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Time: 5:30-6:00 CST

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Chapter Meeting December 13

INCOSE RWG 2022 year in review by Mr. Lou Wheatcraft 

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The INCOSE Requirements Working Group is one of the largest and most active of the INCOSE WGs.   This presentation will cover the activities we have been involved during 2022 and our accomplishments.  Our major accomplishments involved monthly RWG Exchange Cafes’ on various topics, release of our major products, and collaboration with other working groups.  This presentation will give an overview of these accomplishments for 2022 and outline our plans for FY2023.


Lou Wheatcraft is a senior consultant and managing member of Wheatland Consulting, LLC. Lou is an internationally recognized expert in systems engineering with a focus on needs, requirements definition and management and verification and validation across the system lifecycle. Lou has over 50 years’ experience in systems engineering, including 22 years in the United States Air Force. Lou has taught over 200 requirement seminars over the last 22 years. Lou supports clients from government and industries involved in developing and managing systems and products including aerospace, defense, medical devices, consumer goods, transportation, and energy. Lou is very active in the International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and is a past chair and current co-chair of the Requirements Working Group (RWG).  Lou is a principal author of several RWG manuals and guides.  Lou has spoken at Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter meetings and INCOSE conferences and chapter meetings. Lou has published and presented many papers concerning needs and requirements development and management for NASA’s PM Challenge, INCOSE, INCOSE INSIGHT Magazine, and Crosstalk Magazine. Lou has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University; an MA degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Houston – Clear Lake; an MS degree in Environmental Management from the University of Houston – Clear Lake; and has completed the course work for an MS degree in Studies of the Future from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.


Chapter Meeting June 14

Feature Space:  Where System Value, Purpose, Risk, and  Configurability All Come Together by Dr. William "Bill" Schindel 

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Model-based digital engineering offers the possibility of clarity of models that powered the scientific revolution. Among the surprising results of this is realization that, for sufficiently structured  models, some seemingly separate aspects of engineering can be collapsed into a simpler integrated representation. Engineers are accustomed to thinking of mission engineering, stakeholder needs analysis, requirements engineering, optimization of design, risk analysis, and engineering of product line variants as a series of related but different subjects that  collectively add up to a complex problem. In this talk, we will summarize some implications of the question  “What is the smallest model of a system?”  for purposes of engineering and science across the life cycle. We will  take a look at Feature Space, how it reduces degrees of freedom to give a clearer integrated  view of system value, purpose,  risk, and configurability,  along with SysML realization of this approach. 


Bill Schindel is president of ICTT System Sciences. His engineering career began in mil/aero systems with IBM Federal Systems, included faculty service at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and founding of three systems enterprises.  

He chairs the INCOSE MBSE Patterns Working Group, and served on the lead team of the INCOSE Agile Systems Engineering Life Cycle Discovery Project. He is an active member of the ASME VV50 working group on model credibility in advance manufacturing, and the AIAA digital thread and digital twin case study teams.  

Schindel is an INCOSE Fellow and CSEP, and is a director and past president of the INCOSE Crossroads of America Chapter.  


INCOSE International Symposium Hybrid event June 25-30

INCOSE International Symposium 2022


Top 10 Reasons to attend: 

