National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Systems Engineering & Architecture

  • Leads the systems engineering, mission and system architecture, and software engineering effort for the development, and operation of complex space flight, aeronautics, and ground-based systems, or system of systems, and vehicles.
  • Establishes and promotes the use of common approaches and processes for the engineering of systems in concert with center and agency requirements, best practices and within imposed constraints.
  • Creates mission designs, develops system architectures and performs integrated systems analysis for vehicle and other large integrated projects at Glenn Research Center and across NASA as well as fosters the generation and evaluation of such concepts and ideas for the center and agency.
  • Performs technology insertion performance assessments at the system level and performs integrated systems analyses to support stakeholder decision-making throughout all phases of the product life cycle.
  • Analyses include feasibility studies, system planning, decision analyses, trade studies, evaluations, simulations, operational analyses, verification and validation, and architecture assessments.
  • Enables the effective integration of systems engineering practices that span the range of technology readiness levels and technical competencies.

Chief: Derrick J. Cheston

Technical Focus Areas

Aeronautics and Ground-Based Systems

  • Provides systems engineering leadership and system architect leadership roles to enable aeronautics programs and projects as well as ground-based programs and projects involving the application of NASA technologies.
  • Executes system engineering across all phases of the project life cycle working with stakeholders to develop requirements; leading the integrated system design, verification and validation; and transitioning the system to operations.
  • Customizes the systems engineering effort to meet project-specific needs and establishes the appropriate level of engineering rigor to match the risk classification of the project to facilitate research and development efforts and enable project success.
  • Supports the planning and implementation of operations design and sustaining engineering.
  • Responsible for cross-cutting systems engineering areas such as technical planning, technical assessments, and risk assessment, as well as schedule and budget formulation, insight and oversight of contracts, and technical review boards and panels.
  • Implements systems engineering based on best engineering practices and experience and by following the NASA systems engineering processes.
  • Responsible for requirements management, and configuration management, and data management functions across projects at Glenn Research Center.

Flight Software

  • Provides discipline software engineering for flight and ground software systems.
  • Performs all phases of the software engineering life cycle including concept definition, requirement development, architecture, design, implementation, test, installation, system verification and validation and maintenance.
  • Performs code analysis, optimization, and resource utilization management to meet project requirements.
  • Has ownership of the flight software development processes used at the center.

Human Space Flight Systems

  • Provides systems engineering leadership and shared project system architect leadership roles to enable the successful implementation of NASA human spaceflight or human spaceflight-enabling programs and projects, including launch vehicles and spacecraft.
  • Executes system engineering across all phases of the project life cycle working with stakeholders to develop requirements; leading the integrated system design, verification and validation; and transitioning the system to operations.
  • Customizes the systems engineering effort to meet project-specific needs and establishes the appropriate level of engineering rigor to match the risk classification of the project.
  • Supports the planning and implementation of operations design, sustaining engineering and human systems engineering.
  • Responsible for cross-cutting systems engineering areas such as technical planning, technical assessments, and risk assessment as well as schedule and budget formulation, insight and oversight of contracts, and technical review boards and panels.
  • Implements systems engineering based on best engineering practices and experience and by following the NASA systems engineering processes.

Mission Architecture and Analysis

  • Provides mission, system, and architecture performance and feasibility analysis for a range of projects including launch vehicle, in-space propulsion and spacecraft systems.
  • Serves as the lead for coordinating and executing integrated system and mission formulation studies for the center and support to agency as required.
  • Fosters and coordinates formulation and early evaluation of push and pull ideas for system level applications of center integrated technologies and subsystems.
  • Support includes trajectory optimization and vehicle simulation, design and analysis for guidance, navigation and control algorithms, conceptual design engineering and analysis of aerospace vehicles and systems, and development and validation of aerospace vehicle requirements.
  • Develops and maintains advanced system analysis and analytical tools including flight dynamics simulation and optimization software and collaboration environments.
  • Responsible for architecture design for aeronautics and space flight systems including system modeling, simulation, tool development, conceptual design of vehicles and systems, alternative system evaluation and optimization, operational system modeling and simulation.
  • Provides assessment of subsystem designs and analysis including validation of requirements and interfaces.

Science and Space Technology Systems

  • Provides the systems engineering leadership and shared project system architect leadership roles to enable science and space technology programs and projects.
  • Executes system engineering across all phases of the project life cycle working with stakeholders to develop requirements; leading the integrated system design, verification and validation; and transitioning the system to operations.
  • Customizes the systems engineering effort to meet project-specific needs and establishes the appropriate level of engineering rigor to match the risk classification of the project.
  • Supports the planning and implementation of operations design and sustaining engineering.
  • Responsible for cross-cutting systems engineering areas such as technical planning, technical assessments, and risk assessment, as well as schedule and budget formulation, insight and oversight of contracts, and technical review boards and panels.
  • Implements systems engineering based on best engineering practices and experience and by following the NASA systems engineering processes.