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Presented By: Aerospace Engineering

AE285 Undergraduate Seminar: The Future of Systems Engineering: Managing Complexity with Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

David Fillmore, Systems Engineering Senior Manager - USAF Programs, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI)

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This seminar consists of three parts: 1) General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc. company overview, 2) my Aerospace Engineering degree as related to my career path, and 3) a technical challenge facing modern engineering product development: Managing Complexity. As the systems we build become more and more capable, they are also exponentially more complex. The methods and tools of Systems Engineering are rapidly evolving to support a single source of truth and communicate change across all disciplines by way of Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), also called Digital Engineering (DE). GA-ASI has a seat at the table of the Department of Defense Digital Engineering Working Group as we all seek to manage the ever growing complexity of our endeavors.

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Mr. Fillmore received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (cum laude) from the University of Michigan in 1988 and immediately began his career with General Dynamics Space Systems Division in San Diego, CA supporting Commercial Atlas-Centaur Unmanned Expendable Launch Vehicles in the Trajectory and Performance optimization department. During his 6 years with GDSS, he supported 3 launch operations (AC-72, AC-71 and AC-111) at Cape Canaveral as Mission Engineer before that division was sold and moved to Denver, Colorado. Smitten with Southern California, Mr. Fillmore quickly joined BAE Systems starting out as a Software Engineer for a Mission Planning software application that provides stealth aircraft route optimization, primarily for USAF platforms. During this time he achieved certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) from the Project Management Institute and eventually led the team as Program Manager, helping their endeavors grow to a whole family of software products. Presently, Mr. Fillmore is the Systems Engineering Manager for all U.S. Air Force programs with General Atomics – Aeronautical Systems Inc. including special emphasis on the MQ-9 Predator-B “Reaper” UAS. David is a licensed Private Pilot (achieved via the Michigan Flyers flying club in Ann Arbor) and lives with his wife and children with whom he enjoys homework, scuba diving, auto-cross and live-music.
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