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July Chapter meeting - 13 July 2021 

  • Title of presentation : Exposing and controlling emergent behaviors with Monterey Phoenix

  • Presenter : Dr. Kristen Gimmarcio 

  • Abstract :  Monterey Phoenix (MP) is a Navy-developed lightweight formal methods behavior modeling approach and tool designed to generate a set of behavior scenarios that is exhaustive up to a user-defined scope limit.  Students and faculty experimenting with MP have discovered unintended, invalid, and potentially high-consequence behaviors latent within their designs fitting qualitative descriptions of weak and strong emergence.  These unwanted behaviors contradicted stakeholder intent, yet were not prohibited by any requirements. After a condensed introduction to MP, we present an approach to emergent behavior detection, prediction, classification, and control using an architecture model of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), an operator, and an environment.  We conclude with a discussion of implications of this approach for a new skill area of emergent behavior analysis of system and SoS models, and information on how to learn the approach and tool for specific applications of interest.


  • Bio: Kristin Gimmarco is an Associate Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School, where she teaches courses in systems architecture, system integration and model-based engineering, and conducts research in the use and development  of formal methods for systems architecture modeling.  Dr. Giammarco is a member of INCOSE and serves as the Joint Executive Systems Engineering Management (SEM-PD21) Program Academic Associate.  From NPS, Dr. Gimmarco has earned a Ph.D in Software Engineering, an M.S. in Systems Engineering Management, and a Certificate in Advanced Systems Engineering. She holds a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.  She conducts research on system and software behavioral modeling and architectural patterns and works on improving techniques for teaching graduate level courses  in distance learning environment.

June Chapter meeting - 8 June 2021 

  • Title of presentation : Using Design Structure Matrices (DSMs) for Modeling System Architectures

  • Presenter : Dr. Tyson R. Browning 

  • Abstract : The design structure matrix (DSM) is a powerful tool for visualizing, analyzing, innovating, and improving systems—including product designs, organizational structures, and process flows.  The DSM is a square matrix showing relationships among system elements, which can be product components, software code packages, teams, activities, etc.  By analyzing a DSM, one can prescribe a better (e.g., more modular, less cyclical) system architecture or organization.  The DSM is concise, visually appealing, and used in many organizations across diverse industries.  Users have found the DSM extremely useful for fostering architectural innovation.  This presentation introduces product architecture DSM applications for product developers and systems engineers.  Real-life examples are presented from the aerospace, automotive, and other industries.  DSM models work well in conjunction with MBSE and architecture framework tools.  

  • Bio: Dr. Tyson R. Browning is an internationally recognized researcher, educator, and consultant.  He is a full Professor of Operations Management in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, where he conducts research on managing complex projects (integrating managerial and engineering perspectives) and teaches MBA courses on project management, operations management, risk management, and process improvement.  A sought-after speaker, he has trained and advised several organizations, including BNSF Railway, General Motors, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Seagate, Siemens, Southern California Edison, and the U.S. Navy.  He has also served as an expert witness in legal proceedings.

  • Prior to joining TCU in 2003, he worked for Lockheed Martin, the Lean Aerospace Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Honeywell Space Systems, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.  He earned a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Abilene Christian University before two Master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from MIT.

  • His research results appear in journals such as California Management Review, Decision Sciences, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Mechanical Design, Journal of Operations Management, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, MIT Sloan Management Review, Production & Operations Management, Project Management Journal, and Systems Engineering.  He is also the co-author of a book on the Design Structure Matrix (DSM).  He has given over 200 academic and industry presentations and workshops in 17 countries.

  • Having previously served as a Department or Associate Editor for three journals, he is currently co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Operations Management.  He is a member of several professional societies:  Academy of ManagementAssociation for Supply Chain ManagementDecision Sciences InstituteInstitute for Operations Research and the Management SciencesInternational Council on Systems EngineeringProduction and Operations Management Society, and Project Management Institute

May Chapter meeting - 11 May 2021 

  • Title of presentation : Aircraft System Model in SysML Multi-disciplinary Simulation and Analysis for Early Virtual Integration

  • Presenter : Dr. Saulius (Saul) Pavalkis 

  • Abstract : Decreasing time-to-market phases and the increasing complexity of future systems make it difficult for engineers to test the proper performance of the systems, implement changes, optimize system architecture. 

