2023 INCOSE Western States Regional Conference




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 Register for WSRC23

Note: Refunds available up to the week of Conference.

Welcome to the sixth annual Western States Regional Conference (WSRC)

Hosted by the Cascade Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

September 14 - 16, 2023
Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL)
650 Horn Rapids Road
Richland, Washington (map)

Come  try Tri-Cities

The WSRC is a 3-day event showcasing presentations, keynotes, tutorials, and tours all focusing on topics related to systems engineering. The WSRC is not just for INCOSE members or systems engineers. It's an opportunity for project managers, educators, technology professionals, and others who have a 'systems thinking' mindset to share with one another about how to apply systems approaches to solve challenging problems. You can even take your INCOSE System Engineering Professional (SEP) Certification Exam during the event! Please Join Us!



Event Information

WSRC 2023 Theme

Energy | Information | Sustainability
Live, In-Person and Hybrid Event
On-site: Pacific Northwest National Lab
650 Horn Rapids Road
Richland, WA 99354

Systems Engineering is essential to man-made, natural, and social systems. WSRC 2023 shares the latest innovations in systems engineering research and solutions to real world problems. Interact with a diverse set of industries, from Transportation, Health and Biomedical, Emergency Services, Social Systems, Public Planning, Aerospace and Defense, Environment, Power Generation, and more! Learn about from your industry peers as well as how to apply new and novel applications of systems engineering from other industries. Register to meet like-minded folks who are applying systems engineering to their operations today!






Keynote Speakers

WSRC is pleased to welcome Puesh Kumar from the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response | Department of Energy. Puesh leads DOE’s mission to address cyber, physical, and natural hazards and threats to the U.S. energy infrastructure. Puesh has over 15 years of experience in grid modernization, cybersecurity, and emergency response within the energy sector.  Puesh is speaking on the new National Cyber-Informed Engineering (CIE) Strategy. The strategy can be found at:  https://www.energy.gov/ceser/articles/us-department-energys-doe-national-cyber-informed-engineering-cie-strategy-document 


WSRC is pleased to welcome, Ian Milgate, Deputy Area Manager, High-Level Waste Facility Waste Treatment Plant Project. Ian has managed the System Engineering function at WTP since 2014. He has led the development of the Low Activity Waste Vitrification Facility program that now has over 30,000 technical requirements.  The design reviews and validation exercises have been jointly developed with the Department of Energy and have successfully completed. Ian has over 40 years of experience in engineering, plant operations and maintenance, and the nuclear industry. He joined Bechtel in 2005 and the WTP Project in 2013.

Ian's Topic:  Bechtel National, Inc. is designing, constructing, and commissioning the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington state. When complete, the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP), also known as the Vit Plant, will process and stabilize million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste currently stored at the Hanford Site. The 56 million gallons of waste are a byproduct of national defense plutonium-production efforts during World War II and the Cold War era. The waste, which is stored in 176 underground tanks at Hanford, will be visited at WTP, or mixed with glass-forming materials and heated it to 2,100 degrees Fahrenheit and poured it into stainless steel canisters to cool and solidify. In this glass form, the waste is stable and safe for disposal. The vitrification process has been used successfully elsewhere for decades but has never been attempted at the scale of or on waste as complex as that stored at Hanford. The Vit Plant is one of DOE’s most technically challenging clean-up projects.

Conference Overview


Sixth Annual Western States Regional Conference

ENERGY         |           INFORMATION                  SUSTAINABILITY

Welcome to the sixth annual Western States Regional Conference (WSRC) hosted by the Cascade Chapter in Tri-Cities, Washington!  Systems Engineering plays an even more crucial role in the information-rich, energy transformed, and sustainment challenged world. This year we recognize the importance of taking charge and leading the way in developing innovative solutions and deploying them in real-world applications to tackle the challenges in energy, information and sustainability areas.

In this three day conference, hear from a diverse group of experts from academia, industry, and government to share their perspectives and experiences. Led by experts from different fields including Project Management and Quality Management, learn from their experiences and stories as we invite you to join us for a thought-provoking and inspiring event.

Our presenters will showcase how they are leading the charge in their respective fields in product development, from artificial intelligence and data analytics, to critical information systems and infrastructure, to energy equity. Examine the latest developments and real-world approaches that are shaping the future of Systems Engineering, as you explore the future of moving to digital engineering models, utilizing digital twins, applying artificial intelligence, automating systems, and more!

