Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

August 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 8

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The day we strive forPatrick Foxworthy

Patrick Foxworthy

Multi-Discipline Systems Engineer
The MITRE Corp.
Washington, D.C.

I work for The MITRE Corp., a not-for-profit that provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the government. The company manages federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), partnering with government sponsors to support their crucial operational missions. I’m part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FFRDC – the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute.

I’m responsible for managing the execution of technology pilots for an organization within DHS. The implementation and results of these pilots will help shape and strengthen DHS’ acquisition strategy and process while informing the department with best practices for the interaction of science and technology/research and development organizations with end-user components.My perfect day starts with coffee followed by a quick team check-in to discover any immediate requirements or challenges. The remainder of the day is spent working toward successful pilots with more focus on strategic thinking than on routine project management.

The value I provide is in my ongoing relationships, trust and objectivity. Partner these with my IE background, and I’m ready to approach nearly any issue that could arise on our project. I can’t say enough about the team I work with daily and the knowledge base at MITRE. Without their support I wouldn’t be able to do half of what I do. And the technology isn’t half-bad either.

The obvious goal for professionals is to be successful in their endeavors. Right now, for me, this means being respected as a thought leader, continuing to grow and learn, and being a steward of our profession of industrial engineering. Eventually, I think I’d like to lead my own business, but there’s no rush.

– Interview by David Brandt

David Brandt is the Web managing editor for IIE.