Slow MBEvolution by Denise Fitzgerald & Barry Cavanaugh

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a Department of Defense federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) that applies advanced technology to problems of national security. Research and development activities focus on long-term technology development as well as rapid system prototyping and demonstration. Mission areas include: space control, air and missile defense, communication systems, homeland protection, cyber security, tactical systems, air traffic control, advanced technology, ISR systems & technology, and engineering.

The evolution to Model-Based Definition improves digital prototyping capabilities, thereby enhancing mission success at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Accepting and embracing the Model-Based Enterprise evolution does not happen overnight, however. In fact, it can be quite slow! The evolution requires easing resistance to culture change, improving tools and technology, and overcoming infrastructure limitations.

Denise Fitzgerald and Barry Cavanaugh will present at the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress (3D CIC) about MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s model-based evolution experience. 3D CIC will be held in Golden, Colorado on October 25 & 26, 2016.


Presentation Title: Slow MBEvolution

Abstract: The software tools required to adopt MBD and MBE have been improving greatly, but a successful model based evolution requires cultural as well as infrastructure changes. MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a large Federally Funded Research and Development Center, has been undergoing that evolution for many years. Using simple tools and modern technology, Lincoln has been slowly changing the way that our user community interacts with digital information.

About the Presenters:fitzgerald
Denise Fitzgerald co-leads Lincoln Laboratory’s Mechanical Engineering group which supports the development of prototype systems critical to national security. In addition to being the Engineering Division’s center for CAD and data management, the Mechanical Engineering Group has extensive capabilities necessary for the design of undersea, ground, airborne, and space systems with expertise in the design of large structures, complex mechanisms, and high precision optical systems. Ms. Fitzgerald also leads the Laboratory’s Model Based Enterprise efforts.  Prior experience includes the design of complex, high precision equipment for the semiconductor industry. Ms. Fitzgerald holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

cavanaughBarry Cavanaugh leads a team of System Administrators, IT Security Practitioners, and Developers who support and enhance the research performed by a 475+ member Engineering Division. Early career experiences include roles as a mechanical engineer designing Sony televisions, Hughes satellite communication products, and EMC enterprise storage systems. Mr. Cavanaugh later transitioned into the role of architecting, implementing, and customizing enterprise engineering CAD, PDM, PLM, simulation, and manufacturing systems. In addition, Mr. Cavanaugh serves on committees guiding MIT Lincoln Laboratory IT Security and Cloud Computing Policies. Education consists of a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and a Master’s Degree in Software Engineering from Brandeis University.

More about 3D CIC:
The 2016 theme for the 3D Collaboration and Interoperability Congress is Commercial Applications of Model-Based Business Process, focused on real commercial users sharing their MBD/MBE journeys and experiences. Join Action Engineering at 3D CIC in Golden, Colorado on October 25 & 26, 2016. Click here to learn more about and register for 3D CIC.

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1 thought on “Slow MBEvolution by Denise Fitzgerald & Barry Cavanaugh

  1. A fine approach, good presentation. love the mention of HoloLens to review models. Check out the combination of Vuforia and HoloLens for markups too.

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