• SE+D External Advisory Board


  • Dr. Jennifer Hitchcock

    Dr. Jennifer A. Hitchcock

    Executive Director of Systems Integration - TARDEC
    Dr. Hitchcock is the Executive Director of Systems Integration & Engineering at TARDEC. In this role, she is responsible for leading over 900 associates in delivering force projection technologies, system prototypes including design and fabrication, concepts, modeling & simulation, analysis, systems engineering, and testing to the Army Science & Technology, Acquisition and Logistics offices for Army ground vehicle systems. Her organization is also responsible for providing engineering, sustainment, reliability, maintainability, quality assurance, standardization, and logistics support to Army Program Executive Offices. Prior to her current role, she was the Executive Director of Research & Technology Integration at TARDEC and responsible for leading the research and integration of the Army ground vehicle mobility, power and energy, survivability, robotic, software and vehicle electronic architecture Technologies. Leading associates in six technical business areas, she was responsible for planning and executing technology programs the Army was pursuing and transitioning to acquisition programs. Additionally, Dr. Hitchcock serves as the U.S. Army Lead for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Ground and Sea Platforms Community of Interest.

  • Dr. Hitchcock is the honored recipient of the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Women in Defense Michigan Chapter, the Superior Civilian Service Award, and the Commanders Award for Civilian Service. She was an inaugural inductee into Lawrence Technological University Engineering Hall of Fame, and received the Leaders and Innovators Award and Alumni Achievement Award from Lawrence Technological University.  


  • Scott D. Welles

    Scott D. Welles

    Vice President - Booz Allen Hamilton
    Scott Welles is currently a leader in Booz Allens Solutions business, with a focus on District (a secure mobility product) and the firms innovation agenda. He has more than 30 years of experience providing systems engineering and integration (SE&I) expertise to complex enterprise and systems development. His client engagements span the federal government.
  • Scott has served in business sector, engineering management, and technical leadership roles in areas including Military satellite communications systems; Position, Navigation, and Timing systems; the Ballistic Missile Defense System; NASA systems; and Army Tank and Automotive systems.
  • Scott has also held firm-wide leadership roles in Booz Allens Engineering & Science (E&S) business focused on engineering capability development/integration including Model Based Systems Engineering, talent management, and ISO 9001 quality program.
  • Scott holds a B.E. in electrical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the George Washington University.


  • Dr. Robert Wirthlin

    Dr. Robert Wirthlin

    Engineering Group Manager - Requirements Modeling
    Dr. Robert Wirthlin is the Engineering Group Manager for Requirements Modeling, leading process & tools innovation and implementation of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) in the corporate product line environment. His duties include leveraging systems engineering within GM and advising leadership on strategic Systems Engineering decisions for GMs global enterprise.
  • He combines a deep understanding of the science of systems engineering along with the practical experience gained through application in military systems development. Prior to his work with General Motors, Robert enjoyed a distinguished 21-year career in the United States Air Force, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was an Astronaut Mission Specialist nominee before his retirement. The scope of his assignments spanned various systems engineering and program management roles in Flight Simulation and Training systems, Space Control systems, large Data Processing systems and Battle Management systems. He taught for four years as an Assistant Professor of Engineering Systems at the Graduate School of Engineering in the Air Force Institute of Technology. He has held Adjunct Professor Positions at the Naval Post-Graduate School, the University of Dayton, Wright State University, and Wayne State University.
  • Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Sciences from the United States Air Force Academy, a Masters Degree in Engineering and Management from MITs Sloan School of Management and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Engineering Systems, also from MIT. He also completed school in junior executive education and leadership at Air Command and Staff College. His executive education credentials are from Air War College. He is a Certified Systems Engineer (CSEP) and has been since January 2005. Professionally, he is a senior member of AIAA, and a member of INCOSE. As an active member of INCOSE, he volunteers his time and has served in various capacities as the Michigan INCOSE Chapter Vice-President (2016), Michigan Chapter President (2017), and Michigan Chapter Past-President (2018). He also earned DoD certifications (Level III - highest level) in Program Management and in Systems Planning Research Development Engineering (SPRDE). He is Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) Black Belt certified. He has published 4 journal articles, over 30 conference papers, and has other publications to his credit. His interests include Research & Development, New Product Development, Lean Product Development, Systems Engineering, Risk, and Management. He also volunteers in his local church and in other organizations, such as the Boy Scouts of America, serving in various leadership capacities.