Jo Ann Lane is the systems engineering Co-Director of the University of Southern California Center for Systems and Software Engineering, leading research in the areas of software engineering, systems engineering, and system of systems engineering (SoSE). Current areas of research include system and system capability affordability, expediting systems engineering, balancing lean and agile techniques with technical debt, SoSE processes, SoSE cost modeling, analysis of SoSE with respect to lean principles, system of systems (SoS) interoperability, SoSE test and evaluation, system development feasibility assessments, and innovation in systems engineering. She has published over 20 papers in the SoS area, several of which are widely referenced in the SoS literature. She was also a co-author of the 2008 Department of Defense Systems Engineering Guide for Systems of Systems. In addition, she is currently an academic member of the Omega Alpha Association, an international honor society for systems engineering (http://www.omegalpha.org/); member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), ACM, and IEEE professional organizations; and Past President of the San Diego, CA INCOSE Chapter.Â Prior to her current work in academia, she was a key technical member of Science Applications International Corporation’s Software and Systems Integration Group for over 20 years. She received her PhD in systems engineering from the University of Southern California and her Master’s in computer science from San Diego State University.