Professional Development Webinar Series

We are pleased to offer professional development webinars on a variety of relevant topics to engineers and professionals employed in technical organizations.

Recorded Webinars

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Agile Product Development for the Rest of Us
What is it, where does it come from, and should we be doing it?

Webinar Description:
While there are many proponents and detractors, there is no doubt that Agile methodologies have gained widespread acceptance in the software development community. Despite the expansion into many other fields and industries, knowledge and adoption of agile techniques outside of the industry has been minimal. This webinar will provide an overview of the origins of Agile, the core principles, and most popular methodologies as well as the benefits and challenges associated with Agile Product Development.

Speaker Bio:
Andrew Bennett has been a senior leader in engineering and product development organizations for the past 15 years. Most recently, he has lead Agile transformations at Video Gaming Technologies, General Dynamics, Capital One Commercial Banking, Verisign, and is currently serving as an Enterprise Agile Coach for Verisk Analytics.

Visibility in the Clouds
Using Systems Engineering to Demystify Cloud Computing

Webinar Description:
The rapid adoption of Cloud Computing is driven primarily by issues of cost performance. The Public Cloud Computing model is particularly attractive to organizations because of the low startup costs and the transition of Capital Expenses (CAPEX) to Operations Expenses (OPEX). The hallmark of Cloud Computing is that it abstracts the infrastructure and appreciation from its users (and therefore clients). Before migrating into a Cloud Computing, organizations have to find a way to part the mists and understand the system-level implications of this move in terms of interoperability with legacy systems, end to end performance of this distributed system of systems, and cybersecurity. In this webinar, Dr. Sahlin will walk through the Systems Engineering Vee model and demonstrate how using standard modeling techniques (UML, SYSML, DoDAF) can help take the guesswork out of migrating to the Cloud and help improve not only your organization’s performance but also your cybersecurity profile.

Speaker Bio:
A leading expert in the fields of Systems Engineering, distributed computing, network design, and multitenant hosting services, Dr. Sahlin is the Technical Director of Information Dominance for the Engility Corporation. He has more than 20 years’ experience designing, building, and sustaining distributed computing networks for commercial and U.S. Public Sector clients, applying his expertise in the ASP and Cloud Computing industries to the government sector. Dr. Sahlin holds a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University where he also serves as an Adjunct Professor.

Advancing Your Career: Engineers as Effective Leaders

Webinar Description:
Almost every engineer should expect that the arc of his or her career will eventually include a transition into the first of what will become a series of leadership roles. Engineering education and practice usually offers little preparation for engineers to smooth this transition and thereafter to effectively lead an organization towards the fulfillment of its objectives. This webinar will provide an overview of how engineers can be better prepared to become effective leaders and how to incorporate advancement through the leadership ranks into your career plan.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Fredrick Turman has been a senior leader and engineering manager in the US Intelligence Community and Department of Defense for nearly 30 years. He currently serves as Vice President of Program Management at NJVC LLC, in Chantilly VA. Prior to accepting his role at NJVC, he was a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service (DISES) serving the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in key leadership assignments across a spectrum of domains, including: IT engineering, operations and support; Geospatial-Intelligence production; international engagement; and facilities engineering and planning. Dr. Turman is Professional Engineer licensed in Florida, and holds CSEP and PMP certifications. Has been an adjunct instructor at GWU since 2011.