President–John Silvas (1-year term)

John Silvas is a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, currently supporting the GPS Directorate at the Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC) as the System Integration Lead on the System Engineering & Integration (SE&I) contract. In this role since October 2008, John has been leading a team of enterprise-focused integrators, with such functions as future GPS capability delivery planning & analysis, thread analysis, giver-receiver analysis, and early-lifecycle risk reducing System Integration Demonstrations. The common focus for all of these functions is to work across system and segment boundaries (i.e., external interfaces) to ensure the new physical parts (satellites, control software, user equipment) integrate properly with each other and ultimately with the currently operational system.

John joined Booz Allen in June 1998 in McLean, Virginia as a consultant and has over 18 years of systems engineering experience, working mostly on large scale DoD programs in the areas of requirements analysis, architecture development, technical management and control, SE process improvement, and system integration. Prior to joining Booz Allen, he served in the US Air Force during the first Gulf War working in satellite communications - three years on active duty and five years as a reservist.

He has a BS degree from Virginia Tech in Industrial Design, and obtained his INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) certification in Jan 2006. John joined INCOSE in early 2004 to gain a better understanding of the overall systems engineering process, as well as increase his credibility with clients and colleagues. In September 2008, he gave an invited presentation on GPS at one of the INCOSE-LA Chapter monthly speaker meetings. Shortly thereafter, John became the Chapter’s Programs Director serving for two years (2009-2010). More recently, he has served as the Vice President for the INCOSE-LA Chapter in 2011. As President in 2012, his primary goal for INCOSE-LA is to increase the value of membership via highly collaborative events and informative products and services that directly translate into opportunities for the local SE community to learn as well as to further the discipline of systems engineering.

He is also a regular guest lecturer in the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering Master’s program where he lectures on interface analysis and systems integration helping to provide students with real-world examples and context for why these functions are so important in systems engineering.

Vice-President–Terry Rector (1-year term)

Terry Rector is Director of Government Relations at Physical Optics Corporation, Inc. (POC), Torrance California. In this highly dynamic role, he manages Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I and II projects, acting as intermediary between the company’s Principle Investigators and the DoD, Commercial, and Civil agencies that participate in SBIRs. Additionally, his role requires Terry to oversee continued development of technology and commercialization opportunities while working interactively with Technical Directors, Vice Presidents/General Managers, and Corporate Marketing.

Prior to joining POC in early 2011, Terry’s experience included Director of Business Development for Com Dev, USA, and Senior Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, after completing a highly successful military career. He has over 25 years in Systems Engineering, Project Management and Business Development -advocating systems to make the war fighter’s job safer and easier.

Terry has two A.S. degrees from the Communicate College of the Air Force in Space Systems Technology and Air Field Management, a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University and two Masters Degrees - one from University of North Dakota in Space Systems and another from University of New Hampshire in Program Management. Additionally, Terry has earned many honors and awards from AFCEA, AFA, AOC, and the Air Force.

Terry joined INCOSE early in 2008 to gain a broader understanding of the overall systems engineering process, as well as to meet others in our industry with like interests. In 2010, Terry served as the INCOSE-LA Mini-conference Sponsor Chair. In 2011, Terry served as the INCOSE-LA CSER Conference Management Chair, where he led a highly motivated team of INCOSE-LA members in the planning and successful execution of CSER 2011. Terry’s primary goal for his time in leadership is to increase the value of what the organization provides to its members and to the systems engineering industry.

Secretary–Alan Kirschbaum (1-year term)

Alan Kirschbaum’s active engagement in systems engineering practice stretches over past 15 years. From 1999 to 2010 he provided space systems acquisition management consulting, defense system planning analysis, and engineering concept design services to DoD clients on behalf of AT&T Government Solutions. He performed process analysis and improvement services for Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) systems engineering and acquisition policy activities. He authored strategic planning and execution roadmaps for acquisition wings and development planning organizations. Additionally, he managed broadly ranging systems and component technologies developments for risk reduction including modeling and simulation, command and control integration, remote sensing, and space operations.

Prior to his AT&T consultancy, he served as Director of Systems Engineering for all of SMC beginning in 1995. There, he devised and implemented system-of-systems integration and interoperability solutions across Air Force space programs. He formulated the basic charter for the Space Mission Integration Office and put into practice the DoD Joint Technical Architecture for Air Force space systems at SMC. He tailored Performance Based Business Environment and Operational Safety and Suitability policies to Air Force space systems and was INCOSE Corporate Representative.

Earlier, he functioned as associate director for technology, at DoD’s Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, he headed the Seismic Systems Acquisition Division at Air Force Technical Applications Center, and he was the advanced systems integration manager in the Secretary of Air Force Office of Research. In all, he’s enjoyed 40 years experience in DoD systems management and engineering including complex project management, advanced research and development, technology planning, and engineering organization leadership. His technical expertise is in astrodynamics, space remote sensing, controls, and communications with recognized mastery of aerospace and information systems design, test, and production.

In terms of INCOSE-LA Chapter activities, he is currently chapter secretary and has recently served on the technical program committee for INCOSE-LA 2009 and 2010 Mini-Conferences. He also is an Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Senior Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Senior Member, Air Force Association. He’s a registered Professional Engineer (Ohio) and is the recipient of the Legion of Honor.

Alan holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland in Mechanical Engineering and an M.B.A. from New Mexico Highlands University. He’s a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and the National War College’s National Security Management program.

