Nov
14

November 2014 Monthly Chapter Meeting

Professional Development and Certification

Jo Ann N. Jones
Director for Professional Development
UAH Division of Professional and Continuing Studies

Wayne Cummins
Director, Sand Mountain Robotic Initiative

November 20, 2014 / 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.

Abstract:

Our annual Thanksgiving meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss and learn about professional development and certification. We will discuss the Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) certification for maturing systems engineers, the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) certification for practicing systems engineers, and the Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) certification for senior systems engineering leaders with many years systems engineering work experience. We will also discuss professional continuing education opportunities for systems engineers available from the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

Since our Chapter helped sponsor the Sand Mountain Robotic Initiative, their program director of will discuss the opportunities they provide to an upcoming generation of engineering professionals: students in our region.

Biographies:

Jo Ann N. Jones is the Director for Professional Development in the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The Department of Professional Development develops and presents professional training and educational activities in areas including management, engineering, and information technology. UAH Continuing Education designs the programs to give students a choice of attending individual courses of interest or completing a more structured certificate program leading to a Certificate of Professional Achievement.

Wayne Cummins is the Director of the Sand Mountain Robotic Initiative. The Sand Mountain Robotic Initiative has placed robots in area schools in an effort to advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. Their goal is to provide robots and associated training for area schools. The Sand Mountain Robotic Initiative is part of the Sand Mountain Concerned Citizens: a not-for-profit group working to improve the standard of living and the quality of life in Alabama, educate the public, and assist the public.

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 (see map).

Parking:
Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive.
Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.

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

Oct
08

October 2014 Monthly Chapter Meeting

Seth D. Shepherd
Systems Engineering and Technology Department
Defense Acquisition University, South Region
How to Prepare a Systems Engineering Plan:
A Key Systems Engineering Tool that Works
October 16, 2014 / 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.

Abstract:

In recent years, the Department of Defense (DoD) has significantly increased its focus on thorough planning for Systems Engineering in systems acquisition. One aspect of this effort is the mandatory requirement for a Systems Engineering Plan (SEP) for DoD programs. Drawing from evolving OSD guidance, Professor Shepherd will explain the origins of the DoD SEP, the structure and contents of the SEP, and discussion of significant mandatory content requirements instituted with the Interim DODI 5000.02 published 25 Nov 2013. He will also address the relationship between the government’s SEP and a typical contractor’s Systems Engineering Management Plan.

Biography

Mr Shepherd is a professor of Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) South Region in Huntsville, AL. He teaches courses in Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation to members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce. Mr Shepherd also does consulting in Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation for Department of Defense agencies and the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr Shepherd has over 30 years’ experience in DoD materiel acquisition, science & technology management, systems engineering and test & evaluation. He served in a wide variety of acquisition, engineering, test and staff assignments over his active duty Air Force career including: Operational Test Advisor to the Iraqi Military Chief of Combat Engineering and Director General for Armaments and Supply; Director, Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator; HQ AF Material Command Chief of Space Test Policy; AF Research Laboratory Program Manager for Electro-Optical Sensors Technology; AF Information Warfare Center Chief of Electro-Optics/Infrared Capability Analysis; Human Systems Program Office Systems Engineer for Night Vision Systems; Space Systems Physicist/Test Technology Manager at Arnold Engineering Development Center and Infrared Systems Test Engineer at the 3246 Test Wing, Eglin AFB.

Mr Shepherd holds a BS in Physics from Lamar University and an MS in Physics with a concentration in electro-optics from the University of North Texas.

Sep
09

September 2014 Monthly Chapter Meeting

Dr. Julie Finley
Vice President of Educational Initiatives
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
STEM Educational Initiatives at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
September 18, 2014

Abstract:

Huntsville / Madison County is rich in the most powerful of natural resources,… our youth. For more than 30 years the space camp has mined, captured and released the Power of Imagination in young people.

As the first and largest official NASA visitors’ center and a Smithsonian affiliate, we are home to one of the world’s largest collections of space history and are proud to provide immersive educational programs rich in STEM education, but the reach of the Center spreads far beyond the Tennessee Valley. Last year, the Center hosted more than 585,000 guests and trainees…representing more than 60 countries.

Our trainees explore the critical elements of space science and human spaceflight covering educational standards in courses such as physics, biology, chemistry, technology and astronomy – all critical skill sets in today’s high demand STEM related occupations.
In Huntsville/ Madison County we know that quality education is a strong economic driver. We know that early STEM engagement stimulates interest in skilled jobs, feeds the workforce pipeline, and increases the productivity of a community.

Yes, as a leader in informal education, we take our role seriously as we daily engage our guests in hands-on experiences. Join us, you’ll see the authentic Apollo 16 Command Module, you’ll climb in the Mercury and Apollo trainers you’ll see the Skylab solar array and the original Saturn V moon rocket – our own National Historic Landmark.

Our Ultimate Field Trip provides students real world application and showing the relevance behind what they are learning in the classroom. Educators come to Huntsville from all 50 states and additionally internationally to gain methods and working professional knowledge in STEM education.

At the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, The Power of Imagination is unique and inspiring for all.

Biography

Dr. Julie T. Finley is a 24-year veteran educator and specialist in curriculum design and program development. She received a Bachelor of Science in English and Psychology from Murray State University, a Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling from Western Kentucky University and holds a Doctorate in Organizational Administration from the University of Louisville. Her breadth of experience comes from her educational roles of teacher, coach, counselor, administrator and community partner. These distinctive experiences, coupled with intense professional preparation, provide a unique vantage point as an educational leader.

Currently, Dr. Finley serves in the newly developed role as Vice President of Educational Initiatives of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC). She joins Dr. Deborah Barnhart’s executive staff in designing and implementing plans for the next generation with an emphasis in Science, Technology, Math and Engineering (STEM) curricula. Her responsibilities include managing the development of educational connections throughout the Center; working with state leadership to increase awareness and participation in Space Camp, Aviation Challenge® Camp and Robotics Camp; extending the visibility and prominence of the museum in key educational venues regionally, nationally and internationally; and promoting increased customer satisfaction for each individual experience.

Prior to her current employment with the USSRC, Dr. Finley served as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction for Bob Jones High School of Madison City Schools in Madison, AL. In this position, she designed numerous student programs through research of relevant workforce trends, provided support for the development of high-demand instructional academies in areas of biomedical science, engineering, health science and teaching & learning. She increased Advanced Placement offerings from 8 to 25, published a curriculum catalog of over 230 course offerings, and authored awards and recognition from Alabama’s CLAS Banner system, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and US News and World Report. Dr. Finley has secured educational grants, increased support for special needs children and led scholastic audits to maximize organizational effectiveness.

Dr. Finley’s efforts to bring education, community and industry together have brought renewed partnerships with local Huntsville-Madison County Chamber, Hogan Family YMCA, HusdonAlpha, the Military Child Education Coalition and others. These partnerships have created an alliance of resources and a positive climate for optimal success.

Aug
11

August 2014 Monthly Chapter Meeting

John Southerland
Director, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development and Future Business Outlook
August 21, 2014

Abstract: Economic Development in Huntsville

Mr Southerland will provide an overview of the business community in the Huntsville region. He will give an update on the Chamber’s economic development activities, to include Cummings Research Park and downtown Huntsville.

Cummings Research Park is one of the world’s leading science and technology business parks, and it is a model for transforming research into business success. With a vibrant mixture of Fortune 500 companies, local and international high-tech enterprises, US space and defense agencies, a thriving business incubator, and competitive higher-education institutions, Cummings Research Park (CRP) is the center of attention for research and technology.

Biography

John Southerland is the director of Cummings Research Park for the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. He is responsible for targeted industry recruitment and marketing available land and office space at the nation’s second largest research and development park.

He began working at the Chamber in 2007 as the director of communications, where he was responsible for Chamber communications to members, community image enhancement/development activities, media relations, public relations and marketing support for all divisions. He had editorial responsibility for all Chamber publications, including ChamberLink newsletter and Initiatives magazine and in promoting the Chamber’s mission and economic development activities locally, regionally and nationally.

Prior to joining the Chamber in February of 2007, Southerland served as senior vice president of business development and communications for FPMI Inc., a contractor specializing in providing high-level personnel systems support to Federal agencies. At FPMI, he was responsible for all corporate communications and media relations activities, and led business development efforts for the company, with offices located in Alexandria, Va.; Orlando, Fla.; and San Antonio, Texas.

Before joining FPMI in 1998, Southerland served as managing editor of The Daily Sentinel in Scottsboro, Ala., where he began his professional career as a general news reporter before becoming sports editor, winning several writing awards recognized by the Alabama Press Association and Southern Newspapers, Inc. He graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Journalism.

Southerland, a native of Huntsville, is married to the former Monica White of Huntsville and they have two children, Olivia, 13, and Eli, 10.

May
21

June 2014 Monthly Chapter Meeting

Dr. William Carswell
Adjunct Professor, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Schedule Risk Analysis (SRA): Why and How
June 12, 2014

Abstract

Schedule risk analysis (SRA) is required on DoD contracts requiring Earned Value Management over $20 Million in value.  This reporting requirement was put into place in July 2012 in DI-MGMT-81861. The purpose of SRA is to “predict the probability of project completion by contractual dates.”  It uses Monte Carlo simulation software to evaluate a schedule and, if properly resourced, the associated budget.  It provides four key pieces of information:

  • The probability of finishing the project by the scheduled completion date
  • The probability of finishing within established budget
  • The key activities contributing to schedule risk
  • The key activities contributing to budget risk

With this information the project manager can report schedule and budget targets with confidence, and highlight high-risk activities for oversight.  Software required for SRA is widely available.  It comes embedded in some scheduling tools, like Deltek and Primavera, and you can obtain the tool as a Microsoft Project add-in.

This presentation explains the SRA concept and how it works so that the Project Manager can make sense of SRA reports.  This allows the PM to reduce schedule uncertainty, improve the chances of finishing projects on time and on budget, and report issues and risks to the customer with confidence and clarity.  After explaining SRA, how it works and what it tells you, the presentation engages the audience in an interactive example of how to perform an SRA.

