President – Eric Belle (1-year term)

Eric Belle currently works as a Systems Engineering Consultant with clients in the aerospace and defense sector in southern California. His multinational career encompasses nearly 25 years of systems related activities in eight countries, and covers the entire product life cycle. In a somewhat unconventional manner, experience was first gained at the tail end of the product life cycle as a field and systems support engineer before taking on assignments as a manufacturing manager, integration and test engineer, and finally roles at the system design level. Industries in which this experience was accumulated include aerospace and defense, automotive, telecommunications, consumer products and even an early stint as a student intern in oil and gas.

Recent assignments include a number of years with Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems as a functional manager associated with a variety of advanced technology sensor systems, and as an integration and test coordinator for a Japanese space based electro optical sensor. In Barcelona, Spain, he was responsible for implementing the strategic aim of a German automotive supplier by establishing a secondary source of electronic circuit boards by increasing production to 100,000 units per month while simultaneously managing electronics production in the facility.  Other notable assignments include on-site field support for a surveillance radar system in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, a consulting project to encourage purchasing efficiencies between the Austrian and Hungarian divisions of Nestle prior to the enlargement of the European Union, and an analysis and redesign of lighting for industrial air conditioning plants for the Arabian American Oil Company.

Eric has been a member of INCOSE since 2002, during which time he has taken on increasingly active roles at both the chapter and international levels. After starting out as the Newsletter Editor of the INCOSE-LA chapter, he went on to serve as the 2009 INCOSE-LA President. Most recently he is in the process of completing his two year term as a Member of the INCOSE Board of Directors, during which time his portfolio dealt with attending to the interests of its members and chapters. Eric has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a Diplom Kaufman (German Business Degree) from the Wissenschaftliche Hochschule fuer Unternehmensfuehrung Koblenz and most recently obtained a Master of Science in Systems Architecting and Engineering at the University of Southern California.

As President his goal is to leverage his knowledge and understanding of the INCOSE organization in a manner that helps to facilitate a better understanding of how a local chapter can best serve its members while strengthening its outreach. Having recently dealt with the uncertainty facing many Systems Engineers engaged in local industries, his intention is to build upon some of the bold ideas that have been set into motion by current INCOSE-LA Board of Director members. These include taking advantage of the Chapter’s strong financial position to offer extremely affordable, value-added educational and networking opportunities. A strong effort will also be made to further engage industries outside the traditional aerospace and defense industry that are increasingly adapting INCOSE best practices into their respective organizations.

Vice-President – Mike Wallace (1-year term)

Mike WallaceMike Wallace is a Systems Engineering Manager with over 26 years experience in the Aerospace industry in various technical positions from project engineering, to project management and systems engineering. Mike works for Northrop Grumman Corporation in Palmdale, CA and has been with the company for 8 years. Mike currently serves as the B-2 Technical Integration IPT manager. He supports the B-2 Enterprise in various capacities. Mike’s current responsibilities are managing the B-2 Weapons System Resources, Leading the B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization (DMSM) team through early verification effort and providing system engineering support on the B-2 Extremely High Frequency (EHF) II program and various classified programs.

Prior to Northrop Grumman, Mike worked for Teledyne Electronics Safety Products (ESP) as a project manager, where he led a team of engineers from various engineering disciplines in successfully developing sequencing products for the United States (U.S.) Navy and U.S. Air Force. Mike also served 4 years in the United States Air Force on active duty, plus 11 years with the United States Civil Service.

Mike is an adjunct mathematics instructor at the Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, CA. He teaches algebra and statistics and has done so for the past 8 years. Mike has also been a mentor for the Systems Engineer Associate (SEA) program, established by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Sector (NGAS), and has mentored five junior engineers in their transition in becoming systems engineers. He is currently mentoring in the Leadership Development Program (LDP) established by the Connect1NG, an Employee Resource Group (ERG).

