Dean Norfleet is currently a System Engineer for General Motors and is responsible for developing autonomous vehicle system requirements, designing autonomous vehicle system architecture, coordinating chassis and propulsion actuator systems and their interactions to support AV driving. Prior to this position, Mr. Norfleet spent over two decades as an Industrial Controls System Engineer developing assembly, metal removing, welding, test and gauge machinery in manufacturing environments for customers that included GM, Chrysler, Delphi Automotive, Thyssenkrupp, US Steel and Alcoa. Mr. Norfleet began his career in the aerospace industry evaluating designs and testing telemetry systems used in the NASA Space Shuttle program. Dean has served two terms as President of the INCOSE Michigan Chapter, has served as the Program Committee Chair for the Michigan Chapter and is currently serving on the planning committees for the Great Lakes / North-Central Conference and the 2022 INCOSE International Symposium. Mr. Norfleet received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Saginaw Valley State University, a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Saginaw Valley State University and a master’s degree in System Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
Samantha Lutz is currently Principal of Hyparxis Consulting, a private consulting and executive coaching firm located in southeast Michigan. She believes that systems engineering is the keystone for leadership and innovation in Industry 4.0, and emerging Industry 5.0. Her previous role was as the manager of Manufacturing Systems Analysis Department at Litton Industrial Automation Systems, which included Reliability and Maintainability, Continuous Improvement Engineering, Data Collection and Analysis, Plant Layout Optimization, and the (discrete-event) Simulation Department. She served as deputy director for the UNOVA R&M Council, and lead various projects, and in-house and customer training workshops. Samantha holds a BS from the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Rutgers University and an MS in Administration from Central Michigan University. She holds many certificates, including in Theory U from the Presencing Institute, which grew out of the MIT Center for Organizational Learning, founded by Peter Senge in the early 1990s. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan. She is passionate about education, beginning in university when she founded the Engineering Outreach Program. She has served as Head Coach for First Robotics, and has judged and coordinated volunteer efforts in robotics, DiscoverE, and engineering related sessions for students. In addition to INCOSE membership, Samantha is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Michigan Section of the American Nuclear Society, and the Engineering Society of Detroit.