Dr. Heidi Davidz is a Principal Engineer in Systems Engineering at Aerojet Rocketdyne where she leads the Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) initiative. Formerly, she has served in the roles of Discipline Lead of Systems Engineering, Chief Process Systems Engineer, and Stennis Space Center Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Manager. While working as a Test Operations Engineer, she was certified as a Test Conductor to run hot-fire rocket engine tests. Prior to AR, she worked at The Aerospace Corporation in the Systems Architecture, Engineering and Cost Department where she provided support for NASA Headquarters and National Security Space projects.
She completed her Ph.D. in the Engineering Systems Division (ESD) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with sponsorship from the Lean Aerospace Initiative (LAI) where her dissertation addressed accelerating the development of senior systems engineers. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Davidz worked at GE Aircraft Engines as a member of the Edison Engineering Development Program. Through the GE Advanced Courses in Engineering and the University of Cincinnati, she earned an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University.
She is an Associate Editor for the Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering (BKCASE). Dr. Davidz is a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).