Space Coast Chapter Meeting - Aug. 3, 2017 - Winter is Coming: Societal Stagnation, Technical Innovation, and the Role of the Systems Engineer

Melbourne , USA
Spacecoast Fab Lab 2475 Palm Bay Road NE

This will be our regular Chapter meeting for August 2017. Food & drink provided at no charge - just let us know you are coming. 
NOTE LOCATION: At The SPACECOAST FAB LAB 2475 Palm Bay Road NE (across the street from the Harris).  See directions below.

Topic: Winter is Coming: Societal Stagnation, Technical Innovation, and the Role of the Systems Engineer
Speaker: Scott Tilley
About the Presentation:
The phrase “winter is coming” has a decidedly different connotation in Westeros than it does here in Florida. Westeros is the continent where most of the complicated story arcs in “Game of Thrones” takes place. It's consumed with internal strife and faces an existential threat from the frozen north. But their society has been stagnant for thousands of years, with no reward structure to support technical innovation, which means they lack modern means to defend themselves.
In the real world, a systems engineer has the unique ability to view a problem in its entirety, including technical and non-technical issues that cut across multiple domains. This talk will discuss some of the challenges and opportunities for systems engineers to engage in civic discourse and inform public policy on important matters that affect society at large. It’s a professional responsibility and we need to be ready; winter is always coming.
About the Speaker:
Scott Tilley is a professor of engineering systems and director of the Systems Evolution Lab (SEL) at the Florida Institute of Technology, president and founder of the Center for Technology & Society (CTS), president and co-founder of the Big Data Florida user group, and a SCWG Fellow. His recent books include “Systems Analysis & Design” (Cengage, 2016), “Perseverance” (Anthology Alliance, 2017), and “Surreal Technology” (CTS Press, 2017). He writes the weekly “Technology Today” column for Florida Today (Gannett). He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Victoria.  And he is the Vice President of the INCOSE Space Coast Chapter.

Location - The SpaceCoast Fab Lab
From U.S. 1 turn West onto Palm Bay Road.  The address is 2475 Palm Bay Road NE, across the street from the Harris Corporation. Google Map at :,+Palm+Bay,+FL+32905/@28.0354623,-80.6040388,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x88de125b4bbe97cf:0x3e8824364e913e47