Introduction to Systems and Model Based Systems Engineering
June 16-17, 2021 | Online :: Central Time

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This fun, fast-paced 1.5-day virtual systems engineering “boot camp” strips away the theory of systems engineering (SE) to focus on the essential tasks and evidence your team needs to create at each phase of product/system development to be successful. This unique course infuses the principals of today’s best engineering practice with common space mission protocol and real-world circumstances. Essential Systems Engineering (ESE) templates are introduced and described to provide a “topological map” of the product development terrain to follow.

A fully integrated case study is used throughout the course to guide the discussion with concrete examples. Extensive in-class exercises focus on some of the most difficult and critical SE artifacts to create. The course concludes with practical advice on application to your projects, advice on using model-based systems engineering to further enhance effectiveness and how to integrate what you’ve learned into your ongoing lifecycle milestones.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to…

  • Explain the systems engineering framework and characterize how it defines and guides the technical boundaries of a project
  • Summarize the Essential Systems Engineering templates for each product technical baseline and then tailor and apply them to specific projects
  • Create and evaluate essential systems engineering artifacts used to establish the maturity of specific technical baselines.
  • Explain applied system engineering approaches to the space and technology industries, with relevant information for system engineers of all domains
  • Apply classroom lessons into your everyday work through interactive exercises and models



LRA has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, LRA has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, LRA is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

LRA is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day, be in attendance for the entirety of the course

Instructional Methods

Power Point presentations and open discussion will be used

Who Should Attend

Busy systems engineers, product developers, payload principal investigators, subsystem engineers or project managers involved in any phase of project life cycle who just need to know what they should be focusing on day to day to get the job day one.

Course Materials

Each attendee will receive:

  • A complete set of course notes with copies of all slides used in the presentations.
  • A full recording of the course to further review the concepts and practices taught, available for 3 days.


Wednesday, June 16 , 2021 | Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: The Systems Engineering Framework

  • System Design
  • Managing Systems Engineering
  • Realizing Systems (building, testing, delivering)

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Essential Systems Engineering Templates

  • Mission/Product Baseline
  • System Baseline
  • Functional Baseline

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. :: Essential Systems Engineering Templates (Continued)

  • Design-to Baseline
  • Build-to Baseline
  • As-build Baseline
  • As-deployed/delivered Baseline

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

2:15 – 4:00 p.m. :: Space Applications

  • Con Ops/ Stakeholder Expectations
  • Requirements Engineering/ Solution Architecting
  • Interface Management/ Tech Planning
  • Introduction to Model Based Engineering

Thursday, June 17, 2021 | Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Log In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. :: The Hard Parts

  • Defining and Maintaining Project Scope (Managing Stakeholder Expectations)
  • Functional Analysis
  • Developing and Managing Requirements
  • Managing Risk
  • Closing the Loop (Verification and Validation Planning and Execution)
  • Software, Software, Software

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. :: Morning Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. :: Detailed End-To-End Case Study

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Hands-On Exercises


Dr. Peter Van Wirt is a former Deputy Department Head for Labs and Research of the Department of Astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has been a visiting lecturer for the Technical University of Delft’s SpaceTech Masters Degree in Space Systems Engineering and is an Adjunct Professor for the Space Systems Engineering Master’s program at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He also instructs at the National Security Space Institute in Colorado Springs, CO.  He has served as a systems engineer/program manager for a variety of US Air Force engineering developments.  Peter has over 30 years of aerospace engineering experience and over 20 years teaching experience. He earned his doctorate at the Utah State University. He is also an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

Event Standard RateAttendees
Introduction to Systems and Model Based Systems Engineering - (single connection)US $ 1195.00
Pack of 5 connectionsUS $ 4,780.00
Pack of 10 ConnectionsUS $ 8,365.00
Pack of 20 ConnectionsUS $ 14,340.00
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Cancellation Policy

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before June 11, 2021 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other LRA Institute event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 888-305-0392

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