The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech

Kelly Griendling

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Dr. Kelly Griendling

Research Engineer II
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  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006
  • M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008
  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011

Current Fields of Interest

•Design Methodology Development
•Concept Space Exploration
•System of Systems Engineering and Architecting
•Engineering Decision Making
•Defense Acquisition Methodologies and Portfolio Management
•Design Methodology Development

Experience Summary

Dr. Kelly Griendling received her Doctoral degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011, during which she was awarded a Sam Nunn Security Program Fellowship in the 2009-2010 academic year. Since then, she has been a member of the Research Faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has been the Chief of the Advanced Systems Engineering Division for the past several years. Her research expertise is in the area of system of systems engineering, and spans across defense, energy, and civil aviation. She has acted as a Co-PI, a technical lead, and as an engineer on several million dollars worth of sponsored research projects spanning a wide variety of subject areas. She has also performed research in the areas of strategic decision-making and design methodology development. She has had experience as both a manager of several research efforts and as a functional-type manager, where she is currently the chief of the Advanced Systems Engineering Division of the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL), while continuing to hold the position of the Chief for the System of Systems Engineering Branch. She has led two key initiatives in ASDL: the ARCHITECT Initiative, which is geared toward pushing the state of the art in system of systems architecting and decision making, and the ROSETTA effort, which is geared toward bridging the gap between qualitative and quantitative design techniques. Her research projects and initiatives have resulted in a number of publications, including a book chapter, and she has had several invited lectures in her field. She has acted at the technical chair for the ASDL’s External Advisory Board meeting for the past 2 years.
Dr. Griendling also has an interest and experience in the area of engineering education. She has been the co-instructor of a graduate-level course on system of systems engineering and architecting for the past several years. In addition, she has been involved in several high-school level science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research efforts, including launching a high-school outreach pipeline program as part of a strategic partnership with Lockheed Martin, and acting as the outreach coordinator for a DARPA-funded effort to improve manufacturing education in national and international high schools. She was a state coordinator and a mentor in the 2011-2012 Real World Design Challenge, a high school level aircraft design competition, and the team she mentored won first place in the state of Georgia. She received a commendation from Lt. Governor Casey Cagle for her teaching efforts in this competition.

Honors and Distinctions

  • 2009-2010 Pre-Doctoral Sam Nunn Security Program Fellow
  • 2005-2006 Boeing Aerospace Scholarship Recipient
  • 2005 Lockheed Martin Women in Aerospace Scholarship Recipient
  • 2004 and 2005 Recipient of the President's Undergraduate Research Award ,br>

Membership and Service

  • AIAA Member
  • INCOSE Member
    • INCOSE Architecture Working Group Member
  • Golden Key Honor Society Graduate Member

Selected Publications

  • Griendling, Kelly. ARCHITECT: The Architecture-based Technology Evaluation and Capability Tradeoff Methodology Ph.D. Thesis. Georgia Institute of Technology. December, 2011
  • Mavris, Dimitri; Griendling, Kelly. The Relational Oriented Systems Engineering Technology Tradeoff (ROSETTA) Environment 6th Annual System of Systems Engineering Conference. June, 2011. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Duncan, Scott; Griendling, Kelly; Mavris, Dimitri. An Assessment of ROSETTA for Smart Electricity Grid System-of-Systems Design 6th Annual System of Systems Engineering Conference. June, 2011. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Griendling, Kelly; Duncan, Scott. Mavris, Dimitri. Combining Policy with Technology Research and Development to Enable Wind Energy Proliferation in the United States 20th International Conference for Management of Technology. April, 2011. Miami Beach, FL
  • Griendling, Kelly; Mavris, Dimitri. Development of a DoDAF-based Executable Architecting Approach to Analyze System-of-Systems Alternatives 2011 IEEE Aerospace Conference in Big Sky, MT
  • Griendling, Kelly. Chapter 11: DoDAF and MODAF Artifacts in Architecture and Principles of Systems Engineering Book Authored by Dr. Dimitri Mavris and Dr. Charles Dickerson, Auerbach Publications, 2010
  • Griendling, Kelly; Mavris, Dimitri. An Architecture-based Approach to Identifying System-of-Systems Alternatives5th Annual IEEE SoSE Conference. Loughborough, UK, June 22-24 2010
  • Bagdatli, Burak; Griendling, Kelly; Mavris, Dimitri. A Method for Examining the Impact of Interoperability on Mission Performance in a System-of Systems 2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference. Big Sky, MT
  • Griendling, Kelly; Mavris, Dimitri. A Process for System of Systems Architecting 2010 AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Orlando, FL