    With help of system model in SysML simulation and integration with multidisciplinary engineering tools we can reach high level maturity of MBSE / digital engineering adoption. 

    In this webinar we will present state of the art solution: 

    • Cameo Systems Modeler aircraft SysML project simulation. 
    • We will connect SysML model with Dassault Systems Process Composer for multidisciplinary simulation orchestration leveraging multiple models and simulations. 
    • We will simulate system model in context of aircraft geometry and mission parameters. 
    • We will perform requirement verification. 


  • Bio: Saulius (Saul) Pavalkis, PhD 
    • CATIA NO MAGIC - CYBER SYSTEMS Industry Business Senior Consultant and MBSE Transformation Leader  

    • 18 years at Dassault Systems (No Magic) in model-based solutions and R&D currently working as MBSE Transformation Leader. Expert in systems modeling, simulation, MBSE ecosystem, interfaces / integrations, traceability, queries 
    • INCOSE CSEP, OMG OCSMP, No Magic lifetime modeling and simulation excellence award 
    • Community author for simulation ( and MBSE success cases ( 
    • Author of multiple papers on MBSE. In 2020 got NAVAIR $20M budget for V&V paper implementation 
    • Representative at INCOSE CAB. Supporting MBSE adoption in A&D, T&M and other domains. Major clients: P&W , Boeing, NASA, BAE Systems, Raytheon Technologies, NGC, FORD 


March Chapter meeting - 13 April 2021 

  • Title of presentation : Digital Engineering (DE): The next Chapter of MBSE

  • Presenter : Paul White 

  • Abstract : What is digital engineering (DE)? How does DE relate to MBSE? In this presentation, we will show how DE is the next chapter of MBSE. We will talk about the Office of the Secretary Defense’s (OSD) Digital Engineering Strategy, released in June 2018. We will discuss the goals of the DES and how you can implement DE in your current and future systems engineering efforts. This presentation is for those who would like an introduction to DE.

  • Bio: Paul White is the ICBM GBSD Digital Engineering Branch Lead for BAE Systems at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. He has worked previously at Kihomac, Astronautics Corporation of America, L-3 Harris, and Raytheon. He has 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry.

Paul has been an INCOSE member since 2007 serving in various top leadership roles in the North Texas (Dallas - Fort Worth) Chapter, Chicagoland Chapter, and Wasatch (Utah) Chapter.  He is the current president of the Wasatch Chapter.  Paul has been a leader in the annual Great Lakes Regional Conference (GLRC) since 2012 including conference chair for the 6th and 8th conferences.  He served as the conference chair for the first annual Western States Regional Conference (WSRC) in Ogden in 2018; and he serves on the WSRC Steering Committee for 2019 and beyond. He was awarded the INCOSE Outstanding Service Award in 2019. He serves as the Deputy Assistant Director of Technical Events in INCOSE's Technical Operations organization.
He has a graduate certificate in Systems Engineering and Architecting from the Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) through INCOSE


March Chapter meeting - 9 March 2021 

  • Title of presentation : Using Architecture and MBSE to  
    Develop Validated Requirements

  • Presenter : Dr. Ronald "Ron" Carson  

  • Abstract : Requirements incompleteness and ambiguity continue to plaque many organizations.  The introduction of MBSE provides an opportunity to relate the structure of the architecture model to the structure of requirements, and synchronize the data between them. 

    • In this presentation we demonstrate how to use model-based systems engineering and the related architecture to develop and validate requirements of all types. We first describe the structure of different types of requirements and map the requirements elements, e.g., function, to elements of the architecture in the MBSE model. We show how these requirements elements map to specific data elements in a particular MBSE tool for all possible types of requirements. Finally, we show how this method enables validation of the requirements from the architecture. 

    • Attendees will gain an understanding of how to integrate their organizational requirements development and MBSE architecture activities by mapping the data elements between them and integrating these into their MBSE tools.   


2020 Board Election

The ballot was sent to chapter members via Survey Monkey, so be on the lookout for those. If you didn't get a ballot, check your junk mail folder. You may also not have gotten one if you opted out of receiving emails.  You can view the board election results here.

2020 Chapter Planning Survey

A survey to determine what people are interested in was sent out via Survey Monkey for planning purposes. Let us know what you think! You can monitor the planning survey here.

