The journal, Systems Engineering is published quarterly by John Wiley & Sons. Professor de Weck assumes the role from Andrew Sage, of George Mason University, who has been editor-in-chief since the journal was founded by INCOSE in 1997.
As editor-in-chief, de Weck, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is responsible for the technical content and strategic direction of the journal, oversight of the publication process, management of the best paper award, and enhancing the visibility and impact of the journal. The editor-in-chief is elected by the INCOSE Academic Council.
“As the discipline continues to grow in industry, government and academia, my vision is to make Systems Engineering a widely recognized and top-ranked selective journal in the broader engineering community,” said Professor de Weck. “My goals include transitioning the journal to a web-based platform for submission and review, as well as strengthening industry involvement and developing special issues.”
Olivier de Weck is considered a leader in systems engineering. His research focuses on complex manmade systems, such as aircraft, spacecraft, automobiles and critical infrastructures, and how to maximize their lifecycle value. Previously, de Weck served as associate editor for three journals: Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets and the Journal of Mechanical Design. He was awarded the 2008 and 2010 best paper from Systems Engineering and was elected as an INCOSE Fellow in 2012.