1. Learn something new that you can use on the job!
The technical program is filled with keynotes, tutorials, presentations, and panels that address the most relevant topics in systems engineering. Come prepared with tough questions to ask our speakers and plan to bring your newfound knowledge back to the office when you return.
2. Take advantage of the program
Enjoy a very diversified and full program on different application domains through keynotes, presentations, panels...Participate in high level Systems Engineering tutorials. Be informed on the latest practices in Systems Engineering.
3. Expand your network of colleagues in the systems engineering community!
New questions arise every day on the job. Consider how great it could be to pick up the phone, or send an email, to ask a colleague with similar experiences how they have addressed the same challenge. Private and group chats will be available during the event.
4. Be inspired!
The convocation of systems engineering includes many forward looking thought-leaders who may offer just the motivation you need to read a new book or learn more about new methods that will benefit you in your daily life, both personally and professionally.
5. Hear the latest announcements from our sponsors!
It can be hard to keep up-to-date with developments in SE throughout the year, so this provides a unique opportunity to gain insights on the latest thinking and tool support for
Systems Engineering. Meet our sponsors/exhibitors in the exhibit hall and through their virtual booth on the event platform. Discover their latest products and services.
6. Gain Professional Development Units (PDUs)
Claim 1 PDU toward your INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) certification per hour of participation, or toward other organizations depending on the subject matter.
7. Enhance your knowledge
Take the INCOSE knowledge exam & get certified as an Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) or Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP).
8. Learn beyond your field or interest
The program includes 24 domains and 34 represented topics with speakers and attendees from all over the world.
9. Contribute and advance the discipline
Share your experience, points of view, approaches and best practices with other speakers, interact during coffee breaks and lunches. Stay connected with others at all times through private chat.
10. Be an actor in the INCOSE community
Meet the INCOSE Leadership during social events, and engage in an open discussion

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Chapter Meeting July 12


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Asia Oceania Webinar #1: MBSE in Automotive sector

  • Date:
    Dec 10, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM IST
Meeting Title: Driving radical innovation with MBSE in the automotive sector: a Continental example with IBM Engineering 
Presenter Name: Marco Forlingieri & Enrico Seidel
Date: Saturday 10 December 2022
Time: 11:00 am IST / 1:30 pm ST / 4:30 pm ACT



Hosted by the INCOSE India Chapter. The webinar introduces the topic of MBSE and its application to implement radical innovation within established engineering organizations. IBM in collaboration with Continental demonstrate how the automotive supplier can move from a decentralized to a centralized computer-based vehicle control architecture. The webinar describes in simple steps the workflow from automotive feature into advanced simulation of the architecture using the light control architecture example.

Marco Forlingieri
Italian based in Singapore; Marco is responsible for IBM Engineering in ASEAN. Before he led at Airbus the MBSE and PLE adoption. He has over 10 years of experience in the field of MBSE and PLE mainly within aerospace, defence, automotive and railway industries in Europe, China and North America. Marco chairs the International PLE working group at INCOSE.
Company website:
Enrico Seidel
Enrico is a senior systems engineer at Continental, based in Singapore. He is responsible to develop and apply the Systems Engineering and System Architecture methodology. He has worked at Continental for over 15 years, developing body systems with advanced systems engineering.
Company website:
  • What Animal Would Make the Best Systems Engineer?

    by Courtney Wright | Feb 03, 2023
    At INCOSE's International Workshop, there was a separate luncheon for SEPs to gather just with each other. In addition to brief speeches by the chair of the Certification Advisory Group, Dr. Beth Wilson, ESEP, and the Certification Program Manager, Courtney Wright, CSEP, there was a social activity. Attendees were encouraged to list the characteristics that supported one of two statements:

    1. Cats make the best systems engineers.
    2. Dogs make the best systems engineers.

    And, there was a third option for writing in an animal and arguing why it would make the best systems engineer. The honey badger got two separate write-ins, with its sponsors appreciating its willingness to promote an unpopular opinion. 


    The arguments in favor of cats being better at Systems Engineering are:
    * They are into your and everyone else's business
    * Delegation
    * They are curious
    * Agile and selective
    * They don't always listen to the "customer" (make their own decisions)
    * They decide everything by themselves
    * Climb into boxes (understand context)
    * It has multiple lives: 7 lives in England, 8 lives in Japan, 9 lives in US


    Suggestions on why dogs are better SE's are:
    * It is all people's best friend
    * Even if you shout at it, it will still love you
    * Easily recognize and accept stakeholders.
    * They understand what stakeholders' concern is.
    * It is teachable.
    * Follows rules ... sometimes.
    * It's a connector, eagerly accepting everyone.
    * Solves problems in groups and interacts with other "disciplines" (i.e., Humans)
    * A dog will poop anywhere
    * A dog sees with its nose (holistic worldview)
    * Friendly and persuasive
    * Willing to admit mistake
    * Has lots of energy

