At the beginning of a new year, 2017, allow me first to greet you all for a year of fruitful and enjoyable activity in all the areas of development and production of sophisticated systems, and especially in the area of Systems Engineering.
This issue is published on the day of the bi-annual Systems Engineering day at the Gordon Institute, Technion, which is dedicated this time to the topic of Product-line Systems Engineering. Dr. Hugo G. Chalé Góngora if one of the invited speakers on this day, and his paper, together with his partners at the French company Alstrom, is published in this issue. This paper presents, by a case study, how product-line systems engineering can be boosted by using models (MBSE).
Another paper, by Miri Sitton and Prof. Yoram Reich from Tel Aviv University, proposes a framework for improving the cross-enterprise effectiveness by combining Enterprise Systems Engineering (SES) and System-of-Systems (SoS) Engineering.
Major Dr. Alex Blekhman, who serves as a systems engineer in unique development project in the IDF, shares with us the challenges and dilemmas of entering into the role of a Systems Engineer. This paper is heartily recommended for those making their first steps in this discipline, but also the seniors among us can still learn.
Dr. Gadi Kravitz holds quality engineering and management positions at Rafael, but makes his researches in the fascinating area of the Philosophy of Science. In his paper “The problem of causation and the failure diagnosis of complicated systems”, Gadi looks from a unique point of view over the area of fault diagnosis through a Philosophical-Scientific problem – the induction problem.
More in this issue: A detailed review, by Dr. Avigdor Zonnenshain, of the International INCOSE Symposium and an invitation to the 9th Systems Engineering conference, on March 2017 in Herzliah, by Uzi Orion the conference Chair.