AIAA Applied Model-Based Systems Engineering
17-18 August 2019
JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana
0800-1700 hrs

Member – Early (until TBD) $500
Member – Standard $600
Conference Rate $700



This 2-day course provides a broad overview of the processes, practices, tools and techniques that comprise the emerging discipline of model-based systems engineering (MBSE), with a greater focus on application for the user and practitioner. The course begins with a review of the systems engineering framework and protocols that establish the context for MBSE practice. We then examine the evolution of MBSE from paper to software and briefly review the concept and usages of modeling languages (UML, SysML, LML, etc.) and tools. The course focuses on the key value propositions MBSE offers—Capturing, Connecting, Controlling, Communicating, Collaborating and Cycling—with specific examples, lessons learned from applications in NASA and commercial projects. Application of MBSE to develop and deliver artifacts in support of all 17 processes that comprise the NASA Systems Engineering “Engine” across the program/project lifecycle are examined in detail.

Key Topics

  • Systems Engineering Fundamentals – Modeling Systems Engineering
  • Introduction to MBSE and Tools
  • Introduction to Modeling Languages
  • MBSE Across the Lifecycle
  • Modeling System Design
  • Modeling Systems Management
  • Modeling System Realization
  • Hands-on with MBSE Exercises

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for practicing systems engineers, payload principle investigators, subsystem engineers, propulsion engineers or project managers involved in any phase of the space mission life cycle who are curious about application of MBSE to their projects and are seeking a basic foundation in the subject, as well as an appreciation for practical application in their own programs/projects. Some basic understanding of systems engineering principles and processes is assumed.

Course Objectives

The course is aimed at those totally new to MBSE who want a broad overview of the topic as well as a practical understanding of its application in the program/project context. While the course uses a specific tool for teaching, the goal of the course is to be “tool agnostic” such that the basic principles can be applied to any tools that a person or project may use.


Dr. Peter Van Wirt
Dr. Wiley Larson

Course Materials

Course notes will be made available about one week prior to the course event. You will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to access your course notes. Since course notes will not be distributed on site, AIAA and your course instructor highly recommend that you bring your computer with the course notes already downloaded to the course.

Each participant will receive:

  • A complete set of course notes with copies of all slides used in the presentations
  • A copy of Applied Space Systems Engineering
  • TSTI Alumni status allowing on-line access to course materials and other resources

Course Registration



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