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The North Texas Chapter of INCOSE

The North Texas Chapter of INCOSE (International Council of System Engineering) is centered in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and serves the north Texas counties. Participation is open to those interested in or practicing systems engineering.

2019 North Texas Chapter Officers

President - Sarena Gazic

Email: incose.ntx at outlook dot com
Bio: Sarena Gazic is a Systems/Software Engineer and owner of SGGE, a consulting company she started in 2011. Her company sets up modeling environments, trains users in UML/SysML/UPDM, develops automation tools, and develops systems engineering products. Prior to that she worked for 3 companies in the defense industry on most phases of the program lifecycle. She has 19 years of model based engineering experience, including large programs with distributed users. She has a B.S. in Applied Mathematics with a Physics concentration.

President-Elect and Director of Information – Justin C' de Baca, CSEP

Email: jlcdebaca at yahoo dot com
Bio: Justin C' de Baca is a Systems Engineer Senior working in the Advanced Development Program (ADP) at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, where he does system architecting with formal modeling and implementing model-based systems engineering methods within the USN Next Generation Air Dominance program. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), along with several years of experience in public education in high school science and curriculum development for online Systems Engineering courses at UTEP. He is an Associate Systems Engineering Professional and currently serves as the Communications Officer for the INCOSE North Texas Chapter.

jeromeVice President of Chapter Development – Jerome Forbes, CSEP

Email: JForbesFED at gmail dot com

Bio: Jerome Forbes is currently a System Assurance Lead for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. He has over 13 years of electrical and systems engineering experience at Raytheon. His area of experience includes system assurance, architecture, requirements analysis and development, CONOPS, verification and test, FPGA firmware design, production, technical training, radar systems, EOIR systems, digital image processing, system deployment and system security. He has held various other positions at various location during his career such as Architecture Lead, IPT Lead, Technical Lead, Subsystem Architect, Software Requirements SE Lead, Systems Test Engineer, In-Country Engineering Lead, FPGA Firmware Designer, Production Support Engineer, SE Process Engineer and Project Coordinator.
Jerome has served as the North Texas INCOSE chapter Treasurer for two terms (2018 and 2019). He has also been the INCOSE site ambassador for the Raytheon McKinney, TX site since 2017, hosting monthly INCOSE chapter meetings.
He is also a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of Texas, an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP), The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) 9 certified, and Raytheon Program Management Level 6 certified.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Miles College, a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Tuskegee University and a 2nd master’s degree in Systems Engineering at Southern Methodist University. He is currently finishing a doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University.


headshot_timVice President of Technical Development – Timothy O’Conner, ESEP

Email: timothyoconner @ sbcglobal . net
Bio: I’ve been married for 35 years and have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.  I’ve been employed at Lockheed Martin for 40.25 years.  I am presently working in Systems Engineering Integration and has been for the past 3.5 years on the F-35 Program.  In my previous assignments I’ve worked as EW Technical Lead for Foreign Military Sales Customer(s) on the Integrated Fighter Group (IFG) Team.  Prior to that I worked in Mission Systems and Avionics as the Deputy Senior Manager of Sensors and Weapons in the engineering core.  I have also worked as a Test Program Set Microwave Depot Engineer and Reliability and Maintainability (R & M) prior to that.  I currently hold the office of President of the Association of Old Crows  Fort Worth Chapter, Marketing Chair of the 2017 IEEE MetroCon and former Past Section Chair, and Director of Wellness for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

mmTreasurer – Michelle Maddox, CSEP

Bio: Michelle Maddox is a Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics who has worked multiple aircraft programs over the past 15 years. She has worked in the Aerospace industry for 30 years, and is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP). Ms. Maddox has extensive embedded system and software engineering experience that spans the software lifecycle including requirement development, software design, object-oriented analysis and design, software development, and testing, and deployment. She previously managed multi-million dollar projects as a Control Account Manager. She holds a B.S Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Missouri, and a M.S. Software Engineering degree from Southern Methodist University.


yvonne_bijanPast President – Dr. Yvonne Bijan, CSEP

Email: incose.ntx at outlook dot com
Bio: Yvonne Bijan has worked for Lockheed Martin for twenty years and has a Doctor of Philosophy in System Engineering from Southern Methodist University. She has worked on numerous aeronautic programs including F-35 and C-130J. Dr. Bijan has worked on the Space Based Infrared System. She is a Certified Enterprise Architect, Certified Systems Engineering Professional, Certified SysML Model Builder Advanced, and holds a QFD Greenbelt. She has a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Math and an M.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Software Engineering.

mike_dietzDirector at Large – Mike Dietz

Bio: Mike Dietz is the 2010 Past President of the INCOSE North Texas chapter and currently serves as a Director-at-Large. Under Mike's leadership, the North Texas Chapter received the Gold Circle Award for being an outstanding chapter. Mike has served on the board for several years and has helped get INCOSE involved in programs like Future City. He is a Systems Engineer at Raytheon with cost, schedule, and leadership of over $20M (annual) of program efforts. He is Program Management certified by Raytheon, and has worked there for 18 years at all levels of integration from chip level to mission level and everything in between across multiple disciplines and product lines. Mike currently works at the business unit and product line levels. Mike's primary expertise is in Requirements Engineering and customer engagement.

don_boyerDirector at Large – Don Boyer

Bio: Don was the NT Chapter President in 2006 and currently works with Keys to Effective Chapters for INCOSE. Don has over twenty-five years of successes in project and line roles as Engineering Manager and Systems Engineer on DoD projects. Retired from Raytheon, he served as a Six Sigma Expert and Champion. He has extensive experience in systems engineering, project management, proposals, planning, scheduling and earned value methodology, integrated product teams, and training/coaching in these areas. Currently consultant and coach for small businesses through his firm, Small Business Performance Improvement, which involves extensive strategic and operational planning as well as team building and process improvement.

matt_holvey3335e58472db67488e78ff000036190aDirector at Large - Matt Holvey

Bio: Matt holds a master's degree in systems engineering from Penn State University and has worked in the military and aerospace industries for 13 years. In his current role as Quality Manager at Bell Helicopter Textron, Matt leverages software and hardware technology to lean and optimize quality processes.Matt previously served in the U.S. Navy and specialized in aviation electronics, jet engine test station repair and calibration laboratory management. Matt is a certified Six Sigma black belt, an avid runner and a recreational computer programmer.


A special thanks to everyone who has volunteered to host meetings at remote sites.

  • Larry Smith, L-3- Greenville
  • Karl Saathoff, L-3- Arlington
  • Dawn Handley, Lockheed Martin- Palmdale
  • Jerome Forbes, Raytheon- McKinney
  • Yvonne Bijan, Lockheed Martin Aero- Fort Worth
  • Monique Jobe, Lockheed Martin MFC- Grand Prairie
  • Matt Holvey, Bell Helicopter
  • Sanchali Deb, Abbott