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 Position  2019 INCOSE HRC Officer or Leader  
 President  David Swinney, Defense Acquistion University (DAU)
david.swinney@dau.mil          
 
 President-Elect Paul Sullivan, Northrop-Grumman
paul_a_sullivan@yahoo.com
paul.sullivan3@ngc.com
 

 

 Past-President Guy Osborne, General Atomics
gjosb.syseng@gmail.com
guy.osborne.ga.com

 Vice President Tony Lindeman, Jacobs Engineering
tony.lindeman@nasa.gov
 
 Treasurer Alberto Duarte, NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center (MSFC)
alberto.duerte@nasa.gov
 

 

 Secretary James Gomez, Torch Technologies
james@rocketcity.org



 Program Chair Susan Askew, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
susan.askewpe@yahoo.com
susan.askew@mda.mil
 

 

 Communication Committee Chair Bob Robinson, Boeing   
robert.a.robinson5@gmail.com
 

 

 Membership Committee Chair Bradley Biehn, Jacobs Engineering   
bradley.biehn@nasa.gov
 

 

 Industry Representative Rod Wheeler, InExSys
rod.wheeler@inexsys.us
            

 

 Government Representative Eric Sholes, US Army/CCDC-AMS
eric.c.sholes.civ@mail.mil

 

 Academic Representative Dr. Charles McCurry, PhD, Tennessee State University (TSU)
cmccurry@tnstate@edu
 

 



BIOGRAPHIES

President

David Swinney
David is a Professor of Systems Engineering for the Defense Acquisition University (South Region). He teaches courses in systems engineering, test and evaluation, and information technology. He is a member of the DoD Acquisition Corps and holds level 3 certifications in the Program Systems Engineer, Program Management, Test and Evaluation, and Information Technology career fields.  

David came to Huntsville in 2005 after retiring from active duty in the US Air Force. He has extensive experience leading teams in the engineering management of large and complex aerospace systems including the development, test, fielding and support of large body aircraft, space launch vehicles, satellites, and ballistic missiles, and their associated test, launch, and support facilities. He holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University and a graduate degree in astronautical engineering, from the Air Force Institute of Technology. David has a wife and four children, and his hobbies include music, fencing, and shooting.

President-Elect
Paul Sullivan
PAUL A. SULLIVAN is a seasoned systems engineer with over 26 years’ experience in the US Military and Fortune-50 companies in the arenas of Defense, Aerospace, and Consumer Goods.  He first learned systems engineering in 1992 while performing project officer duties at the Marine Corps Systems Command, developing the architecture for the Global Command and Control System plus related Marine Corps C41 systems for Ground Operations, Air Operations, Logistics, and Intelligence such as the C2PC.  He also completed his Masters in Software Engineering at National University in Irvine, CA, serving as the software architect for his capstone project team in implementing the Software Design Document via the Unified Modeling Language with Rational Rose.  Paul attended the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC), the forerunner to Defense Acquisition University, becoming certified as a Level-2 Systems Engineering professional as a Captain/O-3.  Leaving the Marines after six years’ service in 1997, he then worked as a systems analyst at Procter and Gamble, planning and executing the Y2K remediation of six data warehouse systems and specifying the EDI/EDIFACT interfaces required to implement SAP for manufacturing and sales for six different countries.  He worked as a Systems Engineer on the Raytheon / Northrop Grumman Systems Architecture team for the DDX/DD-1000 Zumwalt Destroyer from 2002 to 2005, specifying the Human-Systems Interface principles for the Systems Architecture Description Document and performing trade studies on implementing multimedia and multimodal interfaces and telemedicine for the ship.  Paul next join the Boeing 787 project at Spirit AeroSystems and Global Aeronautica as a systems engineering consultant, specifying the XML-based interfaces between Dessault DELMIA and SAP Enterprise for Materials, Bills of Material, and Shop Floor instructions plus the CATIA V5.0 Computer Aided Design Models and the Tier-1 3D PDF files between Boeing and the aforenamed tier-1 suppliers from 2006 to 2009.  He returned to Defense systems engineering in 2009 when he joined General Dynamics Mission Systems on the Tactical Airspace Integration System.  Paul spearheaded his division’s SE process transition from legacy to Model-Based Systems Engineering using IBM DOORS and Rhapsody.  He also designed and instrumented the monthly TAIS Performance Metrics, reducing the metrics capture effort from several weeks to four hours by automating the process.  Paul’s experience in MBSE was key to the successful migration of TAIS from Windows applications to browser based User Interfaces as he specified the Interface Control Documents for Airspace, Fire Support Coordination Measures, and Conflict Detection in Rhapsody Systems Modeling Language (SysML).  He assumed his present position as a Systems Engineer for the Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense System (IBCS) in 2017, helping lead the Systems Requirements Team in its specification of V4.5 and V5.0 baselines, notably specifying the Link-16 and Variable Messaging Format (VMF) interfaces for the system.  Paul was certified as an Associate Systems Engineering Professional by INCOSE in 2016; he is currently working on his CSEP and ESEP packages.

Past-President
Guy Osborne
Guy is a Senior Systems Engineer at General Atomics Corporation in Huntsville, Alabama.  He currently serves as the Deputy Product Manager and the Chief Product Engineer for a ballistic missile target system for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. 

Guy has served in the U.S. defense sector for over 40 years, 22 of them as an active duty U.S. Air Force officer, and the last 18 years as a defense contractor supporting U.S. missile defense efforts.  He has extensive international experience with NATO and other allies and has brought his expertise to bear on both operational and technical intelligence programs, as well as to missile defense.  Mr. Osborne holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and is a certified DoD Acquisition Professional in the area of System Planning, Research, Development & Engineering.  He is a Past President of the Huntsville Regional Chapter, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and has served on its Board of Directors since 2008.

