WISE Feature Interview with Stephanie White
How did you get started in the field of systems engineering?
I worked for Northrop Grumman Aerospace in the Software Systems Department and became Head of Requirements Engineering and Architecture, working closely with the Systems Department on aerospace programs. I was fortunate to work with excellent researchers at the Software Productivity Consortium, NRL's Software Cost Reduction Project, and was the User Group Chair for the University of Michigan's Problem Statement Language/Problem Statement Analyzer Project. These groups recognized the importance of systems engineering in improving the outcome of software projects.
What do you find interesting or exciting about working in the field of systems science and systems engineering?
Systems scientists and systems engineers work on complex systems that are difficult to understand and build. The problems are interesting and diverse and the field is relatively new, so there is a lot that one can contribute.
What advice do you have for those just starting out in the field of systems engineering?
Study in at least one related field prior to studying or working in systems engineering, as you will need that background to contribute to the understanding of a system. If possible, select a position where others are excited about what they are doing and learning.
Stephanie White is a Systems Council Distinguished Lecturer
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