Liberty Chapter President
Name: Adam Hulse
Title: System Engineer for New York City Transit (NYCT).
Career: 7 years with Northrup Grumman. 10 Years with NYCT.
What I tell Systems Engineers: I am a Systems Engineer working for New York City Transit. I work on various Capital Construction Projects all which involve SE and my skill set in a variety of ways. These projects include activities (in V-model fashion) such as the Concept of Operations for a Beacon Train Tracking System; Requirement Management for an Integrated Service Information and Management System; System Integration for various construction projects such as a Customer Information Sign systems ("countdown clocks for NY"), and Validation and Verification for all fore-mentioned projects (among others).
What I tell Non-Engineer people: "I'm the guy who makes all the smarter engineers play nice together and make sure that we build the System Right, as opposed to what we are told is the Right System."
One of my managers taught me that Systems Engineering comes down to "Product, Process, and People." It is my belief that we <engineers> focus on the Product and Process part of this trio, and not the People part - to the detriment of the System itself. My Vision is to challenge and change that for the INCOSE Liberty Chapter. I focus on having System Engineers and other key note speakers, speak about their careers, their challenges and successes - to give guidance to all who are looking to follow on that path. Whether it is an engineer who is looking for his next step, or the recent graduate who is looking for their first one - we should all look to model from our peers and their experiences. Similarly, I bring presentations of the similarity of System Engineering to other fields such as Enterprise Architecture and Business Architecture, for these fields also offer opportunities for System Engineers for their careers.
While new technology and new methodologies are important for expanding one’s System Engineering background, if I am elected president, I would make sure that these products would be presented to the Chapter with the point of showing how these products would provide value to the Person (a.k.a. “the Customer”) and not just to System Engineering. That viewpoint will give System Engineers a better understanding on how to explain why the product or methodologies is valuable to the project in question.
I believe a Systems Engineer's purpose is to provide value to the Customer and to the System while using the best practices of our discipline. My vision is to have the Liberty Chapter as a resource to all System Engineers who are looking to figure out how they fit into this field and plan for their future.