Biography

DR. CARSWELL is an adjunct professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, teaching graduate courses in project management, and a project management consultant to the International Lunar Observatory Association (iloa.org).

He was previously Director of Federal Programs at Correlated Magnetics Research LLC, a senior research scientist and project manager for space flight experiments at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Director of Programs at Photon-X for 3-D imaging sensor development, and project manager for a variety of border security and renewable energy programs.

May
08

May 2014 Monthly Chapter Meeting

Charles Wasson, President of Wasson Strategics, LLC

“Employing System Outcomes and Consequences as a Key Consideration for Multi-discipline Specification Development and Design Decisions”

May 15, 2014

Abstract

Specialty Engineering disciplines such as Human Factors, Safety, et al are often treated as an afterthought built into a system or product … after it has been designed. However, Specialty Engineering disciplines have tentacles that reach into all aspects of Mission and Enabling System Development and performance such as hardware, software, courseware, et al considerations.

This presentation:

  • Explores a common SE and Engineering paradigm concerning how SE experiential HF, Safety, et al knowledge affects development of multi-discipline specifications and designs.
  • Contrasts the experiential method with DaVinci style Systems Thinking.
  • Includes real-world examples that illustrate key points of the presentation.

Attendee outcomes include an enhanced awareness, knowledge, and understanding that shifts the experiential SE paradigm to result in actions that improve multi-discipline Mission and Enabling System development and performance outcomes.

Biography

CHARLES WASSON, is President of Wasson Strategics, LLC (www.wassonstrategics.com) and is a member of the International Council on System Engineering (INCOSE), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the Project Management Institute (PMI). His firm, Wasson Strategics, LLC, provides professional training courses, workshops, and consulting services in multi-disciplined Systems Engineering, Technical Project Management, Enterprise / Organizational Development, and Team Development. The firm’s private clients include Fortune 100 and 500 organizations in the aerospace and defense, medical, energy, and transportation sectors.

Charles’s professional career experience spans over 40 years of leadership in leading Systems Engineering and Development organizations that include Lockheed Martin Corporation, Teledyne Brown Engineering, the US Army Missile and Research Development Command, SCI Systems, et al. As an internationally recognized author and instructor in System Engineering and Development, he is an invited guest speaker and panelist at professional meetings and symposia, and commencement speaker.

In Dec. 2005, he released a new system engineering text entitled System Analysis, Design, and Development: Concepts, Principles, and Practices as part of the highly acclaimed John Wiley and Sons System Engineering and Management Series. The textbook was written for project, systems, hardware, software, test, and specialty engineers; scientists; program/project managers, business analysts, executives, et al. One of the key aspects of the text is the translation of SE theory into scalable practices that enable application across any business and engineering product domains that develop systems.

In October, 2006, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) headquartered in Paris, France awarded the text its 2006 Engineering Sciences Book of the Year Award, at their annual Congress in Valencia, Spain. Although the IAA has traditionally selected space-flight centric publications for their Engineering Sciences Book of the Year Award, Mr. Wasson’s text was written for general application to any domain such as medical, financial, transportation, aerospace and defense, et al.

Contact Membership chair Bradley Biehn at Bradley.Biehn@nasa.gov if you plan to attend.

When: Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807.
Parking: Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive. Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.
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

May
02

INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 2

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Apr
23

INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 1

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Apr
15

INCOSE Huntsville CSEP Prep Tutorial – May 10, 2014

INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) Prep Tutorial

The Huntsville Chapter of INCOSE is providing a one-day CSEP Prep Tutorial for individuals who are in the final stages of exam preparation.

This tutorial includes:

  • Overall INCOSE and certification information
  • Application guidance
  • Exam preparation/INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook overview
  • Sample exam questions throughout the overview
  • Overview handouts
  • Breakfast and lunch

Who should attend:

  • Systems Engineers, Technical/Program Managers, Chief Engineers, etc. seeking the CSEP credential

Location: Homewood Suites Village of Providence, 15 Town Center Drive, Huntsville 35806

Date/Time: Saturday, May 10, 8am – 4:30pm

Price: $150 for INCOSE members, $200 for non-members

Please bring your own copy of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook v3.2.2 (free download for members at www.incose.org)

Huntsville INCOSE Chapter is providing this tutorial in association with Reed Integration, Inc.:  successfully preparing engineers for CSEP since the beginning of the INCOSE certification program!

Apr
13

April 2014 Monthly Chapter Meeting

Investment Portfolio Approach to Systems Engineering
Tom Channell
AMRDEC Associate Director for Systems Engineering Management

Abstract:

Systems Engineering is receiving heavy press as a skill set relied upon (and much sought after) in industry and government.  As such, there are many great ideas presented to assist organizations and programs to promote successful application of Systems Engineering.  Given the slurry of potential areas to spend investment dollars and time, Tom will present an investment portfolio approach to assist in focusing organizational investments in Systems Engineering.

Biography:

Since 2011, Tom Channell has served as the Associate Director for Systems Engineering Management in the Engineering Directorate of the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center.  Prior to this assignment, Tom was the Chief Engineer for the Grey Eagle Program from 2007-2011, Lead Systems Engineer for the Fire Scout Program from 2004-2007, and a Production Engineer for the Comanche Program from 2000-2004.

Prior to his work at Redstone Arsenal, Tom was an Industrial Engineer supporting the Directorate of Logistics at Fort Benning, GA from 1992-2000.  Tom taught as a Distance Learning Instructor for Troy State University from 1995-2007, teaching classes in Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior.

Tom’s education includes a BS (Industrial Engineering) from Auburn University, an MBA from Columbus State University, and a MS (Systems Engineering) from University of Alabama – Huntsville.  Tom is a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).  Tom is a certified member of the Army Acquisition Corps and is certified at Level III in the Engineering career field.

Contact Membership chair Bradley Biehn at Bradley.Biehn@nasa.gov if you plan to attend.

When: Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807.
Parking: Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive. Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.
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

Feb
03

February 2014 Monthly Chapter Meeting

Implementing ISO 9001 as a Business Management System
Linda D. Feres, Director of Quality Systems
INTUITIVE Research and Technology
Huntsville AL 35805 USA

TakeAway:

In achieving registration or compliance to ISO 9001:2008, most companies just implement the minimum requirements, thus focusing primarily on the Quality Management System. Perhaps they do so, because of the word “Quality” in the standard. Unfortunately they’re not alone. It is assumed by many that the standard only applies to the “Quality” Management System. This presentation will provide an overview and define the many benefits realized from integrating your Quality Management System with your Business Management System.

Abstract:

Most organizations (manufacturing and service) only implement the minimum requirements to meet the ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) requirements. Because of the word “Quality” in the standard, it is assumed it only applies to the “Quality” management system. Unfortunately, the benefits of integrating the ISO 9001 QMS requirements with the entire business management system is not understood nor realized. This presentation will provide an overview and the benefits realized from having this integrated system in an organization.

Biography:

Ms. Feres is the Director of Quality Systems for Intuitive Research and Technology. She has an extensive background and experience in the implementation and management of quality systems, business systems, and quality processes in numerous industries including Aerospace & Defense, Automotive and Service.

She is an IRCA Certified QMS Lead Auditor, ASQ Fellow, ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, ASQ Certified Quality Auditor, and performs as a QMS Lead Auditor conducting ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certification/registration audits for an international registrar.

When: Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 (see map).
Parking: Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive. Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.
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

Contact Membership chair *Bradley Biehn* at Bradley.Biehn@nasa.gov if you plan to attend.

Jan
31

January 2014 Monthly Chapter Meeting

Latest Changes in DoD Acquisition and Systems Engineering Impact

Speaker: Wally Tubell, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)

Abstract: DoD Interim Instruction 5000.02 Changes and Systems Engineering Impact

Discussion topic for the January 2014 INCOSE Regional Chapter meeting is government and contractor systems engineering changes associated with the recently (November 26th, 2013) released DoD Interim Instruction 5000.02 (http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/500002_interim.pdf).  This is a general information briefing on changes from the December 2008 DoD Instruction 5000.02.

Speaker Bio

Since November 2004, Wally has served as a Professor of Systems Engineering and Test at the Defense Acquisition University’s Huntsville campus.  Wally teaches classes in Test & Evaluation, Systems Engineering and Program Management and has served as course manager for DAU’s Advanced Test and Evaluation Course, TST 303, and the Intermediate Test and Evaluation Course, TST 203.  He has taught at many of DoD’s premiere test ranges to include Eglin and Edwards Air Force Bases, Aberdeen Proving Ground and Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

Additionally, Wally has provided consulting services to various offices within the Missile Defense Agency, the Army PM Heavy Brigade Combat Team, the PM for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, SOCOM’s Director for Operational Test and PEO for Naval Systems, Army PEOs for Aviation and Missiles/Space and the Redstone Technical Test Center among others.  Most recently in 2013, Wally spent six months consulting in residence, full time with the Army PM for Night Vision and Reconnaissance & Target Surveillance performing both Systems Engineering and Test Engineering functions.

Wally capped his twenty-year Army career as the HQDA centrally selected Product Manager for Tactical Operations Center (TOC) Integration.  He served in this position from September 2001 through June 2004.  He was responsible for managing the development, procurement, fielding and support of the Army’s digitized TOCs and launching a new/revitalized Standard Integrated Command Post System acquisition program.

Wally accepted a Regular Army commission in 1984 from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the Florida Institute of Technology.  His operational assignments in the warfighting Army took him to the 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, HI and the 9th Infantry Division (Motorized) at Fort Lewis, WA where he served in company grade positions as an Ordnance Officer.  His acquisition assignments include his three years as the Product Manager for TOCs in Huntsville, AL, five years of Systems Engineering and Program Management at the Army’s Tank Automotive Command in Detroit, MI and four years of operational testing of ground logistics systems at Fort Hood, TX and command/control systems at Fort Lewis, WA.

Wally’s military schooling includes Airborne, the Ordnance Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Army’s Training With Industry (General Motors) program, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Defense Systems Management College’s Advanced Program Management Course and numerous Defense Acquisition University short courses.

