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

April 22, 2008 — By using a systematic and holistic approach, systems engineers are working to address a wide range of societal challenges such as the energy crisis and current economic downturn. An upcoming symposium at the University of Virginia will offer a look into the latest student work in this field.

On Friday, the U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science will welcome engineering students from around world to present their work at the 2009 IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium, a forum for applied research, development and design in systems and information engineering. Fifty-six papers are being presented in parallel sessions throughout the day at Newcomb Hall.

Technical presentations will be held beginning at 10:15 a.m. and a poster board session and reception are scheduled 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the parallel sessions, attendees will hear from plenary speaker Steve Bennett, assistant director of the Office of Risk Management and Analysis Program at the Department of Homeland Security. Bennett will share his experiences with risk management in areas ranging from weapons of mass destruction to natural disasters.

Amy Alving, chief technology officer for SAIC, is the banquet speaker. She has a diverse background in academia and government, with prior experience working as a professor at the University of Minnesota, White House Fellow at the Department of Commerce, and director of the Special Projects Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Now in its eighth 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 research presented at the conference must extend beyond the analysis of systems and include 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.

The symposium's top papers will be chosen by a panel of judges from Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, CCR, Noblis, the Aerospace Corporation, Applied Predictive Technologies, Boeing, Nokia and SAIC.

"SIEDS brings systems engineering students from leading universities together with industry and government officials who are applying systems engineering approaches to problems in fields that include energy, health care, economics, and critical infrastructure," said Reid Bailey, assistant professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and chairman of the symposium.

For information about this event, visit www.sys.virginia.edu/sieds09/.