    Other animals' characteristics are:
    * River otter - because he is cluelessly happy
    * Tiger - flexible, agile, will go on offense only when needed (will not be a "yes animal" like a dog)
    * Honey badger - fearless, capable, outcome-focused
    * SEPs - they know what to do because of great training and use best practices
    * Honey badger - relentless, nearly impossible to keep in captivity
    * Ostrich - keep your head in the sand, it will all sort itself out
    * Beaver - they are resourceful, creative, focused, outcome-based
  • SEBok vs INCOSE SE Handbook

    by David Ward | Jan 20, 2023

    SEBoK vs. INCOSE SE handbook is a bit of a mystery to many. Meaning that I get asked the questions what is the difference between the two and which one is better?

    There are quite a few twists and turns to this so allow me to be concise and direct.

    In terms of details SEBoK is just under 1200 pages while the current handbook is about 300 pages. Also the former is 'part and knowledge-area driven' while the latter is organised in chapters. SEBoK is also wiki-based and roughly updated roughly every 6 months. The current version, as I write, is 2.7 (a copy is 'pinned' for you to the right for convenience). You can download it free of charge either all-in-one go or the parts of interest to you: Download SEBoK PDF - SEBoK ( SEBoK is also run by multiple organizations including INCOSE, I'll let you discover the others by going to the website.

    The handbook i.e., V4.0 is exclusively the text to be used to prepare the SEP exam. I personally use it as a day-to-day reference, for my SE training including SEP exams preparation and also SE promotion in general. The handbook costs around 70 euros and is available through the Wiley, Amazon etc. If you are an INCOSE member the handbook is free and downloadable. The best way to appreciate the handbook is to apply it! In terms of content there is more to it than meets the eye so don't think that the contents are 'chiseled in stone', that's why application is fundamental to understand the reasoning behind it.

  • I HEART Captions

    by Courtney Wright | Jan 13, 2023
    Did you know that YouTube automatically captions all videos uploaded to it? And that it does it poorly? It does not recognize the name "INCOSE," and its guessing aren't consistent, either. 

    Fortunately, YouTube (and Vimeo) makes it easy to edit the auto captions they propose. Users can do that within the website or they can download, fix, then upload corrected captions.

    The Certification Program's current intern identified the need for INCOSE to fix its auto captions, and she has begun that work for the Certification Program. You can now find accurate, English captions for many of the videos on the Certification playlist of INCOSE's YouTube.

    Are we considering captioning in other languages? Yes. We're starting with English, but we also plan to offer other language captions for our most popular videos. If you're interested in volunteering your services to write those captions, please email and tell us what language you can work in. This is a great way to earn PDUs!
  • 2023: The Year of the Expert

    by Courtney Wright | Jan 06, 2023
    INCOSE is grateful for its experts. As volunteers within INCOSE, they lead the creation of technical documents, of working groups, and of new chapters. They mentor and present at conferences. They create new and improved processes for their employers and customers. Here are some of the ways INCOSE's experts can contribute to the community of systems engineers, and some of the benefits they may get: 

    1. Participate in your local INCOSE chapter, as a member, speaker, or leader.
    2. Participate in an INCOSE working group, as a member, speaker, or leader.
    3. Work with your colleagues to create a community of systems engineers at your workplace.
    4. Write a paper for IS
    5. Serve as a paper reviewer
    6. Volunteer as a mentor within INCOSE.
    7. Pay the Senior membership rate, if you're over 65 years old.
    8. Volunteer as a Certification Application Reviewer. 
    9. Host an INCOSE knowledge exam in your community.
    10. Become an ESEP
  • INCOSE's Virtual Book Club

    by Courtney Wright | Dec 30, 2022
    Did you know that you can claim SEP PDUs for independent reading related to systems engineering? The category is "Consume SE-related media," and you can claim up to 15 PDUs per renewal period.

