Board of Director’s

Some of the first Founding ISSP Members volunteered to serve as members of the BOD so that the ISSP could be incorporated and apply for the necessary 501c3 status. As specified by law, the  Managing Director appointed the following individuals, both systems engineers and systems scientists as Director’s until elections occur in 2020.

The four officers described in the officer section automatically serve as Directors until 2020. In addition the following six individuals (listed alphabetically) make up a Board of ten members:

Heidi Davidz: 

Dr. Heidi Davidz is a Principal Engineer in Systems Engineering (SE) at Aerojet Rocketdyne where she implements modern, model-based SE tooling in support of liquid rocket engine programs.  Previous roles included the Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Project Lead, Discipline Lead of Systems Engineering, Chief Process Systems Engineer, and Stennis Space Center Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Manager.  While working as a Test Operations Engineer, she was certified as a Test Conductor to run hot-fire rocket engine tests.  Prior to AR, she worked at The Aerospace Corporation in the Systems Architecture, Engineering and Cost Department where she provided support for NASA Headquarters and National Security Space projects.  She completed her Ph.D. in the Engineering Systems Division (ESD) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with sponsorship from the Lean Aerospace Initiative (LAI) where her dissertation addressed accelerating the development of senior systems engineers.  Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Davidz worked at GE Aircraft Engines as a member of the Edison Engineering Development Program. Through the GE Advanced Courses in Engineering and the University of Cincinnati, she earned an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering.  She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. She holds OMG Certified Systems Modeling Professional (OCSMP) certifications at the Model User and Model Builder Fundamental levels.  Dr. Davidz is a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). She is also a Director on the Board of Directors for the new International Society for Systems Pathology (ISSP).

Kristin Giammarco: (photo)

Kristin Giammarco is an Associate Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School, where she teaches courses in system architecture & design, system integration, systems software engineering, and model-based systems engineering, and conducts research in the use and development of formal methods for systems architecture modeling. Dr. Giammarco is a member of INCOSE and of the International Society for Systems Pathology (ISSP), and serves as the Joint Executive Systems Engineering Management (SEM-PD21) Program Academic Associate.

Tom Marzolf:    

Thomas R. Marzolf holds a BS in Engineering from Drexel and a MSE in Engineering from Penn. He has forty years of experience  developing software for various fields in roles including project manager, architect, principle consultant, and chief modeler, for companies including Planning Research, Iona Technologies, the Vanguard Group, and Aetna Insurance. He was a very early adopter of modeling for software and later for business architecture; he is experienced with modeling languages and tools, and also with design patterns. He has been studying systems since the 1970s. His main interest is in applying modeling to make systems understandable to mere humans, especially by integrating and unifying existing but often fragmented knowledge. His ultimate goal is a process to incrementally develop a model of the universe as a system of systems, including the systems ontology and taxonomy on which such a model must be based.

  • Curt McNamara:  

  • Dr. Chuck Keating