In Pursuit of Peace: Systems Science, Systems Engineering, and World Peace 

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Friday, August 31, 2018
12:15 PM
The value of a systems-based approach for solving the global problems of today is sometimes lost in translation beyond the boundary of the systems engineering community. However, tomorrow’s systems are increasingly more adaptable, robust, dynamic, interdependent, capable of self-organization, and resilient – demanding a broader systems engineering practice driven less by the effectiveness of the process to realize successful systems and more by the foundations of systems science and theory. As an example, the path to world peace requires a systems thinking mindset that sees the world through multiple conflicting perspectives, anticipates the impact of deployed systems (policies, infrastructures, technologies) over time and space, and reliably adjusts those systems in response to the dynamic influences of an uncertain future to achieve lasting peace.  This talk will discuss the roles and interrelationships of systems engineering, systems thinking, and systems science in the context of peace engineering – where the goal is to conceive, design, and build a better world for all.
Bio:
Dr. Alice Squires has served in technical and leadership roles for about 35 years. After nearly 25 years in industry, Alice is serving engineering education as an Associate Professor in the Engineering and Technology Management department of Washington State University. In industry, Alice recently served Aurora Flight Sciences as their Systems Engineering Manager, and was part of the UAV development team that led to a 2014 world record for an 80-hour+ gasoline-powered engine autonomous vehicle flight time. She previously served Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics as a Senior Engineering/Scientist Manager and IBM as an Advisory Engineer/Scientist. She has also served as a consultant Senior Systems Engineer to small and large commercial and defense organizations. Alice is Founder and Chair of the INCOSE Empowering Women as Leaders in Systems Engineering (EWLSE) committee and serves as INCOSE Academic Matters Assistant Director for Sector I, the Americas. She also serves the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) as Director on both the Systems Engineering Division (SED) and Corporate Member Council (CMC) boards and is serving a three-year appointed term on the ASEE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. She is an INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Practitioner (ESEP) with Acquisition (-ACQ), a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP), an ASEM certified Professional Engineering Manager (PEM), and a Senior IEEE Member. Alice is currently writing an autobiographical book to be published by IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) for the 2019 series on women overcoming various challenges to succeed as engineering professionals.