The North Star Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in Minnesota to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems across diversified business sectors.
The North Star Mission
Share, promote and advance the best of systems engineering from across the state of Minnesota while working with a world view for the benefit of humanity and the planet.
The North Star Vision
To be the preeminent authority on Systems Engineering in our region through educating our practitioners and encouraging Best Practices through our relationship with INCOSE.
North Star 2020 Officers
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President: Roz Dolid
Roz was born and raised in Minneapolis, has BSME and MSME degrees and a PMP®. She has managed engineering projects for at MTS Systems Corp, North Star Imaging Inc, and DIGI International where she is currently the Engineering Services Manager. During 12 years of project management she has learned that for projects with no official systems engineer, the tasks associated with systems engineering fall to the project manager even when those tasks are not formalized. Curious about how this could be done better eventually led her to join INCOSE to learn more. In her spare time she enjoys needle crafts and has been known to submit a finished object to the State Fair to see if it may be ribbon worthy. Roz is excited to join the INCOSE North Start chapter board to participate in growing the chapter and expanding the visibility of systems engineering methodology in the wider Twin Cities area.
President-Elect: Sean McCoy
Sean is the Staff Architect at Trane. He received his CSEP last fall, has 13 patents,is a 6-Sigma black belt, and has over 36 years of experience designing and building software systems; 23 of those at Trane developing Building Automation Systems and helping develop their Systems Engineering discipline. Sean has been an active member of INCOSE since 2011 and received his CSEP in 2016. Sean is currently enrolled in Cohort 5 of the INCOSE Institute for Technical Leadership and is the chair of the Soft Skills Working Group. His most recent work assignment was leading the initiative to create a modular architecture with re-usable sub-systems for HVAC controls. In his spare time, Sean likes to play guitar and can often be seen at Rock Camp Experience events.
Treasurer: Mike Keyes
Michael is a Senior Test Engineer at Phillips-Medisize. He is an active member of the INCOSE North Star Chapter and a past president. He has 10 patents and over 28 years of experience in product and materials development with 6-sigma green-belt and black-belt experience. He worked for 20 years at 3M Corporation in various positions from research laboratories to manufacturing on technology development. For the last 7 years, he has worked at Phillips-Plastics Corporation, which is now Phillips-Medisize LLC. He has been working in process development, product testing, and since 2013 worked primarily on their medical device testing. He performed independent design work for lens housings. In his spare time, he likes reading, wood working, saber fencing and spending time with the family. His most recent free time endeavor is as an assistant soccer coach for his son’s team.
Director of Industry: Venkat Parameshwaran
I have been an INCOSE member since 2014 and Participated in several ambassador meetings and activities. I have Volunteered for GLRC11 as part of the core team, attended and presented at GLRC10 in Michigan.
I have arranged several monthly presentations by providing appropriate contacts to the board/meeting committee for follow-up. Arranged a few monthly presentations with SAE
Over the past year or so I have participated as an ambassador and feel that I should take up the role of Director of Industry.
What I like about INCOSE North Star is the interactions with members and industry and I hope to push the agenda of INCOSE North Star and drive membership by interacting with current and prospective members.
Co-Director of Academia: Dan Stone
My name is Dan Stone and I have worked as an R&D engineer in the medical device industry for a little more than seven years. I was fortunate enough to begin my career in a rotation program, which provided me with the opportunity to learn more about the business, our products, and the industry at the start of my career than I likely would have otherwise. More recently, as a member of the Advisory Team in charge of the rotational program for new engineers coming into the company, I have the opportunity to recruit at universities and work with our young engineers at the company while they are in the program to start their careers.
In my free time, I pursue a number of hobbies and activities. I enjoy playing and watching a wide variety of sports, road biking, skiing, camping, backpacking/mountaineering, photography, and traveling.
I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve as the Director of Academia for INCOSE, as I would like to improve relationships and increase involvement of both engineering students and early career engineers in INCOSE.
Co-Director of Academia: Udhay Kumar Dayalan
Udhay works as a Systems Engineer at Trane. Udhay has a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from University of Minnesota and currently pursuing his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Minnesota. He received his CSEP in 2018. Udhay has been an active member of INCOSE since 2016. In his spare time, Udhay likes to learn and develop proof of concepts on trending technologies.