Giant Leaps With Systems Engineering

What is the INCOSE GLRC?

The INCOSE Great Lakes Regional Conference (GLRC) is an annual regional-level INCOSE conference celebrating its thirteenth consecutive occurrence.  A high quality source of education and networking among and beyond INCOSE membership, GLRC has grown steadily since 2007. It has been hailed as an excellent model for INCOSE chapter co-operative conferencing efforts by INCOSE leadership at the international level. The GLRC is put on by the chapters of the North (Great Lakes) Region of the Americas Sector (Sector I) of INCOSE. One INCOSE Chapter serves as the host chapter. Eleven (11) of the INCOSE Americas Sector North (Great Lakes) Region chapters are shown below. We are pleased to announce that in 2019, the emerging INCOSE Canada Chapter has joined the family of Chapters in the INCOSE Americas Sector North (Great Lakes) Region, bringing the total to twelve (12) chapters. A new map is forthcoming!

Great Lake INCOSE Chapter Map

Held in September/October each year, GLRC is strategically set in-between INCOSE’s two main international events, the INCOSE International Symposium (IS) held in July and the INCOSE International Workshop (IW) held in the late January. Lower cost and closer to the region’s members, the GLRC is a more intimate conference than the annual INCOSE International Symposium. Traditionally, many attendees have been from the Great Lakes area, but a significant percentage have been from other US regions and other countries.

The GLRC is four days in length, including two days of pre and post-event workshops, INCOSE training and business meetings, and other activities, including tours and outings. The core technical program (peer-reviewed presentations) is typically 2 days long, preceded and/or followed by optional tutorials and workshops. The  technical program, for which proof of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are provided, typically includes technical presentations, keynote speakers, INCOSE Working Group and chapter leader meetings, workshops, INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP/ASEP) exams, sponsors, exhibitors, banquet, networking, tours, social activities, etc. In 2016 the GLRC, with the support of a $1000 from the INCOSE Foundation to develop virtual conferencing capability in the region, began conducting an INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional Development Day (SE-PDD) track as part of the GLRC. The SE-PDD is offered "live" on-site at the GLRC location as a full on-day "track" within the conference and can be attended at no extra cost to the GLRC on-site attendees. However, the SE-PDD track is additionally "livestreamed" via internet to an unlimited number satellite sites which are hosted by participating INCOSE Chapters and INCOSE CAB member organization around the region. The livestreamed SE-PDD is interactive with the on-site presenters and attendees, and offers the "virtual" attendees the same full 8 CEUs at a fraction of the expense and time of traveling to the physical site of the GLRC event.

Neil Armstrong Purdue statue 
Neil Armstrong Statue
Hall of Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA.
Site of GLRC7, hosted by the INCOSE Crossroads of America Chapter, October 2013. 
In special recognition of the INCOSE Purdue Student Chapter
and the Purdue "150 Years of Giant Leaps" celebration.
(photo courtesy