Wally’s civilian education includes a BS (Mechanical Engineering) from the Florida Institute of Technology, and an MS (Engineering Management) from Saint Martin’s College.  Wally is a certified member of the DoD and Army Acquisition Corps and is certified at Level III in the career fields of Test and Evaluation, Program Management, and Systems Engineering.  He is also Certified Test and Evaluation Professional member of the International Test and Evaluation Association.

When: Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 (see map).
Parking: Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive. Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.
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

Nov
16

November 2013 Monthly Meeting and Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Professional Development and Certification
Speakers:David Hall, Becky Reed, and Jo Ann N. Jones

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Abstract:

Have you ever thought about pursuing a Systems Engineering Professional certification, but weren’t sure where to start?

Come learn about the Systems Engineering Professional Certification process from the experts. We will discuss the Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) certification for maturing systems engineers, the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) certification for practicing systems engineers, and the Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) certification for senior systems engineering leaders many years of systems engineering work experience.

We will also have a representative from the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies presenting professional continuing education opportunities for systems engineers at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

Speaker Bios:

David Hall an INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).  He has over 35 years of systems engineering, risk management and program management experience, successfully accomplishing all types of programs/projects, conducting comprehensive program/project studies and implementing solutions to problems/risks.  He has had numerous risk management/systems engineering articles and reports published in both report formats and peer-reviewed journals.  His latest article was in the Journal of Systems Engineering.

Becky Reed is the President and CEO of Reed Integration, Inc., and was the 24th person in the world to achieve the credential of INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) in 2010. She is a nationally recognized authority on systems engineering and risk management and their applications in government and commercial markets. A former President of the Huntsville, Alabama, chapter of INCOSE, Ms. Reed has also served as Director of Programs, Vice-President, and President for the Hampton Roads Area Chapter of INCOSE. Ms. Reed designs and develops systems engineering training programs that include the 2-Day and 3-Day CSEP Power Prep courses that prepare students to sit for the INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) certification exam.

Jo Ann N. Jones is the Director for Professional Development in the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The Department of Professional Development develops and presents professional training and educational activities in areas including management, engineering, and information technology. Programs are designed to allow a student the choice of attending individual courses of interest, or completing a more structured certificate program leading to a Certificate of Professional Achievement.

Thanksgiving Menu

Roasted Turkey – Oven roasted and basted with creamy butter. Served with homemade cranberry sauce

Baked Ham – with peach and Vidalia confit or homemade cinnamon applesauce.

Mashed Potatoes and Turkey Gravy – Also known as Pan Gravy.  No giblets

Veggie Medley – broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, haricot vert and asparagus

Broccoli Casserole

Apple Almond Crunch Salad with Raspberry vinaigrette

Focaccia Bread – Italian bread topped with olives, asiago cheese and olive oil

Chocolate pound cake with mousse
Pumpkin pies
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When: Thursday, November 21st, 2013
Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 (see map).
Parking: Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive. Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.
Agenda:
5:15-5:30 Sign-in / Badge-in
5:30-5:55 Thanksgiving 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

Sign up at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1796955&trk=hb_side_g for the Huntsville INCOSE Chapter LinkedIn group.

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Map to Lockheed Martin Cafeteria

*REMINDER:** **Don’t forget to sign up for this week’s exciting and informative presentation!!*

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

Nov
16

October 2013 Monthly Meeting

The National Institute for Rocket Propulsion Systems (NIRPS)
Speaker: Dr. Rajiv Doreswamy, Implementation Manager,
National Institute for Rocket Propulsion Systems,
Marshall Space Flight Center

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Abstract:

NIRPS serves to maintain and advance U.S. leadership in all aspects of rocket propulsion for defense, civil, and commercial uses. Since the formation of NIRPS in May 2011, the Institute has attracted multiple government, industry and academic partners across the country. It serves as a resource for collaboration and integration between all sectors of the U.S. propulsion industrial base, supporting policy development options, identifying technology requirements, and offering solutions that make best use of available national resources to meet future demand. As a multi-agency organization, NIRPS provides comprehensive factual information to policymakers about all issues affecting the propulsion industry.

Speaker Bio

Rajiv Doreswamy serves as the Implementation Manager for the National Institute for Rocket Propulsion Systems (NIRPS) at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  In this role he is responsible for developing and implementing the National Institute for Rocket Propulsion Systems (NIRPS).  His primary responsibilities include planning and implementing the organizational structure for multi-agency institute that will serve as a national coordination and guidance organization for the policy and industrial base consideration affecting rocket propulsion systems in the United States.

Prior to this assignment Dr. Doreswamy was the NASA on site representative at the Deep Space Tracking Network site in Canberra, Australia, where he served as the NASA interface to the Australian Government and the US Department of State, for issues concerning the network site. He also served in an executive development position, supporting the Chief Engineer and Vice President for Engineering at Southern Nuclear Operating Company in  2009.

Rajiv Doreswamy was deputy manager of Program Planning and Control for Ares Projects at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. He ensured that resources and staffing are in place for the day-to-day operations of this $1.3B/yr launch vehicle development project. Along with establishing management processes and directives to maintain operations, technical and programmatic reporting, Dr. Doreswamy supervised a staff of 90 information technologists, budget analysts, and communications and engineering management professionals.

Before returning to the Marshall Center in 2007, Dr. Doreswamy spent more than five years at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Most recently, he served on the executive staff of the associate administrator. Prior experience includes more than two years of leadership positions within NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and nearly two years as space transportation manager for the Office of Aerospace Technology.

Before transitioning to NASA Headquarters, Dr. Doreswamy spent more than 13 years at the Marshall Center, most recently as resident manager for the International Space Station, stationed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. He has earned three degrees in electrical engineering – a bachelor’s in 1986 from the University of Florida in Gainesville; a master’s in 1988 from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.; and a doctorate in 1999 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Dr. Doreswamy is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program from the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. He is a graduate of Leadership for a Democratic Society, the flagship management training program for the federal government.  He was selected by NASA Headquarters to participate in the NASA Senior Executive Development Program in 2008. Dr. Doreswamy completed this program in 2011 and is certified to serve in any Senior Executive position in the US Government

When: Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 (see map).
Parking: Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive. Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.
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

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Nov
16

September 2013 Monthly Meeting

Strategic Planning for Systems of Systems Engineering
Speaker: Mr. Mike Russell

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Abstract
The System of Systems Engineering Management Plan (SoSEMP) guides Army System of Systems (SoS) acquisition planning and decision making by providing comprehensive descriptions of the SoS engineering processes, procedures, and controls established and used by Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology ASA(ALT) System of Systems Engineering & Integration (SoSE&I) Organization and other ASA(ALT) organizations.  The SoSEMP provides guidance and direction to the Army materiel development community on implementing SoS processes to ensure the Army acquisition community provides materiel solutions to meet Army capability requirements.  It is an authoritative document guiding all ASA(ALT)-level SoS engineering activities.

The SoSEMP:
Fulfills SoSE&I’s responsibilities under Army Regulation (AR) 70-1, as delegated by the ASA(ALT) Army Acquisition Executive (AAE), to develop, implement, and maintain a guiding document for Army SoS acquisition planning and synchronize Program Executive Office (PEO)/Program Manager (PM)-level System Engineering (SE) plans to ensure common execution across the Department of the Army (DA).

Provides the ASA(ALT) implementation strategy for the Army’s Capability Integration Agile Process.  The SoSEMP integrates the Agile processes into the overall SoS engineering lifecycle to ensure capabilities fielded under these processes are aligned and supportable through the Army’s acquisition and Science and Technology (S&T) communities.

Distinguishes between SoS engineering executed at the Headquarters of the Department of the Army (HQDA) staff level from the SE activities executed at the PEO/PM level.  Enables synchronization between SoS-level and PEO/PM-level SE plans to ensure common execution across the Army.

Defines a common implementation of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)-level guidance for SoS engineering and integrates SoS engineering processes into OSD, Joint, and DA capability development and related institutional processes.

When: Thursday, September 20th, 2013
Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 (see map).
Parking: Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive. Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.
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

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Nov
07

INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter Newsletter, Volume 1, Num 2A

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Aug
09

August 2013 Monthly Meeting


Overview of the Advanced Concepts Office at MSFC

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Abstract:

The function of the Advanced Concepts Office is to provide conceptual designs and feasibility studies to support future NASA missions.  This presentation provides an overview of the Advanced Concepts Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center.  It will cover the capabilities, tools and processes employed by the engineers in the office, which enable it systematically, perform space vehicle systems analyses and designs.  Specifically addressed will be the mDot process, which provides for an end-to-end product including documentation.  Samples of the office products and analyses will be presented also.

Bio:

Reginald Alexander is the manager of the Advanced Concepts Office, Engineering Directorate at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.  In this role, he is responsible for the development of new concepts for space vehicles for the Center and Agency.  Mr. Alexander’s office studies new conceptual design and performs feasibility studies of those ideas to determine their effectiveness to achieve program goals.  Included in these is NASA’s Space Launch System.

In addition to managing the Advanced Concepts Office, Mr. Alexander was the Chief Engineer for the Lunar Precursor Robotics Program.  In this role he was responsible for the technical products necessary to place a small robotic lander on the lunar surface for scientific observations.  Mr. Alexander has also served as the lead systems engineer the Space Launch Initiative’s Crew Transfer Vehicle.  Additionally, he spent a year at NASA Headquarters as the center’s liaison for thermal protection systems supporting the agency’s return to flight efforts.

Mr. Alexander has led for Agency-level studies most recently leading an activity examining hypersonics technologies and their applicability for future NASA missions.

A native of Corinth, MS, Mr. Alexander earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1989 from Mississippi State University, and earned his master’s of science degree in engineering, from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1998 with a focus on heat transfer and fluid mechanics.   He has also completed a fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government among other leadership development programs.  Mr. Alexander joined NASA January 1990 in the Preliminary Design Office as a thermal analyst.

