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Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012: A SE Approach to Finding Amelia

by Communications Team on June 1, 2012  •   Print This Post Print This Post   •   

This lecture is a follow-up on the successful Nov. 20, 2010 Joint INCOSE-CC/AIAA Seminar featuring invited guest speaker Ric Gillespie, Executive Director of TIGHAR, to present his 20+ years of experience in dealing with his attempt to solve the riddle of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. Inspired by this workshop, George W. Anderson and Gundars Osvalds wrote a comprehensive 107 page report entitled; “A Systems Engineering Approach to Creating a Search Strategy for Locating the Lockheed Electra Model 10E Aircraft, Registration NR16020.”  This lecture is a summary of their work.

Speaker: Gundars Osvalds

Presentation: Systems Engineering processes are applied to the problem of searching for Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra model 10E aircraft, Bureau of Air Commerce registration number NR16020 that failed to arrive at Howland Island on July 2, 1937. We are aware of at least five searches that have been conducted both on the sea bottom and on islands in the vicinity of Howland Island and are impressed with the overall dedication, professional execution and significant costs incurred by volunteers, private foundations, commercial sponsors, and the U.S. Government. The goal in this lecture is to define the search area and describe a Systems Engineering process that can be used in the future to conduct an ordered and continuously updated set of search priorities. Many of the fundamental search techniques are discussed, including the use of scenarios and Bayes Theorem.

Location: Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University;
11100 Johns Hopkins Rd Laurel MD 20723 (Main Entrance – Lobby 1)

Join us for the tastes of the Summer: Grilled BBQ chicken – drumsticks thighs and breasts grilled; roasted red potato wedges; cole slaw and watermelon slices, with garden salad dressing, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and iced tea.

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Paying online with PayPal: Go to our Registration Page can pay on line via credit card. In order to make sure we have enough food please register for the event even if you plan to pay at the door.

Presentation ONLY: FREE at 7pm in Parsons Auditorium

But please register for Lecture Only Option: There could be a big turnout for this event, for planning purposes please RSVP via our registration webpage even if you don’t plan on joining us for dinner.

The purpose of the Chesapeake Chapter is to foster the definition, understanding, and practice of world class systems engineering in industry, academia, and government. In light of that goal, every month at our dinner meeting we have a drawing for the latest in Systems Engineering literature. So come on out for a chance to win.
August’s door prize is:

Earhart’s Flight Into Yesterday, The Facts without the Fiction

by Captain Lawrence Safford

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