooked. As a consequence, before embarking on an effort like infusing MBSE into your organization, it is important to first develop a strategic plan to help identify key long-term strategic goals and near-term measurable objectives that your organization can use as part of its MBSE adoption efforts. In addition, it is important to develop a three-to-five year roadmap that identifies key MBSE roadmap categories and associated roadmap elements over a future annual timeline as this will help in identifying key areas of strategic investment. This will not solve the issue of culture and politics but it will put you in a better position to defend your MBSE adoption efforts. Recommendations on strategic planning and roadmap development for MBSE will be presented as part of this invited talk.


Speaker Bio
Jeff Estefan
is responsible for coordinating and leading the architecture definition and evolution of NASA-sponsored and JPL-managed Advanced Multi-Mission Operations System or AMMOS. As additional duty, Jeff has been active in helping to advance the state-of-the-practice in model-based engineering at JPL since 2005. Jeff first came to the Laboratory in 1989 from Seattle where he worked as an avionics navigation systems engineer for The Boeing Company. Drawing from his experience in developing navigation, guidance, and control algorithms for military and commercial aircraft, he led a number of R&D tasks at JPL in the development of new radiometric analysis and data processing modes for High Earth Orbiter and Deep Space Navigation applications. Jeff later worked for IBM as a consulting IT architect where he provided technical guidance to dozens of companies around the world in the area of enterprise e-business computing. Following his return to JPL in early 2003, Jeff served as principal engineer for the large-scale Global Information Grid initiative for the Department of Defense and later assumed additional duty as task manager for this effort. He subsequently worked for several years as the lead technologist for the Systems and Software Division at JPL overseeing technology R&D and infusion efforts performed by the Division. Jeff earned his M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington, his B.S. in Mathematics from Washington State University, and served as an Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer for the U.S. Naval Air Reserve from 1988 to 1998. He received an honorable discharge from military service with the grade of Lieutenant Commander.


Event Fee


Parson's Tower
Armstrong Conference Room
100 W. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91124



  1. You can enter the Parsons open lot from either Holly Street or Walnut Street. Take a ticket when you come in.
  2. Park anywhere on the east side of the building in the open parking lot.


Special Instructions

  • Please use the east entrance of the building, there will be a security desk on your left side.
  • Sign in with this information: Parsons Contact: Kevin Fichtner; Building: A2, Ext: 3172
  • You will be assigned a temporary badge – Armstrong conference Room is on first floor on right hand side just beyond the security desk.


1 PDU in the Strategic and Business category


Postponement / Cancellation
This event may be canceled or postponed, though all efforts will be made to avoid doing so.  If canceled or postponed, notification will be made to all registrants via email.


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