Presentation Charts: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/capabilities/advanced_concepts.html

Jun
17

June 2013 Monthly Meeting

Managing Conservatism during System Development
John Jellicorse,
Booz Allen Hamilton

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

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ABSTRACT:
This presentation covers the sources of conservatism that exist within our models and analyses, the impact of excessive conservatism on complex system program viability, what NASA is trying to implement to improve efficiency, and confer what you can do as an individual Systems Engineer.

John’s presentation identifies major categories where NASA and contractors embed conservatism in our analytical activities. He will describe several techniques that analysts can implement to improve conservatism levels and better understand and communicate conservatism status to data recipients.

John will present follow-on efforts  initiated by NASA to further the understanding of conservatism and to improve our capabilities to manage it.

SPEAKER BIO:
John Jellicorse is a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton.

He is currently a Systems Engineer at the NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center (MSFC) working on the Space Launch System (SLS) Program. He supports the Program’s Lead Systems Engineer and provides expertise to assess and resolve system level planning and technical integration issues on the program.

He has supported NASA programs for the last 27 years, including the Space Shuttle, Spacelab, Space Station Freedom, SPACEHAB commercial, International Space Station (ISS), Constellation, and SLS programs. Before that, John worked in the nuclear power industry for several years.

On the SPACEHAB program, he worked on manned spaceflight program using the commercial SPACEHAB module from concept definition through system development, and on to 17 successful space missions, providing exposure to and experience in every aspect of the system engineering discipline.

John started his career as a structural engineer and evolved into technical management, but over the past 12 years, he found his calling to work as a systems engineer focusing on SE process application to develop and operate complex systems.

John received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and completed coursework for a Master’s Degree in Solid Mechanics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, lived in Atlanta and Houston for short stents, but has mostly lived in Huntsville since 1980.

When: Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807.Parking: Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive. Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.
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

May
02

May 2013 Monthly Meeting

The Ongoing Cybersecurity Pandemic –
What Risks Are You Facing and How Do You Respond?

Dave Hall, ESEP/CISSP
Hall Associates

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

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ABSTRACT:
Businesses and individuals increasingly work with and through the Internet and with IT systems/devices, making each of us more and more vulnerable to cybercrime and cyberfraud.  There are more and increasingly complex threats “in the wild”, making cybersecurity risks harder to understand and harder to mitigate/avoid.  It’s not a case of IF, but of WHEN you will be hit.  For example, did you know that children are now more at risk for identity theft than adults or that small businesses are more at risk for identity theft than large businesses?

World Wide Web, Internet and IT risks, when they occur, will cause business and personal losses – lost resources, lost revenue, lost customers, lost reputation, lost personnel effectiveness, lost productivity, identity theft, fraud, and money loss.  And 90+% of all cyber risks are enabled by social engineering – You or someone in your family or business provides the information that enables a cybercriminal to steal from you simply because you – and others – don’t know what the scams are and how cybercriminals try to get information from you.  This discussion will explain and discuss some of the 400+ million scams, frauds, hacks and malware risks in the wild and how to strengthen your risk mitigation/contingency actions.

Cyber insecurity: Managing against the risk – risk management has been part of cybersecurity from Day One, but has often taken a backseat to aggressive zero-tolerance policies that sought to raise impenetrable barriers to security threats. Now we know better.   The explosion in the volume and sophistication of malware in the past few years has overwhelmed barrier technologies such as firewalls and intrusion-detection systems, and the bogglingly fast spread of powerful mobile devices such as tablet PCs and smart phones has provided the black hats with a wealth of different ways to break into networks and individual computers.

If you don’t know what threats you face or what vulnerabilities you have simply by using an interconnected computer, you/your business/your family/your group is at exponentially increasing risk in being a victim of cybercrime.  This short seminar will provide information about the various methods used to accomplish cybercrimes.

SPEAKER BIO:
Over 35 years of systems engineering, risk management and program management experience (in DOD, NASA and industry) has provided me with experience in successfully accomplishing all types of programs/projects, conducting comprehensive program/project studies and implementing solutions to problems/risks as well as the ability to provide systems engineering and risk management training.  I am an INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

My NASA Risk Management experience included being one of the NASA Risk Management Train-The-Trainer leads providing consistent risk management training and process improvement for all NASA Centers. My experience in working for the Missile Defense Agency has provided extensive knowledge of quality, safety and mission assurance program requirements as well as applying qualitative and quantitative methodologies, principles and techniques to numerous MDA operations and projects.   My USAF career provided me with an extensive knowledge of DOD programs and acquisition life cycle processes.

Currently I have been concentrating on the CyberSecurity and CyberRisk areas.  I have had numerous risk management/systems engineering articles and reports published in both report formats and peer-reviewed journals.  The latest article was in the Journal of Systems Engineering.

When: Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 (see map).
Parking: Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive. Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.

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

Apr
11

April 2013 Monthly Meeting

System Phases, Modes, and States: Solutions to Controversial Issues
Charles S. Wasson Wasson Strategics, LLC
wslse@cpws.net, http://www.wassonstrategics.com
Copyright © 2010 – 2011 by Charles S. Wasson, Wasson Strategics, LLC -
All Rights Reserved Published and used by INCOSE with permission.

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ABSTRACT:

System phases, modes, and states are often one of the most controversial concepts in System Engineering due to a lack of standards for implementation. Yet, the topic serves as one of the most critical guiding principles of System Engineering: Decompose system complexity into manageable levels and entities with acceptable risk that lead to optimal system design solutions. Four issues contribute to the challenges of implementing system phases, modes, and states:

• Issue #1 – Definitions of “mode(s)” versus “state(s)”

• Issue #2 – Do “modes” contain “states” or do “states” contain “modes”?

• Issue #3 – Should specifications specify “modes and states”?

• Issue #4 – Should specifications flow down “modes and states”?

To address these four issues, this presentation provides a statement of the problem, identifies sources of the problem, provides clarifying definitions, and provides illustrative examples of “modes” and “states”. Building on the foundational definitions, the presentation explores the entity relationships (ERs) between phases, modes, and states and how they can be employed as a problem solvingsolution development framework to identify and link system phases of operation, modes, use cases, various types of states to the system architecture.

This presentation proposes that due to the abstractness and ambiguous understanding of the term “state”, communications among engineers becomes confusing and conflicting. Investigation and analysis of verbal communications reveals that “states” have at least four contexts of usage: 1) organizational or logistical employment of a system as an asset – i.e., System States, 2) the operating condition of a system– i.e. Operational States, 3) the time-based rate of change and operating environment-dependent dynamics of a system – i.e., Dynamic States, and 4) the physical arrangement of architectural capabilities to achieve performance-based outcomes – i.e., Physical Configuration States.

Based on a solution to Issues #1 and #2 that fuel the controversy, the presentation addresses the final two issues – i.e., Issues #3 and #4 – concerning specifying and flowing down “modes and states” in specifications. We conclude with a summary of recommendations concerning the four issues and provide suggestions for effective SE leadership to properly apply and implement system phases, modes, and states.

SPEAKER BIO:

CHARLES WASSON, is President of Wasson Strategics, LLC (www.wassonstrategics.com) and is a member of the International Council on System Engineering (INCOSE), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the Project Management Institute (PMI).

His firm, Wasson Strategics, LLC, provides professional training courses, workshops, and consulting services in multi-disciplined Systems Engineering, Technical Project Management, Enterprise / Organizational Development, and Team Development. The firm’s private clients include Fortune 100 and 500 organizations in the aerospace and defense, medical, energy, and transportation sectors.

Charles’ professional career experience spans over 40 years of leadership in leading Systems Engineering and Development organizations that include Lockheed Martin Corporation, Teledyne Brown Engineering, the US Army Missile and Research Development Command, SCI Systems, et al. As an internationally recognized author and instructor in System Engineering and Development, he is an invited guest speaker and panelist at professional meetings and symposia, and commencement speaker.

In Dec. 2005, he released a new system engineering text entitled System Analysis, Design, and Development: Concepts, Principles, and Practices as part of the highly acclaimed John Wiley and Sons System Engineering and Management Series. The textbook was written for project, systems, hardware, software, test, and specialty engineers; scientists; program/project managers, business analysts, executives, et al. One of the key aspects of the text is the translation of SE theory into scaleable practices that enable application across any business and engineering product domains that develop systems.

In October, 2006, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) headquartered in Paris, France awarded the text its 2006 Engineering Sciences Book of the Year Award, at their annual Congress in Valencia, Spain. Although the IAA has traditionally selected space-flight centric publications for their Engineering Sciences Book of the Year Award, Mr. Wasson’s text was written for general application to any domain such as medical, financial, transportation, aerospace and defense, et al.

When: Thursday, April18th, 2013

Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 (see map).

Parking: Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive. Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.

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

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March 2013 Monthly Meeting

Reliability Growth
(And why it’s important to Defense Acquisition Programs)
Seth D. Shepherd
Systems Engineering and Technology Department
Defense Acquisition University, South Region
March 21, 2013 / 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.

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Topic Abstract

The presentation will cover the evolving policy context for Reliability and Reliability Growth, current reliability trends, and reasons programs fail to achieve reliability requirements.

We will also discuss Four Key Steps for creating reliable systems:

  • Understanding User Needs and Constraints
  • Designing (and redesigning) For Reliability
  • Producing Reliable & Maintainable Systems
  • Monitoring Field Performance

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You can access INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter information at http://www.incose.org/huntsville/

When: Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 (see map).

Parking: Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive. Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.

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

Sign up at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1796955&trk=hb_side_g for the Huntsville INCOSE Chapter LinkedIn group.

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.

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SPEAKER BIO:

Mr Shepherd is a professor of Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) South Region in Huntsville, AL. He teaches courses in Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation to members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce. Mr Shepherd also does consulting in Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation for Department of Defense agencies and the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr Shepherd has over 30 years’ experience in DoD materiel acquisition, science & technology management, systems engineering and test & evaluation. He served in a wide variety of acquisition, engineering, test and staff assignments over his active duty Air Force career including: Operational Test Advisor to the Iraqi Military Chief of Combat Engineering and Director General for Armaments and Supply; Director, Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator; HQ AF Material Command Chief of Space Test Policy; AF Research Laboratory Program Manager for Electro-Optical Sensors Technology; AF Information Warfare Center Chief of Electro-Optics/Infrared Capability Analysis; Human Systems Program Office Systems Engineer for Night Vision Systems; Space Systems Physicist/Test Technology Manager at Arnold Engineering Development Center and Infrared Systems Test Engineer at the 3246 Test Wing, Eglin AFB.

