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President – Michael Wallace  (1-year term)

Mike Wallace is a Systems Engineering Manager with over 27 years experience in the aerospace industry in various technical positions from project engineering, to project management and systems engineering. Mike works for the Northrop Grumman Corporation in Palmdale, California, and has been with the company for nine years. Mike currently serves as a Deputy Systems Engineering Integration Team Integrated Product Team Manager. Mike was the B-2 Technical Integration IPT (IPT) manager where he supported the B-2 Enterprise in various systems engineering capacities, such as the B-2 Weapons System Resources Manager, leading various programs through systems engineering milestone reviews and providing systems engineering support across various programs.

Prior to Northrop Grumman, Mike worked for Teledyne Electronics Safety Products as a project manager where he led a team of engineers from various engineering disciplines in successfully developing sequencing products for the United States Navy and Air Force.

Mike also served four years in the United States Air Force on active duty, plus eleven years with the United States Civil Service at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

Mike is an adjunct systems engineering instructor at California State University, Long Beach, the Antelope Valley extension program. He also is an adjunct mathematics instructor at the Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California. He teaches algebra and statistics and has done so for the past nine years. Mike has also been a mentor for the Systems Engineer Associate program, established by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Sector, and has mentored five junior engineers in their transition in becoming systems engineers.

Mike joined INCOSE-LA in 2005 and has supported the Chapter on several occasions. He was the registration chairman for the INCOSE-LA 2007 mini-conference. He hosts the Antelope Valley remote site location for the INCOSE-LA lecture series, served as the 2012 INCOSE Mini-conference Conference Manager and currently serves as the Vice President of the INCOSE-LA Chapter.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, an M.S. in Engineering Management from California State University, Northridge and an Engineer’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC). Mike has also completed a Graduate Certificate in System Architecture and Engineering from USC, a Certificate in Systems Engineering from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and a Certificate in Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt from the University of Villanova.

Vice-President – Stephen Guine   (1-year term)

Stephen Guine is a systems engineering manager for Northrop Grumman Aerospace in Palmdale, California. He has over seventeen years of experience implementing and managing systems engineering activities on multiple Northrop Grumman programs and projects as well as for other organizations including Kaiser Permanente, PacifiCare, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Stephen is also the founder of The Strategy Department — a strategy and systems engineering consulting firm focused on bringing strategic systems thinking and project execution to community-based nonprofit organizations and small businesses. In this capacity, Stephen has over twenty years of experience in business process and technology consulting, information architecture development, strategic planning, and end-user education and training. 

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California Santa Barbara, a Master of Public Policy from USC, and an M.B.A. from the Drucker School of Management,. In addition, Stephen has earned certificates in systems engineering and in Aerospace Project Management from Caltech, and a certificate in Digital Avionics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Stephen is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Secretary – Scott Birtalan (1-year term)

Scott Birtalan has volunteered for the Los Angeles Chapter since he joined INCOSE in 2010. He began as a member of the Networking Committee helping to organize fun and casual events for the local systems engineering community. Since then Scott has taken the lead on networking and the lead of the newly formed Student Divisions. After a successful start to the USC Division Scott coordinated the startup of the Loyola Marymount University Student Division. With two years of continuous student leadership at the two schools, the Chapter will soon be expanding the student outreach program with more Student Divisions, increasing the engagement opportunities for newer engineers within the Student Divisions, the Chapter, and the greater INCOSE organization.

Scott has been employed by Northrop Grumman in the Los Angeles area since 2002. Working in the area of Operations Analysis initially, he has rotated through both leadership positions and varying technical positions, working to broaden his knowledge of the systems engineering practice, project management, and, particularly, aircraft systems applications. Scott is currently located at Northrop Grumman’s Antelope Valley facility working as a systems engineer developing technologies for advanced systems. 

Scott’s educational background is in Aerospace Engineering with a bachelor’s of science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His systems engineering education is from USC with a master’s of science in Operations Research. He also has attended the Caltech Project Management Certification Course and has been an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional since 2008.

When Scott isn’t working he spends his free time hiking and backpacking in the local mountains, participating in plenty of fitness activities, and roving the streets of Los Angeles for fantastic food.

Treasurer – Harvey Soldan (1-year term)

Harvey Soldan is a systems engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and has over 30 years experience in NASA, military, and commercial systems. He joined JPL as a contractor in 1987 and is currently the Deep Space Network Systems Engineer for the DSN Aperture Enhancement Project, adding new 34m aperture antennas to the existing DSN at all three complexes around the world. Previously, he was the Deep Space Network Tracking, Telemetry, and Command Systems Engineer.

Harvey has worked on many military and commercial programs specializing in technical publications, testing, communications, and systems engineering for hardware and software intensive systems. In addition, he has worked on projects at TELOS, Raytheon, Walt Disney, Avicom and Gould NAVCOM.

