Dr. Douglas Orellana
Vice President, Intelligent Systems Engineering (ISE)
Innovation and Capabilities Office
Sample Speaking Topics
Digital Twins, Digital Engineering
Dr. Douglas Orellana is ManTech’s Vice President of Intelligent Systems Engineering in the Innovation and Capabilities Office, focused on the developing the next generation of solutions powered by computing and artificial intelligence.
He has held many roles within systems engineering during his career, most recently serving as Director of Engineering Solutions at SAIC. He was the corporate lead for digital engineering and charged with keeping SAIC in the forefront of industry’s digital engineering transformation. Previous to SAIC, Dr. Orellana worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation for 12 years, holding numerous positions of increasing authority within the systems engineering organization that spanned the life cycle of various systems (unmanned vehicles, special defense, radars, sonars, instrumentation & controls) from concept development to verification and validation. He rose through the ranks and in his final role was a Systems Engineering Manager and lead architect for a Northrop Grumman’s MQ- 25 concept.
Dr. Orellana has been recognized for his academic excellence, professional work, and community involvement. In 2019, his paper on the Systems Engineering Ontology was awarded best forwardthinking paper at the Conference in Systems Engineering Research, and the Engineer’s Council awarded him Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award for his research contributions to the Systems Engineering Book of Knowledge. In 2012, INCOSE awarded him the JHU APL Alexander Kossiakoff SE Research Award. In 2010, Great Minds in STEM named him HENAAC’s Most Promising Engineer (Masters) and SHPE selected him in 2009 as Promising Engineer for Technical Achievement.
He earned a Doctorate in astronautical engineering from the University of Southern California; his doctoral research focused on integrating human considerations into the system architecting process though the use of Model Based Systems Engineering and Ontologies. He earned a Master’s degree in systems engineering and his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.