Dr. Blackburn is an inventor and entrepreneur with more than twenty five years of software systems engineering experience in development, management and applied research of process, methods and tools. He is involved in consulting, research, training, strategic planning, proposal and business development, as well as developing and applying methods and tools to software and system engineering. He is the co-inventor of a theorem proving-based test vector generation system called T-VEC.
Dr. Blackburn spends much of his time doing research in the areas of modeling, formal analysis and visualization, and also helps companies adopt, adapt, tailor and apply new technologies, tools and methods. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) on several System Engineering Research Center research tasks for both NAVAIR and US. Army ARDEC on Systems Engineering Transformation through Model-Centric Engineering. He is currently involved in a number of projects involving analysis and testing of adaptive autonomous systems, Bayesian networks, MBSE, domain specific modeling and concept engineering using gaming technology and immersive environments. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia, and has authored more than 150 papers covering a broad spectrum of topics such as modeling, requirements engineering, verification, software safety, security, reliability, automatic test vector generation, formal methods, and measurement.
Dr. Blackburn develops and teaches one course of a four-course series on Systems Engineering of Cyber Physical Systems (Bringing Solutions to Life) where the project involves the design, implementation and testing of a telepresence robot.
Dr. Blackburn has been consulting and advising companies and organizations such as Army, AT&T, BAE Systems, Boeing, Citibank, CSC, DARPA, DHS, EDS, Embraer, FAA, General Dynamics, Hamilton Sundstrand, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Medtronic, NASA, NAVAIR, NCR, NIST, Northrop Grumman, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Rockwell, Pratt Whitney, SRA, UTC, and Xerox for the last 20 years.
According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, it is not the most
intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that
survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to
adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself. [Megginson, 1963; see http://quoteinvestigator.com]