    INCOSE members have access to Yammer, a closed social media platform with a page called "Virtual Bookclub." Some of the recommended reading includes books that don't realize they are about systems engineering, but INCOSE members think they are:

    * The Grammar of Systems: From Order to Chaos & Back Paperback by Patrick Hoverstadt
    * A Natural History of the Future: What the Laws of Biology Tell Us About the Destiny of the Human Species by Rob Dunn
    * The Logic of Failure by Dietrich Dorner

    * The Art of Thinking In Systems by Steven Schuster
    * Systems Thinking: Managing Chaos and Complexity by Jamshid Gharajedaghi
    * Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony and <g-bubble jscontroller="QVaUhf" data-du="200" data-tp="5" jsaction="R9S7w:VqIRre;">Cass Sunstein
    * SysML Distilled: A brief guide to the System Modelling Language by Lenny Delligatti
    * </g-bubble>SysML for Beginners: Using Sparx Enterprise Architect by by David Hetherington

  • 'Twas the Night Before CSEP

    by Courtney Wright | Dec 23, 2022
    Sheryl Gunn wrote this poem about her experience preparing for the INCOSE knowledge exam. I hope if brings as much joy to you as it did to me.

    'Twas the night before CSEP when all through the house,
    Not a creature was stirring, not even her spouse.

    Her study materials were laid out with great care,
    One last look in the morning would help her to fare.

    The dawn of that day had come soon enough,
    For one thing was certain, the test would be tough.

    Visions of context diagrams danced through her head,
    Wishing a few times she’d just stayed in bed!

    With excitement and panic, she entered the room,
    With thoughts of stray tenets like “from womb to tomb”.

    When the questions were answered, she must wait to know...
    The result of her test, a go or no-go.

    When the word finally came, she gave out a sigh,
    She shouted “I PASSED”… no need to be shy!

    The certificate hung on her wall to proclaim,
    Yet two things are missing, a mat and a frame.

    ‘Tis the end of this tale. Hope I’ve told it just right.
    Happy CSEP to all and to all a good night! 

  • It's not what you teach, it's what you assess

    by Courtney Wright | Dec 16, 2022
    The title of this blog is a statement I make to every professor who asks me about Academic Equivalency. Unlike the dean, your colleagues, your students, and their future employers, I don't care what you lecture about. I don't need to know if you explain the difference between verification and validation, or if you expect your students to know that already. What I care about is whether you assess their knowledge.

    I also don't have a strong preference on how you verify their knowledge. I hope you verify their knowledge in a way that is customized to their domain knowledge, giving them project assignments relevant to their past or future work. I hope you assess them in a language used commonly in their community, not necessarily English. We already have a generic, English-language assessment of systems engineers' general knowledge of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook. That assessment is our INCOSE knowledge exam. We created the Academic Equivalency (AcEq) Program so that you can bring us alternate assessment methods. 

    The process of a university professor applying for AcEq is that he or she starts by expressing interesting through our SmartSheet form, then maps their coursework to our INCOSE list of learning objects used for our knowledge exam. The professor then tells us which class activities assess against those same objectives. If we agree that the classroom assessments are sufficient, we approve the equivalency. 

    There are some administrative hoops to jump through, too. Get more explanation at INCOSE webinar 162, How to Apply for Academic Equivalency.
  • What volunteer activities qualify for PDUs?

    by Courtney Wright | Dec 09, 2022

    INCOSE ASEPs and CSEPs are required to do ongoing professional development to maintain their certification. These activities are different than the work experience that qualified them to become certified initially. Details on renewal are listed online and on Form 13

    One of the ways to continue your professional development is through volunteering in ways that can use your technical knowledge. This may mean judging a science fair or it could be figuring out the logistics for a soup kitchen. As you make plans for how you spend time outside of work, consider helping your community through sharing your technical skills. We at INCOSE think that's a great way to improve those skills. 

