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INCOSE-LA- Spkr Meeting Is Systems Engineering Really Engineering?

  • Date:
    April 11, 2017 - 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
  • Venue:
    The Aerospace Corporation

What:   INCOSE-LA Speaker Meeting

Topic:   Dr. Jenkins will provide a presentation on "Is Systems Engineering Really Engineering?"

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 5:30-7:30pm


HOST VENUE:  The Aerospace Corporation, Building D8/1010, 200 N. Aviation, El Segundo, CA

COST: Members: FREE.  Non-members: $10 (refreshments provided)


5:15-5:30  Sign-in/Registration 
5:30-6:00  Networking/Refreshments 
6:10-6:20  Introduction 
6:20-6:30  WG Presentation 
6:30-7:30  Guest Speaker Presentation

Please RSVP by noon April 3rd to facilitate event registration and planning, foreign nationals by March 28th. 

ABSTRACT: Engineering is a creative process.  The object of engineering is to bring about a desired state of the world, typically through the creation of artifacts that use scientific principles to judge the state of the world in a desired direction.  Although engineering disciplines differ in their problem domains and solution techniques, there are fundamental principles that unite them and distinguish engineering from other creative activities such as painting and writing.  This talk will explore some of these fundamental principles and consider the degree to which systems engineering does or does not respect them.  Finally, it will argue that "Model-Based Systems Engineering" is just a label for a much-needed effort to firmly establish systems engineering as a legitimate application of engineering.  

BIOGRAPHY: Steven Jenkins is a Principal Engineer in the Formulation and Systems Engineering Division at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He serves as the Chief Engineer of JPL’s Integrated Model-Centric Engineering Initiative, an institutionally-funded project aimed at enhancing the value of the engineering process through modeling. His interests include the integration of descriptive and analytical modeling and the application of knowledge representation and formal semantics to systems engineering. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Millsaps College, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from SouthernMethodist University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. He was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1999 and was a co-recipient of the NASA Systems Engineering Award in 2012.

WORKING GROUP PRESENTATION:  Joshua Sparber, INCOSE-LA Member, will present the Critical Infrastructure Protection & Recovery (CIPR) WG Accomplishments and Future Activities


Location: between Imperial and El Segundo Blvd (north to south), between the 405 Freeway and Sepulveda (east to west).

From the San Diego (405) Freeway heading SOUTH:

  1. Take the exit towards El Segundo Blvd.
  2. Turn Left onto S La Cienega Blvd.
  3. Take the 1st Right onto W El Segundo Blvd.
  4. Take the 2nd Right onto N Aviation Blvd.
  5. Bldg. D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.

From the San Diego (405) Freeway traveling NORTH:

  1. Take the El Segundo Blvd exit, Exit 44.
  2. Turn Left onto W El Segundo Blvd.
  3. Turn Right (North) on N Aviation Blvd.
  4. Bldg. D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.

From the 105 Freeway traveling WEST:

  1. Take the exit towards 405 South
  2. Before getting onto the 405 Freeway, take the El Segundo Blvd exit
  3. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left (west)
  4. Turn right on Aviation Blvd.
  5. Bldg. D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.

The facility is the third building from the corner of Aviation and El Segundo, just north of the discount bakery outlet. The facility has 4 gates, but only the southern-most gate is open. Identify yourself to the security guard as attending the INCOSE meeting. You can park where Security directs and enter through the lobby at the center of the building where the flag poles are. Knock on the first of the double doors, and someone will open the door for you. The handicap ramp is on the north side and can be reached by driving all the way around the back of the building. Inform the security guard if you plan to use that ramp.

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