Jim Smith is a Principal Engineer in the Customer Technical Solutions Directorate (CTSD), part of the Software Solutions Division (SSD), where he works with a variety of DoD, Civil, and other Government agencies to improve their acquisition of large, complex software-intensive systems. For more than 10 years, Smith conducted research into tools, techniques, and practices to improve the development of large, complex, software-intensive systems of systems. Research interests include modeling and simulation for SoS acquisition, which includes the use of formal methods to better understand decision-making in a program management context, and the application of category theory to SoS interoperability.
Areas of expertise: DoD program/project management, lifecycle technical support (acquisition, procurement, sustainment), system engineering, systems of systems (SoS), risk management, independent technical assessments, earned value management (EVM), interoperability, testing, requirements management.
Jim Smith is a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute. For the past several years, Smith was a member of the Research, Technology, and Systems Solutions Program, where he conducted research into system of systems interoperability and governance. Now, as part of the Client Technical Solutions Directorate (part of the Software Solutions Division), Smith works with different Government acquisition program offices to help transition SEI research into practice.
Smith retired from the Navy in 1999, and has over 30 years experience in all aspects of systems of systems acquisition, including research, system development, testing, operations, and field activity and program office management. At the SEI, Smith has been an active contributor to the emerging systems of systems body of knowledge. He has authored numerous papers, reports, tutorials/workshops, and presentations, and was a co-developer of the SEI SoS Navigator process, the Influence Mapping Analysis method, and the Interoperable Acquisition course.
In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Kansas University, Smith has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College, and was a member of the Acquisition Professional community, with DAWIA Level-III certification in both the Program Management and Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering career fields. Smith is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery.
Publications (recent or significant)
- Smith, J; Place, P; Novakouski, M; & Carney, D. Examining the Role of Context in Data Interoperability. Proceedings of the 14th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference. San Diego, CA 24-27 October 2011.
- Smith, J.; Place, P.; Novakouski, M.; & Boxer, P. A Compliance Case for Interoperability in Systems of Systems. Proceedings of the 13th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference. San Diego, CA, 25-28 October 2010.
- Smith, J.; Place, P.; Novakouski, M.; & Boxer, P. Data Interoperability for Systems of Systems: An Integrated Software Engineering Perspective. Proceedings of the 13th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference. San Diego, CA, 25-28 October 2010.
- Smith, J. An Introduction to Influence Maps: Foundations, Construction, and Use. Proceedings of the 12th Annual NDIA Systems Engineering Conference. San Diego, CA, 26-29 October 2009.
- Smith, J. Systems of Systems and Software Radios: Impacts on Acquisition. Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Software Radio Conference (ISR 2009). London, UK, 8-9 June 2009.
- Smith, J. The Use of Influence Maps to Understand System-of-Systems Programmatics. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Systems & Software Technology Conference (SSTC 2009). Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 20-23 April 2009.
- Smith, D.; & Smith, J. Ten Changes to Acquisition and Engineering Practice Required to Successfully Acquire Systems of Systems. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Systems & Software Technology Conference (SSTC 2009). Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 20-23 April 2009.
- Smith, J. Towards a Reasoning Framework for System-of-Systems Programmatics. 21st Annual SEPG North America (SEPG 2009). San Jose, CA, 23-26 March 2009.
- Smith, J. Keynote Address: Network-Centric Acquisition for SDRs. 7th Annual Software Radio Summit, Vienna, VA, 23-26 February, 2009.
- Alberts, C.; Smith, J.; & Woody, C. Multi-View Decision Making (MVDM) Workshop (CMU/SEI-2008-SR-035). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, February, 2009.
- Smith, J. Tutorial: Acquisition for Network Centric Operations. Network Centric Warfare 2009. Washington, DC, 27-30 January, 2009.
- Meyers, C.; Fowler, S.; & Smith, J. Model-Based Diagnostic Approach to Acquisition in a System-of-Systems Context, AIAA-2009-1008. Proceedings of the 47th Annual AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando, FL, 5-8 January, 2009. AIAA, 2009.
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Space and Intelligence Sector
- Certificate, DoD Acquisition Program Management, Defense Acquisition University/Defense Systems Management College
- MS, Electrical Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School
- BS, Electrical Engineering, Kansas University
ITIL Foundation Certificate of Achievement, Learning Tree International
,DAWIA Level-III Program Management (PM), Department of Defense
,DAWIA Level-III Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering (SPRDE), Department of Defense
- Associate Fellow AIAA
- Senior Member ACM
- Senior Member IEEE
Courses I Teach
- Introduction to Interoperable Acquisition for Systems of Systems
- Commercial Off-the-shelf (COTS)-Based Systems for Program managers