School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


Dr Steve Hinsley BSc(Hons), MSc, CEng MIET

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Visiting Academic

Steve’s research explores the increasingly significant need for ostensibly unrelated systems to become constituents of Systems-of-Systems (SoS) necessary to address unpredicted situations and provides a means to facilitate SoS orchestration.

Steve was formerly technical lead of systems engineering capability for BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centres. Prior to this he held the post of Chief Engineer at the Systems Engineering Innovation Centre, an academic / industry collaboration based at Loughborough University. He has extensive industrial experience of military land platforms over the whole product lifecycle, working in partnership with several customers and suppliers in the UK and abroad.

Maintaining Systems-of-Systems Fit-For-Purpose”

The compliance to requirements of a delivered system does not necessarily guarantee that its operational outcomes are acceptable to all of the stakeholders that interact with it, i.e. that all consider it Fit-For Purpose (FFP): good enough to do the job it was designed to do when operating independently or as a part of a System-of-Systems (SoS).

This research asserts that a system/SoS does not achieve fitness for purpose is because it cannot implement the correct, timely and complete interchange of Material, Energy and Information (MEI) between its constituents and with its external environment that is necessary to achieve a particular result.

This research addresses the problem of maintaining a system/SoS FFP throughout the lifecycle after unpredictable changes in operation, composition or external factors by creating a method and an engineering tool to identify and analyse the affordance of SoS constituents for the exchange of MEI.

At Loughborough Steve has taken lectures on Engineering and Managing Capability, ran group project modules, supervised individual projects, taken tutorials and laboratory sessions. In industry he created and taught short courses associated with his work for a variety of attendees that included prospective customers, industrial collaborators and end-users at levels ranging from MSc students to attendees of “Bring your Daughter to Work” days.

Hinsley, SW, Henshaw, M, Siemieniuch, CE (2017) “Maintaining system of systems that are fit for purpose: Effectively and efficiently preparing for the unforeseeable”, IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Magazine, 3(1), pp.23-29, ISSN: 2333-942X. DOI: 10.1109/MSMC.2016.2564099.

Hinsley, S.W., Henshaw M.J.D. and Siemieniuch C.E (2014) “Maintaining Systems-of-Systems Fit-For-Purpose” INCOSE 24th Int. Symp. Las Vegas USA 30th June – 3rd July 2014.