Mr Shepherd holds a BS in Physics from Lamar University and an MS in Physics with a concentration in electro-optics from the University of North Texas.

Plan now for upcoming meetings.

In April INCOSE Huntsville will welcome Mr. Charles Wasson of Wasson Strategics, LLC. Mr. Wasson is a John Wiley Systems Engineering Author, Instructor, and Consultant. He will be speaking on System Phase, Modes, and States: Solutions to Controversial Issues.

In May we will welcome Mr. David Hall, an INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). Mr. Hall will be speaking on The Ongoing Cybersecurity Pandemic – What Risks Are You Facing and How Do You Respond? with a particular focus on personal risks from “social engineering”.

If you have ideas for future speakers, contact our Programs Chair: David Swinney at david.swinney@dau.mil

Keep learning,
David Swinney, Professor,
Systems Engineering Management Defense Acquisition University – South Region
Systems Engineering and Technology Department

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Feb
13

February 2013 Monthly Meeting

Cost-Benefit Analysis: Developing Skills

Darrell Hamilton, Defense Acquisition University,
February 21st, 2013 / 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.

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There are many different requirements to do some type of cost and benefit tradeoff analysis as part of the acquisition process, IT investment decisions, performance based logistics decisions and budget change proposals.  Most of them have nuance definition differences and are known by their acronyms as CBA, EA, BCA, AoA, COA and several other terms.   Every one of those analysis requirements is aimed at demonstrating or helping others to decide on what is the most reasonable and cost effective decision that needs to be made.  In spite of most of them having been mandated for years, teaching people how to write and brief effective analysis is hard to locate.

The academic and business (non-government) community has studied the process for years and has a number of robust training programs for people to attend.  Those courses and training events, though, fall short of what is needed for a government analysis.  They tend to focus on the economic calculations that drive the final decision process.  Emphasis is on gathering dollar value benefits numbers and reducing the decision to a simple economic tradeoff.  Their analysis often starts with a variation on the same question, “how do we make more money by…”

The government, however, is different.  Initial guidance on what the question is, is often vague.  Benefits are hard, if not impossible, to reduce to dollar values.  Billion dollar decisions have to be reduced to an hour (or less) long briefing.  The real training question for the government is how do you train people to do the hard part of the analysis – defining the real problem, focusing on the germane assumptions, deciding how to set up decision criteria when money is not the only criteria, and presenting a decision product that explains it all?

This session will be an introduction and quick analysis of common gotchas to the main issues that the government faces when trying to understand a decision analysis.

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You can access INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter information at http://www.incose.org/huntsville/

When: Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 (see map).

Parking: Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive. Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.

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

Sign up at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1796955&trk=hb_side_g for the Huntsville INCOSE Chapter LinkedIn group.

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.

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Biography: Mr. Darrell Hamilton

Darrell Hamilton is a Professor of Business Cost Estimating at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU); teaching most cost estimating courses offered by DAU. He also is currently the course manager for BCF215, “Operating and Support Cost Analysis” and is the primary author and course manager for a new course called “Cost-Benefit Analysis for Army Programs.”

Prior to rejoining the government at the Missile Defense Agency in 2008 as a Senior Cost Analyst, he held various positions in industry such as Strategic Director of Project Management and Quality (Software Systems) for LapCorp, Managing Director of Marketing Automation at Trans World Airlines (TWA) and Project Manager of Operations Research Systems at TWA.

Prior to his 13 year stint with industry, Darrell worked for the US Army TRADOC Analysis Command first as an officer and then as a contractor, developing cost-tradeoff and military war games (Vector-in-Commander (VIC) and TacWar). Mr. Hamilton has a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Post Graduate School and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Georgia Tech.

He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and served 11 years on active duty as an officer in the US Army Chemical Corps.

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Feb
13

January 2013 Monthly Meeting

“Huntsville Business Outlook”

John Southerland, Huntsville Chamber of Commerce,
January 24th, 2013 / 5:30 – 7:30 P.M.

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The INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter President, Mr. Jack Stockdale, cordially invites your participation at the monthly INCOSE meeting at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems, 4800 Bradford Drive, Building 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 commencing at 5:30 PM on Thursday, January 24th, 2013. This month’s guest speaker is Mr. John Southerland, Huntsville Chamber of Commerce.!

You can access INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter information at http://www.incose.org/huntsville/

When: Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 (see map).

Parking: Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive. Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.

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

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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.

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Biography: Mr. John Southerland

John Southerland is the director of Cummings Research Park for the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. He is responsible for targeted industry recruitment and marketing available land and office space at the nation’s second largest research and development park.

He began working at the Chamber in 2007 as the director of communications, where he was responsible for Chamber communications to members, community image enhancement/development activities, media relations, public relations and marketing support for all divisions. He had editorial responsibility for all Chamber publications, including ChamberLink newsletter and Initiatives magazine and in promoting the Chamber’s mission and economic development activities locally, regionally and nationally.

Prior to joining the Chamber in February of 2007, Southerland served as senior vice president of business development and communications for FPMI Inc., a contractor specializing in providing high-level personnel systems support to Federal agencies. At FPMI, he was responsible for all corporate communications and media relations activities, and led business development efforts for the company, with offices located in Alexandria, Va.; Orlando, Fla.; and San Antonio, Texas.

Before joining FPMI in 1998, Southerland served as managing editor of The Daily Sentinel in Scottsboro, Ala., where he began his professional career as a general news reporter before becoming sports editor, winning several writing awards recognized by the Alabama Press Association and Southern Newspapers, Inc. He graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Journalism.

Southerland, a native of Huntsville, is married to the former Monica White of Huntsville and they have two children, Olivia, 12, and Eli, 9.

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Topic Abstract

Mr. Southerland will present a Huntsville Chamber perspective on the changing job climate in Huntsville.

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Nov
14

November 2012 Monthly Meeting

“Impacts of DoD Acquisition Policy Changes”

Seth Shepherd, Defense Acquisition University,
November 15th, 2012   / 5:30 – 7:30 (PM)

The INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter President, Mr. Rod Wheeler, cordially invites your participation at the monthly INCOSE meeting at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems, 4800 Bradford Drive, Building 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 commencing at 5:30 PM on Thursday, November 15th, 2012. This month’s guest speaker is Mr. Seth D. Shepherd, Systems Engineering and Technology Department, Defense Acquisition University, South Region. INCOSE is celebrating our annual Holiday Dinner, so join us for an extra special and festive catered meal!!

Holiday Menu:
Roasted Turkey
Oven roasted and basted with creamy butter. Served with house made cranberry sauce
Pork loin brushed with balsamic glaze,dusted with rosemary and herbs.  Baked and sliced.
Basmati rice with red bell pepper
Turkey Gravy – Also known as Pan Gravy.  No giblets
Roasted winter veggies
Broccoli au gratin
Waldorf salad with apples, celery and pecans
Focaccia Bread – An Italian bread topped with olives, asiago cheese and olive oil
Chocolate pound cake with mousse
Pumpkin pie

INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter information can be accessed at the following URL: http://www.incose.org/huntsville/

When: Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 (see map).

Parking: Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive. Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.

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

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Biography: Mr. Seth Shepherd

Mr Shepherd is a professor of Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) South Region in Huntsville, AL. He teaches courses in Systems
Engineering and Test & Evaluation to members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce. Mr Shepherd also does consulting in Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation for Department of Defense agencies and the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr Shepherd has over 30 years experience in DoD materiel acquisition, science & technology management, systems engineering and test & evaluation. He served in a wide variety of acquisition, engineering, test and staff assignments over his active duty Air Force career including: Operational Test Advisor to the Iraqi Military Chief of Combat Engineering and Director General for Armaments and Supply; Director, Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator; HQ AF Material Command Chief of Space Test Policy; AF Research Laboratory Program Manager for Electro-Optical Sensors Technology; AF Information Warfare Center Chief of Electro-Optics/Infrared Capability Analysis; Human Systems Program Office Systems Engineer for Night Vision Systems; Space Systems Physicist/Test Technology Manager at Arnold Engineering Development Center and Infrared Systems Test Engineer at the 3246 Test Wing, Eglin AFB.

Mr Shepherd holds a BS in Physics from Lamar University and an MS in Physics with a concentration in electro-optics from the University of North Texas.

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Topic Abstract

Recent changes in JCIDS, DODI 5000 and the Defense Acquisition Guidebook have
significant Impacts on Systems Engineering effort scope and timing. This talk
uses a simplified Acquisition Lifecycle Framework to identify the timing of
and relationships between Systems Engineering, Test and other Acquisition
activities.

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Oct
10

October 2012 Monthly Meeting

“Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Moving from Document-Centric to Model-Centric Systems Engineering”

Mike Russell, INCOSE CSEP, Booz Allen Hamilton
October 18, 2012   / 5:30 – 7:30 (PM)

The INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter President, Mr. Rod Wheeler, cordially invites your participation at the monthly INCOSE meeting at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems, 4800 Bradford Drive, Building 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 commencing at 5:30 PM on Thursday, October 16th, 2012. This month’s guest speaker is Mr. Mike Russell, a Lead Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton and an INCOSE CSEP.

INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter information can be accessed at the following URL: http://www.incose.org/huntsville/

When: Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 (see map).

Parking: Turn on Lockheed Martin Way from Bradford Drive. Turn right into parking lot to access cafeteria in Bldg 401.

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

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RSVP by emailing Ms. Weei Ling (Sam) Loo at weei.loo@mdnt.com.

