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About the Authors


David Long

President, Vitech Corporation

For over twenty years, David Long has focused on helping organizations increase their systems engineering proficiency while simultaneously working to advance the state of the art across the community. David is the founder and president of Vitech Corporation where he developed and commercialized CORE®, a leading systems engineering software environment used around the world. A committed member of the worldwide systems community, David is the 2014/2015 president of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), a 10,000 member professional organization focused on sharing, promoting, and advancing the best of systems engineering.

Throughout his career, David has played a key technical and management role in refining and extending systems engineering to expand the analysis and communication toolkit available to systems practitioners. He continues to lead the Vitech team as they deliver innovative, industry-leading solutions to help organizations develop and deploy next-generation systems. David has served INCOSE since 1997 including a term as the Washington Metropolitan Area chapter president and international roles including Member Board Chair, Director for Communications, and Director for Strategy. He is a frequent presenter at industry events worldwide delivering keynotes and tutorials spanning introductory systems engineering, the advanced application of MBSE, and the future of systems engineering. His experiences and efforts led him to co-author the book A Primer for Model-Based Systems Engineering to help spread the fundamental concepts of this key approach to modern challenges. In 2006, David received the prestigious INCOSE Founders Award in recognition of his many contributions to the organization.

David holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics, as well as a master's degree in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.



Zane Scott

Vice President of Professional Services, Vitech Corporation

Zane Scott has responsibility for Vitech's Professional Services and Training organization. For the past twenty-five years, Zane has built a skill set which enables him to provide insight and guidance to individuals and companies as they improve organizational processes and methodologies across their organizations. Zane has also taught systems engineering methodology in the practical process context in a variety of settings.

Zane brings a unique perspective to Vitech and its customers. With a professional background in the litigation field, Zane is also a trained negotiator, labor management facilitator and mediator. He has practiced tactical negotiation and interventional mediation, and taught communications, conflict management and leadership skills at both the university and the professional level. Before joining Vitech, Zane worked as a senior consultant and process analyst assisting government and industry clients in implementing and introducing organizational change into their companies.

Zane has a BA in Economics from Virginia Tech and a JD from the University of Tennessee Law School. He completed his post graduate work in Business Administration and Educational Counseling. Zane is a member of the American Society of Training and Development and the International Association of Hostage Negotiators.