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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
*Abbott


Check out presentations from previous North Texas INCOSE Chapter Meetings!

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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 June 14

Feature Space:  Where System Value, Purpose, Risk, and  Configurability All Come Together by Dr. William "Bill" Schindel 
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Remote Program Access: Teams (Video/Audio)
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Abstract:  

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. 


Bio

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

TBA
 

Remote Program Access: Teams (Video/Audio)
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Abstract:
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TBA

 


All Events

  • Meet our fourth intern, Morenikeji Araloyin

    by Courtney Wright | Feb 04, 2022
    MAraloyinMorenikeji Araloyin is INCOSE's current intern. He will be delivering a webinar on 16 February 2021 about the outcomes of three years of INCOSE Academic Equivalency programs. He has also been reviewing data about past SEP applications and continued certification, with a goal of identifying underrepresented groups and proposing ways to better connect with them.

    The following questions are from an interview with Morenikeji in January 2022, during his internship:

    Q1: Describe your current position/role.

    I'm currently INCOSE's Certification Program intern. In my role as an intern, I support the Program Manager to identify areas of opportunity for process improvement and potential solutions. This experience is very impactful one for me, and I could not have asked for a better internship experience to build a foundation for my systems engineering career.

    Q2: What are one or two of your proudest professional accomplishments?

    I am proud to have received a Systems Engineering master's degree this past Fall as SE career has always been my high professional priority. I am most proud to have gained skills to develop and manage large-scale complex systems.

    Q3: What is the biggest challenge you face as a Systems Engineer?

    The misconception about what is systems engineering is a huge challenge; Many people have their own interpretation of systems engineering. If you tell someone that you are a systems engineer, they most probably think that you are a systems administrator.

    Q4: What advice do you have for individuals starting their career as a Systems Engineer?

    To not get stuck with their definition of SE. SE is a rewarding career and opportunity to network and build lasting professional connections with systems thinkers. Go the extra mile to reach out and form relationships with experienced systems engineer both within and outside their organization.

    Q5: How do you continue to learn about SE? What professional development activities do you do?

    I have been INCOSE member since 2020, and I think the SE Handbook is an important resource to have at home, even though you've aced the knowledge exam and certified. So, I'm looking forward to the 5th Edition that will be released later this year. I also plan to get more involved with my local INCOSE chapter, North Star.

    Q6: What are the next career goals you want to achieve?

    A few of my future goals include becoming an ASEP. I'm also excited about the prospect of working in my first SE role while I work towards my PhD. My longer-term goals are to learn a variety of areas within the systems engineering field and work towards becoming an ESEP one day.

    Q7: What are some of your hobbies/interest outside of work?

    I enjoy playing soccer a lot, and because I live in the Arctic Minnesota, outdoor soccer is near impossible during winter. So, I have developed other interest like ice fishing.

    Q8: Why did you decide to get the SEP certification?

    I decided to get the SEP certification not just because of its growing need in job market, but because of the value of the certification. SEP certification helps increase your knowledge in systems engineering principles and guides you in applying these principles in real world complex projects. In other word, it is all about INCOSE clear definition of systems engineering.

    Q9: How does the SEP certification impact your professional career?

    I am preparing for the knowledge exam; however, SEP certification add knowledge and skills to your experience. And in the current world of competition, SEP certification can be a game changer for career growth. More hiring managers these days prefer a systems engineer with INCOSE certification than those without.

    Q10: What has surprised you in the past five years related to systems engineering?

    The growing need for systems engineering principles across all domains, in particular the healthcare and public policy. People are starting to appreciate systems approach as our society become increasingly complex.

    Q11: What job titles have you had other than “Systems Engineer?”

    Quality Assurance Engineer

  • Ace the class, skip the exam

    by Courtney Wright | Jan 28, 2022
    Why should you care if your university has an Academic Equivalency program? It may allow you to bypass the INCOSE knowledge exam on the path to certification as an Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) or Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP). 

    At the end of each academic term, universities with Academic Equivalency programs send us a list of the students who did well in the required courses. Those students then have 12 months to apply for ASEP and CSEP using that knowledge equivalency. INCOSE counts the university assessments as sufficient verification of knowledge to replace the multiple-choice test that we offer. 

    Even if you're not a full-time university student, an Academic Equivalency program might help you out. If you're nervous about taking the INCOSE knowledge exam, you might prefer taking a university course that teaches you more about systems engineering and assesses you in lower-pressure ways than INCOSE's exam. Some universities offer Academic Equivalency through just a single, online course. You also might find a course offered in a language other than English. The INCOSE knowledge exam is only offered in English, but Academic Equivalency courses may be offered in any language. 
  • It's not what you teach, it's what you assess

    by Courtney Wright | Jan 21, 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 with 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. We give more details and a link to the application form at the main page describing Academic Equivalencies: https://www.incose.org/systems-engineering-certification/certification-agreements/equivalency-programs
  • 2022: The Year of the Student

    by Courtney Wright | Jan 14, 2022
    INCOSE has a few special opportunities for students. Our next post will be about the most exciting one - Academic Equivalency - but this week we'll note other ways INCOSE helps students. 

    1. Student membership - full-time or nearly-full-time students are eligible for a discounted rate on INCOSE membership. 
    2. Student divisions - in addition to joining INCOSE chapters and working groups, university students may form their own clubs that have a special relationship with INCOSE.
    3. Systems Engineering honor society, Sigma Theta Mu - here's a way to distinguish yourself if you know during your student days that you want to be a superstar systems engineer.
    4. Student rates for event registration 
    5. Take the INCOSE knowledge exam for free at your university or a chapter-hosted in-person exam.
    7. CAB Associate access to INCOSE materials if your university is a part of the INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board's Academic Council
  • Ordering SEP Logo Items

    by Courtney Wright | Jan 07, 2022
    INCOSE has shared the SEP logos with Lands End, a US-based provider of clothing and home goods. If you would like an ESEP polo, a CSEP fleece jacket, or an ASEP backpack, you are likely to find something you like at the Lands End Store. 
  • Using the SEP logos

    by Courtney Wright | Dec 31, 2021
    INCOSE SEPs are allowed to use the logo for their certification - ASEP, CSEP, or ESEP - while they are actively certified. They may use this logo on business cards, in their email signature, or in other ways that recognize them as a certified individual. The INCOSE SEP logos may not be used in advertising a business. Training provider companies that prepare individuals for the INCOSE knowledge exam may not use the SEP logo in their advertising or training materials, except for things like a screenshot of the INCOSE website or listing the credentials of individual employees. Organizational use of the SEP logos requires INCOSE pre-approval, and has been granted for things like custom mugs given to new SEPs.

    The INCOSE SEP logo policy CRT-100 is here: https://www.incose.org/docs/default-source/certification/sep-logo-guidance.pdf?sfvrsn=1107b5c6_0