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Biography: Mr. Mike Russell

Mike Russell is Lead Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton and an INCOSE CSEP.  He has served as a PM and in lead engineering roles on many Federal, DoD, and Industry projects, and currently supports the Army’s Office of the Chief Systems Engineer (OCSE) as the Chief Architect for the Architecture and Analysis Directorate.  He holds a MSSE from George Mason University and has taught courses in Systems Engineering for the past eight years.  Mr. Russell has published many papers on systems engineering and architecture topics and is frequently called on to present at technical conferences.

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Topic Abstract

Many organizations are faced with the challenge of specifying and building a large-scale system of systems (SoS) made up of numerous sub-systems spanning many engineering disciplines.  Few of the systems that make up the SoS will be on the same development path, may be at different phases of the lifecycle, and are routinely developed by different organizations for different purposes.  This presentation provides an approach for using Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) to positively map requirements, metrics, and test cases against the hardware, and software of notional heavy lift vehicle with a focus on using the models for decision making.  In addition, it will draw distinctions between MBSE and more traditional document-based SE processes, seeking to show the advantages of an MBSE approach.

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Sep
20

September 2012 Monthly Meeting

“Intellectual Property and Data Rights -
What the Government Needs”

Bill Decker, Defense Acquisition University
September 20, 2012   / 5:30 – 7:30 (PM)

The INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter President, Mr. Rod Wheeler, cordially invites your participation at the monthly INCOSE meeting at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems, 4800 Bradford Drive, Building 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 commencing at 5:30 PM on Thursday, September 20th, 2012.

This month’s guest speaker is DAU Professor Bill Decker, briefing attendees on intellectual property issues from a government acquisition perspective, the data rights spectrum for technical data and relation to government/contractor funding mix, current law and policy guidance, mechanics of IP rights in DoD contracts, and other competitive technology development issues.

Per congressional directive, government acquisition must use modular, open architectures to enable competition for upgrades, foster build-to-print approaches to enable production through multiple sources, acquire complete technical data packages, and enable periodic competitions for subsystem upgrades.

His presentation discusses how to determine what data rights the Government needs, followed by what the law (and the FAR/DFARS) say about what the Government is entitled to, and what limits there are to data rights when a contractor pays to develop a product.

INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter information can be accessed at the following URL: http://www.incose.org/huntsville/

When: Thursday, September 20th,  2012
Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 (see map)

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

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Biography: William M Decker

William M. Decker – Director, Defense Acquisition University Technology Transition Learning Center of Excellence; Professor of Systems Engineering Management.
Mr. Decker’s 40 year career includes active duty, industry, university and now DAU experience.  He received a BS in Engineering from Cornell University and a MS in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School and performed additional graduate work at the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center.

Mr. Decker’s 20 year Army career included assignments as Company Commander of a Signal Company in Darmstadt, Germany; Test Officer for Electro-Optics Test; Assistant Professor of Physics at the US Military Academy and Research and Development Coordinator at the Army’s Night Vision and Electro-Optics Center.

After retirement from the Army, he spent three years with ITT Night Vision as the Manager of Advanced Technology Programs; two years as a program manager with the University of Texas Applied Research Laboratory; and eleven years with Brashear, a Division of L-3 Communications where he was a program manager, product line manager and business developer.

Over the past 25 years, Mr. Decker has been intimately involved in research and development in optics, lasers and directed energy systems.  His experience in developing and fielding technology resulted in his selection to serve as the director of DAU’s Technology Transition Learning Center of Excellence.   He holds two patents and teaches short courses on technology transition and high energy laser beam directors for the Directed Energy Professional Society, where he is also a member of the Board of Directors.  At DAU, Mr. Decker teaches courses in Systems Engineering, Science and Technology Management, Software Acquisition Management and Information Technology Management.

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Aug
14

August 2012 Monthly Meeting

Dr. Lisa D. Murphy, “Beyond Better Written Requirements:
The Current and Future Prospects of Model Based Systems Engineering”

August 16, 2012   / 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter President, Mr. Rod Wheeler, cordially invites your participation at the monthly INCOSE meeting at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems, 4800 Bradford Drive, Building 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 commencing at 5:30 PM on Thursday, August 16th, 2012. This month’s guest speaker is Dr. Lisa D. Murphy.

INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter information can be accessed at the following URL: http://www.incose.org/huntsville/

When: Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Location: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, 4800 Bradford Drive, Bldg. 401, Huntsville, AL 35807 (see map)

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

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Biography: Dr. Lisa D. Murphy

Lisa Murphy, Ph.D., has been developing systems in aerospace, industry, and government for over twenty years.  She has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies, an MBA, and earned her doctorate in Information Systems at Indiana University (Bloomington).  Her research on Model Based Systems Engineering has been presented at the Conference on Systems Engineering Research 2012 (St Louis); she has developed and taught workshops on Model Based Systems Engineering for a variety of engineering-oriented audiences.

Dr. Murphy first began using models in software systems development at Boeing; recently she served as systems engineer to NASA’s Constellation Information Systems Office and as subject matter expert on Product Data and Lifecycle Management for NASA Headquarters Office of the Chief Engineer.  She was faculty at Louisiana State University and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a researcher at UAH’s Center for the Management of Science and Technology.   A certified PMP, she currently serves as Chief Architect for Atura Integration LLC, a Huntsville-based firm addressing issues of complex data management for engineering and product development activities.

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Jul
20

July 2012 Officer Meeting and HRC Chapter Newsletter

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Jun
08

June 2012 Monthly Meeting

“American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and INCOSE Collaborative Opportunities”
June 21, 2012   / 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Jacobs Conference Center
1500 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 100, Huntsville, AL  35806

The INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter President, Mr. Rod Wheeler, cordially invites your participation at the monthly INCOSE meeting at Jacobs Conference Center, 1500 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 100, Huntsville, AL 35806 at 5:30 PM on Thursday, June 21, 2012. This month’s guest speaker is Mr. Gordon Alan Lowrey. Mr. Lowrey is an Associate Fellow and Southeastern Regional Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and serves on the local AIAA Greater Huntsville Council. The following is an abstract of the topic Mr. Lowrey will share with his Huntsville INCOSE Systems Engineering peers.

You can access this and other INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter information  at the URL: http://www.incose.org/huntsville/. In the lower right corner of the website, you can register your intent to attend (or not) and whether you plan to attend remotely via teleconference, connection details below.

When: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Location: Jacobs Conference Facility
1500 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 100, Huntsville, AL 35806

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5:15-5:30 Sign-in / Badge-in
5:30-5:55 Dinner
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

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RSVP by emailing Dave Schultz (david.j.schultz-1@nasa.gov) or Ms. Weei Ling (Sam) Loo (wei.loo@mdnt.com)

An Honor Box $5.00 meal donation will be available during the pre-meeting registration.  LiveMeeting participants are also encouraged to register in advance.

*Jacobs Conference Center entry for this meeting is restricted to “U.S. Persons Only”, pursuant to U.S. DoD contractor facility access rules compliance.

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Abstract

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), with more than 30,000 individual members and 90 corporate members, is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.  Its mission is to address the professional needs and interests of the past, current, and future aerospace workforce and to advance the state of aerospace science, engineering, technology, operations, and policy to benefit our global society.  Created in 1963 by the merger of the two great aerospace societies of the day, the American Rocket Society (founded in 1930 as the American Interplanetary Society), and the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences (established in 1933 as the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences), AIAA carries forth a proud tradition of more than 80 years of aerospace leadership.

Major elements of the AIAA, indeed, considered the workhorses of the Institute, are the numerous Technical, Program and Standing Committees that offer incredible opportunities for networking, professional development, and satisfying participation.  And among the over 60 Technical Committees includes the Systems Engineering Technical Committee (SETC).  The purpose of SETC is to foster the definition, dissemination, development, understanding and application of system engineering processes, methodologies and tools to aeronautics, space, computer and ground systems.

This presentation will address the general AIAA organization, with particular attention given to the SETC and its upcoming Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE) event this September in Pasadena, CA.  Past activities between the local INCOSE and AIAA chapters will also be addressed.  Discussion about future activities will be strongly encouraged.

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Biography: Mr. Gordon Alan Lowrey

Gordon Alan Lowrey is a member of the Systems Engineering Senior Staff at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Huntsville, AL.  He is currently providing requirements development and mission planning analysis to the Targets and Countermeasures Program (TCP) supporting the Missile Defense Agency of the Department of Defense.  Prior to joining the TCP in January 2005, he was with Lockheed Martin Space Operations (from 1999) providing systems engineering and payload integration support to the International Space Station’s (ISS) Payload Operations and Integration Center at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), and to the ISS Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Program at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC).  Duties included being MSFC contractor liaison with the ISS international partners, the European Space Agency, the Russian Space Agency and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency.  He was also a contractor to Lockheed Martin Astronautics (1995-1997), providing system architecture and mission definition for various advanced launch system concepts.

From 1997-1999, Mr. Lowrey was a principle systems analyst for Sygenex Incorporated of Seattle, WA, providing orbital environment analysis and transmission performance data for satellite network development.  He also developed payload interface procedures for Boeing’s Sea Launch commercial launch vehicle system.  From 1986-1994, Mr. Lowrey was with the Space Systems Division of Rockwell International in Huntsville, AL, supporting several programs at NASA/MSFC.  Assignments included serving as a Huntsville Operations Support Center (HOSC) Space Shuttle Coordinator for pre-launch activities, conducting numerous studies on proposed advanced space transportation systems, wind tunnel testing for Space Shuttle Orbiter and National Aerospace Plane development, and computational fluid dynamics modeling of propellant flow phenomena associated with Space Shuttle operations.  Mr. Lowrey also participated in the Space Shuttle Challenger accident investigation.  Earlier employment included Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville, AL (1986) for missile flight control analysis and simulation software development, and McDonnell Douglas Technical Services in Houston, TX (1980-1982), for launch operations development during the Space Shuttle Orbiter Flight Testing Program.

Mr. Lowrey is an Associate Fellow and Southeastern Regional Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and serves on the local AIAA Greater Huntsville Council.  He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, the National Space Club, the National Space Society, the Florida Aviation Historical Society and the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society.  He holds BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University, and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University Of Tennessee.