Vice President
Tony Lindeman
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Treasurer
Luis Alberto Duarte
Alberto, born in Bogotá, Colombia and a US citizen, has devoted his 30 plus US years to his family, the community, and the Aerospace industry. First, worked for Federal Government contractors (Martin Marietta and Boeing Aerospace) and then for the US Aerospace Agency at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). For the last 24 years in NASA, he has had the privilege to support several organizations and programs and projects (Space Shuttle, National Launch System (NLS), Space Transportation Directorate, Safety and mission assurance (S&MA) and Engineering Directorate) in various technical and management capacities: lead project engineer, S&MA Manager, system engineer; Program risk management manager; director assistant and the X-33 Propulsion Chief Engineer.  Currently he is working under the MSFC Chief Engineer’s Office in the Systems Engineering Management Organization.  

Alberto holds: BS degree in Chemical Engineering from “National University of Colombia”; Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University of New Orleans; and Master’s degree in Systems Engineering & Engineering Management from University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He is the President of the Optimist Foundation (over one million dollars fund).

Secretary
James Gomez
Since graduating from the University of Alabama Huntsville in 2000, James has enjoyed an extensive career in software and systems engineering.  He began his career developing and testing software for the International Space Station and Theater High Altitude Air Defense System.  He then joined the Defense Information Systems Agency to develop agency-wide systems engineering tools and the DISA Systems Engineering process. Later, he joined Lockheed Martin where he worked as a software engineer and functional manager to develop large-scale distributed missile defense systems.  Recently James joined Dynetics, where he works as a Senior Engineer developing software products for their DoD customers.  He is a fairly new INCOSE member, and a newly minted Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Alabama Huntsville, and a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering from George Mason University.  James is also an active member of the USAF Reserves.

Program Chair
Susan Askew
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Communication Committee Chair
Bob Robinson
Bob is an IEEE Senior Member, Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP), and Boeing Associate Technical Fellow in embedded software systems. He currently works with the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) Advanced Network & Space Systems (ANSS) group in Huntsville, Alabama, serving as team Scrum master on the NASA Flight Computer Characterization Software and checkout, followed by test phases in the Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana and the NASA Stennis facility in Mississippi. He previously worked on the NASA ARES I IUA contract, and then moved to Everett, Washington for a year to support final integration and test of the Boeing 787 flight control surface elements. He has supported the U.S. Department of Homeland Security programs and on systems engineering activities for Boeing’s efforts in Saudi Arabia and ground robotics. Bob led SPACEHAB program software engineering for 13 years, tailored program policies and procedures for conformance to SEI capability maturity model process discipline guidelines. He worked as systems and software engineer on the Carnegie Mellon Red Team for DARPA Grand Challenge desert races, and subsequently handled systems engineering for unmanned vehicles in urban combat scenarios, as well as software defined radios for U.S. Army and Air Force customers.

Bob has served in a series of software, hardware, and systems engineering roles over the past 25 years in homeland security, unmanned vehicle systems, commercial space carriers, military ballistic defense, commercial nuclear safety programs, and the Riyadh, Saudi Arabia airport. After 6 years active Navy duty in the early 70s, Bob completed multiple degrees at Louisiana Tech, then worked for Avco Electronics, SAIC, Unisys, and GTE in Huntsville before arriving at McDonnell Douglas in 1991, merging with The Boeing Company in 1997. Bob earned a Masters in Systems Architecting and Engineering from University of Southern California in 2004 (Software Engineering specialization track), Bachelors in Mathematics/Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech (1980), and completed Masters in Electrical Engineering coursework at Louisiana Tech (1981). Bob is active in twenty IEEE Standards Association committees/working groups, the SAE AS-4 Unmanned Systems standards committee, and he serves on IEEE, INCOSE, and AUVSI manuscript review teams, and reviews abstracts/manuscripts on Boeing internal conference committees.

Bob created a web-based CMMI Process Improvement discussion group on a weekend between a two-week NASA JSC Joint Integrated Simulation session. He solicited subject matter expertise from SEI and worldwide consultants, and he moderates group interactions.

In Huntsville, Bob manages the IEEE and INCOSE websites, and serves on several area technical conference planning committees annually. Bob was the 2008 Huntsville Association of Technical Societies (HATS) IEEE Professional of the Year, currently on the HATS board as 2009 HATS president-elect and INCOSE delegate, and serves on various forum/conference planning committees. He works with area youth to promote excellence in science and technology pursuits in Science and Engineering Fairs, Future Cities Competitions, and other technology based events for middle school, high school, and university students. Bob served in 2003-2007 as INCOSE Huntsville Chapter member chair, then as communications chair and program publicist, coupled with webmaster duties.

Membership Committee Chair
Bradley Biehn
Bradley is an Active INCOSE Member since June 2011 with more than 26 years of experience on project and program management in government and industry.  His primary areas of expertise include Verification and Validation, Risk Management, Systems Engineering, Space Systems, Ballistic Missile Defense, Interdisciplinary Space Technology research and development, and Test, Evaluation.  He works with current members to develop additional members of the local INCOSE organization.

Industry Representative
Tony Lindeman
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Government Representative
Tony Lindeman
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Academic Representative
Dr. Charles McCurry, PhD
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 Josh Whitehead, NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center (MSFC)
 Josh Whitehead, NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center (MSFC)
gerald.c.maxwell@nasa.gov
gerald.c.maxwell@nasa.gov
gerald.c.maxwell@nasa.gov