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The Digital Thread: A Framework for Industry 4.0

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Thursday, March 17, 2022, 4 pm

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ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

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Leanne Jensen, PhD

The Boeing Company


Industry 4.0 promises never before seen abilities to link data from requirements, concepts, design, simulations, production and field operations. Exponential improvements in technology have allowed engineers to dramatically increase the use of analytical models and simulations, but it is not enough to realize the vision of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Virtual representations of a physical system, known as a digital twin, must go beyond creating models and simulations to connect digital data through models and simulations. A digital thread is used to connect requirements, parts, and control systems between the digital twin and the physical system. The digital thread provides a source of information that is authoritative, live and consumable by all stakeholders across the lifecycle to enable the full capabilities of Industry 4.0. As new capabilities are introduced into the model-based engineering (MBE) process, the digital thread can extend across customers, OEMs, and suppliers, providing an unprecedented level of concurrency, collaboration, and feedback throughout the ecosystem. This presentation introduces the digital thread and discusses the benefits and challenges of implementation.


Leanne Jensen is an Associate Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company focused on model-based human engineering. Her 20 + years' experience in product development and manufacturing environments provides a solid foundation for model-based enterprise and Industry 4.0. Her work has encompassed both military and commercial programs to create high value design-build solutions and mitigate complex risks, issues, and costs. She has a patent pending for the integration of design risk analysis within the model based environment, and also received a Meritorious Invention Award for her work in increasing engineering efficiency and productivity.

Dr. Jensen earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Michigan Technological University and a PhD in Education (Human Performance Technology specialization) at Capella University. She also holds an MS in Instructional Design & Technology, along with a master’s certificate in International Relations from Jagiellonian University. Additional certifications held include Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Certified Scrum Master. She has previously spoken at the International Society for Performance Improvement, Society for Women Engineers, and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.

Invited by: William Predebon

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