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INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meetings are typically the 3rd Thursday of each month (but will be the 2nd week of the month in September):

Our next Regular Chapter Meeting is planned for
Thursday, September 14, 2017. 

It's also College Pride Night, so wear your favorite team's colors to the Chapter Meeting - we look forward to seeing you there!

RSVP to Membership chair Bradley Biehn at Bradley.Biehn@nasa.gov if you plan to attend so that we can estimate headcount for food orders.

What:  September INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting 
When:  09/14/2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
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Agenda
5:15:-5:30 Sign in / Badge in
5:30-5:55 Dinner ($5.00 honor box donation)
5:55-6:00 Chapter Announcements
6:00-7:00 Speaker Presentation
7:00-7:20 Questions and Answers
7:20-7:30 Adjourn Chapter Meeting

Topic:  Model-Based Systems Engineering for Aviation & Missile Programs Lessons Learned
Speaker:  Amber Wise (AMRDEC)

Abstract:

With the threats of today, our warfighters need the systems of tomorrow. Government budgets have decreased causing PMs and government agencies to redefine how they do acquisition to ensure the warfighter gets the system they need, the FIRST time. Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is a way to identify, capture, and refine system requirements early in the acquisition process. The Aviation & Missile Research, Development, & Engineering Center (AMRDEC) has been focusing on establishing a core competency in MBSE and are supporting numerous programs in, PEO Aviation, PEO Missiles & Space, and the Missile Defense Agency. There have been countless successes, but with them came many lessons learned. This briefing will focus on the lessons learned supporting various Aviation & Missile programs.    


Previous INCOSE HRC Meetings:

What:  August INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting 
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  08/17/2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  Requirements/Test Cross-walk Matrix
Speaker:  Mr. Rick Llewellyn (Dynetics)

Abstract:
Consider the “E” in T&E (Test & Evaluation) up front.  Ensure you clearly communicate to your Evaluator the data you intend to provide them for requirements verification.  Long before you start your testing ensure you inform your evaluator of the tests you intend to run and the data you intend to collect and provide them at the conclusion of your test program.  Get their concurrence before you start testing to ensure you don’t find out at the conclusion of your test program that you did not collect sufficient data for them to perform requirements verification.  The Requirements/Test Crosswalk Matrix process I will brief is my current attempt at accomplishing this for the IAMD System Qualification Test Program.

What: July INCOSE/IEEE Joint Meeting and Social
When:
 07/27/2017, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where:  Rocket Republic in Madison, AL

Presentations from IEEE and INCOSE members included ' The Amazing Electric Slider Board' and 'Testing Mechantronics with Open Source Tools'

What:  
June INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting 
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  06/15/2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) Certification in Huntsville
Speaker:  Dr. Josh Whitehead

Abstract:
The INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) certification program has been developed as the highest quality, independent assessment of systems engineering (SE) professionals.  The program is designed to benefit the SE community, its SE professionals, and interacting organizations and institutions.  The SEP certification program creates a standard to identify and develop SE professionals and establish a formal, recognized body of knowledge regarding SE.  It provides a portable standard of recognition for attainment of knowledge, education, and experience and through recertification requirements serves as a mechanism for continued professional development.  Since its inception, the INCOSE SEP certification program has quickly grown in increasing recognition of its value to professionals, organizations, and to the overall SE community. 

The SEP certification program includes three levels of certification, including Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP), Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP), and Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP).  Each of the levels of SEP certification, requirements for certification, and benefits to SE professionals and their associated organizations/employers obtained through successfully acquiring SEP certification will be discussed.  Specific feedback, interactions, and recommendations from recent SEP applicants will also be discussed to provide new perspectives on this valuable certification opportunity. 

What:  May INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting 
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  05/25/2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  Engineering Elegant Systems:  Engineering at the System Level
Speaker:  Dr. Michael Watson 

Abstract:
System Engineering has been focused on processes that have been found to lead to both successful and failed systems.  So how do we consistently produce successful systems?  The NASA Systems Engineering Research Consortium is focused on developing and demonstrating an approach to systems engineering that produces elegant systems: systems which are robust in application, fully meeting specified and adumbrated intent, are well structured, and are graceful in operation.  The Consortium research has determined systems engineering has 4 main lines:  understanding the system application, understanding the system integrating physics or logic, understanding the organizational structure and information flow, and understanding policy and law.  This structure has allowed the definition of a set of principles which guide the application of systems engineering. And a set of specific engineering approaches which allow design and analysis at the system level with integration of discipline engineering results.  A set of discipline integration approaches focusing on sociology and the development of systems thinking is also progressing within the Consortium.  These approaches enable an approach to engineer the system, integrating discipline results, and greatly improving the understanding of systems.

