An efficient, systematic leader experienced in business, administration, and education. Jennifer leverages her strong communication and coordination skills and a passion for improving customer service across a diverse set of engagements. She's served on several community boards and is a certified teacher.  Jennifer has a BA in Education, and an MA in Administration from Michigan State University and completed MBA coursework at Wayne State.

Our value stems from our people, culture, methods, and collegial structure. As a lean organization, we leverage the latest digital technologies to minimize cost, invest more in our staff, and provide greater value to our clients. We foster a culture of leadership, partnership, and craftsmanship, matching the skills and passions of our people to our clients’ most strategic objectives.

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SSI is minority-owned and both a certified Minority Business Enterprise and an Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB).


Today's complex systems challenges often require deep expertise across many disciplines.  We extend and scale our capabilities and services through teaming and strategic partnerships. By taking advantage of today’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems and adding in our network of corporate partners, we can readily formulate teams and provide high value, integrated solutions. 

As a recognized leader in Systems Engineering Troy is helping clients develop solutions to systems challenges. He's led several teams in the delivery of complex systems, and has instituted numerous methodologies to speed development times. Troy has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MSU, an MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a System Design and Management Graduate Certificate from MIT.

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Vice President


Troy Peterson

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Jennifer Peterson


Leadership  |  partnership  |  craftsmanship

Strategic Partnerships


VOLUNTEER and Community Engagement


SSI staff serve in local community and international leadership roles aligned with our expertise and passions.  Our involvement includes time and investment into a broad range of non-profit missions. Internationally, the firm supports fulfillment of a leadership role within the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) directed to help accelerate the transformation of System Engineering to a model based discipline. SSI staff support the entrepreneurship, innovation, and the acceleration of high-tech companies via the Oakland University Business Incubator board.  Egagements also include volunteering at Birmingham Covington School recognized for its strength in STEM and its interdisciplinary curriculum themes in systems, patterns, independence, interdependence, individuality, and diversity.  Serving on a local library support board, school board and volunteering in local public and private schools as a representative engaged with Building Better Families through Action (BBFA). 


Maximizing value for clients and colleagues

teaming to provide high value integrated solutions

Greater than twenty years of experience in software development and systems architecture in aerospace and defense, encompassing space, land, and sea applications. Mark holds a OCSMP Model Builder Advanced certification in SysML, and is a Design for Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He received his BS from University of California, Santa Barbara, and Masters in Computer Science from Cornell, focusing on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.​

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Mark Petrotta

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Michael Zabat

Over twenty years of experience in Systems Engineering in the Automotive and Defense sectors. Mike has provided expertise and thought leadership to solve complex problems in the areas of vehicle development, systems modeling, trades analysis, integration, and program management. Mike received an Engineers Degree and an MS in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California and a BS ME at the University of the Philippines.​

Matthew Hause




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Matthew Hause is an international leader who has helped to develop multi-national complex systems for almost 40 years. As a systems and software engineer Matthew has worked with power systems, command, control and communication systems, military systems, and many other areas of technical and real-time systems. ​He is the co-chair of the UAF group, a member of the OMG Architecture Board, and a member of the OMG SysML specification team. 

David hetherington




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Over thirty years of experience in Software and Systems Engineering in the Automotive, Semiconductor, Oil and Gas, Enterprise IT, Server Computer, Telecommunications, and Electronic Publishing sectors. David has deep expertise in high availability, mission critical, and safety critical systems. David received a BA in Mathematics from the University of California San Diego and an MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.​

Ryan Pykor


Systems Engineer


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A Systems Engineer at SSI, Ryan Pykor has supported multiple ground vehicle and robotic programs applying skills in systems analysis and design to aid decision makers through the development of Whole Systems Trade Study models. Ryan is also working with the the US Army's version of the Robotic Operating System (ROS).  Ryan received a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Wayne State University.

JOe peak


Engineering Intern


An Engineering Intern at SSI, Joseph Peak (Joe) graduated in the top of his class as a National AP Scholar. He is working toward a Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Mathematics or Computer Science at the Colorado School of Mines. Recently, Joe completed Georgia Tech’s 101/201 professional education training in model based systems engineering and SysML. Joe is on the Mines Varsity Swim Team, has served as a youth swim coach.

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