Trustworthy Systems for IBM


With the advent of the Internet, control systems have become more complex and more distributed, introducing a host of issues involving security and resilience. The IBM SCOPE project seeks to address these issues by creating a new network-oriented systems architecture for the design of secure, distributed, resilient control systems. This architecture complements and can leverage existing network and security architectures such as IP networking and IPsec protocol suites. This year, the IBM SCOPE team developed a working prototype of the architecture and used it to create a demonstration of a notional smart grid control system based on multiple independent policies.

I completed this senior-year project in fulfillment of Olin College's engineering capstone program requirement.  The capstone program, known as SCOPE, has students work on teams of fellow Oliners in a year-long effort to tackle real-world problems posed by industry sponsors.

My team's sponsor was IBM.  Our IBM contacts Alex Morrow and Dr. John Cohn were unbelievably helpful mentors and advisors to the project.

Unfortunately,a  non-disclosure agreement prevents me sharing too much detail about the project. Hopefully the limited text and photos below make it seem as fun and cool as it actually was!


Zack Coburn, Olin '10
Andy Getzendanner, Olin '10
Ilari Shafer, Olin '10
James Switzer, Olin '10
Chuck Linton, Babson MBA student


Mark Sheldon, Visiting Professor of Computer Science at Olin
Alex Morrow, Distinguished Research Scientist in Residence at Olin College, former IBM Fellow


Dr. John Cohn, IBM Fellow


See the official project summary on the Olin website:


Hardware demonstration of a simulated "smart grid" control system.  Built using netbooks as well as 8 SheevaPlug wall wort computers, all networked together.