    There are three categories of volunteer activities that qualify for PDUs. 

    Volunteer activities with youth in schools or community related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) - limit of 72 hours per renewal period

    Volunteer activities with community, school, or non-profit organizations that help them accomplish their technical needs - limit of 30 hours per renewal period

    Volunteer (i.e., non-compensated) activities within your organization related to engineering and science - limit of 30 hours per renewal period

  • How much do I need to study for the exam?

    by Courtney Wright | Dec 02, 2022
    You don't want to hear the answer, "It depends." Let's see what we know.

    1. The cost of taking the exam ranges from $0 (for students) to $30 (for paper exams hosted in classrooms or meeting rooms) to $80 when taking the exam online. 
    2. You may take the exam up to 3 times within a 12 month period.
    3. Some people pass the exam on their first attempt, without studying. 
    4. Most people need to read the INCOSE SE Handbook multiple times in order to pass the exam.
    5. Taking the exam is probably the best way to prepare for the exam.

    The above information may help you decide how to prepare for the exam. It also might show that there are a variety of people taking the exam with differing backgrounds. Students and working professionals, first-time and repeat candidates, those who are well-prepared and those who are taking the exam just to prepare themselves for future attempts. 

    If you're hoping to pass the exam on your first attempt, and you have some work experience in an environment with other systems engineers, plan on reading the INCOSE handbook at least twice and making some flash cards. Successful candidates typically report spending 40 or more hours studying. Good luck!
  • Announcement: 2023 start-of-year meeting

    by Caitlyn Singam, SySTEAM Program Director | Nov 25, 2022

    February 9th, 2023 @ 10AM to 1PM Eastern
    (please note new date)

    Zoom link:

    INCOSE SySTEAM is excited to announce that its next meeting has been officially scheduled for Thursday, February 9th, 2023 @ 10AM to 12PM Eastern. Please note that this is a two-hour meeting, in accordance with our new bimonthly (1 meeting per 2 months) meeting schedule. We are rescheduling this meeting from Jan 26 in order to make it easier for our community members to attend the INCOSE IW as well as our SySTEAM community meeting.

    At this meeting, we'll continue to work on developing our systems thinking (ST/SE) integration framework and expounding on our prior discussions and action items related to STEAM education and the systems competencies that we started at our workshops. If you’re interested in supporting the INCOSE SySTEAM mission of “improving education for all students, everywhere”, or otherwise in getting involved in our community, these meetings are where the magic happens. Anyone and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, regardless of professional affiliation or INCOSE membership status.

    Please join our online community hub (info provided on our main webpage: for more information about our prior meetings and upcoming plans.

  • Cultural Understanding is Relevant to SE

    by Courtney Wright | Nov 25, 2022 is not a sponsor of INCOSE's Certification Program, but we use it so much you might think we are getting paid to do so. When interviewing intern candidates from seven different countries, it was important that we offer interview time slots within their waking hours and that we communicate the agreed-to times. Calendar invitations are also a great help. During two meetings during the past week, a time was proposed an accepted in email, but a different time appeared in the invitation. It is a wonderful reminder of the communication problems that can occur with more complex topics. 

    This post is appearing on 25 November 2022, the day after American Thanksgiving, aka Indigenous People's Day. That holiday always falls on a Thursday, and many individuals take the whole week off from work to spend time with family. As a result of this, many recurring meetings are canceled. By identifying early that participation may be low, we can reschedule meetings, focus the agenda on those who will attend, or progress offline. Sounds a lot like Risk and Opportunity Management, doesn't it? 

