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Wasatch Chapter Meeting -- NOAA Satellite Observing System Architecture (NSOSA) Study by Dr. Mark Maier

  • Date:
    Sep 10, 2020 - 6:30 - 8:00 PM
  • Address: Online - Webex18
  • Venue:
    Online - Webex18
  • Contact: Paul White
  • Email:
  • Phone: 385-393-2137
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Dr. Mark Maier will present about the NOAA Satellite Observing System Architecture (NSOSA) study.

ATTENTION: We are concerned about the spread of coronavirus and want to ensure that chapter members and friends are safe and healthy. Beginning 3/23/2020 and until further notice, all chapter meetings will be held remotely via Webex ONLY due to coronavirus precautions. We will have no meetings at the Kihomac location.

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020

Times: 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)
  • 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. -- Dinner & Networking -- CANCELED
  • 6:30 - 6:45 p.m. -- Chapter Announcements
  • 6:45 - 8:00 p.m. -- Featured Speaker -- NOAA Satellite Observing System Architecture (NSOSA) Study by Dr. Mark Maier

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Lessons Learned from the NOAA Satellite Observing Systems Architecture (NSOSA) project. From 2014 to 2018 NOAA undertook a clean sheet study of what next generation satellite observing systems would best serve the nation’s needs in supporting weather forecasting and other environmental monitoring functions. The NSOSA study made the first large scale application of systems architecting methods to the full civilian weather satellite constellation. This talk with discuss major lessons learned from the study, including the boundaries of architectural decisions, architectures as classes of alternatives, and value model selection.

Professional Biography:

Dr. Mark W. Maier is a Technical Fellow at The Aerospace Corporation, and an author and practitioner of systems architecting (the art and science of creating complex systems). He is co-author, with Dr. Eberhardt Rechtin, of The Art of Systems Architecting, Third Edition, CRC Press, the mostly widely used textbook on systems architecting, as well more than 50 papers on systems engineering, architecting, and sensor analysis.

Since 1998 he has been employed by The Aerospace Corporation, a non-profit corporation that operates a Federally Funded Research and Development Center with oversight responsibility for the U.S. National Security Space Program, where he holds the position of Technical Fellow, the highest technical rank in the company. At Aerospace he founded the systems architecting training program (an internal and external training program) and applies architecting methods to government and commercial clients, particularly in portfolios-of-systems and research and development problems. 

Prior to coming to The Aerospace Corporation, he was an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. He received the BS and MS degrees from the California Institute of Technology and the Engineer and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.  While employed as a section head at USC, he held a Hughes Aircraft Company Doctoral Fellowship.

Please contact Paul White, Chapter President, at 385-393-2137 or