End of Year Networking Event - December 6 8:00 P.M. at Bone Daddy’s.

1720 William D Tate Ave, Grapevine, TX 76051-3968

Guests can order off the menu with a restriction of staying under $20.00 per person.

Dress code is casual.

Members and their guest pay $10 per person in advance and cover their own beverages. The chapter pays the other half plus tax and gratuity.

Member reservations are confirmed once the member has paid. Members may cancel the reservation by November 29 for a full refund. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations after the 29th.

Payments are made payable to INCOSE.

Mail checks to:

Jerome Forbes

1601 Roxboro Lane

McKinney, TX 75071

Include your email and Jerome will send a confirmation when he has received payment.

Yvonne and Jerome will collect payments in person from those who wish to do so. Other site hosts and board members may also collect payments.

You may also pay with credit card via EventBrite. EventBrite will add a non-refundable fee of $2.34. Register here 

Dinner Agenda:

-welcome new members

-congratulate newly certified

-accomplishments throughout year

-introduce 2019 board members

2020 Board Nominations

Are you interested in being a member of the board of directors for the chapter? If so, let Yvonne Bijan know at incose.ntx @ out look . com. You can self-nominate yourself for any position. Current positions and people running for office are:
             President – Sarena Gazic moves from President-Elect to President
             Past President – Yvonne Bijan moves from President to Past President
             President-Elect - Justin C' de Baca
             Vice President of Chapter Development - Jerome Forbes
             Vice President of Technical Development - Tim O'Conner
             Treasurer - Michelle Maddox
             Director of Information - Justin C' de Baca
             Director at Large - Don Boyer
             Director at Large - Mike Dietz
             Director at Large – Matt Holvey
If interested in a position, please include the following in an email:
            1. Name of nominee in subject line
            2. Position(s) to which they (or yourself) are being nominated (you can run for more than one position) (most people self-nominate)
            3. Two (2) items: 100-word bio and 100 words on what you'll do if elected; i.e. why you want to be on the board While no member is obligated to join the board, I highly recommend considering it. It's a great opportunity to stay connected to the chapter and connect with people from multiple major corporations in the region and earn PDUs. This is truly a special chapter and a unique opportunity. Description of the roles:
o President- The President is responsible for general supervision and operation of Chapter affairs. The President presides at Chapter conferences, general membership meetings, and at meetings of the Board. The President executes the day to day operations of the Chapter. These functions shall include, but not be limited to, (a) development and execution of meeting operations, (b) execution of information operations, and (c) maintenance and operations of membership and contacts databases. The President is responsible for developing the Strategic plan and holding elections for the board of directors with the assistance of the Past President.
o President-Elect- Traditionally, President-Elect is one of the VPs. The President-Elect assists the President and assumes the duties of the President, when the President is unable to perform these duties. The President-Elect succeeds to the position of the President at the expiration of term of office; or if the President retires or is otherwise unable to fulfill the duties of his office.
o Treasurer- The Treasurer is responsible for the financial affairs of the Chapter and pays all bills incurred by the Chapter. The Treasurer makes an annual report to the Board and INCOSE on the financial affairs of the Chapter at the beginning of the year and reports on the financial status of the Chapter at general membership meetings and meetings of the Board of Directors. Reimbursements to chapter meeting hosts occur monthly. The Treasurer develops the financial plan and budget for the chapter yearly.
o Secretary- The Secretary prepare minutes of all meetings of the Chapter and the Board of Directors and maintains all permanent records. The Secretary provides communication between the Board, INCOSE, and Chapter membership via emails, newsletters and website monthly. The Secretary updates the Communications plan yearly.
o Vice President for Technical Development- The Vice President for Technical Development defines and implement policies and procedures within the Chapter (a) that promote and develop system engineering practices, procedures and tools and (b) that identify the needs and requirements for professional training courses and academic curricula for the purpose of development of the Systems Engineer. The Vice President may establish and operate committees as required to support these functions. The Vice President for Technical Development is responsible for coordination of these activities with the INCOSE Vice President of Chapter Development. The VP of Technical Development is responsible for developing the Operational Plan yearly, arranging monthly chapter meetings by contacting speakers, sending out chapter meeting notices, and making sure speakers are prepared for the chapter meetings.
o Vice President for Chapter Development- The Vice President for Chapter Development defines and implements the policies and procedures within the Chapter that specifically promote membership and provide direct membership support, services, and benefits. This includes, but is not limited to (a) promotion of the establishment of needed professional training courses and academic curricula (b) establishment of communication techniques and methods for the dissemination of Chapter and INCOSE activities and the latest advancements in Systems Engineering, and (c) continuous pursuit of the solicitation of new members for the Chapter through proactive promotion of INCOSE membership benefits. This Vice President may establish and operate committees as required to support these functions. The VP of Chapter Development updates the Membership Plan and Ambassador plan yearly and arranges for INCOSE Certification exams. The VP of Chapter Development conducts a member survey yearly. o Past-President The Past-President assists the President and other officers as needed and adds continuity to Chapter operations from term to term.
o Directors- The Directors support the development and help maintain the Board approved strategic plan for the Chapter and provide strategic guidance to the Board. Other directors can have a specific role assigned to their position and titled as such: “Director, (Specific Role)." Directors serve on special teams, panels, or committees as directed by the Board.