Treasurer–Harvey Soldan (1-year term)

Harvey Soldan is a Systems Engineer at The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and has over 30 years experience in NASA, military, and commercial systems. He joined JPL as a contractor in 1987 and is currently the Deep Space Network Systems Engineer for the 70 Meter Replacement Task. Previously, he was the Deep Space Network Tracking, Telemetry, and Command Systems Engineer. Harvey has worked on many military and commercial programs specializing in technical publications, testing, communications, and systems engineering. In addition, he has worked on projects previously at Raytheon, Walt Disney, and Gould NAVCOM.

Ways and Means Director–Michael Maar (2-year term)

Michael Maar is an Associate Technical Fellow with The Boeing Company. He is currently a systems engineer for the Ground Mobile Radio, and Joint Enterprise Network Manager. He is also working on satellite navigation system research and development. He joined Rockwell International in 1985. Over the years, he has led development of various types of communications and signal processing systems, including international communication satellites, ground and space-based surveillance systems, space and airborne laser, and space shuttle orbiter mission data processing.

Michael was a technical chair for the INCOSE LA Mini-Conference in 2005. He supported the mini-conference in 2009 as finance/risk chair. He was a reviewer of the technical papers and the finance chair for CSER 2006. He was the finance chair for CSER 2008. He has been the INCOSE Awards manager since 2007. He served as INCOSE-LA Director, Ways and Means for 2011.

Michael has also participated as judge for First Lego League and First Tech Challenge robotics competition events.

Michael holds a BSEE (First Class Honours) from Hongkong University, MSEE from George Washington University, and MBA from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.

Systems Engineering Education–Larry Earnest (2-year term)

Larry Earnest is the Mission Success Manager for Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, in Azusa California. He is responsible for ensuring all aspects of the Space-based Infrared System (SBIRS) Program are planned and executed from system design to post delivery support.

Larry joined Northrop Grumman in 1985 where he has performed critical systems engineering work on the B2 Stealth Bomber, F/A-18 Super Hornet, Global Hawk, Homeland Security Programs and other complex systems.

Larry recently led a sector wide initiative to research industry, government and academic literature for systems engineering (SE) best practices in order to improve and standardize SE practices throughout the sector.

Larry joined INCOSE in 2006 and has been involved in several INCOSE sponsored activities. He has been a session chair for CSER 2006 and 2011 and has been active in the working group for Lean Systems Engineering and has been a key reviewer of industry standards for SE.

Educational accomplishments include:

  • PhD in Systems Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Professional Designation in Government Contracts Management, UCLA Extension Program
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Redlands
  • Bachelor of Science - Electrical Engineering, California State University, Long Beach
  • Associate in Arts in Electrical Engineering, Fullerton College


Returning Elected Board Members

Programs Director– Michael Kim (2nd year of 2-year term)

Michael Kim is a Senior Professional Staff in Space Systems and Application Group at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is currently working on requirements and interfaces analysis in Mission Control Segment for Enhanced Polar System (EPS) Satellites. Previously, he worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as an Associate performing systems engineering and integration tasks on various space programs sponsored by U.S Air Force, e.g. Space Launch and Test Range Modernization efforts for Vandenberg AFB and Patrick AFB, Space Situational Awareness for Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC), and MILSATCOM systems for joint users. Prior to Booz Allen, he worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation as Systems Integration Lead working on Common Bomber mission planning system for C2ISR Directorate at Electronic System Center (ESC). He was also IV&V analyst for Minuteman III ballistic missile targeting program and operational flight/ground programs under Nuclear Surety Cross Check Analysis (NSCCA) program.

Michael is a prior U.S. Army Chemical officer proficient at Nuclear, Biological and Chemical defense doctrine and sensor/reporting technologies. His military tour includes four years in Germany and a deployment to Macedonia as the United Nations Pre-Deployment Forces.

Michael is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) and has been a member of INCOSE since 2004. He would like to bring more exciting learning and networking opportunities to local INCOSE members through monthly INCOSE LA Speaker Series meetings.

Michael has a B.S. in Physics from U.C. Berkeley, an M.B.A. degree from U.C. Irvine, and an MS in Systems Architecting and Engineering from USC.

Communications Director–Edie Ung (2nd year of 2-year term)

Edie Ung is Systems Engineer, Manager III, at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo. She is currently an operations manager for one of their business area chief engineers. A twenty-year employee, who started her career originally at Hughes Aircraft, she has rotated through a number of opportunities from a software engineering, configuration management, and process improvement to earn more management responsibilities by becoming a project lead and control account manager and line management.

In addition to her many years of experience in the aerospace industry, she has worked in the commercial industry as well. Previously, Edie was a software systems engineer developing systems in information technology, networking, and financial services for Lockheed Federal Credit Union, and she was a process engineer and requirements manager at Motorola, supporting new technologies in the Personal Communications Sector.

An INCOSE member since 2008, Edie volunteered as one of the Newsletter co-editor later that year to become more involved in the INCOSE-LA Chapter. Currently, she is completing her two-year term as Communications Director for 2009 and 2010 and continues as Newsletter co-editor.

Edie earned a B.S. in Computer Science from California State University, Los Angeles, and completed a pre-med program.

Membership Director–Paul Cudney (2nd year of 2-year term)

Paul Cudney recently retired from his position as Senior Systems Engineer with Lockheed Martin. He has nearly 45 years experience in systems integration, software maintenance, test, and verification for real-time, ground-based control systems involving aircraft, missiles and satellites.

Paul served as Chairman of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and also as Chairman of the ACM Committee on Chapters. In addition, Paul is a member of the Steering Committee for the Southern California Software Process Improvement Network.

Paul has been an INCOSE member since 2000, was twice Track Chairman at INCOSE-LA Mini-Conferences, once Secretary of the Chapter, and has served as Membership Director for the past untold years. Paul vigorously supports activities to increase the knowledge and stature of our members, and seeks to increase member participation as a low-risk method of gaining direct job-related experience.