National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Recent International Workshop and Discussion of Priorities for 2018 (CST)

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At the International Workshop, we had excellent discussions on:
• the Circular Economy,
• working at varying levels of scale,
• tools for biom* support of System Engineers/Architects considering natural systems.
Randy coordinated these sessions, networked with other working groups, and also attended the Emergy Research Conference in Gainesville later that week.

NSWG priorities for 2018 are:
• support for inclusion of natural systems in system engineering and architecture
• coordination with the VINE systemology cluster of NASA Virtual Interchange for Nature Inspired Exploration.

Potential webinars for 2018:
• Update from the International Society for Systems Pathology (Len Troncale)
• Emergy modeling (George Patten)
• Joint session with the Complex Systems Working Group
• On-going sessions with NASA Vine Systemology cluster (on tools for biom*)

Other topics that could be added based on group interest:
• Working with the INCOSE Tools or Modeling working groups to help fulfill our goals
• Natural systems inspired test strategies for Engineered/Architected Ecological Product Life Cycles
• Knowledge Resource development for natural systems engineers and architects
• Creating a workshop or tutorial for INCOSE International Symposium 2019, or for an organization that would benefit from the NSWG viewpoint
• Establish a mentoring database or network to aid SEs interested in natural systems.
• Emergy (embodied energy) analytics and conceptual frameworks
• Design Thinking and Systems Thinking tools as an aid to natural systems applications

Randall Anway, AIA
Principal, New Tapestry, LLC

Randall Anway, AIA is a Registered Architect in New York and Connecticut. Specializing in design research inspired by natural patterns and systems, previous experience includes roles in facility managment systems, software and web development, and building design and construction. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. He is currently a board member of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. A Certified Biomimicry Specialist since 2011, he offers unique methods research and consulting services through his Connecticut firm, New Tapestry, LLC (LINK).

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