Harvey received his B.A. from The John Hopkins University in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.  Harvey is completing his second term as INCOSE-LA treasurer and served as the 2013 Mini-Conference Chair.

Director, Ways and Means – Paul Cudney (2-year term)

Paul Cudney has volunteered for the INCOSE Los Angeles Chapter since he joined INCOSE in May 2000. He was registrar for CSER-2011, twice Track Chairman at INCOSE-LA Mini-Conferences, twice Secretary, and served as Membership Director from 2004 through 2012. Paul supports activities to increase the knowledge and stature of our members, and seeks to increase volunteer participation as a low-risk opportunity for direct job-related experience.

Paul retired in 2009 from Lockheed Martin as a Senior Systems Engineer. He has nearly 45 years experience in systems integration, software maintenance, test, and verification for real-time control systems involving aircraft, missiles and satellite ground systems. Starting with System Development Corporation in 1964, Paul helped update the SAGE (Semi Automatic Ground Environment) system – the first networked air defense command and control system. Among other projects, he designed and implemented the multi-computer control program for the Air Combat Maneuvering Range (you saw ACMR displays in the movie Top Gun).

Paul has been active in other technical societies, serving as Chairman of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Chairman of the ACM Committee on Chapters. Paul also has volunteered on the Steering Committees for the Southern California and Los Angeles Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN).

Director, Systems Engineering Education – Yvette Rodriguez (2-year term) 

Yvette Rodriguez is a PhD Candidate at the University of Southern California Daniel J. Epstein Industrial and Systems Engineering Department and teaches systems engineering at Defense Acquisition University (DAU) with 18 years of Department of Defense Acquisition experience. Ms. Rodriguez’s research interests span the engineering of resilient systems with an emphasis in Model Based Systems Engineering, system resilience, and Cubesat system resilience.  She is a founding member of the INCOSE@USC Student Division and the 2012-2013 Vice-President.

Prior to teaching at DAU, she was a key player in numerous successful ship defense system installations with the Department of the Navy.  She was responsible for providing Quick Reaction Combat Capability as the Lead Combat Systems Engineer for the installation of Ship Self Defense System (SSDS) MK1 aboard 13 amphibious and 4 carrier class ships.  She was the recipient of the 1999 Program Executive Office Theater Surface Combatants (PEO TSC) Team Award for Excellence, the 1998 Golden Hammer Award, and the 1996 NSWC PHD SSDS Special Achievement Award.  She was also recognized by NAVSEA for her outstanding contributions to the Navy Anti-Ship Missile Defense (ASMD) Radar Program. 

Yvette has extensive experience in the management, deployment and support 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 USC.

Returning Elected Board Members

Director, Programs  – Shirley Tseng (2nd year of 2-year term)

Shirley Tseng has experience in space operations, ground systems, spacecraft systems, satellite networks with general systems engineering, software engineering, and system architecture.

Shirley began her engineering career with satellite space operations and ground system development at GE (now Lockheed Martin Mission Systems). She joined Hughes Aircraft Corporation, Space Communication to work on MILSTAR Spacecraft systems engineering and Hughes New Venture Organization to work on satellite technology and business service development on emerging satellite services, such as XMRadio and Spaceway systems. With MorganFranklin, Shirley supported customers such as NASA, the Navy, and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) with advance technology support, space mission and data services development, DODAF and JCIDS development, architecture and system development, network architecture, and tool environment development.

Shirley actively keeps up with many disciplines with membership and participation in numerous organizations. Shirley joined the INCOSE-LA Chapter when it was first formed and is an active member, attending most meetings and tutorials. Shirley has supported the prior CSER conferences managed by INCOSE-LA with publicity support.

Shirley is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Systems Engineering and Wharton Economics. Shirley is also a member of AIAA, IEEE, Association of Computing Machinery, SPIN, Association of Enterprise Architects, IASA (International Association of Software Architects), and user groups Java, Cisco, ITIL, BEA, Linux.

Director, Communications – DeAnna Regalbuto (2nd year of 2-year term)  

DeAnna Regalbuto has been a member of INCOSE and INCOSE-LA since 2008 and has assisted with production of the chapter newsletter since 2011.

She holds a Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering from Stephens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science from University of California, Irvine.

DeAnna currently works on an aircraft software development program for Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, CA. She is part of a small sub-team charged with making the development team at large more productive.

When asked what she hopes to bring to INCOSE-LA communications DeAnna stated, “Initially, I want to make contributing to the newsletter easier at all levels, including submitting content, proof-reading, scheduling, and production. Currently, the process is so painful, people key to publishing the newsletter have been known to burn out midyear. In a more humorous vein, I suppose my ultimate goal is just to survive the first year of my term!”

DeAnna and her husband live in Downey, CA. One of their two daughters is studying engineering technology at Cal Poly, Pomona, and the other chemistry at University of Nevada, Reno.

