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Speaker: Paul "Sully" Sullivan 
Senior Principle Systems Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corp


Thursday, January 21, 2021 | 6:00 pm

Topic: How to Survive and then Thrive in Lean, Agile, or Adaptive PLM/MBx Projects

This presentation shares successful techniques and countermeasures to getting and then keeping Systems Engineering relevant to projects today in Aerospace, Space, and Defense industries.  It discusses various Model-Based "X" endeavors where X is Design, Engineering, or Systems Engineering (SE), aka Digital Twin, for the following safety and/or mission critical systems:

  1. Digital Twin/Product Life-cycle Management (PLM) plus MBSE on a major Commercial Aircraft Fuselage using Lean/Six Sigma processes
  2. Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) with Traditional SE and then Automated Test with Agile SE, both on  a software-centric Air Traffic Control and Services (ATC/ATS) system using Traditional and Agile processes
  3. MBSE and Digital Twin on Air & Missile Defense (AMD) Planning and Operations using Traditional SE, semi-mature Agile/Scrum, and then brand new Agile processes.

Speaker:  Paul "Sully" Sullivan

PAUL A. “SULLY” SULLIVAN is a seasoned systems engineer with over 28 years’ experience in the US Military and Fortune-50 companies in the arenas of Defense, Consumer and Durable Goods, and  Aerospace.  He first learned systems engineering in 1992 while performing project officer duties at the United States Marine Corps; he is a Senior Principle Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation.  He has worked in various systems and software roles:  architecting GCCS and the C2PC in the USMC, spearheading Year 2000 (Y2K) remediation and SAP ERP implementations at Procter and Gamble, Mead Johnson, and Harman Becker, representing Human-Systems Integration on the System Architecture Team for the DDX, now DD1000, Zumwalt Destroyer , and implementing Model-Based Engineering for the Boeing 787 Cockpit (Fuselage Section 41) for Spirit Aerosystems.  Paul moved to Huntsville in 2009 to work Army Air Traffic Services for General Dynamics and now Missile Defense at Northrop Grumman.

Paul has earned a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from Tennessee Tech and a Masters in Software Engineering from National University; he earned certification Level II Systems Engineering Acquisition Professional at the Defense Acquisition University.  Paul is an INCOSE Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) and IEEE Senior Member; he is working on his CSEP & ESEP packages.  He enjoys spending time with family, exercising, and studying Aerospace and Defense topics when not volunteering for the INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter (HRC) and IEEE Huntsville Section.

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Call for Special Award Sponsors for the Alabama Regional Future City Competition (January 30, 2021)

2021 Special Award Sponsorship Form

Alabama FC 2020-21 Theme Announcement - Final

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all are staying safe and trying to enjoy the rest of this year.  2020 has indeed thrown us some big curve balls (to say the least).  Due to the pandemic, the National Future City Program has deemed it necessary to ensure the safety of all students involved, and mandated that ALL Regional competitions be held virtually this year.  So our Alabama Regional planning committee has teamed up with Auburn University to host the BEST virtual competition for our 20th year anniversary!  This year is ALL about the MOON so please join us in supporting teams as they show off their Futuristic Lunar Cities.

The Alabama Regional Future City Competition (ARFCC) will be held on Saturday, January 30th 2021 via Zoom Links (which will be emailed next month).  This will be our 20th year hosting the Alabama Regional Competition and the 29th Anniversary year for the Future City National Competition, in Washington, D.C.  We have 27 teams registered and preparing to compete in Alabama.  Since our event has grown so much over the years, we will need your continued support now more than ever!  The ARFCC Planning Committee is requesting that your organization continue to be a Special Award Sponsor of this event, to reward the teams that are working hard to compete this year.

The Alabama Regional Future City Competition is a state-wide, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges and other local attendees.

Your organization has the opportunity to choose an award title and have 1 – 2 representatives judge the team submissions in the area that best meets your award criteria.  The judges that you submit to represent you must have the ability to view all cities on a Zoom platform that is compatible with their computer, and be able to load their scores into the Competition Management System (CMS). Name/Email/Phone information is needed to register your organization’s representatives.

The winner chosen by your organization will receive a plaque presented by your representative and a check made out to the school. The winning team will receive their check and plaque in the mail this year (due to the pandemic).

Please fill out the form and return it ASAP.  The deadline to submit forms and payment is January 10th.  A Tentative schedule of events is attached, so that you may plan accordingly.  If you need to reach me, please call my cell phone listed below.



Tentative Schedule of Events:


7:30 – 8:00 AM                    Team Check-In

                                                Judges’ Instructions


8:00 – 8:30AM                     Welcome & Competition Announcements


8:30 AM – 12:30 PM          Preliminary Round Judging:

Model, Presentation and Special Awards


12:30 – 1:30 PM                  Lunch & Judges Collaboration


1:30 PM                                 Announcement of Top 5 Finalists


2:00 – 3:00 PM                    Final Round of Judging (Presentations)


3:00 – 4:00 PM                    Group Activity & Judges Collaboration


4:00 - 4:30 PM                     Awards Ceremony



Past Special Award Sponsors have been:


Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

“Energy Efficiency Award”


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Huntsville Chapter

“Best Future City Supporting Space Economy”


Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA),

“Cyber Security Innovation Award”


American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE),

"Most Innovative & Sustainable Use of Water Systems"


Alabama Modeling & Simulation Council (AMSC),

“Alabama Student’s Choice Award”


Alabama Solar Association (ASA),

"Alabama Renewable Energy Award"


American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE),

“Most Sustainable Food Production Award”


American Institute of Heating and Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

“Best Air Quality Award”


Alabama Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - Birmingham Branch,

"Best Use of Sustainable Infrastructure"


Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ASPLS),

“Most Creative Use of City Planning”


American Society for Quality (ASQ),

“Reliability Award”


Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) - Pathfinder Chapter,

"Best Use of Robotics or Unmanned Systems"


Huntsville Alabama L5 Society (HAL-5),

“Best FC Supporting Space Economy”


Huntsville Association of Technical Societies (HATS),

“Most Innovative Use of Technology”


Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Huntsville Section,

"Best Telecommunications and Power Systems"


International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE),

“Best Integrated Systems Solution”


National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES),

“Best Land Surveying Practices”


International System Safety Society (ISSS) Tennessee Valley Chapter,

"Best Use of System Safety"


Von Braun Astronomical Society (VBAS),

“Best Nightscape in a Future City”



We would REALLY appreciate your continued support!  J

--Sonya Dillard


Persons interested in being a judge for the Special INCOSE Award should contact Bradley Biehn: Bradley[D0T]Biehn[@T]NASA.g0v


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