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May
26

Special Invitation: Luncheon Presentation – Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) Director Edward R. Greer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, DT&E

Join with International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) Rocket City Chapter in welcoming Test Resource Management Center (TRMC) Director Edward R. Greer for a lunchtime presentation, Thursday, May 31, 2012. Click for meeting flyer and speaker bio.

ITEA Luncheon

Speaker: Edward R. Greer,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, DT&E

Director, Test Resource Management Center (TRMC)

THURSDAY May 31, 2012
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

BBQ Lunch $10

Raytheon Building
401 Jan Davis Drive Huntsville, AL 35806 US

Attendees MUST RSVP with First, Middle Initial, Last Name, Company, Address, and if US Citizen

RSVP: Leigh Christian, Amtec Corporation 256-319-6281|
or lchristian@amtec-corp.com

IINTERNATIONAL TEST AND EVALUATION ASSOCIATION

May
15

May 2012 Monthly Meeting – Dr. Stephen Johnson

“The Origins of Systems Engineering, and the Need for Formalization”
May 17th, 2012   /   5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Jacobs Conference Center
1500 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 100
Huntsville, AL 35806

The INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter President, Mr. Rod Wheeler, cordially invites your participation at the monthly INCOSE meeting at Jacobs Conference Center, 1500 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 100, Huntsville, AL 35806 at 5:30 PM on Thursday, May 17, 2012. This month’s guest speaker is
Dr. Stephen Johnson, an Associate Research Professor with the Center for Space Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The following is an abstract of the topic Dr. Johnson will share with his Huntsville INCOSE Systems Engineering peers.

Abstract

  • To describe the technical and organizational issues that led to the development of systems engineering from the 1940s through the 1960s, primarily in the United States Army and US Air Force,
  • To describe how the formulation of systems engineering as a formal process to cross-check against individual and social mistakes has, in the author’s view, led to a mistaken view that it inherently must be a process instead of a classical engineering discipline, and
  • To describe recent developments to improve systems engineering’s ability to reduce the number of system faults and to turn it into a “regular engineering discipline” that is product-focused instead of process-focused.

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Dr. Stephen Johnson’s Biography

Dr. Stephen Johnson is an associate research professor with the Center for Space Studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, currently working with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center under a subcontract to Jacobs ESTS, as the Analysis Lead for Mission and Fault Management in the Space Launch System program. He is also leading a research task to fundamentally improve systems engineering using state-based, model-based approaches under contract to the University of Alabama-Huntsville Center for System Studies.

Dr. Johnson is the general editor for System Health Management: With Aerospace Applications (2011), and wrote the “Concepts and Principles” section for NASA’s draft Fault Management Handbook. Since 1985 he has been developing practices and concepts for System Health Management and Systems Engineering in industry, academia, and for NASA. He is the author and editor of numerous articles and books in engineering, space history, space economics, and management, including The Secret of Apollo: Systems Management in American and European Space Programs (2002), The United States Air Force and the Culture of Innovation 1945-1965 (2002) and Space Exploration and Humanity: A Historical Encyclopedia (2010).

Dr. Johnson earned his bachelors degree in physics from Whitman College in 1981, and his PhD in the History of Science and Technology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 1997. He has worked at Northrop (1982-4), Martin Marietta (1984-92), the University of Cincinnati (1992-1997), the University of North Dakota Department of Space Studies (1997-2005), and UCCS Center for Space Studies (2005-present), and has also co-owned a small business (Dependable Systems International, 1994-1997) and worked under Interagency Personnel Agreement for NASA MSFC (2005-2011).

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When: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Location: Jacobs Conference Facility
1500 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 100, Huntsville, AL 35806
Agenda:
5:15-5:30 Sign-in/Badging
5:30-5:55 Dinner
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
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*Jacobs Conference Center entry for this meeting is restricted to “U.S. Persons Only”, pursuant to U.S. DoD contractor facility access rules compliance.

If you plan to attend, please register at the HRC-INCOSE website at:
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Apr
26

Systems Engineering Certification Tutorial Webinar

Interested in receiving your INCOSE Systems Engineering (SE) certification and becoming an International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) or an Associate SEP (ASEP)? The INCOSE Training Working Group, INCOSE Hampton Roads Area (HRA) Chapter, and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) are hosting a tutorial webinar to help you learn SE and prepare for the certification exam. The tutorial is taught by John O. Clark, INCOSE Training Working Group Lead, HRA Chapter Director of Training & Education, NG Corporate SE Instructor, and NG Information Systems (NGIS) Sector Chief Engineer. The tutorial covers the certification process and the SE Handbook version 3.2.2. The tutorial also provides sample questions, tips, and personal help in SE and to fill-out your application. A certificate of completion is provided on request.

Beginning Thursday, April 5th 2012 and running through September 2012, the tutorial consists of 16 weekly sessions, held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Eastern Time USA, for up to 300 INCOSE and 250 NGC participants. There is no need to pre-register and no cost, just join in. The LiveMeeting site opens 30 minutes before the start time and each session includes an additional 30 minutes after for Q&A. The schedule is subject to change, so check the site each morning before class to obtain the latest schedule.

Prior to each session, participants are encouraged to read the sections of the SE Handbook to be presented. Course materials include the tutorial slides (including PowerPoint Notes), sample questions, and prior-session audio and video recordings for later downloading if you miss a session.

•    INCOSE members.  You can access the course by using your personal INCOSE Connect username and password to access the Connect tutorial site and course materials at https://connect.incose.org/tut/sehandbook/default.aspx. If you do not know your personal Connect password, reset your password at http://www.incose.org/membership/requestPWreset.cfm

•    INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) member organization current employees, including NGC current employees.  As a current employee of a CAB organization, including NGC employees, you can access the course at https://connect.incose.org/tut/sehandbook/default.aspx. If your organization has set up a page on their intranet with information about INCOSE, you should find access information for the tutorial there. If not, please contact your CAB representative listed at http://www.incose.org/about/organization/cab.cfm and ask them to provide the access information.

•    NGC current employees. As a current employee of NGC, you can access the course via the NGC Live Meeting Server which contains the teleconference number in the Shared Notes icon in the upper right corner. The telecon number and passcode are the same as in prior courses. Log-in to Live Meeting early to check your access. For help with Live Meeting, please refer to the resources available on the Live Meeting portal site under “My Tools” at Live Meeting Information. The portal site contains installation instructions, a user guide, and FAQs. If Live Meeting is not accessible, download the slides and teleconference number from the NGC ShareCenter site and follow along using the slide numbers. If access to the ShareCenter site is denied, contact Lowri.Sprung@ngc.com early if access permission is needed. Because this is an external training event, NGC employees must follow export policy and procedures in order to attend.

The INCOSE Live Meeting audio capacity has been enabled for up to 300 global callers. However, only Local US and International Toll telecon numbers are available due to the high costs incurred previously in providing the tutorial. The INCOSE Toll telecon numbers are available at the above INCOSE Connect tutorial site, and the participant passcode is 7336579353, but please mute your phone! INCOSE Live Meeting use of Computer Audio is highly recommended to avoid costs, but please mute your microphone!

Questions? Contact john.clark@incose.org if additional information is needed.

Apr
26

Systems Engineering Fundamentals Tutorial Webinar

Interested in learning the fundamentals of Systems Engineering (SE)? The International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Training Working Group, INCOSE Hampton Roads Area (HRA) Chapter, and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) are hosting a tutorial webinar to help you learn the fundamentals of SE. The tutorial is taught by John O. Clark, INCOSE Training Working Group Lead, INCOSE HRA Chapter Director of Training & Education, NG Corporate SE Instructor, and NG Information Systems (NGIS) Sector Chief Engineer. The tutorial covers the SE fundamentals from the SE Standards perspective which includes: EIA/IS-632, IEEE 1220, EIA-632, and ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288. The tutorial also provides a composite view of SE and personal help in SE. A certificate of completion is provided on request.

Beginning Wednesday, April 4th 2012 and running through June 2012, the tutorial consists of 9 weekly 60-minute sessions held from noon to 1:00 p.m., Eastern Time USA, for up to 300 INCOSE and 250 NGC participants. There is no need to pre-register and no cost, just join in. The LiveMeeting site opens 30 minutes before the start time and each session includes an additional 30 minutes after for Q&A. The schedule is subject to change, so check the sites each morning before class to obtain the latest schedule.

Prior to each session, participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the corresponding sections and appendices of the SE Standards. These Standards and copyrighted material from them will not be provided on any site, but the Standards may be available from your Technical Library. Hardcopies of the slides will be available on request. Course materials include the non-copyrighted portions of the tutorial slides and prior-session audio recordings for downloading if you miss a session.

  • INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) member organization current employees, including NGC current employees. As a current employee of a CAB organization, including NGC, you can access the course at https://connect.incose.org/tut/sefundamentals/default.aspx . If your organization has set up a page on their intranet with information about INCOSE, you should find access information for the tutorial there. If not, please contact your CAB representative listed at http://www.incose.org/about/organization/cab.cfm and ask them to provide the access information.
  • NGC Current Employees. As a current employee of NGC, you can access the course via the NGC Live Meeting server which contains the teleconference number in the Shared Notes icon in the upper right corner. The telecon number and passcode are the same as in prior courses. Log-in to Live Meeting early to check your access. For help with Live Meeting, please refer to the resources available on the Live Meeting portal site under “My Tools” at Live Meeting Information. The portal site contains installation instructions, a user guide, and FAQs. If Live Meeting is not accessible, download the slides and teleconference number from the NGC ShareCenter site and follow along using the slide numbers. If access to the ShareCenter site is denied, contact Lowri.Sprung@ngc.com early if access permission is needed. Because this is an external training event, NGC employees must follow export policy and procedures in order to attend.

The INCOSE Live Meeting audio capacity has been enabled for up to 300 global callers. However, only Local US and International Toll telecon numbers are available due to the high costs incurred previously in providing tutorials. The INCOSE Toll telecon numbers and passcode are available at the above INCOSE Connect tutorial site, but please mute your phone! INCOSE Live Meeting use of Computer Audio is highly recommended to avoid costs, but please mute your microphone!

