Ben Blanchard

Blanchard-thumbBenjamin S. Blanchard is now serving as an advisor to Academic Applications International. He is Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering. Ben serves as an academic consultant in the fields as systems engineering, reliability and maintainability, maintenance and logistics support, and life-cycle costing. Blanchard served as Assistant Dean of Engineering for Public Service, College of Engineering and then concurrently as Chairman of the Interdepartmental Systems Engineering Graduate Program (until 1996). He administered the extensive VT engineering extension enterprise while also teaching courses in systems engineering, reliability and maintainability, and logistics.

Before joining Virginia Tech in 1970, Blanchard was employed in industry for 20 years where he served as a design engineer, field service engineer, staff engineer, and engineering manager (U.S. Air Force, Boeing, Sanders Associates, Bendix, and General Dynamics). Ben was an electronics maintenance officer in the U.S. Air Force for several years, but it was at Boeing when he first became familiar with the application of the principles and concepts of systems engineering when contributing as a design engineer on a large missile program in 1959-60.

Blanchard’s academic background began with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, continued with graduate coursework in Electrical Engineering, and then an MBA degree (through an Executive Development Program). He has authored four textbooks (System Engineering Management, Logistics Engineering and Management, Engineering Organization and Management, and Design and Manage to Life-Cycle Cost), and co-authored four additional texts (Systems Engineering and Analysis, Maintainability: A Key To Effective Serviceability And Maintenance, Life-Cycle Cost And Economic Analysis, and Maintainability Principles And Practices).

Blanchard published numerous monographs, journal articles, and has lectured extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Professor Blanchard is a Charter member, Fellow, CPL, former newsletter editor, member of the Board of Advisors, and past-president of the International Society of Logistics (SOLE); and has been active in other professional organizations (AFA, EIA, IIE, IEEE, NDIA, and CLM); and (until recently) a “Visiting Professor” at the University of Exeter (UK). He also has taught courses (as an Adjunct Faculty) at the University of Virginia and Portland State University via the internet.

A Tau Beta Pi honoree from the 1950’s, Blanchard received INCOSE’s Pioneer Award in 2000 jointly with Fabrycky. He was inducted into the Omega Alpha: the Systems Engineering Honor Society in 2013.


David Long


David A. Long has concentrated for more than twenty years on enabling, promoting, and applying model-based systems engineering (MBSE) to help advance the practice of systems engineering. David is founder and president of Vitech Corporation where he developed CORE®, a leading systems engineering software environment. He co-authored the book A Primer for Model-Based Systems Engineering and is a frequent presenter at professional events worldwide. A committed member of the systems engineering community, David is president of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), a 9000 member professional society committed to sharing, promoting, and advancing the best systems thinking and engineering.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics as well as a master’s degree in Systems Engineering, both from Virginia Tech.

For more than twenty years, David Long has concentrated on enabling, promoting, and applying model-based systems engineering (MBSE) to advance the practice of systems engineering. As founder and president of Vitech Corporation, David developed and commercialized CORE®, a leading systems engineering software environment now used worldwide. Throughout his career, he assumed key technical and managerial roles for refining and extending systems engineering that expands the analysis and communication toolkit available to practitioners. David continues to guide Vitech in the delivery of innovative and creative approaches for enterprise use in developing and deploying better next-generation systems.

A focused member of the international systems engineering community, David is serving as president of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), a 9000 member professional organization committed to promoting, advancing, and sharing the best of systems thinking, engineering, and analysis. He has served INCOSE since 1997, including a term as the Washington Metropolitan Area chapter president and international roles that include Member Board Chair, Director for Communications, and Director for Strategy.

David presents frequently at professional events worldwide, delivering keynotes and tutorials spanning introductory systems engineering, advanced applications of MBSE, and the future of systems engineering. His experience and efforts prepared him well to co-author the book A Primer for Model-Based Systems Engineering to help spread the fundamental concepts of this essential approach for meeting modern technological challenges. In 2006, David received the prestigious INCOSE Founders Award in recognition of his volunteer contributions.

Scott Midkiff

Midkiff-thumbScott F. Midkiff has been Virginia Tech’s Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer since 2012, reporting directly to the university President. From 2009 to 2012, Professor Midkiff served as the Head of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he was first appointed to the faculty in 1986. From September 2006 until September 2009, Scott Midkiff was on assignment as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Scott has prior industrial experience at Bell Laboratories (1979-1982) and at IBM (during summer 1977 and 1978). Previously, Midkiff was a visiting research associate at Carnegie Mellon University during 1985-1986.

As Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Dr. Midkiff has responsibility for Virginia Tech’s overall strategy and vision for information technology. He leads the VT Information Technology organization which provides IT services for teaching and learning, research computing, network and telecommunications infrastructure, enterprise-level administrative systems, cyber security, identity management, and converged technologies for safety and security, and other functions.

Scott Midkiff received the B.S.E. degree, summa cum laude, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University (1979), the M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University (1980), and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University (1985), where he was a MCNC Fellow. Professor Midkiff is a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He is a founding editorial board member and Education department editor for IEEE Pervasive Computing magazine. He has been a technical program committee chair and member for numerous technical conferences in networking and pervasive computing.

As a faculty member, Dr. Midkiff conducts research in wireless networks, mobile systems, and pervasive computing. He is the author of over 125 refereed journal and conference publications. His research and education initiatives have been funded by the NSF through the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program; Digital Government program; Computer and Network Systems (CNS) Division; Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) Division; and Division for Undergraduate Education (DUE). Other sponsors have included the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Microsoft Research, Intel, IBM, and Catalyst Communications Technologies.

Dr. Midkiff has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in networking, wireless networks and mobile systems, network applications, telecommunications, and other areas of electrical and computer engineering and computer science. He contributed to the creation of Virginia Tech’s Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Engineering and the online Master of Information Technology program. He co-developed the Networking module for the Master of IT degree. He has also developed or co-developed new courses in Network Application Design, Wireless Networks and Mobile Systems, Telecommunication Networks, and Network Architectures and Protocols. He received Virginia Tech’s XCaliber Award for teaching with technology in 2004 and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from the College of Engineering in 2005.

While at the National Science Foundation, Professor Midkiff served as a Program Director for the Integrative, Hybrid and Complex Systems (IHCS) program in the Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems Division in the Directorate for Engineering. He developed the cyber systems thrust area as the ECCS Division added “Cyber” to its name in October 2006. He was one of the two co-lead program directors to establish the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) initiative, first announced in September 2008, and co-led the team that managed the review and award process for the first year of CPS. Professor Midkiff was the lead program director for the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program’s theme on Autonomously Reconfigurable Engineered Systems (ARES) initiated in 2007. He also contributed to the management of the review and award process for the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program in 2008 and 2009; Cyber-enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) program in 2008 and 2009; Accelerating Discovery in Science and Engineering through Petascale Simulations and Analysis (PetaApps) solicitation in 2007 and 2009; EFRI Cognitive Optimization and Prediction (COPN) theme in 2008; Engineering Virtual Organizations (EVO) solicitation in 2007; and Cyberinfrastructure Experiences for Graduate Students (CIEG) supplements in 2008. While at the NSF, Professor Midkiff served on the NSF-wide IGERT Coordinating Committee (ICC) from 2007-2009; the NSF-wide Cyberinfrastructure Coordinating Committee (CICC) in 2009; and the Directorate for Engineering’s Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Working Group from 2007-2009, chairing the group in 2009.

In 2008, Professor Midkiff received an NSF Director’s Award for Collaborative Innovation. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Omega Alpha, Phi Beta Kappa, and Tau Beta Pi honorary societies.