Mike joined INCOSE-LA in 2005 and has supported the chapter on several occasions. He was the registration chair for the INCOSE-LA 2007 mini-conference. He currently hosts the Antelope Valley remote site location for the INCOSE-LA lecture series and recently served as the 2012 INCOSE Mini-conference Conference Manager.

Mike has a BS in Electrical Engineering, a MS in Engineering Management from California State University of Northridge (CSUN) and an Engineer’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC). Mike has also completed a Graduate Certificate in System Architecture and Engineering from USC, a Certificate in Systems Engineering from California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) and a Certificate in Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt from the University of Villanova.

Secretary – Paul Cudney (1-year term)

Paul Cudney has volunteered for the INCOSE Los Angeles Chapter since he joined INCOSE in May 2000.  He was registrar for CSER-2011, twice Track Chairman at INCOSE-LA Mini-Conferences, once Secretary, and has served as Membership Director since 2004. Paul supports activities to increase the knowledge and stature of our members, and seeks to increase volunteer participation as a low-risk opportunity for direct job-related experience.

Paul retired in 2009 from Lockheed Martin as a Senior Systems Engineer. He has nearly 45 years experience in systems integration, software maintenance, test, and verification for real-time control systems involving aircraft, missiles and satellite ground systems. Starting with System Development Corporation in 1964, Paul helped update the SAGE (Semi Automatic Ground Environment) system – the first networked air defense command and control system.  Among other projects, he designed and implemented the multi-computer control program for the Air Combat Maneuvering Range (you saw ACMR displays in the movie Top Gun).

Paul has been active in other technical societies, serving as Chairman of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and Chairman of the ACM Committee on Chapters. Paul also has volunteered on the Steering Committees for the Southern California and Los Angeles Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN). 

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 DSN Aperture Enhancement Project, adding new 34m aperture antennas to the existing DSN at all three complexes around the world.  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 for hardware and software intensive systems.  In addition, he has worked on projects at TELOS, Raytheon, Walt Disney, Avicom and Gould NAVCOM.  Harvey is completing his second term as INCOSE-LA treasurer and is the 2013 Mini-Conference Chair.

Harvey received his B.A. from The John Hopkins University in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.

Director, Programs  – Shirley Tseng (2-year term)

Shirley Tseng has experience in space operations, ground systems, spacecraft systems, satellite networks with general systems engineering, software engineering, and system architecture.

Shirley began her engineering career with satellite space operations and ground system development at GE (now Lockheed Martin Mission Systems). She joined Hughes Aircraft Corporation, Space Communication to work on MILSTAR Spacecraft systems engineering and Hughes New Venture Organization to work on satellite technology and business service development on emerging satellite services, such as XMRadio and Spaceway systems. With MorganFranklin, Shirley supported customers such as NASA, the Navy, and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) with advance technology support, space mission and data services development, DODAF and JCIDS development, architecture and system development, network architecture, and tool environment development.

Shirley actively keeps up with many disciplines with membership and participation in numerous organizations. Shirley joined the INCOSE-LA Chapter when it was first formed and is an active member, attending most meetings and tutorials. Shirley has supported the prior CSER conferences managed by INCOSE-LA with publicity support.

Shirley is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Systems Engineering and Wharton Economics. Shirley is also a member of AIAA, IEEE, Association of Computing Machinery, SPIN, Association of Enterprise Architects, IASA (International Association of Software Architects), and user groups Java, Cisco, ITIL, BEA, Linux.

Director, Communications – DeAnna Regalbuto (2-year term)  

DeAnna Regalbuto has been a member of INCOSE and INCOSE-LA since 2008 and has assisted with production of the chapter newsletter since 2011.

She holds a Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering from Stephens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science from University of California, Irvine.

DeAnna currently works on an aircraft software development program for Northrop Grumman in Redondo Beach, CA. She is part of a small sub-team charged with making the development team at large more productive.

When asked what she hopes to bring to INCOSE-LA communications DeAnna stated, “Initially, I want to make contributing to the newsletter easier at all levels, including submitting content, proof-reading, scheduling, and production. Currently, the process is so painful, people key to publishing the newsletter have been known to burn out midyear. In a more humorous vein, I suppose my ultimate goal is just to survive the first year of my term!”

