SPEC Innovations with Innoslate is Sponsoring MBSE-CON 2021

The first Model-Based Systems Engineering Conference (MBSE-CON) will go live, virtually, on February 22-24 and we are proud to be sponsoring this year. 

What is MBSE-CON? 

The Model-Based Systems Engineering Conference (MBSE-CON) is a collaborative virtual conference for systems engineering professionals. It is the first conference completely focused on MBSE and achieving the digital future through MBSE. During the conference attendees can interact and network with experts on systems engineering languages, ontologies, and more.

This year’s conference will focus on four main topics: 

  1. Real World MBSE
  2. Ontologies
  3. Real Life Lessons Learned in MBSE
  4. Presentation Frameworks

Attendees will be able to stay up to date with the latest in MBSE through our experienced keynote speakers, panel sessions, and workshops led by experts from a variety of disciplines. Each category will consist of a highly interactive panel session where they can ask their questions directly and stay up to date with the latest in MBSE. 

One of the many benefits of MBSE-CON is their focus on being highly interactive and creating a unique networking experience. Using the platform, Airmeet, MBSE-CON will allow attendees to text and video chat with other attendees, speakers, and sponsors in a way that feels as normal as possible. While completely virtual, attendees will feel as though they have entered an in-person conference where they can interact with each other at tables and booths as well as directly ask and discuss their questions with speakers. 

Who is Speaking at MBSE-CON? 

The host of MBSE-CON, The Lifecycle Modeling Organization, has secured over 25 expert systems engineering professionals to present and speak at this year’s conference. With three keynote speakers, twenty panelists, and three workshop instructors, attendees will be receiving hours of valuable information, quality discussions, and opinions from experts in systems engineering. 

This year’s keynote speaker’s include: Dr. Donna Rhodes, Dr. Thomas McDermott, and Dr. David Richardson. Each speaker will be focusing their discussion on one of the main categories of the conference. Following each presentation, a panel session discussion will ensue giving the panelist a unique perspective on their topics and an overall cohesive flow to the conference allowing attendees to tune in to their interests. 

Thomas McDermott is a Systems Engineering consultant, practitioner, and research leader. He serves as the Deputy Director and Chief Technology Officer of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. His presentation, Road Mapping the Future of MBSE, will be discussing what we see as waves of transformation across these four areas, potential outcomes, and likely verticals of research and development. 

Dr. Donna Rhodes is a principal research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center. She is co-founder and director of MIT’s Systems Engineering Advancement Initiative (SEAri), and is principal investigator for numerous sponsored research projects. She teaches and advises graduate students across multiple academic and professional programs at MIT. Her presentation, Envisioning the Future of Curated Model Collections, will focus on the evolution of model-based systems engineering driving the interest in governed model collections and model curation practice.

Dr. David Richardson is currently serving as Astrophysics Line of Business Manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He has mechanical engineering degrees from the University of Rhode Island, Marquette University and the University of Maryland at College Park. His presentation, Culture Challenges on the Road to a Digital Future at NASA, will focus on NASA’s Space Mission Architecture Framework and how it is a stepping stone to a digital engineering future. 

You can find out more information on each keynote presentation and panel session at mbsecon.heysummit.com. 

What is Being Offered at MBSE-CON? 

The Model-Based Systems Engineering Conference will offer more than just expert speakers and interactive panel sessions. This year’s MBSE-CON will also include three immservie workshops as well as fun and exciting social activities. 

MBSE-CON’s workshops will include Demystifying Systems Engineering led by Dr. Warren Vaneman, Introduction to Systems Engineering Using Models led by Dr. Jerry Sellers, and Certifying in the Lifecycle Modeling Language led by Dr. Steven Dam. 

Dr. Warren Vaneman is a Professor of Practice in the Systems Engineering Department at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. He has more than 30 years of leadership and technical positions within the U.S. Navy and the Intelligence Community. His workshop will “de-mystify” MBSE, with the intent of moving the sub-discipline forward. 


Dr. Jerry Sellers has over 30 years of space systems experience including Guidance & Onboard Navigation Officer in Space Shuttle Mission Control; Assistant Professor of Astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy; and Chief of Astronautics for the Air Force European Office. His workshop will provide a great introduction to engineering professionals who would like an overview of systems engineering and how to go about modeling various aspects of it.

Lastly, Dr. Steven Dam, the president and founder of SPEC Innovations, will be teaching the specifications and ontology of the Lifecycle Modeling Language which will then be followed by a certification test on the LML language.


To learn more about each workshop, please visit https://mbsecon.heysummit.com/mbsecon-workshops/

Each day, MBSE-CON will include both morning and afternoon social activities. Beginning at 9:30am CT, Amanda Winters, a certified yoga instructor, will be leading Pre-Modeling Morning Mindfulness: A “model-based” approach to gentle yoga. Her class will prepare attendees for the insightful and intellectual discussions of MBSE-CON by doing some gentle, chair yoga stretches and guided breathing exercises (no experience required). After the presentations conclude on February 23 and 24th, attendees will be welcomed to join each other in friendly trivia competitions where they can win $50-$100 Amazon gift cards. 


The Model-Based Systems Engineering Conference will be an eventful virtual conference focused on MBSE. Through workshops, presentations, panel discussions, networking activities, and more, attendees will get the most out of their experience. MBSE-CON’s speakers, instructors, sponsors and host are gearing up for an incredible interactive experience and we are excited to be a part of the first annual MBSE-CON. To join us and the experts during the three day conference, please visit their website, mbsecon.heysummit.com.