About This Chapter

Chapter Background

The Los Angeles, California chapter of INCOSE endeavors to fulfill the goals of INCOSE for our chapter membership. INCOSE-LA currently has a membership of about 415 Systems Engineers from industry, government, and academia, mostly from the greater Southern California area. The board of directors continually seeks to offer a complete program of professional and social events to its members and the systems engineering community.

The INCOSE-LA Chapter generally holds a speaker meeting each month - on the second Tuesday of the month, two or three Tutorials per year, and an annual conference. As a benefit of membership, INCOSE members receive discounts at chapter meetings and events. Our calendar also includes social events such as community service projects, networking events, holiday parties and informal gatherings. 

For most speaker meeting events, our speaker is present at a 'Host' site (often in the El Segundo area based on that being an area with a higher concentration of members), and we also offer the option of attending at one of our 'Remote Site Webcast' locations - at Pasadena (JPL), Santa Barbara (Control Point), Huntington Beach (Boeing) and Antelope Valley.  These meetings provide a great opportunity to hear about interesting systems engineering topics and to network with other systems engineering professionals.

Board of Directors

Elected Officers Name & Email
President Nazanin Sharifi, president@incose-la.org
Vice President Stephen Guine, vicepresident@incose-la.org
Secretary Andrew Murrell, secretary@incose-la.org
Treasurer Mark TenEyck, treasurer@incose-la.org
Membership Director Daniel Winton, membership@incose-la.org 
Programs Director
Rick Hefner, programs@incose-la.org
Communications Director
Karel Marshall, communications@incose-la.org
Systems Engineering Education Director
Dillan Christensen, education@incose-la.org
Ways and Means Director Mohsen Salehi, waysandmeans@incose-la.org


Chapter Website and Newsletter

At our chapter website you will find information on upcoming and past activities. We encourage you to bookmark the site and to visit it periodically to stay abreast of ongoing activities.  We also publish newsletters throughout the year, which is emailed to you as another benefit of your membership in INCOSE-LA. This newsletter seeks to inform you on chapter activities and topics of interest. The latest newsletter can be found on our homepage.

Email Mailing List

Our chapter distributes periodic emails informing members and other interested parties of upcoming INCOSE-LA events. Members are not automatically included in this distribution list. If you wish to be included in this email distribution list, please send an email to communications@incose-la.org and ask to be added to our INCOSE-LA Chapter Email Reflector.  You will get 3-4 messages a month about interesting System Engineering meetings and activities in our area.

Volunteer Opportunities

INCOSE-LA is a volunteer organization and we count on our talented volunteers to support and grow this chapter, for the benefit of our members.  We have many volunteer opportunities available, check out the list below!

 Position Needed Description of Responsibilities 
Events Volunteer Supports the planning and execution of chapter-supported events
  • Events include: Mars Rover Expo, networking events, conferences
POC: Nazanin Sharifi, president@incose-la.org
Deputy Membership Director Email reminders to members to renew membership
  • Attend events when possible to recruit new members, distribute swag, and promote the chapter 

POC: Daniel Winton, membership@incose-la.org

Deputy Vice President  
  • Represent VP during BoD meetings
  • Set up due dates per bylaws and Chapter Awards checklist
  • Represent VP in INCOSE-LA events (Social/Networking/Tutorials)

POC: Stephen Guine, vicepresident@incose-la.org

Chapter Liaison  
  • Communicate INCOSE-LA Chapter events with the other INCOSE Chapters
  • Attend INCOSE Headquarter meetings as an INCOSE-LA representative
  • Facilitate Joint events (Tutorial/ Speakers) with other Chapters
  • Recommend Speakers/ Topics

POC: Nazanin Sharifi, president@incose-la.org

Social Chair  
  •  Host Social/ Networking events
  • Support Membership Director and Communications Director

POC: Nazanin Sharifi, president@incose-la.org

Deputy Communications Director  
  • Utilize various communication tools to engage with chapter membership
    • Constant Contact Editor
    • Sitefinity
    • ZOOM meeting platform
    • Various MS 365 Products: Teams, SharePoint, Yammer

POC: Karel Marshall, communications@incose-la.org

Chapter Role

  • Facilitate professional networking and information exchange
  • Sponsor local professional activities
    • Speaker Meetings
    • Tutorials, workshops, mini-conferences and vendor fairs
    • Handbooks
    • Certificate programs and degrees
    • Joint activities with other professional organizations
  • Contribute to international working groups
  • Disseminate announcements and news
  • Support central and regional activities
  • Develop and grow member skills
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