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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) virus and the mandates given for social distancing we are cancelling our March 19th Michigan Chapter Meeting at the Engineering Society of Detroit. This month's speaker has requested to present in-person at a future date. We will accommodate this request when it is appropriate to hold in-person meetings again. Those that have registered will be receiving a refund shortly.

Sending out positive thoughts to everyone in our community during this difficult time.

14th Annual INCOSE Great Lakes Regional Conference (GLRC14)

  • Date:
    April 11, 2021 - April 14, 2021 | 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Address: 1114 Washington Boulevard
  • Location: Detroit, Michigan United States
  • Venue:
    Westin Book Cadillac (Detroit Marriott) Hotel & Conference Center
  • Contact: Jack Stein
  • Email:
  • Phone: 248-890-2855
The theme of the 14th Annual GLRC is "Mobility Systems - Land, Sea, Air and Space." It will be held in Detroit, Michigan, USA, April 11-14, 2021. The GLRC is a mid-size regional Systems Engineering (SE) conference that provides a forum for SEs to advance their practice through presentations, panels, tutorials, and workshops. Attendees will be able to register to take the INCOSE SEP Exam, tentatively scheduled for 9:00 AM on Wednesday April 14, 2021.

NOTE: The GLRC14 was RESCHEDULED from the Fall of 2020 to the Spring 2021 due to COVID-19: A hybrid (combined in-person and virtual) event experience is being planned. For the latest information regarding Call for Submissions and Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors please visit the GLRC conference website at

Chapter Elections

The Michigan Chapter is running officer elections. The following members are running for 2021 board positions.


Robin MikolaRobin Mikola has close to two decades of experience in Systems Engineering, Safety, Quality and Global Corporate Process Development and Deployment across the International Aerospace/Defense and Automotive domains.  She is also the current President of the Michigan Chapter of INCOSE in 2020.  It has been a very dynamic year to be the president of the Chapter. Together with the board, we have worked to provide the most valuable and dynamic content throughout this global pandemic while also increasing our membership and our support of our members and affiliates.  I believe there is much more we can do together in the Michigan Chapter to increase the awareness and application of good systems engineering practices that truly provide value to every person. I humbly request the opportunity to again provide value to our membership and affiliates in 2021 as the President while promoting the exciting value behind what we all do. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward  to the future of Systems Engineering with all of you.


curtis-potterveldCurtis Potterveld has 18 years experience in systems engineering for Aerospace and Defense systems. Working for Boeing he has worked on satellites, the International Space Station, other manned space vehicles systems, and the FA-18 fighter. He has developed and deployed MBSE processes, tools, and training across Boeing programs. Curtis has worked on systems and safety analysis for the Ford Motor Corporation on the autonomous vehicle project and General Motors driver assistance programs. He has served as treasurer for the Michigan INCOSE chapter and the INCOSE Great Lakes Regional Conference. Curtis has a MS in Systems Engineering from Stevens, a MS in Aerospace Engineering and Arizona State University, and a MS in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Nathan VinarcikNathan Vinarcik is a junior studying mechanical engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy.  He graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 2018 and was involved with FIRST Robotics as the Vice-President of Image and Spirit.  He is an Eagle Scout with 6 palms and was the first Scout in Michigan to receive the Thomas A. Edison Supernova Award, Scouting’s highest STEM honor.  He was elected by his peers into the Order of the Arrow (the Boy Scouts honor society recognizing cheerful service).  He has obtained the Brotherhood Membership and has served as Migisi-Opawgan’s chapter secretary.  Nathan was recognized with an honorable mention in the NASA MBSE Habitat Library Challenge.  As a student INCOSE member he was recognized with the 2020 Student Achievement Award.

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