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HWG Conf 2019

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The INCOSE Conference on Systems Engineering in Healthcare enables participants to share the best practices in the latest Systems Engineering topics as applied to Healthcare. The conference theme is “How SE Can Reduce Cost & Improve Quality.”  Previous conferences focused on applying Agile methods to systems with hardware and software. The 2019 conference will broaden the topics to include systems methods for healthcare delivery (direct patient care).

Keynote HWG Conf 2019

Keynote Speaker: Kathleen L. Frisbee, PhD, MPH, 
Veterans Health 
“The Digitization of Healthcare”

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GELogoPGaryStrong_gelenary Speaker: Gary Strong, CT and PET Engineering GM, GEHC-Retired “So You Wanna Be a Rock ‘n Roll Star;  Maximizing Your Impact as a System Engineer”

The audience for this conference is Systems Engineers, product developers and testers, Certifiers, and leaders of organizations developing complex healthcare products and services, from large Healthcare IT systems to medical devices to healthcare delivery organizations.

Conference Theme / Description
For this small and interactive conference, we seek practitioners to share their knowledge and experience through presentations and collaborative sessions. We encourage sessions on experience reports and case studies, Interactive panel sessions, and instructional tutorials. There will be invited tracks on

Agile & Lean Methods                   Cybersecurity                    Modelling and Simulation
Healthcare Delivery: Simulation, Systems approaches, UX, and Home Healthcare

Here is the link to the draft of the HWG Conference Agenda for 2019.  Select this link to listen to 2018 HWG Conference Attendees.  Contact for more information.

This two-day conference includes multiple session learning tracks as well as collaboration session opportunities to advance the state of the community.

EASILY REACHED LOCATION: The conference venue is Crowne Plaza Aire, 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN 55425 near to the MSP airport and the Mall of America.  A light breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided at the meeting facility each day and there is a banquet included on the first night.

CONFERENCE HOTEL: A block of rooms has been reserved at the hotel. Reserve your room at Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Airport - Mall of America or call 800-227-6963 and ask for the “INC” rate before April 9th.

Registration and Conference Information
Register at Eventbrite before April 15th to Reserve Your Spot for the 2019 Systems Engineering in Healthcare Conference. Early registration ends March 30th.

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Systems Engineering - The Role of the Systems Engineer Rescheduled!

New Meeting Date: April 25th  

MSU Graduate & Professional Education Center
Suite 500, Classroom 515
7700 France Ave S. 
Edina, MN 55435

The System Engineer plays an integral role with the organization and on the project to which he/she is assigned.  While specific roles differ from company to company, when assigned to a project, the systems engineer is best characterized as the Technical Lead for the project.  As such he/she owns the system requirements and technical holder needs and expectations.
6:00 pm Networking with Pizza
6:45 pm Welcome and Chapter Updates by Sean McCoy, INCOSE NSC President
7:00 pm Presentation by Neill B Radke
 8:30 pm Adjourn

Presenter: Neill B Radke
  • Mr. Radke is President and Chief Solutions Architect with Radke Strategic Solutions, LCC.  He is a Systems Engineering Leader who excels in product development, process improvement, teaching, and mentoring.  He has worked with  companies to develop products and systems using proven systems engineering and project management methodologies. 
  • Throughout his career of more than 30 years, he has led product development activities on small, medium, and large projects, in both defense and commercial industries, to successfully launch new products.   He has led custom product developments in these organizations, having end-to-end responsibility for listening to Voice of the Customer, leading the development of designs which meet the customer needs and expectations, and subsequently delivering products to the customers in timely manners.  
  • Neill has successfully defined and implemented systems engineering processes in multiple companies, has taught systems engineering related courses both at the corporate-level, and at the University Masters' Degree level, and continues to mentor less experienced engineers on the use of systems engineering process and practices.

May 9th Meeting

The Systems Approach to Manufacturing Customized Structures 
Specifically Commercial Building Interiors 

Ridgedale Public Library – Rohlf Meeting Room
12601 Ridgedale Dr.
Minnetonka, MN 55305


Our speaker, Julie Nelson, earned her degree in Commercial Interior Architecture some 30 years ago and has spent the ensuing time in and around the design and construction field. From facilities management at Medtronic to workplace design with Herman Miller to prefabricated construction at Timco Construction; the process of building better has always been her calling. Currently, Julie is the Vice President of Adaptt, a Minnesota based distribution partner for DIRTT Environmental Solutions.

 DIRTT (Doing it Right This Time) uses its proprietary 3D software and manufacturing equipment to create prefabricated interiors; each space tailored to the client’s needs. Prefabricated interiors change the linear construction process as we know it. Building with a prefab solution affects the efficiencies of all trades on a construction project by acting as a ‘super sub’, forcing the detailed discussion of process, planning and complete requirements early on to clarify roles, pricing, schedule and productive onsite labor. Julie will give us a good look at how DIRTT has successfully applied this systems process in several most interesting cases.

6:00 pm Networking with Pizza
6:45 pm Welcome and Chapter Updates by Sean McCoy, NSC President
7:00 pm Presentation by Julie Nelson
8:30 pm Adjourn


Working Groups

INCOSE working groups are a great place to meet individuals who are looking to overcome similar challenges.  These groups often span multiple regions and industries, so we can really look at these topics in a broad, informed way.   In the North Star Chapter, we have several members Chair/working in different groups like the Measurement, SE in Very Small Enterprises (VSE), Handbook as well as others. There are many topics to choose from.  Finding the groups and joining is easy!

To join any working group:

1. Login to your account at INCOSE.ORG

2. Click on Welcome, <your name>, from the pull-down menu, select from the  “Profile Home” link at the top of themenu.

3. Scroll down to “My committees/Working Groups and click on the link “Browse/Join a Working Group”

4. This will result in a list of Working Groups under the header Committees.  (The terms are interchangeable)

5. Scroll down until you see find a committee that you are interested in.  Click the link and then on the right click on the (view) link.

6. This will result in a roster of current WG members.  

7. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and under “Committee Tasks” click on "Join this Committee"

Working groups are a great way to learn more about a subject, grow your network, and share your knowledge about a subject. 

Get Started TODAY with this link to the Working Groups page!


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