2019 MBSE Cyber Experience Symposium (formerly the NoMagic World Symposium)

We had a table at the conference to let people know what the chapter is about. A big thank you goes to everyone who staffed the table, especially Michelle for managing it. Many of our members were able to attend the conference and learn more about MBSE.See our Twitter feed for images. 


We had 15 people take the INCOSE SEP exam May 22nd in Allen, Tx.

Earn your INCOSE certification without the exam

People can get their ASEP or CSEP by taking 3 classes at Detroit University. If your grades are high enough, you will be certified without taking the exam. See Link and Link for more information.

Requirement Working Group news

The RWG white paper "Integrated-data as a Foundation of Systems Engineering" is now available for download at the INCOSE Store:  

Also, the 2019 update to the "INCOSE Guide for Writing Requirements" update and peer review is complete!  Thanks to all who volunteered to peer review the update and supply comments. The updated 2019 version has been submitted to the IPC for final approval and to be published in the INCOSE Store.  Our goal is to have it available by (or before) IS2019.

Dallas Makerspace Tour- April 5

INCOSE NTX members, their families, and friends toured the Dallas Makerspace. Dallas Makerspace is a non-profit, shared community workshop and laboratory that supports local artists, engineers, makers, and thinkers who work together to provide tools and learning resources to the public. They use these resources to collaborate on individual and community projects in order to promote science, technology and art; while working and experimenting on innovative ideas to encourage learning within our community. For more information on the Dallas Makerspace, visit their website at


North Texas Chapter has received the INCOSE Silver Circle award for 2018

The Silver Circle Award recognizes chapters adopting best practices and performing to the highest goals and standards established by our organization.

For many, chapters provide the primary day-to-day interface with INCOSE.  Chapters organize technical and social programs, communicate key information about our organization and discipline, support technical activities, and enhance the member experience by facilitating an open, inviting environment where members receive valued products and services that enhance their careers. In fulfilling this mission, the North Texas Chapter leaders and members have committed significant time and energy to further the goals of our organization.  

High quality, vibrant chapters are essential in INCOSE’s drive to enrich, educate, and enlighten the INCOSE membership while improving recognition of INCOSE and the systems engineering profession. The Sector Directors and INCOSE extend heartfelt congratulations, thanks and appreciation to the North Texas Chapter for its contributions towards attaining these goals.

NTX Chapter Tweets

Follow our Twitter page for updates! @INCOSENTX

End of Year Networking Event - December 8

Where: La Hacienda Ranch
When: December 8
What: Buffet style dinner with unlimited chips, salsa, chicken and beef fajitas, grilled shrimp, cheese enchiladas topped with chili, Tex Mex rice and beans, sour cream, guacamole, pico-de-gallo, grated cheese and fresh tortillas.

Eighteen members had a great time meeting each other at our end of year dinner event. Jerome and Phil walked away with iTunes gift cards. Congratulations. We welcomed a couple of new members and introduced many of the 2019 board members.

Call for Ambassadors

The chapter is looking for people willing to host chapter meetings at remote sites. If you are interested contact the Vice President of Chapter Development,

Election Results are in!

