Alwyn Smit Pr Eng, CSEP. Biography
Alwyn Smit

Principal Consultant and Course Presenter

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  • Member, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
  • Member, Systems Dynamics Society (SDS)
  • Member, International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)

Mr. Alwyn Smit is a Principal Consultant with Project Performance International (PPI). Alwyn has a B.Eng. (Electr) degree from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as a professional engineer. He has spent the bulk of his career working in the South African defence industry as systems engineer and project manager on technology-intensive projects, most recently as principal systems engineer with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

As lead systems engineer, Mr. Smit has contributed in a substantial way to the development of complex technology demonstrators as well as the low volume production of weapon systems in the areas of anti-aircraft systems, radar systems, electronic warfare systems and specialised equipment for special forces application. He has led numerous project teams and frequently mentored other professionals in the activities of stakeholder requirements definition, requirements analysis and specification writing, architectural design, functional analysis, interface management, integration, verification and validation, commissioning, and systems engineering management.

Mr. Smit has extensive experience in the planning and execution of baseline reviews in accordance with the requirements of MIL-STD-1521B. He established a review programme for a Strategic Capital Acquisition Master Plan (SCAMP) project for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to ensure that the system to be delivered is fit for purpose. This review programme has ensured maximum user participation throughout the development phase, and largely contributed to the project successfully moving in a very short time through development to a production phase.

Mr. Smit has previously consulted to PPI in New Zealand and Australia for three months in the development of a sustainable Capability Requirements Development and Management Framework for a National Defence Force. The Framework enables consistent, complete accurate, justifiable, enduring and measurable capability requirements to be developed, defined, managed and tested to ensure capability is fit for purpose and meets user needs.

Mr. Smit is a founding member of the South African Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE SA) and an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP). He has served on the INCOSE SA management team in numerous roles including President. He is currently a co-opted member of the INCOSE SA Chapter Management Committee, an active member of the Western Cape branch as well as an appointed INCOSE Ambassador. Mr. Smit is well known in South Africa for promoting systems engineering and more specifically systems engineering education.

Mr. Smit was a member of the South African Bureau of Standards Working Group SC-71C on Systems and Software Life Cycle Processes. He has also represented South Africa on the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC7 working group 7 (WG7) on Systems and Software Life Cycle Processes, developing the international systems engineering standard ISO/IEC 15288.

Mr. Smit also teaches postgraduate modules in Systems Engineering Management and Integration, Verification and Validation (IV&V) at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, now with PPI support. He fully developed the 5-day systems engineering management module to the requirements of Wits, and developed three of the four days of the IV&V module, again to the requirements of Wits. He is leading the annual refresh of PPI’s 5-day Systems Engineering Management Course, and has developed a SOW2D PPI course to draft status.

Mr. Smit lives in Strand, Western Cape, South Africa with his wife Elsabe. They have two adult children. He counts among his interests quad biking, and of course, family.


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