Joined GE Corporate Research & Development in June 1961 from MIT as a staff physicist. Retired in June 1994.
Currently liaison for INCOSE to ISO/AP233, which is developing the international STEP standard for systems engineering with an information model written in EXPRESS. Currently liaison between INCOSE and the Object Management Group, that develops and maintains UML, to generate a UML Profile for Systems engineering based on the semantics of the AP233 information model. Have established the Special Interest Group, SIG, within OMG to develop the profile to extend UML for systems models of physical reality.
Currently consulting in systems engineering and management strategy with emphasis on rigorous modeling of complex systems products, services, processes, and organizations. Rigorous modeling is the basis of training and consulting. Clients have included GE, IBM, Loral, Martin-Marietta, Thompson CSF, Siemens, Motorola, Chrysler, First Data Corp, Ascent Logic, IBM, Rafael, and the US Navy. It is the basis of tutorials given at International National Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Symposia and to INCOSE local chapters. The tutorials span the fundamentals of modeling, model-based systems engineering, concept analysis, and modeling of organizations, cultures, and teams.
Published 22 papers on systems engineering, see publications list below. Author of book: Engineering Complex Systems with Models and Objects, McGraw Hill 1997. It is the systems engineering text that describes the model- based process, by applying behavior and information models to both systems and to the systems engineering process. My object oriented systems engineering paper won a best paper award at INCOSE 94. Briefed the INCOSE Standards Working Group by invitation in 1992 on more rigorous techniques for expressing standards with information models and behavior models as found necessary in other engineering professions and in ISO STEP standards.
Charter member of the GE Aerospace Systems Engineering and Software Engineering Sub-councils of Engineering Productivity Improvement organization. EPI is now pervasive through Lockheed-Martin through acquisitions. Developed Systems Engineering methodology and tool requirements for GE Aerospace EPI, adding object-oriented methods and automated optimization. Provided Systems Engineering training to GE Medical systems department.
- Wrote and taught a systems engineering commercial course for the GE Advanced Concept Center.
- Member of GE Aerospace Systems Engineering Subcouncil and Software Engineering Subcouncil for engineering productivity improvement, EPI
- Instructor in the GE Systems Engineering Management Course
- Member of IEEE Engineering of Computer Based Systems Engineering Technical Committee: Co-Chairman of the Process and Information Model Working Group.
- Member INCOSE Tools Technical Committee, Chair of Tools Taxonomy Working Group, Co-Chair of Process and Information Model Interest Group.
- Trained as a SEI Software Capability Maturity Model evaluator and served as a team member in GE Sonar and Radar Businesses software evaluations.
Managed the Development of the Teamwork Ada CASE Tool, a joint venture of GE-CRD and Cadre Technologies Inc. Delivered on schedule and in budget from initial research to commercial grade software. Supervised the installation of CASE tools and methods for the project including design-for-test and automated regression testing with a CM system developed in the project that took a research organization from SW maturity level one to level four. The design-for-test techniques were adopted by Cadre Technologies, Pinebush Technologies, and later at Adobe Systems where they resulted in 300% productivity improvement.
Managed the initial development of the Cross-Omega Machine, a massively parallel SIMD computer sponsored by DARPA.
Manufacturing Equipment and Process Development
Conceived and led the development of several unprecedented imbedded real time systems that were installed and used in factory automation with the reliability and repeatability required for cost effective manufacture.
Developed a computer tomographic X-ray inspection system for turbine blade inspection for GE aircraft engine division. Conceived the project, initiated the funding, served as project manager and chief engineer. Led the definition of requirements and the system validation prior to delivery. Developed the signal-to-noise theory for the images. This was a multi-year project delivered within budget, on schedule, and verified to meet the system requirements at 90% detection probability with 90% confidence. Four machines are in place in GE saving about $3 million per year and enabling the design and manufacture of blade structures that cannot be built without this inspection capability. The project included detector technology advances, robotic part handling, automated image processing and a tool for image process development.
Managed the development of a medical ultrasonic imaging system for real-time cardiac imaging, a first of its kind. Directly led the transducer portion of the effort that produced a successful commercial product and new technology for ultrasound phased array transducers. The technology was transitioned to sonar arrays as a by-product of the commercial effort.
Conceived and initiated the development of an ultrasonic microscopy system for the inspection of powder metallurgy alloys for turbine disks. The resolution and ability to inspect near-net shapes were essential to the replacement of vacuum melted super alloys with powder metallurgy alloys. The development required new transducer designs and VLSI based electronics.
Conceived, demonstrated and initiated eddy current imaging of flaws in support of the required parts inspection for jet engine life extension in scheduled maintenance. The unprecedented eddy current imaging system replaced the interpretation of Lissajous figures with crack images obtained with transducer arrays on a flexible substrate which can conform to irregular surfaces. Substantial increases were obtained in sensitivity, resolution, and probability of detection.
