Systems engineering is working more in a sociotechnical context - this means viewing social concepts through a systems science lens for use in systems engineering practice, and technology policy development, implementation and analysis. This event provides an overview of the fundamentals of sociotechnical systems in systems engineering. Sociotechnical systems increase system complexity of engineered systems/technology, and this event outlines ways to embrace them as part of systems engineering practice. An important dimension of sociotechnical systems is technology policy, and this event introduces theory from social science disciplines and systems science together to evaluate how technical products interact with policy systems using systems engineering tools/analysis. Policy development, implementation and analysis in an engineering and technology context and its relationship with life cycle management, risk and quality will be discussed.
Part 2 Dynamics of Sociotechnical Systems
Dr. Erika Palmer, Systems Engineering Program faculty, Cornell University
Dr. Erika Palmer is currently part of the Systems Engineering Program faculty at Cornell University. She is also the Deputy Technical Director at the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and founding chair of the Social Systems Working Group at INCOSE. Dr. Palmer's research and teaching focuses on the modeling and simulation of sociotechnical systems and policy across. domains.