AIRC-DAU Quarterly Research Forum: Digital Engineering

Friday, June 23, 2023

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

The fourth Acquisition Innovation Research Center-DAU Quarterly Research Forum (QRF) will focus on understanding how increasing government access to the models and artificial intelligence algorithms used in system design might decrease the need for and expense of testing and increase confidence in results. Join on June 23, to learn more about digital engineering.

Dr. Laura Freeman, co-principal investigator and co-author of the AIRC report, “Digital Engineering Enhanced T&E Learning-Based Systems,” will present a summary of the study and explore the topic of Digital Engineering.

The latest developments in DAU Digital Acquisition and Digital Engineering (DE) courses, credentials, workshops and resources, such as DAU’s Digital Engineering for DoD Consumers credential, will be presented by Dr. James Roche, DAU Professor of Systems Engineering Management.

Participants will be able to engage in a question-and-answer session following these presentations. Members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce will receive a certificate of participation after completing the end-of-session activity to claim 1.5 continuous learning points (CLPs).


Dr. Laura Freeman
Dr. Laura Freeman
Virginia Tech

Dr. Freeman is the deputy director of the Virginia Tech National Security Institute. Additionally, she is a research associate professor in the Department of Statistics and a faculty member of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative. Her research interests include experimental design considerations in machine learning and artificial intelligence, cybersecurity analytics, reliability analysis and statistical engineering. Dr. Freeman holds memberships with the National Defense Industrial Association, the American Statistical Association and the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) as the editor-in-chief of the ITEA Journal of Test and Evaluation. Dr. Freeman received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Statistics and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering all from Virginia Tech.

Dr. James Roche

Dr. Roche has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Roche worked in academia, industry and the federal government. His work on fundamental and applied research as well as development and policy applications span Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps systems (e.g., systems engineering and software development for the warfighter) and includes collaboration with managers, interdisciplinary scientists and engineers to accomplish projects at the intersection of engineering, science and technology and management. Currently, Dr. Roche is a Professor of Systems Engineering Management at DAU.