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INCOSE Free SE Training Webinars

by Christine Kowalski | Aug 15, 2019

The INCOSE Training Working Group (TWG) presents free SE training webinars for all INCOSE members, employees of INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) members, and employees and students of INCOSE Academic Council members. The INCOSE TWG would like to invite you to the following current series of three webinars by Michael Watson. This series begins on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Each session starts at Noon Eastern Standard Time USA and will last approximately one hour. To access the live webinars per the dates on the initial schedule below, click on meeting link, log-in as a guest, and follow the prompts. The initial schedule is subject to change. To access the latest schedule, slides, and past webinar recorded files, log into INCOSE Connect with your username and password, click on:,
scroll down to Systems Engineering Technical Processes, click on the Tutorial ID that you want, and download the files. Other past TWG tutorial sessions include: SE Fundamentals (Tutorial ID: 02_October 2014), SE Handbook v3.2.2 (Tutorial ID: 02_October 2014), SE Handbook v4.0 (Tutorial ID: 01 October 2015), and Leadership Skills (Tutorial ID: 01 thru 04). All sessions are recorded for later download.

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Time:  Noon EDT
Presenter:  Michael Watson

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Date:  26 September 2019
Topic:  Systems Engineering Principles: Introduction and Basis
Description:  Systems engineering is based on a set of principles that define the approaches to take for a specific system and provide guidance on the implementation of the systems engineering processes. These principles are separate but dependent on system principles. This session will discuss the relationship between systems engineering principles and system principles, review the principles describing the basis of systems engineering, and reviewing the Hypotheses. (Principles 1, 2, 11, 15; Hypotheses 1, 2, 3)

Date:  3 October 2019
Systems Engineering Principles: System Design and Integration Aspects
Short description: Systems engineering principles define the characteristics for the design and integration of systems. This focuses on the physical or logical (for information systems) aspects of the system, providing guidance on how to approach the engineering of a system throughout the system life cycle. (Principles 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

Date:  17 October 2019
Systems Engineering Principles: Social Aspects
Short description: Systems engineering deals not only with the system, but also the organizational system that develops or operates the system. The systems engineering principles provide guidance on the social aspects of integrating the different engineering and business disciplines in the development and operations of the system. (Principles 3, 4, 10, 12, 13, 14)

Michael D. Watson is the INCOSE Systems Engineering Principles Action Team chair and co-chair of the Complex Systems Working Group. He is in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) System Engineering Office.  He is leading the NASA Systems Engineering Technical Discipline Team Research and Technology efforts responsible for definition of elegant product focused systems engineering. He has served as the Space Launch System (SLS) Lead Discipline Engineer for Operations Engineering.  He started his career with NASA developing International Space Station (ISS) operations capabilities.  He also worked to develop remote operations support capabilities for the Spacelab Program in the United States, Europe, and Japan.  He subsequently served as Chief of the Optics Branch responsible for the fabrication of large x-ray telescope mirrors, diffractive optics, and telescope systems.  He served as Chief of the Integrated Systems Health Management (ISHM) and Sensors Branch and led a NASA team defining Vehicle Management System capabilities for human missions to Mars.  His branch work included the definition of ISHM capabilities for the Ares family of launch vehicles.  He graduated with a BSEE from the University of Kentucky in 1987 and obtained his MSE in Electrical and Computer Engineering (1996) and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (2005) from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.