Questions? Please contact John Clark at john.clark@incose.org if additional information is needed.

Mar
22

April 2012 Monthly Meeting

“System Engineering Competency:
The Missing Element in Engineering Education
…Why You Should Care”

April 19th, 2012 / 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Jacobs Conference Center
1500 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 100
Huntsville, AL 35806

Greetings!
The INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter monthly meeting takes place at Jacobs Conference Center, 1500 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 100, Huntsville, AL 35806 at 5:30 PM on Thursday, April 19, 2012.
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Mr. Charles Wasson, John Wiley Systems Engineering Author, Instructor, and Consultant (www.wassonstrategics.com) will participate in our monthly INCOSE meeting. The following is an abstract of the topic Mr. Wasson will share with Huntsville INCOSE Systems Engineering peers.
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Abstract. The “engineering of systems” performed in many organizations is often characterized as chaotic, ineffective, and inefficient. Objective evidence of these characteristics is reflected in program performance metrics such as non-compliance to requirements, overrun budgets, and late schedule deliveries. Causal analysis reveals a number of factors contribute to this condition: a lack of technical leadership, a lack of understanding the user’s problem / solution spaces, point design architectures and solutions, a lack of integrated decision making, et al. Further analysis indicates these factors are symptomatic of a much larger competency issue traceable to undergraduate engineering education – the lack of a Systems Engineering fundamentals course taught by seasoned instructors with robust, industrial experience acquired from a diversity of small to large, complex systems.

This presentation explores the ad hoc, chaotic, and dysfunctional nature of engineering planning and technical program execution. We trace its origins to the industrial Plug and Chug … Specify-Design-Build-Test-Fix Paradigm perceived to be Systems engineering and its predecessor Plug and Chug … Design-Build-Test-Fix Paradigm acquired informally in engineering school. Whereas these paradigms may be effective for academic application, they are not suitable or scalable to larger, complex system, product, or service development efforts.

The solution is to bolster the competency of the engineering workforce at two stages:
1) upgrade undergraduate engineering education to include a System Engineering fundamentals course and
2) shift the industrial System Engineering paradigm through education and training to employ scalable SE problem solving / solution development methodologies for projects ranging in size from small to large complex systems.
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Meeting Minutes
Speaker Abstract
Mr. Charles Wasson’s Biography

CHARLES WASSON is a member of the International Council on System Engineering (INCOSE), the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the Project Management Institute (PMI). He holds BSEE and MBA degrees from Mississippi State University and a certificate in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

In 2006, Charles released a new system engineering text entitled System Analysis, Design, and Development as part of the highly acclaimed John Wiley & Sons System Engineering and Management Series. The textbook, which was written for executives, program/project managers, project engineers, engineers, and business analysts, provides the whats, whys, and how tos of SE concepts, principles, and practices. One of the key aspects of the text is the translation of SE theory into scalable practices that enable application across multiple business and engineering product domains such as aerospace and defense, medical, transportation, financial, et al.

In October, 2006, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) headquartered in Paris, France awarded the text its most prestigious book award, the 2006 Engineering Sciences Book of the Year Award, at their annual Congress in Valencia, Spain. Although the IAA has traditionally selected space-flight centric publications for their Engineering Sciences Book of the Year Award, Charles text was written for general application to any domain such as medical, financial, transportation, telecommunications, aerospace and defense, et al.

As a member of the System Engineering Senior Staff for Lockheed Martin Corporation, Charles served as a leader for a number of multi-divisional projects. Corporate assignments included: membership on the System Engineering Council (SEC) and chairperson of the Education and Professional Development Working Group. In March 2007, Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors (MS2) awarded him the Author of the Year Award.

Charles serves as President and owner of Wasson Strategics, LLC (www.wassonstrategics.com), a professional training and consulting services firm specializing in systems engineering, project management, organizational development, and team development. His professional career experience includes over 39 years of proven leadership in program/project management; system, hardware, and software engineering design, development, integration, and test; as well as enterprise and organizational development with Fortune 500 companies. He works with private clients to formulate and implement practical, cost effective approaches, plans, and system solutions for achieving organizational performance success. As an internationally recognized author and instructor in system engineering and its organizational application, he is an invited guest speaker and panelist at professional meetings and symposia, and commencement speaker.

In support of advancing the practice of System Engineering and Project Management, Charles champions the need for a more robust approach to strengthening undergraduate engineering curricula to include a System Engineering fundamentals course. Based on the “gap” between Engineering and Project Management (PM) integration and how systems engineers cope with the disconnect, he champions and teaches system engineering and development courses for both Engineers and PMs.

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INCOSE Huntsville Regional Chapter Meeting Details
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When: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Location:
Jacobs Conference Facility
1500 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 100
Huntsville, AL 35806
Directions: see attachment
Agenda:
5:15-5:30 Sign-in/Badging
5:30-5:55 Dinner
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
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*Jacobs Conference Center entry for this meeting is restricted to “U.S. Persons Only”, pursuant to U.S. DoD contractor facility access rules compliance.

If you plan to attend, please register at the HRC-INCOSE website at:

http://huntsvilleregionalchapterofincose.onefireplace.com

An Honor Box $5.00 meal donation will be available during the pre-meeting registration.  LiveMeeting participants are also encouraged to register in advance.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming HRC-INCOSE Chapter meeting.

Be sure and sign up at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1796955&trk=hb_side_g for the Huntsville INCOSE Chapter LinkedIn group, hope we see you there!

Thanks in advance for your interest and attendance!!

Rod Wheeler
President, HRC-INCOSE

Mar
06

March 2012 Monthly Meeting

(2012-03) March 2012 Monthly Meeting:

Ms. Sheila Cummings, President of Cummings Aerospace, will discuss how Systems Engineering practices are used to develop her business operations policies and procedures, technical and financial management processes, and how it applies to Cummings Aerospace technology development initiatives. Ms. Cummings will also discuss how applying the disciplines enabled her firm to successfully achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification.

March 15, 2012: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Jacobs Conference Center, Map
Menu: If you plan to attend, please register at the HRC-INCOSE meeting registration website at: http://huntsvilleregionalchapterofincose.onefireplace.com An Honor Box $5.00 meal donation will be available during the pre-meeting registration. LiveMeeting participants are also encouraged to register in advance. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming HRC-INCOSE Chapter meeting.

Be sure and sign up at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1796955&trk=hb_side_g for the Huntsville INCOSE Chapter LinkedIn group, hope we see you there! Thanks in advance for your interest and attendance!!

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Bio: Ms. Cummings is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cummings Aerospace Inc. Ms. Cummings has over 16 years of Systems Engineering, Integration & Test and Program Management experience supporting DoD programs. Prior to founding Cummings Aerospace, Ms. Cummings spent eight years as a Systems Engineer supporting the Missile Defense Agency the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) and Airborne Infrared Programs (ABIR). Throughout her tenure with the MDA, Ms. Cummings served in various roles including; Risk Manager, Common Avionics Lead, Modeling and Simulation Lead, War-fighter Interface Lead, and the Test Planning Lead for the Near Field Infrared Experiment (NFIRE).Ms. Cummings also spent over 7 years as a government civilian with the Naval Research Laboratory where she analyzed and modeled spacecraft thermal control systems as well as performed subsystem integration and environmental testing for the Spacecraft Engineering Division.  Ms. Cummings received a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1996.

Feb
13

February 2012 Monthly Meeting

(2012-02) February 2012 Monthly Meeting: Dr. Marita O’Brien and the Huntsville Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) meet with HRC INCOSE to explore “Moving Human Factors to the Left in Systems Design Moving”.

February 16, 2012: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Jacobs Conference Center, Map

Menu: If you plan to attend, please register at the HRC-INCOSE meeting registration website at: http://huntsvilleregionalchapterofincose.onefireplace.com An Honor Box $5.00 meal donation will be available during the pre-meeting registration. LiveMeeting participants are also encouraged to register in advance. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming HRC-INCOSE Chapter meeting.

Be sure and sign up at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1796955&trk=hb_side_g for the Huntsville INCOSE Chapter LinkedIn group, hope we see you there! Thanks in advance for your interest and attendance!!

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Abstract: Complex systems design processes are typically bound by detailed functional and performance requirements that must be delivered within prescribed time and budgets. Yet, the products developed from this systems-oriented approach may deliver functionality without meeting user needs and expectations. The human factors discipline has refined many techniques to objectively understand and define user needs, but often this input is considered too late in the systems design process to be easily incorporated into the final product.In this panel, human factors and systems engineering practitioners will discuss how their organizations try to reduce problems from input that is too late by moving human factors analysis earlier in their design processes. We will then facilitate table discussions among human factors and systems engineering practitioners to identify other challenges and practices to address these challenges. The meeting will conclude with a group discussion based on the findings from individual tables.

Feb
13

January 2012 Monthly Meeting

(2012-01) January 2012 Monthly Meeting: Leah Amos, President, Junior Achievement of North Alabama, will a presentation on Junior Achievement’s programs and initiatives with North Alabama students and schools.

January 19th, 2012, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Jacobs Conference Center, Map

Menu: If you plan to attend, please register at the HRC-INCOSE meeting registration website at: http://huntsvilleregionalchapterofincose.onefireplace.com An Honor Box $5.00 meal donation will be available during the pre-meeting registration. LiveMeeting participants are also encouraged to register in advance. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming HRC-INCOSE Chapter meeting.

Be sure and sign up at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1796955&trk=hb_side_g for the Huntsville INCOSE Chapter LinkedIn group, hope we see you there! Thanks in advance for your interest and attendance!!

Speaker Charts
Meeting Minutes

Abstract: Leah Amos, President, Junior Achievement of North Alabama, will deliver a presentation on Junior Achievement’s programs and initiatives with North Alabama students and schools. Leah is currently the President of Junior Achievement of North Alabama. She oversees all operations, strategic planning, and staff/board development for the entire North Alabama region. Serving more than 10,000 students each year, Junior Achievement is the premier nonprofit for teaching students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.

Jan
08

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