We look forward to seeing you at WSRC!

Agenda topics include: 

Digital Transformation

Critical Infrastructure


Cross-Domain Solutions

Information Communications Technology (ICT)

Cyber Security

Systems Reliability & Resiliency

Systems Engineering/Education


Systems Engineering & Agile

SE in Early-Stage Research and Development

Prototyping and deployment

Human Systems Integration

Artificial Intelligence (AI) opportunities and risks

Machine Learning models and uses in SE

Operational Technology (OT)

Case studies (experience of success and failure)

Energy management

Clean energy




A Poster Session has been added to the WSRC! The WSRC Program Committee invites you to submit a poster for an interactive poster session to be held during the extended lunch and Networking Event on Saturday, 16 September.

WSRC attendees in all phases of education are encouraged to submit abstracts for a poster presentation at WSRC 2023. Abstract Submissions must include:

• Poster Title (Include the word "Poster" in the title)

• Author(s)’ name, affiliation, contact information

• A short abstract that clearly identify the main points of the poster

Poster information must be submitted through EasyChair, https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=wsrc2023. Posters will be peer reviewed for topic relevance and technical soundness. Accepted posters are expected to be printed (size 36’’x36’’) and presented in person by the authors. Registration fee waived for poster session only.

When submitted, the posters will follow the format in this file: WSRC_Poster_Template



*Including associate members

Register for WSRC23
Note: Refunds available up to the week of Conference.

What’s Included

In-Person Participation

Includes access to all technical sessions, tutorials, admission to exhibits, lunches & breaks, receptions, and recordings during the event and for four weeks after the event. Recordings of all sessions will be made available to conference participants after the event.

Registration Process

  1. This year’s WSRC is hosted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which involves a few extra steps for registration. We want to note that:
    • Registration for non-USA citizens will be closed on August 1, so please register early.
    • Early Bird registration will close on August 1, as we highly encourage everyone to register early.
  2. We offer a total of six exceptional tutorials and open registration for each. All the tutorials are designed for in-person attendance; however, a link for a virtual-registrants will be provided. The organizing committee and tutors can’t guarantee equivalency to an in-person experience.
  3. The registration form includes a question on transportation. Please use the LINK for the indication for carpool options or other questions.
  4. We will offer the INCOSE SEP exam during the WSRC to all. Please use the same link below to register (selecting just the exam or full registrations with the exam option).
  • We offer three tours to our conference participants and guests – the Hanford historic B reactor, the LIGO experiment facility, and the PNNL Energy Sciences lab tours.

    You will select the tours you would like during the registration process.

    IMPORTANT: Some tours will require additional information prior to the event. PNNL personnel will reach out to attendees who sign up for PNNL lab tours for additional information. Registration for all tours will close on August 15.

    If you would like to register any guests for the tours, please contact Karli.Taxdahl@pnnl.gov..

Virtual Participation

Includes access to the virtual technical program. Broadcasted sessions will be available live, with recordings available through the platform during the event and for four weeks after the event. Recordings of all sessions will be made available through the INCOSE website within 60 days post event.

Please contact artis.riepnieks@incose.net for any questions

Hotel Recommendations

A limited number of rooms are available at a reduced rate at several local hotels. A bus will be made available to transport conference attendees from the hotel to PNNL in the morning and evenings.



Take your INCOSE System Engineering Professional (SEP) Certification PAPER EXAM AT WSRC!!!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 - 0700-0900

Test your knowledge and get certified!

Only $30 (conference registration not required)

SEP Exam Registration at the Conference registration site, above.


Venue - Lodging - Transportation

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WSRC 2023 Committee Contacts

Please reach out to the following WSRC committee members for information and action:

Role Regional Location  Person (click to email)
 Conference Chair  Washington Artis Riepnieks 
 Conference Co-Chair Oregon
Susan Ronning
 Conference Co-Chair New Mexico Cheryl Bolstad
 Technical Program Los Angeles  Dorothy Benveniste
 Sponsorship & Exhibits Seattle, WA  Paul Kostek
Website  Colorado  Jim Adams
Find out more by visiting the WSRC Working Group Yammer community today!
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