Midwest Gateway Chapter

Welcome to the Midwest Gateway Chapter

Welcome to the Midwest Gateway Chapter of INCOSE. We are based in the St Louis region, from Rolla to the Metro East. The Midwest Gateway Chapter of INCOSE was founded in St. Louis in 1992. Over the years we've hosted the INCOSE Symposium and the Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER), and been the home chapter of national and regional INCOSE leaders.

Bronze Chapter Award 2004
Bronze Chapter Award 2005
 Bronze Chapter Award 2005
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Silver Chapter Award 2006
Silver Chapter Award 2007
Silver Chapter Award 2008
Silver Chapter Award 2009
Silver Chapter Award 2010
Silver Chapter Award 2011

2023 Board of Directors

President: John Thompson, Boeing
President-Elect (Vice President): Mike Franco, Boeing
Secretary (2023/2024): Kirk Kittell, Boeing
Treasurer (2022/2023): Lou Pape, Boeing
Director (2022/2023): Dr. Mary Malast, Leonardo DRS
Director (2022/2023): Caleb Klapp, Leonardo DRS
Director (2023/2024): Bob Scheurer, Boeing
Director (2023/2024): Dr. Cihan Dagli, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Past President: Mike McCarthy, Paragon Technology Group

Contact the MGC Board of Directors at midwest-gateway@incose.net.

Upcoming Chapter Events

Speaker Event

When:  Thursday, Mar 2, 5:30-7:00 PM

Where:  Sports Cafe, 3579 Pennridge Dr, Bridgeton, MO  63044

Who:  Dr. Ciihan Dagli

What:  Dr. Cihan Dagli, Professor of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management and founder of Missouri S&T’s Systems Engineering Graduate Program.

RSVP:  Mike McCarthy - michael.mccarthy@incose.net

Subject:  Architecting Deep Learning Models to Enable AI Capability to Complex Adaptive Systems Architectures

Abstract:  Mission systems engineers who are heavily involved in architecting complex adaptive systems are looking for ways to allocate AI models to achieve some of the adaptive capabilities required by them. Deep Learning Models are used extensively for this purpose. The goal is to learn from the domain specific data collected in performing the capability in question previously achieved by other methods so that correct Deep Learning Model can be built in architecting the complex adaptive system in question. These models also required their own architectures to be functional. In this presentation an approach will be discussed in building architectures for Deep Learning Models in reference to health care application based on domain specific data using over 25 million cases.



INCOSE/GfSE Webinar 9: How to learn Systems Engineering

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Meeting Title: How to learn Systems Engineering
Presenter Name: Michael Gainford & René King
Date: Wednesday, 6 July 2022
Time EDT: 11:00 am- 12:00 pm EST (4:00 pm – 5:00 pm UTC; 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CET) 


Many individuals and organizations seek to grow their Systems Engineering (SE) skills and capabilities in order to tap into the well-substantiated benefits of SE - see for example Elm and Goldenson (2012). During this webinar Michael Gainford and René King will explore how people can best learn Systems Engineering (or indeed any other topic).

They will lay out a number of adult learning principles, illustrating them with examples as they go. Some of the principles are:

  • Learners need to have a sense of progress towards their objectives;
  • Learners need to participate actively;
  • Learning should be related to the learner’s experience and knowledge;
  • Getting ideas wrong can be a valuable aid to developing understanding;
  • Time must be allowed for reflection.

It is important that both the “learner” and the “learning facilitator” understand the principles, especially as people’s learning preferences vary. There are many contexts in which learning takes place, so the facilitator might for example be described as a teacher/lecturer, coach, mentor, or colleague.

In an effective learning environment, there is a bi-directional relationship between facilitator and learner; each influences the other, and in fact both become learners. If there are multiple learners, they take additional benefit from influencing each other. It is a very important principle that the learner takes responsibility for learning (rather than seeing it as a service provided by the facilitator), which is why it is important that learners learn about learning.

They will refer to parts of Bloom’s taxonomy to describe the progression that may occur during a “learning event”. At the end of the event, can the learner remember, understand, explain, or apply the new knowledge? Beyond that, do things stagnate, or is there further growth through continuing professional development and structures such as the INCOSE Competency Framework? They will also relate this to John Maxwell’s coaching model: “I do it; I do it with you; you do it with me; you do it; you do it with someone else”. Most organizations can’t afford to send everyone to a learning event, so those that participate must feel a responsibility for compounding the benefit going forwards.  

Take-Away Key Message
  • If you have ever struggled with “learning seen as a service provided by a trainer”, this webinar will help you to understand learning as “an on-going process involving learners and learning facilitators”.
  • Asking yourself how to get the most benefit from a learning experience, this webinar will help you to understand that you as a learner must take ownership of your learning outcomes and learn more about learning.
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The Midwest Gateway Chapter of INCOSE was founded in St. Louis in 1992. Over the years we've hosted the INCOSE Symposium and the Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER), and been the home chapter of national and regional INCOSE leaders. Many of our members are engaged in defense, biotech, connected devices, and academia. Most members are located in St. Louis and the surrounding area (from Missouri S&T in Rolla to Scott Air Force Base in the Metro East), but all are welcome to affiliate with us.

For more information about joining INCOSE, please visit the incose.org website: Join INCOSE. If you're not sure about joining yet, come out and visit us at one of our events.


If you have any questions for us, get in touch: midwest-gateway@incose.net. You can also get in touch with our Board of Directors.

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