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 Position  2020 INCOSE HRC Officer  
 President  Paul Sullivan, Northrop Grumman  Paul_A_Sullivan@yahoo.com and paul.sullivan3@ngc.com

 

 President-Elect/Vice President

Open for 2020; will fill in 2021



Immediate Past-President

David Swinney, Defense Acquisition University (DAU)  David.Swinney@dau.edu

 

 Treasurer

Alberto Duarte, NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center (MSFC)  alberto.duarte@nasa.gov

 

 

 Secretary

Sheila Dyas, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL)  Sheila.Dyas@jhuapl.edu



 Program Chair

Susan Askew, Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Susan.Askew@dau.edu

 

 

 Communication Chair

Bob Robinson, Boeing  robert.a.robinson@boeing.com



 Web and Social Media Chair Tony Lindeman, Dynetics    Tony.Lindeman@dynetics.com  

 Membership Chair

Bradley Biehn, Jacobs Engineering   bradley.biehn@nasa.gov

 

 

 Industry Representative

Rodney Wheeler, Mitre    rodney.m.wheeler3.ctr@mail.mil

            


 Government Representative

Eric Sholes,US Army Redstone Arsenal Air and Missile Research and Development Command (AMRDEC) eric.c.sholes.civ@mail.mil

 

 Academic Representative

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

 

 



2020 Officer Biographies:


President

Paul A. "Sully" 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.
 
Immediate Past-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.

 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
Sheila Dyas
Sheila has over 25 years of systems engineering and project management experience in healthcare, aerospace, undersea and industrial machinery industries. She is currently working at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and supporting the Defense Health Agency in defining processes, optimizing operations and measuring performance for funding management, medical logistics and clinical care. 

Program Chair
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
Rod Wheeler

Rod is a Principal Systems Engineer working for MITRE, where he supports MDA, PEO AVN, and previously, with PEO MS in engineering and implementing systems engineering MBSE, and their Digital Enterprise tools, methodology and processes.  Prior to working with PEO MS, he worked with NASA Exploration Program, Constellation Project, Orbital Space Plane, and MSFC Engineering Directorate, providing engineering support, implementation, and training of NASA HQ’s digital environment, Integrated Collaborate Environment (ICE) and engineering tool suite.

During his 30+ years of experience in leadership and implementation of systems engineering for DoD, NASA, and commercial hardware and software development, developed specific areas of knowledge including architectures, requirements management and traceability, development of hardware and software requirements, integration, systems modeling and simulations, functional analysis, trade studies, verification, test, configuration management, risk management, cost/schedule analysis, using DE/Model Based Systems Engineering within NASA, DoD and US commercial corporations.   

Rod holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, from University of Alabama in Huntsville, completed all requirements for Masters in Systems Engineering at UAH, and has numerous certificates for course work to include Project Management, MBSE, Risk Management, Product Lifecycle Management.

Rod joined INCOSE (NCOSE) in 1991, participates in Multiple INCOSE Working Groups, is Past President IE Huntsville Group, and is Vice President, and Past President, of the AL-TN Trail of Tears Corridor Association, Inc. a 501(c )3.  

Government Representative
Eric Sholes
... More to come soon!

Academic Representative
Dr Charles McCurry, PhD.
... More to come soon!


 Josh Whitehead, NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center (MSFC)
 Josh Whitehead, NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center (MSFC)
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gerald.c.maxwell@nasa.gov
gerald.c.maxwell@nasa.gov