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INCOSE-LA- Spkr Meeting A Systems Engineering Solution To Clean Up The Oceans' Plastic Waste

  • Date:
    Oct 10, 2017 - 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
  • Venue:
    The Aerospace Corporation

What:   INCOSE-LA Speaker Meeting

Topic:   Phyllis Marbach will provide a presentation on “A Systems Engineering Solution To Clean Up The Oceans' Plastic Waste”.

When: Tuesday, October 10, 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 (TBD)
6:30-7:30  Guest Speaker Presentation

Please RSVP by noon October 3rd to facilitate event registration and planning, foreign nationals by September 26th. 

To register, click here

ABSTRACT: The 2017 INCOSE International Symposium Practicioners Challenge Delivery Team was Nicole Hutchison, Robert Edson, Megan Clifford and Jaci Pratt.  The team presented a problem and challenged the assembled systems engineers to work together to present a solution to the problem.  This year's problem:  About 19 Billion tons of plastic waste end up in the oceans each year and the amount of global trash is expected to increase every year for the next century.  What can we do about this plastic trash problem?

Come to the next speaker meeting at the Aerospace Corporation on October 10 to learn how the systems engineers self organized, discussed the issues, and presented a way forward to clean up the plastic, reuse or dispose of the plastic, and prevent plastic from entering our oceans in the future .  


BIOGRAPHYPhyllis Marbach is the current President of INCOSE-LA.  She attended IS 2017 and participated in the Practicioners Challenge with about a dozen engineers from multiple disciplines and countries.  Phyllis retired from Boeing last year after 37 years working as a development, systems, software and project engineer as well as Manager depending on the job and skills needed.  She was a Boeing Designated Expert in both Software Engineering and Systems Engineering as well as Agile Practices.  She has presented numerous papers at conferences in the past 10 years, is a member of several INCOSE working groups, and is a Certified SAFe(R) Program Consultant and trainer.



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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