The 2019 board members are:

  • President - Dr. Yvonne Bijan
  • President-Elect - Sarena Gazic
  • Vice President of Chapter Development - Dr. Hilaire Kadjo
  • Vice President of Technical Development - Timothy O'Conner
  • Treasurer - Jerome Forbes
  • Secretary - Vacant
  • Director at Large - Mike Dietz
  • Director at Large - Don Boyer
  • Director at Large - Matt Holvey
  • Director at Large - Barry Papke

Model Based Systems Engineering Interest Group November 17

Our second meeting went well. We had ten attendees. Barry gave a lesson in activity diagrams. We all installed Cameo and practiced making diagrams and tables. We learned we can just drag and drop elements and packages onto the table to define the table layout. We applied the UAF profile and started modeling. At the end, we logged into the cloud server to practice. The cloud server allows the whole group to work from a common model. Those of you that missed the meeting should get with your team members, Barry, or myself to find out what you missed.

Model Based Systems Engineering Like Interest Group

Our first meeting was held October 13. Twelve chapter meeting participated in the event. Our next meeting will be November 17. You have to sign up to get the meeting notice.

: Improve our professional skills by learning how to apply MBSE on a project
Project: Model the processes in the INCOSE SE Handbook using Cameo and SysML
Chair: Barry Papke                                                                                              
Co-chair: Yvonne Bijan
We will have at least one seminar during which Barry will teach us how to model
If you want to be part of the group, let Yvonne and Barry know.
Send and email to: bpapke @nomagic . com; yvonne_bijan @hotmail . com
Please put MBSE LIG in the subject line.

Benefits of the project:
As a defined process, the handbook provides a sound project description for use as a basis to learn and apply the principles of MBSE and to develop basic modeling skills.
The analysis and synthesis required to develop a cohesive model of the handbook will give modelers a deep understanding of the INCOSE SE processes.
The resulting model can become a valuable resource for process analysis and tailoring.
Presentation of the results will provide chapter members with the opportunity to contribute the MBSE BOK and the national organization as a whole and to present at one or more future INCOSE International Working Group events.

MBSE example

INCOSE Paper Based Exam

The chapter hosted an INCOSE certification exam in the paper based format October 5, 2018.
Eleven people showed up to take the exam.

The paper exam is free to anyone who wishes to take it including non-members. The chapter plans to host the exam twice a year in October and May. Planning is done a couple months prior to the exam. The details for time, location, and registration are posted in our newsletter and under the events section of this site.


The chapter thanks Dr. Mike Yokell for volunteering to host the INCOSE Certification paper based exam in the Fall. Our current plan is to host the exam early in October. Details will be posted once all the arrangements are complete.


We have a twitter feed now. We posted news about the INCOSE IS 2018 at INCOSENTX.
Follow us to see news about other events as well.

No Magic World Symposium

We are at the No Magic World Symposium May 20 to 23. If you are there too, stop by and say hello. There will be a special chapter meeting Tuesday at 6:00pm- right before the reception. We will discuss an exciting development opportunity at the meeting.

I learned how to create executable models in a hands-on workshop taught by Saulius Pavalkis. Saulius walked us through creating a state chart, BDD, activity diagram with probabilities, a parametric diagram, and user interface diagram. Signals are created automatically when users typed a name on a transition. Having a state execute the actions on an activity diagram was as easy as dragging and dropping the activity onto a state. We executed our model and watched a timeline of our value properties as the system went through the states. Creating the parametric diagram only needed a couple of mouse clicks. We right clicked on the block and selected create New diagram. We copied and pasted an equation to a field and selected parse and map. Magic Draw figured out which value properties were used in the equation. It then created the parametric constraint, binding properties, and connected them to the value properties. We also wrote a requirement to say a value property we had could not exceed a value in natural English. We then set the property to values that were good and bad. The value property was highlighted in green and red with statements about passing and failing sent to output window. There were SMEs in the room to help if we got stuck on a step. The final step was to create a user interface diagram with buttons that would send signals to change the states of our system, a slider bar to control one our value properties, and output boxes that showed the results. Our project had RPMs and fuel consumption. We controlled the RPMs with a slider and watched what happened to our fuel usage as defined in the parametric from our custom interface. The room had 90 people in it and we got through this in 3.5 hours.


A couple of us had the chance to meet John Zachman. John A. Zachman is the originator of the "Framework for Enterprise Architecture" (The Zachman Framework™) which has received broad acceptance around the world as an integrative framework, an ontology for descriptive representations for Enterprises.


