Systems & S/W Co-Design & Simulation for Project Orion in SysML and UML

Calling All Robotics Geeks, Space Nuts, & Steam Punks!!
This meeting is for you! 🙂
(FREE Lunch will be provided)

This is a joint meeting of several IEEE societies, since there are GEEKS in several interest groups. (IEEE Computer Society, Huntsville Employee Network, JRACS and HSV RUG…… but ALL Geeks are welcomed to attend. You do not have to be an IEEE member to attend.)

So you’ve heard the buzz about Model Based Design and Systems Engineering and you’re rightfully skeptical. Very few people and projects have ever done this successfully.

We’re pleased to have Paul Sullivan present this topic to you. Paul is a practitioner, so he’s has been there, done that, and has the t-shirts and scars from the experience.

Since our community is largely defense and space oriented, Paul will present a model of Project Orion, yes, the nuclear powered space ship, proposed in the 1950s. He will show you the Rhapsody SysML model for it, execute a simple yet complete simulation of the SysML model using the model’s states, and then demonstrate a parametric trade study for various technologies.

Title: Systems & Software Co-Design & Simulation for Project Orion in SysML and UML
Date: Monday, May 21st, 2012
Location: Alabama Robotics Technology Park, in Auditorium
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Speaker: Paul Sullivan of General Dynamics

11:00 – 11:15am        Meet & Greet
11:15 – 12:00 noon   Boxed Lunch & Speaker
12:00 – 12:15 pm     Questions & Answer
12:15 – 1:00 pm        Robotics Manufacturing Cell – Facility Tour

The location for the meeting is the Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RTP). This state-of-the-art facility contains classrooms to teach engineers and technicians how to program robot and PLC/SCADA devices from Kuka, Cloos, Allen Bradley, and others **free of charge by actual company trainers**, to companies that install the devices.

Their auditorium boasts comfortable seating for 100 at engineering desks and ergonomic chairs. There is a large screen display that the presentation will be projected on that is comparable to the screens at the Monaco Theater at Bridge Street! A SysML model of Project Orion will be shown, and integrated with that will be a 3D pdf simulation of the Orion Spacecraft. The crew compartment in this colossal spacecraft exceeds 4,000 long tons which is designed for a 100 man crew (this is roughly 15 times larger than the Saturn V).
*NOTE* I will leave it up to you Geeks to challenge these facts. 🙂

The RTP also boasts an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) and radio test ranges; it is in the process of competing for certification to test Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Systems (UAV/S) in an FAA-sponsored program. It also houses an incubator for several innovative small businesses which would make ideal partners for your company or your potential future employer.

A FREE Boxed Lunch will served at 11:00am and Paul’s presentation will be from 11:15 – 12:10pm, we will tour the manufacturing cell at the RTP from 12:15 – 1:00pm. Those that wish to stay for the tour are welcome, and those who wish to leave early to get back to work are free to leave at their convenience.

Well, I can type for hours on this announcement, but I won’t. You will have to come to this AWESOME technology exchange and see for yourself! 🙂 I assure you, that this facility is a MUST see, and is WELL worth the 20 mile drive (we encourage car-pooling, since we are all going GREEN)

We look forward to your attendance!

R.S.V.P. to by noon on 5/18/2012, and request 1 of the following for your boxed lunch: Beef, Turkey, Ham, or Veggie sandwich. If you do not specify in your email, you will get the default Turkey sandwich. 🙂

Speaker’s Bio:

Paul Sullivan is a seasoned engineer and practitioner of Model-Based Design and Engineering, have honed his skills on projects varying from Air, Land and Sea Attack to Commercial Aircraft to FDA Manufacturing.

He started his career as Marine Corps Officer where he acquire C4ISR systems including GCCS, C2PC, AFATDS, ATACC/CTAPS(TBMCS), TAOC, TCO, IAS/NIPS, NBC-HAZWARN, and TRSS (REMBASS).  He has since worked at Procter & Gamble, Mead Johnson, Harman-Becker, plus Spirit AeroSystems and Boeing Charleston (Global Aeronautica) designing and the implementing ERP for Purchasing, Engineering, and Manufacturing including 3-D CAD and BOM and Work Instructions integration to the Shop Floor.
Paul also worked with Northrop Grumman on the DD-1000 (DDX) destroyer Systems Architecture Team, engineering Human System Integration (HIS) ranging from Sailor Associates and Automated Doctrine to integrating emerging  Haptic (force-feedback), Audio, and Visual technologies to reduce the Zumwalt Class crew by 66% .

Paul presently works at General Dynamic C4 Systems in Huntsville.  He has Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Masters of Science in Software Engineering.  Paul considers himself blessed to living his childhood dreams here in Huntsville:  to be a computer programmer and rocketeer.