On-Demand Webinars: Defense

Engineering Processes for Digital Knowledge Workers


Digital engineering is revolutionizing the way aerospace and defense systems are being designed, developed, and maintained. Enabling digital knowledge workers is crucial for its success. Command media and other process definitions need not only reflect who should do what, but also how and why certain activities should be performed — and which tools and practices can be used.

This 60-minute Webinar will explore the benefits of a holistic and fully model-based approach. Using detailed customer cases, speakers will combine value stream and process mapping to open new perspectives for redesigning, streamlining, and automating digital knowledge work. The webinar will also show to involve both leadership and the frontline in defining such a process architecture and demonstrate modern tooling to secure a successful rollout.

Topics include:

  • The challenges of knowledge work in digital engineering environments
  • Using a holistic model-based approach to design processes and value streams based on industry standards
  • The capabilities of fully digitized command media and process landscapes

An audience Q&A session will follow the technical presentation.


Erich Meier, Director of Products and Technology, UL Solutions

Erich Meier is the Creator and Chief Architect of Stages process management system and serves as the Director of Products and Technology at UL Soloutions. Over the last two decades, Erich has helped corporations all around the globe to transform their product lifecycles and improve their engineering processes. From 2007 to 2020, he served as Method Park's CTO and was responsible for the global products business, technology vision, and road map. Since Method Park’s acquisition by UL Solutions, Erich has been responsible for the strategic direction of the Mobility and Critical Systems business unit. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and executive events and is passionate about bringing together people, products, and processes. Erich holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Erlangen.

Christie Porter, former Director of Audits, Compliance, and Governance (retired), Raytheon Intelligence & Space

Christie Porter is a leader with proven results in business management, quality systems, customer engagement, and process optimization. She spent 39 years in the aerospace and defense industry and was the Director of Audits, Compliance, and Governance for Raytheon Intelligence & Space prior to her recent retirement. Christie is experienced in implementing and merging business level quality management systems as well as addressing systemic quality issues and directing business-wide solutions. She began her career as a Materials and Process Engineer at E-Systems, where she gained expertise in high-reliability manufacturing processes. Christie began her career journey in leading quality management systems in 1997 and led business-level implementation of one of the first AS9100 Multi-Site certifications in industry as part of the Raytheon Quality and Mission Assurance team. She holds an MBA from Amberton University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Texas A&M University. Christie is a member of the Amercian Society for Quality through which she is a Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Auditor, and Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence. She has held additional certifications in Raytheon Six Sigma, EVMS, and DevOps.


Amanda Hosey, Editor, SAE Media Group

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