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Model-Based Enterprise Summit 2020


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) planned to host the 11th Model-Based Enterprise Summit (MBE 2020) March 31 through April 2, 2020, at NIST’s main campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The event was on target for another year of attendance growth, reflecting continued strong interest in MBE and the value of the MBE Summit as a center of knowledge exchange and learning for the MBE community. Due, however, to cancellations by attendees and to guidance from State and Local health authorities on the outbreak of COVID-19, NIST organizers were not able to go forward with the event.

The goal of the MBE Summit is to identify challenges, research, implementation issues, and lessons learned in design, manufacturing, quality assurance, and sustainment of products and processes where a digital three-dimensional (3D) model of the product serves as the authoritative information source for all activities in a product's lifecycle. The theme of the MBE Summit 2020 was Increasing MBE Adoption and Implementation.  There is no doubt that MBE requires a complex organizational work design that recognizes the interaction between people, skills, and technology in workplaces. The 11th MBE Summit focused on highlighting the organizational culture surrounding MBE, needs of people operating in MBE, and real-world implementations of MBE in practice.

View the originally planned event program (with speakers and abstracts) at:


 Summit Proceedings:

Plenary Session Presentations

Sascha Harrell (Purdue University, United States)
Manufacturing Talent Pipeline Perceptions Gap (K-12); Improving the Knowledge and Practice of Industry and Education in Manufacturing Career Pathways

Ercenk Keresteci (Microsoft, United States)
Extracting actionable insights from IoT data

Saigopal Nelaturi (PARC, United States)
FIELDS: Unifying generative design, manufacturing planning, and multi-level representation for next generation products

Michael Raphael (Direct Dimensions, United States)
Solving Problems with Metrology: 3D scanning across a broad range of industries

Ryan Kuhns (NNSA, DOE, United States)
NNSA Model-based Enterprise Transition Intiative (MBET-I) Pilots

Dr. Shreyes Melkote (Georgia Institute of Technology, United States)
Systems and Data-Driven Manufacturability Computation Framework

Tracy Frost (U.S. Department of Defense, United States)
DoD MANTECH and Manufacturing USA

Michael Sharp (National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States)
Recognizing and Avoiding Common Pitfalls of AI Development

Sara Fuller (Mississippi State University - Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension, United States)
Creation and Applications of a Manufacturability Assessment Tool

Douglas Thomas (National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States)
Model Based Enterprise: Costs and Benefits for Discrete Manufacturing

Richard Eckenrode (Elysium Inc, United States)
Critical Skills within the Supply Chain. (Life in the lower tiers of the industrial supply Chain.)


Business and Skills Breakout Presentations

Robert Reaume (Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division, United States)
Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE): Approach for Battery Management System (BMS) Interface Design

Ashley Yarbrough (Auburn University, United States)
The Digital Transformation Gap Widens Between OEMs and SMMs

Matthew Bowden (Johns Hopkins University, United States)
The Cost of Enabling the Digital Thread

Curtis Brown (Kansas City National Security Campus, United States)
A next-Generation Model-Based Enterprise Maturity Index


Technology Breakout Presentations

Russell Waddell (AMT-The Association for Manufacturing Technology, United States)
Capability Modeling for Smart Manufacturing Standards Development

Theo Tryfonas (University of Bristol, UK)
Model-Based Cybersecurity Engineering for Connected and Automated Vehicles: the FLOURISH Project

Evan Kessick (GE Appliances, a Haier company, United States)
Consequences of Non-Semantic PMI

Masatomo Inui (Ibaraki University, Japan)
Visualizing Thickness and Clearance of 3D Objects

Senthil Chandrasegaran (University of California, Davis, United States)
Using Text Visualization to Aid Analysis of Machine Maintenance Logs

Kamran Goher (Cranifeld University, UK)
Trends in Model-Based Definition Based Assembly Information for High-Value Manufacturing

Radu Pavel (TechSolve, United States)
Using Text Analytics Solutions with Small to Medium Sized Manufacturers: Lessons Learned

Teodor Vernica (NIST, United States)
Leveraging standard geospatial representations for industrial augmented reality

Manas Bajaj (InterCAX, United States)
Syndeia - Building an open digital thread for model-based engineering

Frank Abdi (AlphaSTAR Corporation, United States)
AM Part Qualification by ICME Analysis and Real Time NDE Monitoring

Jerome Szarazi (Digital Weavers, UK)
Machine-Readable Physics to Improve Collaboration and Process Management for Design Simulation

Daniel Abernathy (Auburn University, United States)
Modular Open-Source Machine Monitoring Tool

