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U.Va. to Host International Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium

April 20, 2010 — The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science will welcome 200 engineering students from around the world on April 23 who will present their work at an international forum in Zehmer Hall.

The event is the 2010 Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium – or SIEDS – sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Technical presentations and poster sessions highlighting applied research, development and design in systems and information engineering will follow a keynote address at 9:30 a.m. by Lt. Gen. Henry J. Hatch, retired commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The students will present research that includes alternative solutions to research problems in areas such as telecommunications and information technology, energy and environment, robotics, transportation and logistics, critical infrastructure, military applications, economic and financial systems, e-business, manufacturing, education and decision support.

Now in its ninth year, the symposium is a leading showcase for undergraduate and master's graduate design projects, such as those from capstone design courses or from baccalaureate, honors or design-oriented graduate theses.

The symposium's top papers will be chosen by a panel of judges from leading systems engineering companies such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, CCRI, Noblis, the Aerospace Corporation, Applied Predictive Technologies, Boeing and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Hatch served as chief of engineers and commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the chief operating officer of the American Society of Civil Engineers. As its commander, Hatch shifted the Corps of Engineers toward sustainable development and addressing the environmental effects of their current and past work.

"Systems engineering's focus on integration and powerful analytical approaches has made it all the more critical in a more global, more data-infused world," said Reid Bailey, assistant professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and chairman of this year's event. "SIEDS brings together leading student systems engineers with industry and government representatives who are applying this type of work to problems in fields that range from energy and the environment to critical infrastructure and defense."

The symposium is co-sponsored by the institute's Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society. For information visit the SIEDS website.

Hatch's talk is open to the public. Attendance at the remainder of the event requires registration, which can be done at the website or the symposium.

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