    If you are looking for a way to earn PDUs to renew your ASEP or CSEP certification, consider learning more about your colleagues or potential colleagues. When is Chinese New Year? Will Ramadan fall during a planned conference? Does your noon meeting fall at 2AM for someone who wishes to attend? Learning about all of these topics - with an intention to apply them to your work - is relevant to you being a better systems engineer. 
  • INCOSE's International Workshop's Certification Activities

    by Courtney Wright | Nov 18, 2022
    INCOSE's International Workshop in 2023 is a hybrid event, with meetings hosted in-person and some of them streaming live online. The Certification meetings will not be offered hybrid. Rather, the meetings will be focused on in-person attendees during the IW. Then, there will be online-only meetings with the same topics.

    Topic 1 - How to Apply for Academic Equivalency. Reference material: INCOSE Webinar 162 and

    Topic 2 - How to Apply for ESEP. Reference material: Lori Zipes on YouTube and

    Topic 3 - How to Apply for CSEP Reference material:

    Topic 4 - How to Renew CSEP. Reference material: Cecilia Haskins on YouTube and

    The INCOSE knowledge exam will also be offered in-person at the IW. It is available year-round, online. Register online here.
  • Can a professor become a CSEP?

    by Courtney Wright | Nov 11, 2022

    Yes! The work of a professor is very likely to trace to systems engineering experience areas, no matter what topic he or she is teaching! An engineering professor is more likely to qualify than someone teaching in the humanities only because of the process the engineer follows is more likely to include systems thinking. However, if a professor uses systems engineering principles to design and execute a non-technical course, it could still count. It is the process and technical products (e.g., validation plan) that matter, not the specifics of the topic area (aka domain) that matter. 

    Here are some of the ways a professor might describe their work experience on a CSEP application:

    • Requirements Engineering - Developing a course to meet stakeholder needs
    • System Operation and Maintenance - Preparing for and managing results of course delivery 
    • Technical Monitoring and Control - Planning for research project assessment and control
    • Information and Change Management - Preparing for and executing change management activities for technical writing

    Just as a systems engineer's system of interest may be a hardware or software, it may also be a process, a research study, or a course. Like all applicants for CSEP or ESEP, the candidate should review the definitions of the systems engineering experience areas and should describe his or her own experience focusing on what they did, not what the product was. 

  • Why become an ESEP if I'm near retirement?

    by Courtney Wright | Nov 04, 2022
    Some well-qualified systems engineers resist applying for ESEP because they are near retirement or already have the job of their dreams, and they don't see a personal benefit to becoming an ESEP. And they're right, the value to them getting certified won't come back to them. 

    The benefit to an engineering leader becoming an ESEP is that they help define what ESEP means. There is an old joke that someone wouldn't want to be a part of any club that would accept him as a member. This is the opposite. Others will want to be a part of the club that has these folks in it.

    The beneficiaries of these leaders becoming ESEPs are other current and future SEPs of all levels. Someone will know what certification is, and that it matters, when they see that their manager is certified. It is about walking the walk.
  • INCOSE Interns

    by Courtney Wright | Oct 28, 2022
    INCOSE is hiring its next group of interns soon. Interested candidates should apply through the INCOSE Volunteer Opportunity Board. These internships are paid and may support different parts of INCOSE. Although most previous interns have supported the Certification Program, future interns will support the Marketing and Communications Team and other parts of INCOSE. The Q4 2022 internship application deadline is 4 November 2022.

    Learn about the past work of INCOSE Interns at the INCOSE Internship page
  • Upcoming Presentations about INCOSE Certification

    by Courtney Wright | Oct 21, 2022
    INCOSE Certification's most recent intern, Mrunmayi Joshi, ASEP, and the Certification Program Manager, Courtney Wright, CSEP, will be giving several online presentations about INCOSE Certification in October and November.

    On October 28th and 29th, Certification will be featured in the New England Fall Workshop. Joshi will present "Impact of INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook Update on Certification Process" at 10am Eastern on October 28th. She and Courtney will present "INCOSE Certification Program as a System of Systems" at 3:30pm Eastern. On October 29th at 1pm Eastern, Renee Steinwand, ESEP, and Courtney will host a tutorial on "How to Apply for ESEP."

