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Each year the Los Angeles Chapter of INCOSE honors two of our own for their contributions to the Chapter and for their furtherance of the systems engineering profession. Our Chapter is graced with many volunteers who attend to the many behind the-scenes details that bring home the success of our speaker meetings, tutorials, and special events.

The Susan C. Ruth award is named for the service Susan provided during the first ten years of the Chapter's existence — service in every way possible while never seeking anything other than the betterment of the Chapter. It is meant to recognize LA Chapter volunteers who have given a significant amount of volunteer service to the chapter for at least five years. The President's Award was started in 2003 as a way to distinguish a member who provided service to the chapter while the immediate past president was in office. This award is to honor those who step up and do outstanding work even when they are not elected or appointed to the task.

Susan C. Ruth Award: Richard Emerson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (ret.), INCOSE Member since 1995

Dick Emerson has a long history of service to INCOSE-LA, having served as one of key supporters for the JPL community for many years. Most recently Dick served as the Technical Chair of the successful 2009 INCOSE-LA Mini-Conference and has agreed to take on the role of Conference Chair for our upcoming conference planned for Fall 2010. Congratulations, Dick!

President’s Award: Jorg Largent, Northrop Grumman (ret.), INCOSE Member since 2003

Since assuming the Newsletter Co-Editor position, Jorg has played a major role in elevating it to a status which has been cited by the INCOSE Executive Board as standard for other chapters to emulate. In the capable hands of Jorg and Co-Editor Edie Ung, the Chapter now has an informative communications tool that reaches its members at least 10 times per year. His editorial columns have also served to spark renewed interest and debate