Derek Hitchins has spent over 50 years as a systems engineer, systems designer and systems architect. The first 22 years of his professional career were spent in the Royal Air Force, from which he retired as a wing commander to enter industry, where he served variously as a systems design manager, business development director, marketing director and technical director. He also spent five years teaching physics in a grammar school before becoming an academic in 1988.
He held chairs in Engineering Management at City University: in Command and Communications, and Systems Science, at Cranfield University. He is also a life long amateur Egyptologist, and examples from ancient Egypt creep into his lectures and books. His ‘systems’ books include: Putting Systems to Work, John Wiley, 1992: Advanced Systems Thinking, Engineering and Management, Artech House, 2003: and Systems Engineering: A 21st Century Systems Methodology, John Wiley, published in 2007/2008.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, an INCOSE Fellow and an INCOSE Pioneer. Retired from academia, he continues with his research into systems design and systems methodologies, and is an active member of INCOSE – mostly, via the Internet...