The Need to Suboptimize Systems Engineering

By David Long, Vitech President A good systems engineer working on a project should seek to suboptimize systems engineering. A heretical statement? Not really. In fact, the path to optimizing systems engineering lies in suboptimizing systems engineering. It may sound paradoxical, but it’s true. The purpose of systems engineering is …

Helping Humans Survive in Space

“Whenever it came time for milestone reviews, we were able to satisfy all of the customer’s requirements.” – Stephanie Chiesi, senior systems engineer (Photo copyright 2012 Arizona Daily Star) Miriam Rich, Vitech Marketing & Communications Manager “We put out CO2 and moisture,” explained Grant Anderson, CEO of Paragon Space …

Fundamentals – Judging Our Tools

Zane Scott, Vitech Vice President of Professional Services The ultimate test of any tool is whether or not it helps the user in the way intended at its acquisition. In other words, “Does it do what we need it to do for us?” This is certainly true for systems engineering …

Looking forward while remembering the past

Above: 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. This is Part I in an occasional series on the history of Vitech Corporation. As a new year opens, Vitech Corporation anticipates celebrating …