What:  April  INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting 
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  04/20/2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  Why Systems Engineering, and INCOSE Is Becoming Irrelevant
Speaker:  Mr. David Hall, ESEP, CISSP

Abstract:
After four decades of unfulfilled promises about productivity and quality gains (and budget reductions) from applying systems engineering processes and activities, the fundamental problem is the inability (typically based on lack of experience and knowledge of the entire Systems Engineering area) to properly define,  implement and use appropriate (effective and efficient) systems engineering processes and activities.  The known benefits of systems engineering processes, activities, methods and tools cannot be realized in the maelstrom of an undisciplined, chaotic organization or program. In almost all organizations and companies, programs and products are excessively late and exceed the planned budget.  In the absence of an effective and efficient organization or company-wide systems engineering capability, repeating results depends entirely on having the same individuals available for the next program. Success that rests solely on the availability of specific individuals provides no basis for long-term productivity and quality improvement throughout an organization or company.

Based on the latest MIT/INCOSE research, DOD has an average of 88% rework in its programs.  This is stated in the latest version of the Handbook.  Based on other statistics from other domains, this average seems to hold true for them.  So this silver bullet in reducing budget and enabling schedule success has had the same result as Total Quality Management and CMMI certification.  Very little if any.  Since Systems Engineering has not produced (and continues to not produce) promised results, the practice is quickly becoming irrelevant.  This briefing will discuss developing and using an objective, quantitative basis for applying and ensuring that Systems Engineering produces promised productivity and quality gains. 

What:  February INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting 
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  02/16/2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  Process Improvement - Thinking Like a Team
Speaker:  Dr. Sandra Carpenter

Abstract:
The presentation details the most essential elements of teamwork necessary for teams to be optimally successful, focusing on how team members think about their team processes.

The presentation is based on multi discipline research effort by UAH and industry professionals, the presentation is based on data collected over 12 years on teamwork research, particularly as this applies to technical teams.

As technology is used to support team-based activities, one important factor affecting the performance of teams is the kind of mental model shared between team members. This presentation describes a novel methodology to study these mental models to better understand how shared mental models affect performance and other factors of a team's behavior.

What:  January INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting 
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  01/19/2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  Combined Training - Government/Contractor Team Development
Speaker:  Joel Little and David Swinney

Abstract:
Every organization recognizes the value available from training, but team training is often difficult to arrange. Professors Little and Swinney will present their experience providing Integrated Baseline Review training to government teams and to combined teams of government and contractor personnel. They will discuss the benefits of engaging in combined training as well as some of its challenges.
They will also present some of the training resources available to both government and contractor personnel, as well as the many resources available to the general public through the Defense Acquisition University. (This includes both in-person and online resources).

What:  November INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting 
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  11/17/2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) Certification
Speaker:  Tony Lindeman, ESEP-Acq, PMP, CBAP, OCSMP

Abstract:
The ESEP application process is intended to be thorough and complete. Prospective candidates must be willing to dedicate a significant amount of time describing the depth and breadth of their previous and current work experience that correlates with the 14 systems engineering areas defined in Form 42. Working with Charles Wasson, ESEP, Tony Lindeman developed a SEP Work Experience Worksheet. The SEP Work Experience Worksheet is intended to streamline and improved the accuracy associated with the SEP application completion process.  The Worksheet consists of a MS Word document with embedded links to a MS Excel spreadsheet that corresponds to INCOSE ESEP Application - Form 41’s Table of Depth and Breadth of Applicant’s SE Experience. Once the months of experience are entered into this table, the applicant can generate a corresponding narrative in the MS Word worksheet. Once this is complete and check for accuracy and completeness, this information is then easily cut and pasted into INCOSE’s ESEP Application – Form 41. Tony will provide a demonstration of the SEP Work Experience Worksheet along with providing useful advice and insight on the INCOSE application process. The presentation is intended for experienced Systems Engineers who are or are intending to pursue one of INCOSE’s SEP certifications.

What:  October INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting 
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  10/20/2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  Additive Manufacturing - Opportunities to Add Value in Defense Acquisition
Speaker:  John Rice 

Abstract:
Additive Manufacturing (AM) presents many opportunities to add value across system lifecycles in aerospace and defense acquisition.  Streamlining and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the defense acquisition process while maintaining a defense technology advantage is a high priority for the Department of Defense.  The presentation addresses potential benefits to the cost, schedule, and performance of manufactured defense systems.  Positive influences can begin with materiel solution analysis and extend to operations & support.  Technical reviews are discussed as examples of streamlining lifecycle events resulting from the enhanced trade space Additive Manufacturing affords. 

