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Program meetings typically 2nd Tuesday of month
Time: 6:00-7:00 CST
Food & networking at 5:30

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*Bell Helicopter
*L-3- Arlington
*L-3- Greenville
*Lockheed Martin Aero- Fort Worth
*Lockheed Martin MFC- Grand Prairie
*Raytheon- McKinney

Check out presentations from previous North Texas INCOSE Chapter Meetings!

Presentations can be found here

Board meetings typically 1st Tuesday of month
Time: 5:30-6:00 CST

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The meetings are not recorded. Presentation are posted in the library and resources during the following weekend if we receive the presentation.

Upcoming Chapter Events

Chapter Meeting February 21

Requirements Modeling and Automated Testcase Generation  by Dalton L'Heureux

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The Requirements Table block allows you to find errors in your system earlier by analyzing requirements for 'completeness' and 'consistency' before you even begin your design!... This is the story you are told every time someone talks about the Requirements Table block, but there's a more valuable picture to be painted. By making use of Simulink Design Verifier, Simulink Test and Simulink Coverage, we can generate testcases from our modeled requirements, and verify our design is meeting those requirements without needing to manually write thousands of testcases. And best of all, since we've independently modeled our requirements and our design, our generated testcases have the potential to yield complete requirement, model, and code coverage valid under safety critical verification standards.


Dalton obtained a BSE in Aerospace Engineering and a MSE in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Dalton worked as a Systems Engineer at Collins Aerospace, developing flight software for the Boeing 777X and Bombardier C-Series Aircraft. At Collins, his main responsibilities were in specification modeling and test case development and generation. In April 2020, Dalton joined the MathWorks as an Application Engineer with a focus in helping aerospace customers best utilize the MathWorks' Systems Engineering, Verification & Validation, and Code Generation tools for DO-178C certification and other high integrity/safety-critical applications.

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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Faculty perspective on Academic Equivalency: Rick Grandrino

Mrunmayi Joshi

Sep 22, 2022

Here is an interview with Rick Grandrino of Drexel University which talks about his experience and perspective as faculty of the academic equivalency program. Happy SEPtember! 

Rick Grandrino
This interview was done in 2022.

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

»  I am faculty and director of the Drexel University, College of Engineering Systems Engineering Master of Science Degree program.

Q2. What is one of your proudest professional achievements?

» Developing the Systems Engineering Master of Science degree program at Drexel was the accomplishment that I am most proud of. This program was launched in the fall of 2014. The programs follows the rich tradition of the Drexel College of Engineering by providing an education that prepares students to be successful in industry. In developing the program, we worked with an experienced industry advisory board a to determine program needs by industry. We also conducted a survey of the top ranked systems engineering programs and contrasted to industry needs in order to create a comprehensive and effective systems engineering program that is different than most others.

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

» The mission of our systems engineering program is to develop systems engineers and leaders that meet customer and industry needs of today and tomorrow. Our students learn skills and knowledge to solve complex problems. Systems engineering is different from traditional engineering as it is an interdisciplinary field of engineering that draws upon a variety of disciplines. A systems engineer is often referred to as a “jack of all trades” as they possess knowledge of many different fields such as hardware development, software, analysis of alternatives skills, design engineering and project management to name a few. A systems engineer needs to have the ability to think within the context of a systems point of view. This involves understanding of the system linkages and interactions between the subsystems and components that comprise the entirety of the system. An effective systems engineer needs to have the following skills:
- A thorough understanding of the systems engineering process - Knowledge of the Life Cycle Stages of the systems development process and the engineering activities required for each stage
- The ability to think in context of entire system or a holistic thinking approach
- Understanding the interconnection and relationships of a system and the concept of systems thinking
- Ability to conduct thorough and rigorous requirements analysis
- Leadership ability to guide the execution of the systems engineering process
- Analytical skills to evaluate decision alternatives with quantitative factors and data analytics so as to choose the best alternate course of action
- Understanding of use of models and model based systems engineering (MBSE) to provide solutions and designs for complex problems and systems development.

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

» It is important that the foundation of our systems engineering degree program be linked to the INCOSE society as well as industry. Achieving academic equivalency ensures that our program meets industry standards and needs.

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

» For a university, the benefit is an acknowledgement that our program meets the high quality industry standards. For a student, academic equivalency provides a path to achieve systems engineering professional certification by the INCOSE society.

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

» We have designed a program of courses that effectively teaches students how to execute the systems engineering process. We also focus on developing skills and knowledge that are required by systems engineers. We do this through a learning process taught by experienced professors who worked as systems engineers in the industry. Additionally, our students get to work on projects so that they can apply the systems engineering process to real world applications. Additionally, our courses are offered fully asynchronous online.

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

» All of the courses focus on application. They are taught by faculty with experience of the course they teach. Also, the assignments are usually in the form of projects and / or real world applications so students can learn how to execute what they are learning.

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

» All our courses are taught by faculty who have significant experience through working in industry. Therefore, students get to learn about the art and science of systems engineering through experienced practitioners. Our students can apply what they learn effectively and hit the ground running. Also, the program can be tailored to meet each students’ specific goals. This is a major differentiator with our program is that there is flexibility to design a program that meets students specific career needs and desires. Students can focus to be general systems engineer, or focus more, on perhaps, reliability engineering, hardware engineering or a logistician or software development or leadership roles such a technical director and / or systems engineering program manager. We offer the ability for students to tailor a specific program that provides that provides them with coursework to ascertains those skills. We also continually update and revise our program based on feedback and needs of our systems engineering advisory board, industry partners and the INCOSE society. We take a systems engineering approach to continually revise, upgrade and keep our program current in order to meet the needs of industry.

Q9. What is your advice for universities or institutes considering applying for academic equivalency?
» Be patient as it is a tedious process. Be sure to adhere to the INCOSE guidelines and principles for courses related to academic equivalency. Consider being a CAB and Academic member and stay active with INCOSE as they are connected to the systems engineering industry.

Q10. How can we reach out to you?

» You can reach me at :

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