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Sr. Systems Engineer. Space systems, MBSE

Herndon, Virginia, 20170, United States
April 10, 2018

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William C. Adsit

Herndon, VA *****



6+ years of Senior Project Management experience including VP leadership. Directly reported to CEO for organizational resources, budgeting, and management control. Well-organized, and adept at conveying priorities to, and making decisions with, a matrixed organization. End-to-end SDLC support (including SaaS and PaaS)

Excellent presentation skills (accustomed to very senior audiences such as CEOs, SESs, and military Flag level), speaker and presenter at technical conferences, trainer, instructor, and verbal advocate of Agile development and User-Centered Design

10+ years of experience in Agile (Scrum) software engineering and development for both traditional and service-oriented architecture (SOA). Utilized tools such as Jira, Greenhopper, etc.

Expert in User Experience (UX) and User-Centered Design, both application and methodology. Able to evaluate, design, and direct development of all forms of human-computer interaction and produce systems that have a high degree of usability and accessibility (Section 508 and WAI ARIA). Skilled in designing elegant digital interfaces of all types: desktop/web apps, mobile apps, portals, information centers, etc.

Superior communication and writing skills including proposals, RFPs, requirements, and all forms of technical documentation

Over 20 years of experience supporting the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense


Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Agilist (SA) and SAFe Practitioner (SP)

Professional Scrum Master (PSM I)

CompTIA Cloud+



Active Top Secret, SCI with successful completion of polygraph


University of California at San Diego

B.S., Cognitive Science 1990 (Learned UX from Don Norman himself!)

Employment History

FTS INTERNATIONAL, INC. August 2017 to Present

Reston, VA


Supporting an IC Customer with implementing Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).

Implementing a transition from static, DoDAF architectural products to a dynamic collection of interconnected, federated MBSE models

Working with various Stakeholders to ensure their current modeling and architectural needs are met with the new MBSE models and views

Documenting MBSE best-practices and proposing changes to the IC Customer’s System Engineering processes to maximize the benefits of MBSE

Supporting MBSE training for their entire organization, from decision makers, to systems engineers, systems architects, etc.

BAE SYSTEMS, INC. April 2011 to August 2017

Reston, VA

Sr. Principal Systems Engineer and Solution Architect

Supporting the Intelligence Community Desktop Environment (IC DTE).

Met with IC customers to review their needs and issues in transitioning to IC DTE

Worked with Customer Care team to address IC-specific issues

Supported RFC responses and scope, with requirements analysis

Supported DTE proposals by writing Basis of Estimates (BOEs), etc.

Sr. Principal Systems Engineer

Supporting the OUSD(I) Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise (DI2E) Enterprise Focus Team (EFT).

Scrum master for the DI2E EFT development team

System Architect creating and updating dozens of Defense Common Ground/Surface System (DCGS) DoDAF artifacts

Engaging with a variety of senior- and mid-level government staff, technical subject matter experts, and supporting engineers

Customer liaison supporting 15 vendors and DIA Mashup lead

UX Architect

Served as the UX Architect for the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Defense Combating Terrorism Center (DCTC).

Responsible for overall UX of the Bedrock suite of six web applications used by DIA analysts and others in the Intelligence Community

Interacted with the customer and the product owners to ensure their needs were being reflected in the designs of each app

Supported the individual development teams which were all using an AngularJS and Bootstrap UI with MongoDB on the back-end

Provided coaching and training across the product teams and program leadership in the best practices of UX, Scrum and Agile development

Chief Human Factors and Design - Activity Based Intelligence (ABI)

Supported the GEOINT ISR internally-funded ABI Initiative R&D effort, leading cutting-edge technological advances in ABI.

Provided guidance and methodology to ensure an optimum user experience for the IRAD’s efforts

For each four-week sprint of the Agile development, captured desired new capabilities, documented required user task flows and provided mockups or wireframes of any UIs to be developed.

Traveled to customer sites and presented video or live demonstrations of the latest ABI capabilities developed

Met with the above customers to ascertain desired capabilities or applications that could be met with the current or future solutions

Member of the Special Programs Directorate’s ABI Architecture Board helping to coordinate the architecture of all ABI-related efforts

Chief Architect - ABI WAAS PED

Was the chief systems architect for the predecessor to Black Wolf: the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) Activity Based Intelligence (ABI) Wide Area Aerial Surveillance (WAAS) Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination (PED) system. Designed and documented the system architecture and graphical user interface ensuring overall system efficiency and usability.

The ABI WAAS PED system was BAE’s solution to NGA’s problem of handling massive amounts of data collected by the next-generation Wide Area sensors. For the ARGUS-IS sensor, it collects 50TB of video for each 10 hour mission. The ABI WAAS PED uses a web-based front-end that accesses the data remotely, keeping the processing where it should be – with the data. Scalability of the architecture is key, and the virtualized solution makes best use of the available hardware.

In addition to being the system’s architect, was also the customer liaison, working closely with them and engineering leadership to identify and prioritize features, develop high level architecture diagrams, identify use cases and CONOPS for new features.

INTELESIS TECHNOLOGIES, CORP. October 1997 to April 2011

San Diego, California

VP Software Design and User Experience

Directed the design of Intelesis software projects and formulated policies and practices to ensure that the overall user experience (UX) was engaging and productive. Worked with customers to define requirements and drafted RFPs for new work.