What:  September INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting 
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  09/15/2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) Certification
Speaker:  Dr. Josh Whitehead

Abstract:
The INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) certification program has been developed as the highest quality, independent assessment of systems engineering (SE) professionals.  The program is designed to benefit the SE community, its SE professionals, and interacting organizations and institutions.  The SEP certification program creates a standard to identify and develop SE professionals and establish a formal, recognized body of knowledge regarding SE.  It provides a portable standard of recognition for attainment of knowledge, education, and experience and through recertification requirements serves as a mechanism for continued professional development.  Since its inception, the INCOSE SEP certification program has quickly grown in increasing recognition of its value to professionals, organizations, and to the overall SE community. 

The SEP certification program includes three levels of certification, including Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP), Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP), and Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP).  This presentation will provide an introduction to these levels of SEP certification, requirements for certification, and discuss the many benefits to SE professionals and their associated organizations/employers obtained through successfully acquiring SEP certification.


What
:  August INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting 
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  08/18/2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  Power Grid Defense
Speaker:  Gregory Allison

Abstract:
The Achilles heel of our modern world is our system of power distribution. (The power grid.) Today we are so dependent upon it that its loss could end civilization as we know it. Unfortunately the probability of this is very high if we do nothing. The threats to the grid range from terrorist activities to solar Coronal Mass Ejections (CME) to nuclear generated Electromagnetic Pulses (EMP). The chances are this could rob us of our ability to survive as a species.

The Congressional EMP Commission warned that up to 9 of 10 Americans could die from starvation and societal collapse from a nationwide blackout lasting one year – and that’s not the worst of it: Decades of spent fuel rods from 238 US nuclear reactors (not counting military units) are stored in huge cooling pools. Without power to pump in water the pools will evaporate exposing these rods to the atmosphere. These radioactive rods will burn on contact with air. Thousands of metric tons of highly radioactive materials could be released into the atmosphere. It could be worse than several full-scale nuclear wars.  The Power Grid Defense Conference will be held at the Huntsville Marriott, 20-21 September.

What:  June INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting 
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  06/16/2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  Science,Technology, Engineering and Math - Engaging with our Community
Speaker:  Jeff Craver

Abstract:

The next generation of engineers is already in school today. We need to engage with our community to support the development of this next generation in order to prepare them to pursue career field opportunities in engineering. As engineering professionals, we can help our community by participating in a wide range of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activities. As an individual, you can participate as a volunteer judge for STEM Career Fairs, science fairs or other STEM competitions. For a larger commitment of time, you could mentor a team competing in CyberPatriot or a robot competition.  As an organization, we can support local community STEM outreach events, support educator professional development, or participate in local and regional working groups.

What:  May INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting 
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  05/19/2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  Engineering Career Development
Speaker:  Dr. Pamela Knight

Abstract:

The Engineering Career field is broad with many diverse opportunities for engineers.  However, your academic degrees are usually just the beginning of the development process.  There are many opportunities to delve more deeply into a particular technical skill set to become a subject matter expert.  These skills can be obtained through on the job training, developmental assignments, or other training opportunities.  Dr. Knight’s diverse experience and current position enable her to focus on training opportunities, and initiatives for engineers which support the development, implementation, and management of engineering training, leadership, career development, mentoring, coaching and succession planning programs.  She has developed career path plans and competency models for engineering positions.  She will share some of her experiences and insights developing these programs in partnership with content experts both within the organization and externally.


What
:  April INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting 
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  04/21/2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  Predicting Service Life for IT Assets, Multi-Year Poisson Process Analysis
Speaker:  James Taylor

Abstract:

Operations, maintenance, information technology (IT), and research groups compete each year during the budgeting process for their group’s share of available maintenance and upgrade funds. This is a difficult time for IT and test system managers who are oftentimes at a disadvantage when it comes to competing with maintenance and operations group for funds to replace/upgrade test assets including data acquisition systems, controllers, networks, servers, etc.  Unlike mechanical assets such as pumps, valves, etc., that exhibit visible or measurable wear characteristics, electronic and software test assets do not show wear. Consequently, it is difficult to convince others that replacements and upgrades are necessary without supporting data.


