INCOSE-LA Speaker Meeting: Al Hoheb, Systems Engineering Competencies

El Segundo , USA
200 N. Aviation Blvd.

System Engineering Competencies for Space System Program Managers
Al Hoheb, Principal Engineer, The Aerospace Institute
Host site: Room D8/1010, The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, California
Cost: Free to INCOSE members with RSVP, $10 for non-members

Meeting Schedule:
5:30 - 6:15 pm Sign-In, Networking, Refreshments
6:15 - 6:30 pm Welcome & Announcements
6:30 - 8:00 pm Presentation and Questions



Registration is required to attend the event. Register here. Host site reservations close August 11.

Attendance is also available online and at remote sites throughout the region. For remote sites and virtual attendance, please RSVP by 12:00 noon, Monday, August 17.


Space system program managers lead extremely complex development programs and are the ultimate programmatic and technical decision-makers. To be effective, they must have sufficient competence in program management as well as systems engineering (SE) to add the right people to the team, direct tasks, understand trades, assess risks, and manage results. To date, a description of SE competencies specifically for program managers has not been defined, so it is difficult to develop and assess the SE attributes necessary for program managers. This presentation leverages the Project Management Institute (PMI) Program Manager standard, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) SE Handbook, and the commercially available Lominger FYI Guide of competence, along with other research, to define a comprehensive program manager competency model. The resultant competency description provides the competency names, description, and associated behaviors. This work fills a void in literature while unifying related source material and is useful in the selection, assessment, and development of space program managers.

Speaker Biography

Al Hoheb is a Principal Engineer at The Aerospace Institute, the educational division of The Aerospace Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center leading high profile learning projects. Mr. Hoheb has over 30 years of systems acquisition experience across 30 satellite system acquisitions. He joined The Aerospace Corporation in 1987, worked in the corporation’s matrixed engineering group, moved to direct customer support for several space system program offices, worked architecture, specification and request for proposal/source selections as part of the Corporate Chief Engineer’s Office and most currently develops engineering workforce development at The Aerospace Institute. He works across the government space community on space workforce competency development, defining competency goals, curricula and courses for systems architects, systems engineers as well as program and project managers. He personally instructs in space systems engineering, mission assurance, acquisition, project management and risk management. He has delivered professional papers and workshops to INCOSE, the Systems Engineering and Risk Conference, the AIAA Space Conference and others. He is a guest lecturer for several universities. Mr. Hoheb has earned a B.S. Biology, B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E., and respectively from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the California State University at Fullerton. Mr. Hoheb enjoys warm waters, being outside, and has active interests in real estate and stock investing.

Attend Online

For remote sites and virtual attendance, please RSVP by 12:00 noon, Monday, August 17.Virtual Attendance instructions will be emailed Tuesday evening August 18, 2015.

Remote Site Attendance

Site Coordinator Coordinator contact information Access Refreshments Reservation Deadline
Antelope Valley/Palmdale Mike Wallace Open to all    
Azusa: Northrop Grumman Corporation Louise Fluegeman      
Goleta: Control Point Corp, 110 Castilian, Suite 200, Goleta CA Don Adams or Paul Stowell, or Open to all    
Pasadena: JPL, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena Michela Munoz-Fernandez     Register minimum one (1) week prior to meeting
Huntington Beach: Boeing
B/28 conference room (map)
Phyllis Marbach, US Citizens, Resident Aliens only   One week
San Fernando Valley: Capstone Turbine Corp, 21211 Nordhoff St, Chatsworth Susim Gedam, 818-734-5113   Check with site coordinator.  
Host: El Segundo: Aerospace D8/1010, 200 N Aviation Blvd Susan Ruth Open to all, but with special requirements for foreign nationals Yes One week before mtg; foreign nat’ls, 10 days

Directions to Aerospace Corporation

Location: between Imperial and El Segundo Blvd (north to south), between the 405 Freeway and Sepulveda (east to west)

From the San Diego (405) Freeway heading SOUTH:

  1. Take the exit towards El Segundo Blvd.
  2. Turn Left onto S La Cienega Blvd.
  3. Take the 1st Right onto W El Segundo Blvd.
  4. Take the 2nd Right onto N Aviation Blvd.
  5. Bldg D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.

From the San Diego (405) Freeway traveling NORTH:

  1. Take the El Segundo Blvd exit, Exit 44.
  2. Turn Left onto W El Segundo Blvd.
  3. Turn Right (North) on N Aviation Blvd.
  4. Bldg D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.

From the 105 Freeway traveling WEST:

  1. Take the exit towards 405 South
  2. Before getting onto the 405 Freeway, take the El Segundo Blvd exit
  3. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left (west)
  4. Turn right on Aviation Blvd.
  5. Bldg D8 will be on the third building on the Right, just past the discount bakery.

The facility: It is the third building from the corner of Aviation and El Segundo, just north of the discount bakery outlet. The facility has 4 gates, but ONLY the southern-most gate is open. There is staff security where you will identify yourself as attending the INCOSE meeting. You can park where security directs you to park, we will badge in through the lobby at the center of the building where the flag poles are. Knock on the first of the double doors and someone will open the door for you. The handicap ramp is on the north side and can be reached by driving all the way around the back of the building. Tell security that you need to use that ramp.

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