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 3870 - 15th Annual Systems Engineering Conference 

3870 - 15th Annual Systems Engineering Conference 



Event Number

Event Date

 to 10/25/2012

Event Location
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

Event Contact
Allison D. McCloskey at or (703)247-2570


A major conference focusing on improving acquisition and performance of Defense programs and systems, including net-centric operations and data/information interoperability, system-of-systems engineering and all aspects of system sustainment, will be convened in San Diego, CA, October 22-25, 2012.  This conference is sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association, Systems Engineering Division, with technical co-sponsorship by IEEE AES, IEEE Systems Council and the International Council on Systems Engineering, and is supported by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering within the Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.


The Department of Defense continues to seek ways to improve the acquisition of military equipment and capability to assist the warfighter in protecting the U.S. and its allies, and help oppressed nations around the world in a complex environment of ever-changing threats and conditions. The recently enacted Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act (WSARA) of 2009 defines Systems Engineering as a key player in helping effect improvements in defense acquisition and program execution, to achieve more effective and affordable military systems. Systems Engineering is the “umbrella” engineering function that serves as the key integrating function for successful program execution and helping maintain the balance between requirements, performance, cost, schedule, and overall effectiveness and affordability. Systems Engineering principles embody strong technical and risk management aspects, for the acquiring program office as well as the prime and subcontractors. Strong emphasis on systems engineering throughout the program, especially in early development planning, is a key enabler of successful programs and fielded defense systems. The Annual Systems Engineering Conference explores the various roles of systems engineering from all aspects and perspectives—pragmatic, practical and academic—and brings key practitioners together to work on effective solutions to achieve a successful warfighting force.

Conference Objectives

This conference seeks to create an interactive forum for Program Managers, Systems Engineers, Chief Scientists, and Engineers and Managers from the Requirements, Design, Verification, Support, Logistics and Test communities from both Government and Industry.  The conference will provide the opportunity to shape policy and procedures by exchanging innovative tactics and lessons learned.



Download/Print/View the ON-SITE AGENDA (as of 10/23/12

Download/Print/View the abstract descriptions


5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Registration Open

*Additional fee required to attend Monday’s tutorial session
7:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast (TUTORIAL ATTENDEES ONLY)
8:00 am – 9:45 am Tutorial Tracks (TUTORIAL ATTENDEES ONLY)
9:45 am – 10:15 am Morning Break
10:15 am – 11:45 am Tutorial Tracks (TUTORIAL ATTENDEES ONLY)
11:45 am – 1:00 pm Luncheon (TUTORIAL ATTENDEES ONLY)
1:00 pm – 2:45 pm Tutorial Tracks (TUTORIAL ATTENDEES ONLY)
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Afternoon Break
3:15 pm – 5:00 pm Tutorial Tracks (TUTORIAL ATTENDEES ONLY)
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Networking Reception - Open to All Conference Attendees!

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:30 am Plenary Session
9:30 am – 10:00 am Morning Break
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Plenary Session
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Luncheon
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Plenary Session
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon Break
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Plenary Session
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Reception

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:45 am Concurrent Sessions
9:45 am – 10:15 am Morning Break
10:15 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Awards Luncheon
1:30 pm – 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Afternoon Break
3:45 pm – 5:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
5:30 pm Adjourn

7:00 am – 3:30 pm Registration Open
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:45 am Concurrent Sessions
9:45 am – 10:15 am Morning Break
10:15 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Luncheon
1:30 pm – 3:55 pm Concurrent Sessions
3:55 pm Adjourn

Topic Sessions include:

--Early Systems Engineering
--Education & Training
--Enterprise Health Management
--Engineering Resilient Systems
--Early Systems Engineering/System of Systems
--Human Systems Integration
--Modeling & Simulation/Architecture
--Modeling & Simulation
--Net-Centric Operations/Interoperability
--Program Management
--System Security Engineering
--System of Systems/Architecture
--System of Systems/Net-Centric
--System of Systems/Test & Evaluation
--Statistical Test Optimization
--Systems Engineering Effectiveness
--System of Systems
--Technology Maturity
--Test & Evaluation
--Test & Evaluation/Modeling & Simulation

To Download/Print/View a list of brief descriptions of the topic sessions.



Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina
1441 Quivira Rd.
San Diego, CA 92109
Tel: (619) 224-1234


Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
1441 Quivira Rd
San Diego, CA 92109
Tel: 888-421-1442

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay.  In order to ensure the discounted rate, you must make your reservations early and ask for the “National Defense Industrial Association” room block. Rooms will not be held after Saturday, September 29, 2012 and may sell out before then. Rates are also subject to change after this date.

To make your reservation, please call the hotel directly: 888-421-1442 or click on the links below to access the dedicated online booking websites:
Government - $133 (single/double)
Industry - $209 (single/double)

*The government per diem rate is available only to active duty or civilian government employees. ID will be required upon check-in.

Government Attendees:
Any active U.S. Military attendee with ID and travel order will be tax exempt (subject to state’s regulation of tax exemption). Any U.S. Government employee paying with U.S. Government check or credit card will be tax exempt (with supporting documentation as required by some states). Check with the hotel for specific state and local requirements when booking hotel reservations.




Online Registration is now CLOSED! Please visit us onsite at the conference to register.

Onsite registration will be open daily in the Bayview Foyer during the following days and times:

Sunday --5:00 pm -7:00 pm
Monday -- 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday -- 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday -- 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday -- 7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Download/Print/View the registration form and complete to make ONSITE registration go faster!

Registration Fees






Before 09/08/12

09/08/12 - 10/12/12

After 10/12/12





Industry NDIA Member




Industry Non-NDIA Member




Tutorials* (Monday, Oct. 22)




*Tutorial fees are not included in registration costs. To register for the Monday, October 22 tutorials, you must register for the tutorials.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellation requests received on/before 10/12/12 will receive a refund minus a cancellation fee of $75. Refunds will not be given for cancellations received after 10/12/12.

Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations! Please make your cancellation or substitution in writing to Kari King at

Note: Please be sure you are registering with the correct credit card or form of payment, as a $25 fee will be applied to registrations switching credit cards or forms of payment.

To Download/Print/View the attendee roster (Updated 10/12/12)

Display Information

NDIA invites you to display at the Systems Engineering Conference, where you will have the opportunity to showcase your capabilities to conference attendees. Displays will be centrally located at the conference. 

The display fee is $1,800 and includes: one individual conference registration, table, chair and electrical hook-up.  Displays will be tabletop or “pop-up” style.  Allocated display space will be 10 ft. wide by 6 ft. deep.  

Although computer systems for demonstration are OK, minimal hardware should be utilized.  No formal decorating company will be involved.  Companies must bring their own displays and plan to do their own set-up.  Standard draped folding table and chair will be provided for each display space. 

Download/Print/View the displayer registration form.

Confirmed Displayers (updated 10/4/12)
--Air Academy Associates
--Dassault Systemes Americas Corp
--Defense Acquisition University
--Georgia Tech Research Institute
--Incose Professional Certification
--Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals
--Method Park
--Price Systems LLC
--Project Performance International
--Sandia National Laboratories
--Spec Innovations
--Strategy Bridge International
--Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC)
--Vitech Corporation
--Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Appropriate dress for this conference is business casual for civilians and class B uniform for military. During conference registration and check-in, each participant will be issued an identification badge. Please be prepared to present a picture ID. Badges must be worn at all conference functions.

Special Needs
NDIA supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Attendees with special needs or allergies/dietary restrictions should call or email Kari King, at 703-247-2588 or  


Increase your company or organization's exposure by becoming a Sponsor!

A Sponsorship ($5,000) will add your company name to the back cover of the onsite brochure as well as main podium recognition throughout the conference, signage at all events including the opening reception, a hotlink on the conference website to your organization’s website, and a 350-word organization description in the conference agenda.

For more information, please contact Sam Campagna at 703-247-2544 or email

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Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

NDIA POC: Allison McCloskey, or (703) 247-2570.


Affiliate Associations

The Association for Enterprise Information    National Training and Simulation Association    Precision Strike Association    Women in Defense