    On November 9th, at 8pm Brasil time, Joshi and Courtney will join Raquel Hoffman, CSEP, in a Certification webinar presented in Portuguese and English.

    INCOSE Certification representatives will attend the INCOSE International Workshop, EMEASEC Workshop, and INCOSE International Symposium in-person for similar presentations and tutorials.

    These and other INCOSE Events are posted on INCOSE's LinkedIn page and the Events page on the INCOSE website
  • Sports as Systems Engineering Experience

    by Courtney Wright | Oct 14, 2022
    The September issue of INSIGHT (INCOSE's Practitioner's Magazine) is focused on the unique abilities of systems engineers. The article "Why Mountain Bike Trails Try to Scare You Off" on page 63 explains how systems engineering can be used in atypical work activities, such as leading a group bike ride. This article may be of use to those who plan to document unusual work or volunteer experiences in their CSEP or ESEP applications.

    INCOSE members have free access to INCOSE Insight at Look for volume 25, issue 3. 

    Non-members can access through Wiley at 
  • What is the best thing about INCOSE's newly-designed certification web pages?

    by Courtney Wright | Oct 07, 2022
    It depends. (<- This is such a common response to systems engineering questions that I consider it a stand-alone punchline to a joke. Like "to get to the other side" or Rickrolling or "Assume the cow is a sphere.")

    If you're looking for specific information related to a single certification level, you'll appreciate that it now has a separate page for each: ASEP, CSEP, and ESEP.

    If you're looking for a page dedicated to being a reference? Got it!

    Want to make sure you've read all the pages on the website and not missed a thing? Check out the Quick Links from the main certification page and you'll cover everything. 

    And if you thought the certblog deserved more traffic, more awareness by the public of its existence, then you may appreciate that is now linked to the main certification page, Finally, the recognition it deserves!
  • Faculty perspective on Academic Equivalency: David R. Schneider

    by Mrunmayi Joshi | Sep 30, 2022

    Here is an interview with David R. Schneider of Cornell University which talks about his experience and perspective as faculty of the academic equivalency program. Happy SEPtember! 

    David Scheider
    This interview was done in 2022.

    Q1. What is your role related to INCOSE’s Academic Equivalency?

    » I created and instruct the course(s) that INCOSE Academic Equivalency can be earned through.

    Q2. What is one of your proudest professional achievements?

    » My proudest professional achievement is receiving multiple recognitions from the Obama White House Office of Science and Technology Policy for my work in engineering education.

    Q3. What skills do you think a systems engineer should develop during their education?

    » We could write a book on this, but if I had to focus on one skill, it's not enough just to learn SE methodologies & techniques in an academic bubble but students need to develop the ability to apply what they learned across a variety of industries and societal challenges as well as across teams of highly varied expertise.

    Q4. What was your university’s motivation behind joining the academic equivalency program?

    » Motivation for our university to start an academic equivalency program is a desire to improve our curriculum, offer greater value to our students and the companies they work for, and grow the SE community.

    Q5.What do you see as the benefits of the academic equivalency program for a university and a student?

    » For the university, it helps to ensure that the curriculum is well-aligned to the INCOSE methodologies and hence has significant professional value for our students. It also distinguishes the course(s)/program offering academic equivalency from peer institutions. For students, they too earn additional distinction as it is not just the institution stating their SE skill capability but the student has demonstrated that they met the larger standard established by INCOSE.

    Q6. What methods do you use to teach SE courses effectively?

    » Like a movie special effects artist, we use a variety of techniques to keep the audience engaged. The most important aspect in being effective in teaching SE material though is often to help ensure that students understand its purpose and value. Sometimes this requires putting students into situations where they get "burned," a bit, by using their own non-SE approaches they may be more used to. But this only helps students to recognize the SE value even further as they see how it can help them from being burned again in a real-life situation.

