Yvette R. Rodriguez is a PhD Candidate at the University of Southern California Daniel J. Epstein Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and an instructor of Systems Engineering at the Defense Acquisition University. She is currently conducting research in Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), CubeSat modeling and system resilience. She has extensive experience in the deployment and management of U.S. Naval ship defense systems, with an emphasis in lean transformation. She received her M.S. in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.