Hiromasa Suzuki (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
Automation of noncontact measurement processes based on MBD

Philip Jennings (HII-Newport News Shipbuilding, United States)
Minimum Standardized Content to Enable a Navy Digital Enterprise (Defining OEM to Navy Data Exchange Standards)


Culture Breakout Presentations

Jessica Knizhnik (NASA, United States)
An Exploration of Lessons Learned from NASA’S MBSE Infusion and Modernization Initiative (MIAMI)

Daniel Seal (The Boeing Company, United States)
Accelerating the Model-Based Engineering Ecosystem Through Cultural Transformation


Panel Discussions

Paul Koester (NAVSEA 06L, United States)
Samantha Alpert (NAVSEA 06L, United States)
Model Based Product Support (MBPS): Creating the Connection Between MBE and Product Support for the Navy

Charles Ditchendorf (CIMdata, Inc., United States)
MBE Adoption and Implementation: the View from the Bleeding Edge

Ben Kassel (LMI, United States)
An Introduction to Digital Technical Data

Theo Tryfonas (University of Bristol, UK)
Large Scale Systems Modelling for Infrastructure and Cities: Challenges and Opportunities



Invited Speakers


Biography Picture of Sascha Harrell
Credit: Sascha Harrell

Ms. Sascha Harrell

Director, Education and Workforce for Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC)
Purdue University

Sascha Harrell is the Director of Education and Workforce for Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) with Purdue University. Ms. Harrell and her team develop and implement K-16 programs and programs that enhance the talents and capabilities of Indiana’s present and future workforce by facilitating connections between educators and industry to catalyze the formation of near-term and long-term skills in a highly accessible manner — partnering and developing a variety of STEM-type, skilled trades, degrees (associates and undergraduate), and certificate programs. Ms. Harrell received a BS from Morehead State University and a MS from Purdue University, studying learning design and technology with an emphasis on manufacturing skills in the 21st century. She is a current doctoral student in STEM education and technology at Purdue University. Ms. Harrell research interests center around the next generation for manufacturing competitiveness and perceptions of manufacturing in K-12.


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Credit: Ercenk Keresteci

Mr. Ercenk Keresteci

Principal Solution Architect, Manufacturing Industry Experiences

Ercenk Keresteci is a Principal Solution Architect on the Industry Experiences team. Mr. Keresteci brings almost 25 years of experience developing applications and solutions. After starting his career in telecommunications, Mr. Keresteci started a business pioneering vehicle tracking and electronic healthcare records solutions in Turkey. Before founding his second business, a professional services company developing many early solutions on Azure such as auto-scaling, Mr. Keresteci worked at Microsoft in various roles. When he is not working on building exciting solutions on the Azure platform, Mr. Keresteci loves traveling, donating his time to non-profits, spending time with his family, motorcycling, and building various geeky gadgets on micro-controllers connected to the cloud.


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Credit: Saigopal Nelaturi/PARC

Dr. Saigopal Nelaturi

Manager, Computation for Automation in Systems Engineering

Dr. Saigopal Nelaturi, leads the Computation for Automation in Systems Engineering area at PARC and also leads commercial engagements in PARC's key digital manufacturing partnerships. Dr. Nelaturi's research includes intelligent automation, digital manufacturing, geometric modeling, computational design, robotics, and spatial computing. He is a leading research expert in Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing with publications in major international journals and multiple best paper awards. Dr. Nelaturi is an associate editor for the Journal of Computer-Aided Design, the program chair for the Solid and Physical Modeling conference, and is an active participating member of ASME, SIAM, and IEEE.


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Credit: Michael Raphael

Mr. Michael Raphael

Founder & Owner
Direct Dimensions, Inc.

Michael Raphael founded Direct Dimensions, Inc. (DDI) in 1995 as an engineering company to provide a “one-stop shop” for 3D technical services, product representation, sales, and support for all types of 3D scanning, imaging, and dimensional measurement solutions. Over the past 20+ years, DDI has expanded significantly to use the most comprehensive array of 3D scanning technologies and digital modeling solutions for the widest range of applications and industries. Mr. Raphael started in the field of 3D metrology in 1985 as an engineer responsible for solving aerospace manufacturing problems at what became Lockheed Martin Corporation. While there, Mr. Raphael helped develop and became the first user and customer of a revolutionary new portable three-dimensional industrial measurement technology, called the FaroArm, sold today throughout the world. Following several years of in-plant development, Mr. Raphael left the aerospace sector to form Direct Dimensions, Inc. Mr. Raphael graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics in 1985, followed by a Masters of Engineering Administration from George Washington University in 1990.

Created June 21, 2019, Updated May 6, 2020