This methodology provides a strategy for determining when to replace IT test system assets by predicting a product’s remaining service life. To develop the methodology, failure data from various assets obtained over a multi-year period were analyzed using a Poisson process. The analysis demonstrated that the failure rates and thus reliability for electronic and software assets remained constant over the asset’s life cycle. Since average failure rate is constant throughout a product’s service life, criteria other than reliability must be analyzed and used to predict remaining service life.

What:  March INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  03/17/2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  Holistic Agility in Engineering - It's a Tent for Everyone
Speaker:  Allen Green

Abstract:

The growing application of agile techniques to larger endeavors in an appropriate way has proven to be a serious challenge. Agile approaches are being rapidly and aggressively introduced into all disciplines involved in value creation including project, program and portfolio management, software engineering, systems and hardware engineering, business analysis and business architecture, marketing, and talent management to name only a few. Professional society undercurrents are now quietly addressing the beneficial intersection of the numerous and various bodies of knowledge in ways including but not limited to agility. Some professional organizations have connected well while other attempts have been spurned but not necessarily because of inherent incompatibility or lack of synergy.

What:  February INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  02/18/2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  DoD / Industry Relations - What Does "Better Buying Power" Mean?
Speaker:  Dr. Robert Lord

Abstract:
Better Buying Power 3.0 requires ensuring the programs we pursue are affordable, mandating that government managers identify and pursue 'should cost' savings opportunities, provide effective incentives to industry, emphasize competition, reduce bureaucracy, improve government acquisition of contracted services, and build professionalism in the government acquisition workforce.  These objectives cannot be accomplished without the full cooperation of our defense industry partners.  Mutual understanding is the key to cooperation.


What:  January INCOSE Huntsville Chapter Meeting
Where:  UAH Wilson Hall, Room 215
When:  01/22/2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Topic:  The Remarkable ROI of Good Systems Engineering - And How to Get It!
Speaker:  David Hall, ESEP, CISSP

Abstract:
Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems. It focuses on defining customer needs and required functionality early in the development cycle, documenting requirements and then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering all factors of the complete system life cycle.

But just try to convince a senior manager – especially someone who majored in finance – that all this "overhead fluff" is worth it! He or she is likely to put you on the spot with questions like “What have you done for me lately except spend resources and schedule time?” and “Show me your ROI!” In other words … Prove a negative!

Fortunately, there has been some research on the return-on-investment (ROI) of Systems Engineering. These research studies use bottom line financial data to show positive ROI, and provide hard statistics on the optimum amount of resources to expend on system engineering activities to maximize ROI.

Mr. Hall will discuss the latest results of new studies on the application of Systems Engineering to a cross-section of DoD and commercial engineering programs. He will highlight specific key things your engineering program needs to do (and do well) to meet and exceed program cost, quality and schedule targets, and achieve a solid ROI for systems engineering work.


Link to UAH Campus Map
Directions to UAH Wilson Hall
Traveling East on I565:
From I565, traveling East, take the Sparkman/Bob Wallace/Space Center exit. Turn left onto Sparkman Drive. Travel North on Sparkman Drive across I565 and through the first traffic light. Merge into the far right lane traveling to the second traffic light.  That lane must turn right onto the UAH campus.  On the campus, follow the road a short block to a fork and bear left. You will quickly come to a Stop sign and should bear left again. Follow this road through the roundabout taking the second exit, under the Holmes Street bridge, and through another Stop sign.  At the Stop sign, you will be in front of the Business Administration Building to the right. The next building is Wilson Hall. It is a large, brown brick building, which is contemporary in style with broad bands of white trim. You may park in any of the
available parking places that serve the Business Administration Building, Wilson Hall, the student dorm, and the Bevill Center.

Traveling West on I565:
From I565, traveling West, take the Sparkman/Bob Wallace/Space Center exit. Turn right onto Sparkman Drive. Travel North on Sparkman Drive across I565 and through the first traffic light. Merge into the far right lane traveling to the second traffic light. That lane must turn right onto the UAH campus. On the campus, follow the road a short block to a fork and bear left. You will quickly come to a Stop sign and should bear left again. Follow this road through the roundabout taking the second exit, under the Holmes Street Bridge, and through another Stop sign.  At the Stop sign, you will be in front of the Business Administration Building to the right. The next building is Wilson Hall. It is a large, brown brick building, which is contemporary in style with broad bands of white trim. You may park in any of the available parking places that serve the Business Administration Building, Wilson Hall, the student dorm, and the Bevill Center.

Parking

No parking restrictions at UAH during this meeting. Park at a convenient area near Wilson Hall.