Merlin Dorfman, Ph.D.

6072 Burnbank Place

San Jose CA 95120-2702

Home (408) 268-4219 Office (408) 756-8204



Seeking a challenging position in systems engineering or process improvement.

Professional Highlights

Highly accomplished Registered Professional Engineer with more than 20 years of hands-on, practical experience in systems engineering, software systems engineering and software process improvement, including in-depth knowledge of Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and ISO 9000 models. Participant in process improvement teams and task forces, proposal development, software planning, systems engineering and software systems engineering. Extensive training experience, development and implementation of process improvement plans. Additional accomplishments include:

Co-editor of four books: "Tutorial: System and Software Requirements Engineering," IEEE Computer Society Press, 1990, with revision in process for publication in January 1997; "Tutorial: Standards, Guidelines and Examples for System and Software Requirements Engineering," IEEE Computer Society Press, 1990; "Aerospace Software Engineering," American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 1991; "Tutorial: Software Engineering," IEEE Computer Society Press, 1996.

Teacher for a wide range of professional technical courses, including development and teaching of "Software Requirements and Design Specifications" for Learning Tree International, completed by over 2,000 technical professionals worldwide, and co-teaching of a two-week course in "Software Program Management" for the Center for Systems Management.

Member & contributor to multiple professional committees, including service as General Chair of the AIA/AIAA/EIA/IEEE Western Conference on Strategic Management of Research and Development, 1988; member of the Steering Committee and Program Committee for the IEEE International Conferences on Requirements Engineering, 1994, 1996 and 1998; Program Review Committees, Software Engineering Institute Conferences on Software Engineering Education, 1992 to present; Program Committees for several biennial AIAA Conferences on Computing in Aerospace.

Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Assistant Director, AIAA Region 6 (West Coast); Affiliate Member, IEEE Computer Society. Curriculum evaluator for accreditation of college and university Aerospace Engineering programs; AIAA Fellow Grade selection committee; AIAA Region 6 Student Conference review committee.

Innovative and talented systems engineering, software systems engineering and process improvement engineer with a record of success in development, implementation and training for system and software process improvement. Extensive signal processing, ISO 9000 & 9001, teaching and training experience.

Wealth of technical background, training and experience in systems engineering and process improvement for software and non-software systems. Excellent time management, problem solving, organization and interpersonal communication skills; proven ability to educate and motivate engineers and technicians. Consistently achieve the highest possible productivity and quality of work; effective supervisory skills and ability to learn and disseminate cutting-edge technical information. Team player with a positive, friendly attitude and ability to work well with persons from diverse cultural backgrounds.


Professional Experience

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Company, Sunnyvale CA

1977 to Present

Technical Consultant/Space Systems Product Center: Participate in interdivisional team dedicated to development of a standard company-wide software process; as member of the Software Engineering Process Group, participated in all major software process improvement projects. Headed the group developing Automated Requirements Traceability System (ARTS) designed to provide complete traceability among multiple levels of requirements, design, implementation, and test. The system was utilized by Systems Engineering and software projects throughout the Lockheed Corporation as well as by associate contractors, subcontractors and customers.

Presently working as part of a team for achievement of ISO 9001 registration during 1996. Provide the full range of consulting services for development of proposals and implementation of projects in system engineering, software system engineering, software process and general software technology improvement. Certified ISO 9001 Internal Auditor.

Represent Lockheed Martin on the Technical Committees on System Engineering and Software Systems of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics with responsibility for support of technical activities for publications and conferences, standards development and review, and position papers.

Provide consultation and support in a range of technical areas including requirements analysis and top-level architecture definition; trade studies and performance analysis for systems engineering and software systems engineering; software process engineering, including determination, documentation and improvement of the software development process.

As a key contributor to the company’s software process improvement efforts, co-authored software policies, chaired the Software Engineering Process Group (SEPG) and software process assessments, prepared for customer software process evaluations, wrote software process improvement plans and supported projects in establishing and meeting process improvement goals. Made key contributions to proposals in software planning, systems engineering, software systems engineering and internal review teams.

Represented a Lockheed division on the corporate Software Process Task Force for coordination of software process activities throughout the Lockheed Corporation, including training, process assets and assimilation of lessons learned. As a division representative on the Lockheed Martin Software Subcouncil, served to assist in the exchange of lessons learned and work toward development of a common process and selection of standard tools company-wide. Served as vice chairman of the Embedded Computer Software Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association representing Lockheed Corporation, working with the Department of Defense on development and review of military standards.


Ph.D. Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 1969.

M.S. and B.S. Degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1962.

Member, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Gamma Tau honorary societies.

Completed advanced course work in:

Software Process Assessment, Software Engineering Institute, 1989.

Software Requirements, UCLA Extension, 1991.

Software Process Improvement, Software Productivity Consortium, 1992.

ISO 9001 Internal Auditor Training, Lockheed Martin, 1996.

How to Write Good Requirements, Ivy Hooks/INCOSE, 1996.

Object Modeling Technique, Lockheed Martin, 1996.

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