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A Systems Engineer Grows Up

by jsili

By Jeff Sili, Vitech Principal Systems Engineer

Silicon Valley icon and industrial designer Steve Jobs had a favorite dictum when he spoke to young audiences. “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

By way of introducing myself, I’d like to take you along as I reflect on my journey through the wilds of systems engineering, an adventure that has brought me to where I am today—the newest team member in Professional Services at Vitech.

I’m Jeff Sili, and I’ve been a systems engineer for nearly three decades. I hail from the "Rust Belt" near Cleveland, Ohio and had a great time growing up in a big, blue collar neighborhood. The community was interesting and diverse—a place where first and second generation grandparents were still speaking languages like German and Italian. My dad was a machinist-mechanic, and he gave me my first taste of what it was like to "take it all apart and put it back together again." As a teenager in the ’70s, I watched the collapse of the economy in big cities like Cleveland, the demise of steel and other industries and with them, jobs. More...


Looking forward while remembering the past

by mrich

David Long, then director of product development, tends to matters at the Vitech booth at the National Council of Systems Engineering in St. Louis in 1995.


Miriam Rich, Vitech Marketing & Communications Manager

This is Part I in an occasional series on the history of Vitech Corporation.

As a new year opens, Vitech Corporation anticipates celebrating a significant milestone: 25 years in business. It’s been a quarter century of growth that has paralleled the growth of systems engineering itself.

But it was a venture that almost didn’t happen. David Long, president of Vitech, founded the company in 1992. The undertaking which began as an undergraduate project has grown to become an enterprise with a product used by thousands across the globe. It all started rather by accident.  More...

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Thinking about “T” teams and self lenses in Edinburgh

by mrich

By Miriam Rich, Vitech Marketing & Communications Manager

As the seasons begin to turn once more, many in the northern hemisphere return from their summer holidays while those in the southern hemisphere look forward to the first days of spring. For those in the systems community – wherever we may call home – it is a good opportunity to reflect once again on the insights and shared experiences of IS 2016, the year’s premiere systems engineering event. More...

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