Director, Membership – Sam Bertic (2nd year of 2-year term)

Sam Bertic has been a member of INCOSE for almost 20 years.  Starting with NCOSE San Diego in the early 90’s he held the office of President, Treasurer, and Delegate-at-Large with that organization and provided advice to the then fledgling INCOSE-LA and its’ supporters at Aerospace Corp.  Having attended many of the INCOSE  International Symposia and Winter Workshops has made it possible to develop relationships with many members from all over the U.S. and now internationally having just attended the INCOSE IS in Rome, Italy.  As Membership Director for INCOSE-LA Sam will continue to encourage membership and participation in professional activities for the systems engineers in the southern California area.

Sam Bertic’s career started in Systems Engineering for NAVELEX in San Diego, but with a degree in electronic engineering he soon moved into design in the newly forming field of microprocessors.  Fortunately the company he was working at for nine years, E-Systems Inc., had a strong systems engineering organization and he spent six years in the role of systems engineer there before taking a job in his home town of San Diego with General Dynamics Electronics Division.  There he served as the test manager on a large electronics program before the division was divested.  At this point an opportunity to join the commercial vendor side of the industry presented itself and he joined Zycad Corp. which had just begun offering a new product in the U.S. called DOORS.  Sam went on to help start TD Technologies with their product SLATE, and then worked for Integrated Chipware supporting their product RTM before rejoining the industry with Northrop Grumman.  Sam spent five years with NGC working on satellite programs and finally as an SE manager on the B-2 bomber.  When an opportunity to do SE consulting presented itself he moved into this area and worked on several contracts doing requirements analysis, modeling, and architecting before the economic downturn in 2009.  Most recently Sam joined Vitech Corp. as an Account Executive / SE providing sales and support for Vitech’s CORE and GENESYS MBSE automation software.

Sam earned a BSEE in digital electronics from San Diego State University and a MS in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.  He has enrolled in numerous programs in Systems Engineering over the years including an SE certificate program at UCSD Extension, CalTech SE Program, 6-Sigma Black Belt training, and numerous SE tool training classes.  His proudest accomplishment is the attainment of the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) distinction from INCOSE.  With over 20 years of attested SE experience and several senior SE references Sam hopes to obtain his ESEP in the not too distant future.

Past-President – Eric Belle (1-year term, not elected)

Eric Belle currently works as a Systems Engineering Consultant with clients in the aerospace and defense sector in southern California. His multinational career encompasses nearly 25 years of systems related activities in eight countries, and covers the entire product life cycle. In a somewhat unconventional manner, experience was first gained at the tail end of the product life cycle as a field and systems support engineer before taking on assignments as a manufacturing manager, integration and test engineer, and finally roles at the system design level. Industries in which this experience was accumulated include aerospace and defense, automotive, telecommunications, consumer products and even an early stint as a student intern in oil and gas.

Recent assignments include a number of years with Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems as a functional manager associated with a variety of advanced technology sensor systems, and as an integration and test coordinator for a Japanese space based electro optical sensor. In Barcelona, Spain, he was responsible for implementing the strategic aim of a German automotive supplier by establishing a secondary source of electronic circuit boards by increasing production to 100,000 units per month while simultaneously managing electronics production in the facility.  Other notable assignments include on-site field support for a surveillance radar system in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, a consulting project to encourage purchasing efficiencies between the Austrian and Hungarian divisions of Nestle prior to the enlargement of the European Union, and an analysis and redesign of lighting for industrial air conditioning plants for the Arabian American Oil Company.

Eric has been a member of INCOSE since 2002, during which time he has taken on increasingly active roles at both the chapter and international levels. After starting out as the Newsletter Editor of the INCOSE-LA chapter, he went on to serve as the 2009 INCOSE-LA President. Most recently he is in the process of completing his two year term as a Member of the INCOSE Board of Directors, during which time his portfolio dealt with attending to the interests of its members and chapters. Eric has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a Diplom Kaufman (German Business Degree) from the Wissenschaftliche Hochschule fuer Unternehmensfuehrung Koblenz and most recently obtained a Master of Science in Systems Architecting and Engineering at the University of Southern California.

As President his goal is to leverage his knowledge and understanding of the INCOSE organization in a manner that helps to facilitate a better understanding of how a local chapter can best serve its members while strengthening its outreach. Having recently dealt with the uncertainty facing many Systems Engineers engaged in local industries, his intention is to build upon some of the bold ideas that have been set into motion by current INCOSE-LA Board of Director members. These include taking advantage of the Chapter’s strong financial position to offer extremely affordable, value-added educational and networking opportunities. A strong effort will also be made to further engage industries outside the traditional aerospace and defense industry that are increasingly adapting INCOSE best practices into their respective organizations.