    Q7. How do your SE courses help students to deepen their understanding of systems engineering?

    » Students often come in to the course with at best a cursory knowledge of what SE is, even if they've supposed undergone significant internal training within their companies. They may even know the names of various SE professional practices and attempted to perform some of them to what they believed was a satisfactory level. Our courses help students better understand what needs exist that the SE practices help meet, as well as the difference between just doing them and doing them well. It is the ability to make a positive impact.

    Q8. How do your SE courses differ from those at other universities?

    » Our courses tend to take a more applied approach. For example, it is not enough to merely know how to create an SE diagram, but students must be able to recognize its value in the overall life-cycle process, how the diagram can be used effectively or ineffectively, and how it can be combined with other practices for even greater impact. We aim for all of our students to graduate with examples of proven SE experience that they can showcase to a current or future employer to demonstrate the value they can bring to their teams.

    Q9. What is your advice for universities or institutes considering applying for academic equivalency?
    » It is a highly worthwhile endeavor but make sure that you give yourself enough time to appreciate and integrate any new academic equivalency material into your own curriculum.

    Q10. How can we reach out to you?

    » You can reach me at :

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  • Graduate perspective on Academic Equivalency: Kahdeem Cohens, ASEP

    by Mrunmayi Joshi | Sep 30, 2022
    Here is an interview with Kahdeem Cohens, a graduate from Cornell University which talks about his experience and perspective as a graduate from the academic equivalency program. Happy SEPtember!


    This interview was conducted in 2022.

    Q1. What is your current role/position?

    » I am a Systems Engineer Sr, Model-Based Systems Engineering at Lockheed Martin Corporation, Aeronautics.

    Q2. What are your next career goals?

    » I am actively enhancing my systems engineering skillset--both depth and breadth--with ambitions of stepping into formal Systems Engineering leadership, i.e., Systems Engineering Associate Manager.

    Q3. What have you learned about systems engineering in school?

    » I learnt that Systems engineering is the central repository for all things architecture and requirements. Engaging the systems engineering discipline early and often will pay dividends throughout a system's lifecycle.

    Q4. What interests you about systems engineering?

    » What interests me about Systems Engineering is that it touches all domains--both technical and non-technical. In order to ensure a system's or program's success, systems engineering must be involved from the outset to ensure the right thing is being built and that the thing is being built right.

    Q5. What motivated you to get SEP certification?

    » Obtaining SEP certification was a means for me to formally communicate that I had a baseline understanding of the systems engineering discipline in an objective manner. Given that I wanted to pivot into the discipline, it was a natural stepping stone.

    Q6. How did the academic equivalency program benefit you?

    » Academic equivalency benefitted me as I ultimately obtained my Master of Engineering degree. Moreover, I got my certification without sitting for the formal knowledge exam. Standardized testing, like the knowledge exam, is not always the best means to test one's conceptual understanding of a discipline or topic.

    Q7. How did taking courses under the academic equivalency program help you deepen your understanding of SE?

    »  At Cornell University, we applied all our systems engineering learnings to generate what we called a compendium. This final project required us to understand the intricacies of systems engineering, its benefits, and why the industry is currently shifting to becoming model-based versus document-based. It provided a great foundation as I pivoted into the discipline within my career.

    Q8. What is your advice for students and research professionals pursuing SEP certification?

    » I promote SEP certification. I would suggest that everyone considering it do some introspection on their "why." In an ideal world, all systems engineering professionals are INCOSE SEPs for personal motivations like recognition, objective communication of your knowledge, and the ability to apply systems engineering learnings in the workplace. Not to mention, INCOSE SEP certifications are portable and universally recognized across industries. Maintaining your INCOSE SEP certification also ensures you develop skills through continued professional development. Continued education (via earning PDUs) ensures you are aware of industry-wide changes and can adapt and succeed.

    Q9. How can we reach out to you?

    » You can reach out to me at:

    Know more about Academic Equivalency from here.