Material Science and Process Development
Applied semiconductor processing methods to the development of cathode and grid structures bonded together for high transconductance. Studied the evolution of nitrogen gas from the structures and the absorption of nitrogen by titanium and zirconium under high vacuum and ultra high vacuum conditions. Developed a specialized lithography for ultra high-resolution pattern formation by physical erosion.
Studied microwave acoustic materials for radar jamming, and application of semiconductor processing to high performance L-band tubes. Developed theory and prediction of high frequency sound absorption in crystals. Grew a variety of crystals such as Si, Ge, lithium niobate, garnets, bismuth germanium oxide, yttrium boride, copper and beryllium. Developed crystal growing techniques and control systems for crystal growing. Evaluated crystals for their ultrasonic propagation characteristics.
Developed zone refining techniques for Be for vacuum switches and Zr for nuclear fuel rods.
Management, Organization Design and Implementation
When GE sold its computer business to Honeywell, I staffed, redirected and managed the computer research resource into an Automation and Control Laboratory of about 100 scientists and engineers dedicated to factory automation. Established the directions and contract support for the organization. Surveyed the status of technology in Europe and Japan in factory automation. Initiated projects in quality technology, process modeling and automation of injection molding, transaction management and inventory control of factories, control of nuclear fuel and fuel rod production, digital control for investment casting, and CAD/CAM for mechanical design.
Managed the Computer Science Branch at GE CRD. Members of this organization won the 1993 Turing Award for creating complexity theory. Topics under research included formal methods, microprocessor research, computer languages, and software engineering tools.
Technical advisor to the object team at CRD that developed the Object Modeling Technique methodology, OMT. Applied OMT to Systems Engineering for GE Aerospace.
Liaison and Business Strategy Assessment
Managed the liaison staff of six Liaison Scientists who handled all relationships, contracts and new project development between GE-CRD and all of GE businesses for the GE VP of Research and his line managers. Performed the detailed liaison tasks between CRD and the GE Aircraft Engine Business. Reviewed dozens of GE Business strategic plans for their technology vision and content.
Served as a staff analyst for the Manager of the Electronics Sector of about 600 scientists and engineers. Analyzed technology developments and produced technical visions and forecasts for the Sector on emerging topics that were then a vision and not yet a reality. These topics included cellular radio, Si vs. GaAs technology, CAD/CAM for digital electronics, and architecture of electronic systems using VLSI.
Midshipman at US Naval Academy and served aboard destroyer USS Weeks, aircraft carrier Ticonderoga, and battleship Missouri. Worked at the US Bureau of Standards 1953-55 on electrical instrument secondary standards, and on Van de Graff accelerator studies of neutron slowing in water as fundamental data for reactor design. Built the first electronic instrumentation for watt-hour meter calibration. Designed and built a Lindek Potentiometer for precise voltage measurement.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 6/56; MS in Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 6/61; Ph.D. in Physics
GE Management Development Course, 9//74, Four-week course - Section Mgrs.
GE Business Managers Course, 2/77, a four week course - Mgrs. of Engineering & potential Department Mgrs.
Software Engineering for Managers, 2/83; Utilized on GE CRD Projects
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1986-87; Electrical Engineering, 36 grad credit hours in controls
SEI Software Process Self-Assessment Training, 2/89; An Evaluator of GE Sonar and Radar Businesses
Publications - Book
David W. Oliver, Timothy P. Kelliher, and James G. Keegan Jr., Engineering Complex Systems Using Models and Objects, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1997, ISBN 0-07-048188-1
David W. Oliver, "Concept Analysis: Modeling and Organization Transformation", Tutorial, 9th International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, Brighton, UK, June 1999
David W. Oliver, "Modeling Your People, Teams, and Organization", Tutorial, 8th International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, Vancouver, BC, July 1998
David W. Oliver, "Engineering Complex System with Models and Objects", Tutorial, 6th International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, Boston, MA, July 1996
David W. Oliver, Concept Analysis: Modeling and Organization Transformation, page 1445, Proceedings of the 9th International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, Brighton, UK, June 1999
David W. Oliver, ECBS Benefits, page 277, IEEE Conference on Engineering of Computer Based Systems, Nashville, March 1999, ISBN 0-7695-0030-5
David W. Oliver, Teams, and Organization, A Model Based Approach, page 399, Proceedings of the 8th International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, Vancouver, BC, July 1998
David W. Oliver, Heuristic Processes in Engineering, Science, and Human Decisions, page 100, IEEE Conference on Engineering of Computer Based Systems, Maale Hachamisho, Israel, March 1998, ISBN 0-8186-8463-1
