Prof. Heinz Stoewer

Heinz StoewerProf. Heinz Stoewer

Space Associates GmbH

  • Degrees in Technical Physics, Business, Systems Management, Germany/USA
  • Airbus, Germany, Project Engineer European launcher upper stage; Head Programmatics Unit
  • Boeing, USA, System Engineer space launchers, Project Manager “post Apollo” and NASA Space Tug/USAF Orbit to Orbit Shuttle
  • European Space Agency, first Programme Manager Spacelab, Europe’s first human space project; later Founder of ESA’s Systems Engineering and Programmatics Dept.
  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, first Professor/Chair Space Systems Engineering, Founder international MSci programme in Systems Engineering; all part-time
  • Managing Director Science and Application programmes, German Space Agency; Member ESA Council, European Union Space Advisory Group, et al
  • Founder/President Space Associates GmbH• Member Supervisory Council of OHB SE, Europe’s 3rd largest Space Prime contractor
  • Advisor Systems Engineering Airbus
  • Member Advisory Board Dutch National Space Agency (NSO)
  • Fellow, Life Member, Past President INCOSE
  • Distinguished Visiting Scientist NASA JPL
  • Member International Academy of Astronautics (IAA); emeritus member Board of Trustees and as chair of its Engineering Section
  • Lecturer/guest professor/keynote speaker universities, industry, governments
  • >90 publications; multiple national & international honours, e.g. German Parliament, NASA, IEEE 2018 Simon Ramo Medal 


Systems and Complementary Engineering Disciplines Interactions

This keynote will initially introduce elementary Systems Engineering principles and practices as they are, or should be, applied by the SE community. It will point to fundamental changes facing todays System Engineers due to broad trends, such as complexity increases and demands for more holistic, ecological, resilient and business oriented solutions. It will be demonstrated that there is no alternative to holistic end-to-end engineering approaches which address the entire system life-cycle.

The presentation then sketches the challenges of advancing Systems Engineering in the form of “Model based Systems Engineering” (MBSE). MBSE is understood as an interdependent element of Model based Engineering (MBE) which involves in the first instance technical and physics-based disciplines along with applicable programmatic elements needed for concept and product development, manufacturing, logistics and support services. The value of simulations, virtualization, application of emerging technologies such as AI, data analytics, digital twins and the advantages of single sources of truth for the evolving engineering practices is highlighted.

Finally, the keynote will briefly touch upon MBSE and MBE as elements of a broader industrial transformation process also involving project life-cycle management (PLM) and additional digital production and servicing assets. These assets, once seamlessly correlated, will strongly support the deep-rooted industry and government transformation towards digital enterprises.