DeAnna and her husband live in Downey, CA. One of their two daughters is studying engineering technology at Cal Poly, Pomona, and the other chemistry at University of Nevada, Reno.

Director, Membership – Sam Bertic (2-year term)

Sam Bertic has been a member of INCOSE for almost 20 years.  Starting with NCOSE San Diego in the early 90’s he held the office of President, Treasurer, and Delegate-at-Large with that organization and provided advice to the then fledgling INCOSE-LA and its’ supporters at Aerospace Corp.  Having attended many of the INCOSE  International Symposia and Winter Workshops has made it possible to develop relationships with many members from all over the U.S. and now internationally having just attended the INCOSE IS in Rome, Italy.  As Membership Director for INCOSE-LA Sam will continue to encourage membership and participation in professional activities for the systems engineers in the southern California area. 

Sam Bertic’s career started in Systems Engineering for NAVELEX in San Diego, but with a degree in electronic engineering he soon moved into design in the newly forming field of microprocessors.  Fortunately the company he was working at for nine years, E-Systems Inc., had a strong systems engineering organization and he spent six years in the role of systems engineer there before taking a job in his home town of San Diego with General Dynamics Electronics Division.  There he served as the test manager on a large electronics program before the division was divested.  At this point an opportunity to join the commercial vendor side of the industry presented itself and he joined Zycad Corp. which had just begun offering a new product in the U.S. called DOORS.  Sam went on to help start TD Technologies with their product SLATE, and then worked for Integrated Chipware supporting their product RTM before rejoining the industry with Northrop Grumman.  Sam spent five years with NGC working on satellite programs and finally as an SE manager on the B-2 bomber.  When an opportunity to do SE consulting presented itself he moved into this area and worked on several contracts doing requirements analysis, modeling, and architecting before the economic downturn in 2009.  Most recently Sam joined Vitech Corp. as an Account Executive / SE providing sales and support for Vitech’s CORE and GENESYS MBSE automation software. 

Sam earned a BSEE in digital electronics from San Diego State University and a MS in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University.  He has enrolled in numerous programs in Systems Engineering over the years including an SE certificate program at UCSD Extension, CalTech SE Program, 6-Sigma Black Belt training, and numerous SE tool training classes.  His proudest accomplishment is the attainment of the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) distinction from INCOSE.  With over 20 years of attested SE experience and several senior SE references Sam hopes to obtain his ESEP in the not too distant future.

Returning Elected Board Members

Director, Ways and Means – Michael Maar (2nd year of 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.

Director, Systems Engineering Education – Larry Earnest (2nd year of 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

Past-President – John Silvas (1-year term, not elected)

John Silvas is a Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, currently supporting the Military Satellite Communications Directorate's Chief Engineer at the Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC) as the Operational Capability Integration Lead on the Joint Terminal Engineering Office (JTEO) contract.  In this role since April of 2012, John has been leading a team of enterprise-focused integrators to examine the white space between various systems that contribute to operational capabilities such as Presidential and National Voice Conferencing.  Integration activities include ensuring technical baseline alignment between interdependent systems, conducting synchronization analysis on required assets and testing, as well as joint test planning that will ensure these capabilities meet operational needs. 

Prior to his current role, John supported the GPS Directorate since early 2007, where he led the development of the first enterprise System Engineering Plan (SEP) and then served as the System Integration (SI) Lead on the Directorate's Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) contract.

John joined Booz Allen in June 1998 in McLean, Virginia as a consultant and has 20 years of Systems Engineering (SE) experience, working mostly on large scale DoD programs in the areas of requirements analysis, architecture development, SE technical management and control, SE process improvement, and system and enterprise 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 SE 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 Vice President in 2011 and then President in 2012, where his primary goal for INCOSE-LA was to increase the value of membership via highly collaborative events and informative products and services that directly translated into opportunities for the local SE community to learn as well as to further the discipline of SE.
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.