David W. Oliver, Optimizing the Organization Structure, Computer, 30, 110 (1997)
David W. Oliver, Engineering Complex System with Models and Objects, IEEE Trans. Aerospace & Elec. Sys. 33, 667, 1997
David W. Oliver, Business Strategy Implementation with Systems Engineering, page 333, Proceedings of the 7th International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, Los Angeles, August 1997
David W. Oliver, Staffing and Organization in the Engineering of Systems, page 189, IEEE Conference on Engineering of Computer Based Systems, Monterey, CA., March 1997, ISBN 0-8186-7890-5
David W. Oliver, Trade-off Analysis in Systems Engineering, page 307, Proceedings of the 6th International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, Boston, July 1996
David W. Oliver, An Analysis of the Model Based Systems Engineering Process, page 369, Proceedings of the 6th International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, Boston, July 1996
David W. Oliver, Discovery and the Change Control Process, page 1149, Proceedings of the 6th International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, Boston, July 1996
David W. Oliver and Rick Steiner, Matching Tools to the Systems Engineering Process, page 185, Proceedings of the 5th International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, St. Louis, July 1995
David W. Oliver and Rick Steiner, A Systems Engineering Tools Taxonomy, page 277, Proceedings of the 5th International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, St. Louis, July 1995
David W. Oliver, Systems Engineering and Software Engineering, Contrasts and Synergism, page 185, Proceedings of the 5th International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, St. Louis, July 1994
David W. Oliver, Systems Engineering and Object Technology, page 315, Proceedings of the 4th International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, San Jose, August 1994
David W. Oliver, A Life Cycle for Commercial and Aerospace Systems, page 733, Proceedings of the 4th International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, San Jose, August 1994
David W. Oliver, A Draft Integration of Information Models: Complement Model and Oliver Model, page 44, IEEE Conference on Engineering of Computer Based Systems, Stockholm, May 1994, ISBN 0-8186-5715-4
David W. Oliver, Descriptions of Systems Engineering Methodologies and Comparisons of Information Representations, page 97, Proceedings of the 3rd International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, Arlington, Va., July 1993
David W. Oliver, Automated Optimization of Systems Architectures for Performance, page 259, Proceedings of the 3rd International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, Arlington, Va., July 1993
David W. Oliver, Distributed Design of Computer Based Systems, page 687, Proceedings of the 3rd International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, Arlington, Va., July 1993
Stephanie White, et. al., Systems Engineering of Computer-Based Systems, Computer, 54, page 26, Nov. 1993
Stephanie White, et. al., Improving the Practice in Computer-Based Systems Engineering, page 207, Proceedings of the 2nd International Council on Systems Engineering International Symposium, Seattle., July 1992
D. W. Oliver, et. al., XIM: X-ray Inspection Module for Automatic High Speed Inspection of Turbine Blades and Automated Flaw Detection and Classification, Review of Progress in Quantitative Non-Destructive Evaluation, 5A, 817 (1986)
R. O. McCary, D. W. Oliver, K. H. Silverstein, and J. D. Young, Eddy Current Imaging, IEEE Trans. on Magnetics, MAG-20, 1986 (1984)
B. J. Baliga, M. S. Adler, and D. W. Oliver, Optimum Semiconductors for Power Field Effect Transistors, IEEE Electron Device Letters, EDL-3, 162 (1981)
Glen A. Slack, D. W. Oliver, G. D. Brower, and J. D. Young, Properties of Melt-Grown Single Crystals of "YB68", J. Phys. Chem. Solids, 18, 41 (1977)
D. W. Oliver, G. D. Brower and F. H. Horn, Cold Metal Crucible System for Synthesis, Zone Refining, and Czochralski Crystal Growth of Refractory Metals and Semiconductors, Jour. of Crystal Growth, 12, 125 (1972)
Glen A. Slack and D. W. Oliver, Thermal Conductivity of Garnets and Phonon Scattering by Rare Earth Ions, Phys. Rev. B, 4, 592 (1971)
Glen A. Slack, D., and F. H. Horn, Thermal Conductivity of Boron and Some Boron Compounds, Physical Review B, 4, 1714 (1971)
J. D. Young, D. W. Oliver, and G. A Slack, Temperature and Frequency Dependence of Microwave Elastic Losses in Beta-Rhombohedral Boron for Longitudinal Waves along the C Axis, Applied Physics Letters, 14, 301 (1969)
Glen A. Slack, D. W. Oliver, R. M. Chrenko, and S. Roberts, Optical Absorption of Y3Al5O12 from 10- to 55,000- cm-1 Wave Numbers, Physical Review, 177, 1308 (1969)
D. W. Oliver, The Elastic Moduli of MnO, Jour. Appl. Physics, 40, 893 (1969)
D. W. Oliver and G. A. Slack, Ultrasonic Attenuation in Insulators at Room Temperature, Jour. Appl. Physics, 37, 1342 (1966)
V. Spiegel, D.W. Oliver, R. S. Caswell, Age to Indium Resonance for D-D Neutrons in Water, Nuclear Sci. and Engr. 4, 546 (1958)
V. Spiegel, D.W. Oliver, R. S. Caswell, Age to Indium Resonance for D-D Neutrons in Water, Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 1, 347 (1956)
David W. Oliver, Lindek Potentiometer, Rev. Sci. Inst., 53, 1078 (1956)