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What T&E’rs Need to Know about Program Management and Systems Engineering and Why (Nov 14)

Nov 14, 2018 08:00am -
Nov 16, 2018 05:00pm

Event Type: Courses
Category: Educational Seminar

Speaker Information

William D. (Dave) Bell, PhD, CTEP, has over forty three years of professional engineering experience which has provided him with extensive knowledge and know-how in the areas of basic research, systems development, systems engineering, systems integration, testing and acceptance, resource acquisition, and program administration.  He retired from Federal Government service in 2005 and currently works for the MITRE Corporation as a Principal Multidiscipline Systems Engineer.  He manages all of MITRE’s Test and Evaluation (T&E) projects that support the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).  This includes MITRE’s support to the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation and MITRE’s support to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Developmental Test and Evaluation.  Work for both of these organizations is with respect to programs that are on OSD’s T&E oversight list.  Additionally he oversees MITRE support to the Test Resource Management Center with respect to major test infrastructure need’s determination and acquisition.

Since Jan 2004 he has been teaching a graduate course in Systems Integration and Test for Southern Methodist University (SMU) in the executive, on-line and standard campus formats.  Previously he taught Applied Calculus at the University of Texas at Dallas and Software Development Engineering at SMU.  He has guest lectured for Johns Hopkins University (JHU) systems engineering classes multiple times since 2008 and since January 2012 he has co-taught a graduate T&E course at JHU.
Dave received his BS in Physics from The Ohio State University, MBA from National University and the Doctor of Engineering from SMU. 

C. David Brown, Ph.D., CTEP, is formerly the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Developmental Test & Evaluation (DASD(DT&E)) and Director, Test Resource Management Center (TRMC). As the DASD(DT&E), he served as the principal advisor on developmental test and evaluation to the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) and the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)). Dr. Brown was responsible for DT&E policy and guidance in support of the acquisition of major Department of Defense (DoD) weapons systems, and providing advocacy, oversight, and guidance to the DT&E acquisition workforce. In Dr. Brown’s role as Director, TRMC he advised the SECDEF and USD(AT&L) on matters pertaining to the DoD’s Major Range and Test Facility Base (MRTFB), the Nation’s critical range infrastructure for conducting effective test and evaluation (T&E). Additionally, he reviewed and certified proposed T&E budgets of Military Departments and Defense Agencies, administers the Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program (CTEIP), and oversees the DoD program for T&E science and technology.

Prior to his appointment in September of 2013, Dr. Brown was a consulting engineer for the MITRE Corporation and the Institute for Defense Analyses in the areas of DoD program management, systems engineering, and test and evaluation. He was also an adjunct professor and still teaches graduate courses in program management and systems engineering for Johns Hopkins University. He previously served as the Director of the Combined Test Organization and Executive Director for Test for the Army Future Combat Systems (FCS) program where he was responsible for planning and overseeing the testing and evaluation for this multi-billion dollar revolutionary development program. Before working on the FCS program, Dr. Brown was the Director for Test and Technology for the Army Developmental Test Command, where he oversaw the management of more than 1700 tests annually, technical operations at five of the DoD MRTFBs and six associated test sites, and an annual budget of over $450 million in investment in test support and test technology development. Dr. Brown was also the focal point for the Army’s application of modeling and simulation techniques to technical test and evaluation, including the development of the Virtual Proving Ground, the Army’s multi-million dollar, multi-year virtual testing program. He has also been a test instrumentation engineer, test director, test manager, and an active Army Signal Corps officer in various leadership positions. Dr. Brown became a member of the Senior Executive Service in 1999, holds two patents, and has authored numerous technical papers.

He is a registered Professional Engineer, was a member of the Army Acquisition Corps, and is a retired Army Reserve Colonel. He has a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, and a MS in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He is an active member of the International Council on Systems Engineering and the International Test and Evaluation Association.