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Glen Alleman

Mr Glen Alleman

Glen Alleman has 30 years’ experience as a Program Performance Management leader in aerospace, defense, electric utilities, oil and gas, pulp and paper, and enterprise IT. His current focus includes integrated program performance management for complex system of systems using risk informed Earned Value Management.
Glen’s formal training is in particle physics, where he wrote software digital filters to process the data stream from an accelerator. That turned into digital filters for radar, sonar, and guidance systems. Then into managing those types of programs. With a stint in the commercial side, he returned to Aerospace & Defense. Between doing engineering and managing engineers, he was sent back to school to get a Masters in Systems Management – a blend of Systems Engineering and Finance.
As a program manager at Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (a former nuclear weapons production facility), Earned Value Management became Glen’s passion. His project managers kept the work on track, with a fixed closure date, for fixed price ‒ budgeted at $7B over 9 years. Using Earned Value Management, agile development practices, and measures of physical percent complete, they provided daily measurement of progress to plan to keep the program on schedule for a promised closure date.
After closure, Glen worked several proposals for space vehicles, developing the Integrated Master Plan, with resource loaded, risk adjusted schedule, with Technical Performance Measures used to provide Physical Percent Complete to Plan.
From this work, Glen moved to the government contracting side, providing program controls leadership to aircraft and spacecraft avionics systems, embedded control system, government business system, and biopharma product development. He joined the Institute for Defense Analyses in their support of the office of Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses where he provided policy advice to the owner of Earned Value Management for improving the effectiveness of EVM processes and tools.
At the same time Glen joined the College of Performance Management, where he taught course, gave presentations, and developed training materials around EVM, Risk Management, Agile development, Integrated Master Planning and Scheduling. In parallel to this work, Glen wrote the book ‒ Performance-Based Project Management.
Glen’s current includes working with the Joint Space Cost Council in developing of guidance for applying continuous risk management to Space Systems to successful manage cost and schedule growth in the presence of the uncertainty of complex system of systems.

Vernon Ireland

Professor Vernon Ireland

University of Adelaide

Vernon Ireland is currently Emeritus Professor of Complex Systems for the University of Adelaide and Professor of Construction Management and Real Estate for Chongqing University.

He has had various roles, including Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at UTS, Corporate Development Director of Fletcher Challenge Construction, CEO of the Australian Graduate School of Engineering Innovation and Professor and Director of Project Management for The University of Adelaide. University. He practised for eight years as a structural engineer before becoming an academic, in which period he completed an arts degree in English literature, psychology, sociology and philosophy.

Charles Keating

Professor Charles Keating

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, Old Dominion University

Dr. Keating is a Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and Director for the National Centers for System of Systems Engineering at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia USA. His research and teaching focuses on Complex System Governance, Systems Thinking/Theory, Systems Engineering, System of System of Systems Engineering, and Management Cybernetics. A Fellow and Past President of the American Society for Engineering Management, he received the society’s most prestigious award (Sarchet Award) in 2015 for pioneer efforts in the field. He has authored 110+ peer reviewed publications, generated $20M+ in research funding, and graduated 25 Ph.D.s. His research has spanned defence, security, aerospace, healthcare, R&D, and automotive sectors. Prior to faculty appointment in 1994, he served in leadership and technical engineering management positions for over 12 years in the U.S. Army and private industry. He holds a B.S. Engineering (United States Military Academy, West Point), M.A. Management (Central Michigan University), and Ph.D. Engineering Management (Old Dominion University). Memberships include American Society for Engineering Management, International Society for System Sciences, and International Council on Systems Engineering.

Kerry London

Professor Kerry London

Deputy Dean School of Engineering Computing and Mathematics, Western Sydney University

Dr London is Professor Built Environment and Urban Transformation at Western Sydney University where she is also Deputy Dean School of Engineering Computing and Mathematics. She was the first female chair in construction management in Australia. She has an international research reputation and is a considered a leader in construction supply chain theory and practice. Her work focusses on adoption of innovative technologies. She is also well known for conducting research that crossing discipline boundaries and has led numerous nationally competitive grants and initiatives towards this end. She has published more than 160 peer reviewed publications, won over $4.0M and supervised 11 PhD students since 2003. She has given various international keynotes at both industry and academic conferences. She currently is a Chief Investigator on five ARC grants. Kerry is Chair of the NFP Australasian Lean Construction Institute professional association. She has held numerous leadership positions in academia. She held Ministerial appointments on the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council as well as the NSW Architects Registration Board. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Australian Deans Built Environment and Design Council. She is a Fellow and Past President of the Chartered Institute of Building Australasia. She is a founding member of the Australian Housing Supply Chain Alliance.

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