Development of SEBoK v. 2.1

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This version of the SEBoK was released 31 October 2019. This is a significant release of the SEBoK in which there are new articles, updated articles, and new/or improved features. There has also been a significant effort to further edit some of the small annoyances that have existed from previous releases. Additionally, there have been some personnel changes and those are reflected on the BKCASE Governance and Editorial Board page.

One major change in direction for the SEBoK is that articles will include author bylines on the articles which had significant contributions from only a few authors. We are in the process of going back in time to determine the major contributions of past articles and include the bylines for those authors. Moving forward, articles contributed by authors will carry bylines. It is our hope that this will provide the authors the deserved recognition for their contributions, and will prompt others to make new contributions to this ever expanding body of knowledge.

Content and Feature Updates for v. 2.1

This section provides a summary of changes for SEBoK v. 2.1. See letter from the Editor for a wider discussion of the changes and future plans.

New topic articles have been added to the SEBoK. In Part 1 there are new articles on Digital Engineering, Set-Based Design, and Model-Based Systems Engineering Adoption Trends 2009-2018. In Part 3, there is a new article on Mission Engineering. It is our intent to further mature these topics in the next release. In Part 6, the System Resilience and Human Systems Integration articles have been substantially updated. In Part 4, Capability Engineering was also updated with new content.

SEBoK functionality has been improved to make it more multimedia friendly. If you hover over a glossary item, a bubble opens with the glossary definition for that word instead of simply informing you that it is a glossary item. You can still click on the word and be taken to the glossary and view source materials and discussion, but it is not necessary.

The initial version of the SEBoK was created by a team of over 70 individuals from around the globe and, at the time, it was not realistic to provide authors for individual articles. When an author has worked on a specific article in the last several years, the release history has included this individual's contributions. However, the Editor in Chief and Editorial Board have agreed that the time has come to include authors for individual articles. You will see "by lines" at the top of articles to give credit to the authors. Note that "lead authors" were the primary contributors to the current version of the article. Contributing authors may have written a small section or may have been major contributors to early versions of the articles and are receiving credit for their earlier work.

You will also notice on the Acknowledgements and Release History page, a video from the Editor in Chief. SEBoK articles can now include video. We hope to begin adding this form of content in the coming releases.

Finally, there is a version 2.1 PDF available on the Download SEBoK PDF page.

Editorial Board

The SEBoK Editorial Board is chaired by an Editor in Chief, supported by a group of Associate Editors. The Editorial Board for v. 2.1 is listed in Tables 2, 3, and 4 below.

SEBoK Editor in Chief
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Robert J. Cloutier

University of South Alabama

Responsible for the appointment of SEBoK Editors and for the strategic direction and overall quality and coherence of the SEBoK.

SEBoK Managing Editor
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Nicole Hutchison

Stevens Institute of Technology or

Responsible for the the day-to-day operations of the SEBoK and supports the Editor in Chief.

Each Editor has his/her area(s) of responsibility, or shared responsibility, highlighted in the table below.

SEBoK Part 1: SEBoK Introduction
Lead Editor: Robert J. Cloutier

University of South Alabama

Responsible for Part 1
SEBoK Part 2: Foundations of Systems Engineering
Lead Editor: Gary Smith


Assistant Editor: Dov Dori

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) and Technion Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)

Responsible for the Representing Systems with Models knowledge area

Assistant Editor: Duane Hybertson


Jointly responsible for the Systems Fundamentals, Systems Science and Systems Thinking knowledge areas

Assistant Editor: Peter Tuddenham

College of Exploration (USA)

Assistant Editor: Cihan Dagli

Missouri University of Science & Technology (USA)

Responsible for the Systems Approach Applied to Engineered Systems knowledge areas.
SEBoK Part 3: Systems Engineering and Management
Assistant Editor: Barry Boehm

University of Southern California (USA)

Jointly responsible for the Systems Engineering Management and Life Cycle Models knowledge areas

Assistant Editor: Kevin Forsberg

OGR Systems

Jointly responsible for the Systems Engineering Management and Life Cycle Models knowledge areas

Assistant Editor: Gregory Parnell

University of Arkansas (USA)

Responsible for Systems Engineering Management knowledge area.

Assistant Editor: Garry Roedler

Lockheed Martin (USA)

Responsible for the Concept Definition and System Definition knowledge areas.

Assistant Editor: Phyllis Marbach

Incose LA (USA)

Assistant Editor: Ken Zemrowski


Responsible for the Systems Engineering Standards knowledge area.

SEBoK Part 4: Applications of Systems Engineering
Lead Editor: Judith Dahmann

MITRE Corporation (USA)

Jointly responsible for Product Systems Engineering and Systems of Systems (SoS) knowledge areas

Assistant Editor: Michael Henshaw

Loughborough University (UK)

Jointly responsible for Product Systems Engineering and Systems of Systems (SoS) knowledge areas

Assistant Editor: James Martin

The Aerospace Corporation

Responsible for the Enterprise Systems Engineering knowledge area.
SEBoK Part 5: Enabling Systems Engineering
Assistant Editor: Emma Sparks

Cranfield University

Jointly responsible for the Enabling IndividualsandEnabling Teams knowledge area

Assistant Editor: Rick Hefner

California Institute of Technology

Assistant Editor: Tim Ferris

Cranfield University

Assistant Editor: Bernardo Delicado


SEBoK Part 6: Related Disciplines
Lead Editor: Alice Squires

Washington State University (USA)

SEBoK Part 7: Systems Engineering Implementation Examples
Lead Author: Clif Baldwin

FAA Technical Center

Responsible for Part 7: Systems Engineering Implementation Examples, which includes Case Studies and examples.

Graduate Reference Curriculum for Systems Engineering (GRCSE)
David H. Olwell

St. Martin's University (USA)

Associate Editor for SEBoK.

Student Support

With SEBoK v. 2.1, the Governing Board has hired a student to support the Editor in Chief and Managing Editor. Madeline Haas, a student at George Mason University, is currently supporting the SEBoK and we gratefully acknowledge her exemplary efforts.