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CEE Seminar: Disruption of Priorities and Design of Engineering Systems

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Monday, October 31, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
James H. Lambert, Director, Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems, and Professor of Engineering Systems & Environment, University of Virginia
CEE Fall 2022 Seminar Series

The 2022 USA CHIPS and Science Act, 2023 USA NIST AI Risk Management Framework, 2022 technological warfighting in central Europe and other latest events indicate the quality and pace of advances in engineering design of large-scale systems. This talk describes an urgency of systems modeling in terms of evolving priority orders of complex systems, to complement existing systems models of purpose, structure, and function. Priority orders involve assets, policies, investments, organizational units, locations, personnel, etc. Orders are disrupted by technologies, environments, missions, obsolescence, regulations, behaviors, markets, human migrations, conflicts, etc. Engineering design must integrate risk analysis with scenario-based preferences, where risk is understood as an influence of scenarios to priorities. Resilience is understood as a trajectory of system orders. Programs for risk, safety, security, trust, and resilience address scope, resources, and evaluation. Systems engineering informs designs for unprecedented and unimagined disruptions. This talk describes the above principles along with experiences in sustainable aviation fuels, airport runway safety, coastal erosion, trust and security of IoT devices, energy grid of volatile regions, regional water scarcity and climate, vehicle-to-x charging infrastructures, post-pandemic industrial supply chains, operations of a maritime container port, 5G communications enterprise, and automation of security and correctional facilities.