Directed the user interface design and Agile software development of the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) and its other DoD derivatives. NFAAS is an enterprise-class, web-based personnel system and data warehouse that supports over six million Navy and DoD personnel. In operation since 2006, it also includes case management for those affected by disasters in gathering their needs and tracking their recovery. Formulated usability policy for interface design, directed the Intelesis team designing and developing software and database architecture, interfaced with the customer and end-users to gather and refine requirements, trained thousands of support personnel, and acted as a liaison between upper management and technical staff.

Created extensive documentation for process improvement, technical requirements, formal design documentation, usability testing, and training curricula and presentation materials

Analyzed system performance and throughput (with tools such as Google Analytics), especially during high-volume exercises or events.

Prior to NFAAS, directed the user interface design of the Navy Enterprise Portal (NEP), worked with developers (using JavaScript/HTML/CSS) and vendors to modify the COTS product to support the requirements of the Navy’s Task Force Web effort in 2001.

Worked with application owners to bring their web-services into the NEP. My technical insights into the NEP’s SOA architecture, ability to support and interact with developers, and constant focus on the needs and abilities of the end-user were a key to the success of NEP development.

Directed other Information System projects, applying web technology to solutions for commercial and government customers. Involved through the entire process: from initial contact, to requirements gathering, to development, delivery, and maintenance support.

Prior to involvement with the NEP, supported the Intelligence Community’s Joint Cross Domain Exchange (JCDX) project at SPAWAR Systems Center, San Diego. This multi-level secure (PL4) system handles information feeds from multiple security levels in near real-time, and combines them in a single system for tactical and strategic analysis. Provided expertise in customer interaction and support, GUI design, Unix/C/C++ and X11/Motif development.


San Diego, California August 1993 to September 1997

Software Engineer and Project Manager

Senior Software Engineer/GUI Designer (and eventually Project Manager) for the Graphical Data Fusion System (GDFS). GDFS receives input from various sensors (radar, sonar, ESM, infrared and video cameras) and displays an integrated tactical picture for the operator who can also control these sensors from the same display.

Led software development of enhancements, conversions, integration, and testing of the GDFS system to support the Navy’s Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare (MIUW) hardware. Responsible for scheduling, hiring personnel, customer relations, and financials

Designed and coded graphical user interface (GUI) for portions of the Air Surveillance Integration Project (ASIP) for a US government agency. ASIP is a derivative of GDFS, enhanced for supporting input from many diverse sensors. Interfaced directly with the customer, performed training, maintenance, repair, and trouble-shooting.

Designed, coded, and tested a new interface enabling the SPAWAR Capabilities Assessment Expert System (CASES) to query JMCIS databases for live data needed for mission planning and simulation. CASES ran in a “C”/Unix environment, on Suns and HPs. Used human factors expertise when designing the interface.

For the SmartNet™ system, produced design documents, software specifications, and developed GUIs in C++, using X/Motif. This object-oriented software project achieved CMMI Level 3.

Refined the star calibration program (written in "C"/AIX) and used human factors expertise for re-designing the operator controls for the Air Force’s Advanced Time-Space-Position-Information System (ATS). Interfaced with the customer, conducted on-site testing, demonstrations and training. ATS provides a single-point solution for tracking aircraft at an Edwards Air Force Base test range. This trailer-mounted, video-based, electronically controlled camera system provides real-time positions on aircraft to within one meter at a range of six miles.

For the FAA, designed and developed decision aids for viewing and analyzing historic flight data. These graphical flight displays and tailored statistical packages ran under Unix in the X/Motif windows environment.

NETROLOGIC June 1990 to July 1993

San Diego, California

Research Scientist

Worked on a NASA/JPL research project that developed a new path-planning technique, ten times faster than the best to date, that enabled a robotic arm to maneuver to a specified target in a cluttered, but known, environment. Machine Learning and 3D computer vision were utilized in this effort.

PACIFIC ROBOTICS July 1986 to May 1990

San Diego, California

Senior Programmer

Designed the improved control panel used on all industrial robots since 1989. Wrote robotic system software that runs in a real-time, distributed, multi-processor environment and requires the integration of system sensors, user I/O, and robot motion control.


Team Awards:

BAE Systems’ One Team Award (DI2E EFT – 2016)

BAE Systems’ Chairman Awards (ABI – Bronze and Silver for 2011)

Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer Information Management / Information Technology (DoN CIO IM/IT) Team Award for Knowledge Superiority – 2006

Macromedia Site of the Day, 2-3-2005 (for Olhausen Billiards’ Build Your Own Pool Table site at )

SPAWAR Lightning Bolt Award for Team Excellence (Task Force Web, Navy Enterprise Portal team) – 2003

Individual Awards:

BAE Systems’ Pathfinder Award for running the DIA Mashup – 2016

Task Force Navy Family Letter of Commendation from Rear Admiral Robert Passmore (for technical support supporting the Navy’s recovery efforts from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma in 2006).

Task Force Navy Family Letter of Appreciation from Rear Admiral D. R. Ginzig

UCSD Research Scholar – For the 1989 Undergraduate Research Conference paper “Robot Control Panel.”

Bank of America Achievement Award in Computer Studies – 1983

Unclassified Portfolio


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