We had 8 people take the INCOSE certification exam Sunday night and 15 on Wednesday.

On May 18th, we visited the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth. There are only two locations that print our paper money. The other one is in D.C. We learned about the whole printing process and got to tour the printing line. By the way, the money is not made out of paper and it goes under 20,000 pounds of pressure during part of the process. Other parts include drying and curing the ink for 3 days in between some of the print steps. A lot of engineering went into the design of the equipment and processes involved.


Star notes are used by the BEP (Bureau of Engraving and Printing) to replace misprinted/damaged currency before it goes into circulation. These replacement notes are printed just like normal notes, except there is a star printed in the serial number. On Federal Reserve Notes, the star is where the block letter normally is (the last letter of the serial number). On Legal Tender notes and Silver Certificates, the star is where the prefix normally is (the first letter of the serial number). Star notes are printed in what are called "runs." For the current printing systems used by the BEP, the maximum run size for star notes is 3.2 million notes (100,000 32-note sheets). Sometimes, this many notes are not needed, in which case less are printed. If a partial run is printed, the next run will start at the next closest multiple of 3.2 million. Star notes get their rarity from the quantity printed and released into circulation.

January Chapter Meeting

Cullen gave us a wonderful presentation about 3D printing and laser engraving. He also covered numerous services that libraries in general and the Benbrook Public Library in specific provide. If you think libraries are just about checking out books, check out the presentation; libraries offer us books, movies, magazines, music, job hunting resources, foreign langauge software, creativity software, laptops, tablets, musical instruments, 3D printers, laser engravers, wifi hotspots, poster plotters, and much more.

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​We had over 20 people attend this chapter meeting. Thank you all for supporting the chapter.

The presentation and recording are available in our library here:

October Chapter Meeting

Dr. Rico presented on: Business Value of Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, & DevOps(Sec): Scaling Up to Billion User Global Systems of Systems Using End-to-End Automation & Containerized Docker Ubuntu Cloud Image-Based Microservices. Dr. David F. Rico explained Dev Ops and covered late-breaking 21st century approaches for rapidly and cost-effectively building high-quality global information systems, minimum viable products, minimum marketable features, service oriented architectures, web services,and microservices using lean and agile principles, portfolio management, containerization principles, application security, and end-to-end automation.

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​We had over 30 people attend this chapter meeting. Thank you all for supporting the chapter.

The presentation and recording are available in our library here:

Members News

The following chapter members will be presenting at IEEE MetroCon October 26

  • Claudeliah Roze, Raytheon, Engineering a Cloud Solution for a Traditional Systems Architecture
  • Dr. Tyson Browning, Texas Christian University, Integrating Risk and Opportunity with Project Value
  • Matthew Holvey, Bell Helicopter, The Next Big Challenge: Using Artificial Intelligence to Augment System Design
  • Dr. Yvonne Bijan, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Application of Functional Analysis to transform customer requirements
  • Mike Dietz, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Requirements Engineering Concepts to Help Everyone
  • Dr. Jeff Daniels, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and UMUC, Blockchain Technology Innovation.

The following people have joined our Chapter since September 1st:

  • David Fisk from Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Philip Gilliland from OGE Energy Corp
  • Jose Olivares from University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

September Chapter Meeting

Dr. Dong presented on: Affordability which has more weight than ever due to improved technology and other aspects of engineering that drive more demand for efficiency and agility. The presentation highlights some relevant research and introduces a methodology for systems engineers to address such demand and complexity within the defense industry. Two major takeaways (1) the differences in understanding of affordability between contractor and customer, and (2) affordability is not just profitability; it’s an ongoing assessment for any complex systems or system of systems developer.


​We had over 20 people attend this chapter meeting. Thank you all for supporting the chapter.

The presentation and recording are available in our library here:

August Chapter Meeting

David Walden gave us an excellent presentation on “Systems Engineering is as Much About the Journey as the Destination."​ David discussed how good Systems Engineering can be transparent but everyone notices Systems Engineering when it is done poorly. If you missed the presentation on why Systems Engineering is valuable, you can view the recording on our website.


​We had 24 people attend this chapter meeting. Thank you all for supporting the chapter.

The presentation and recording are available in our library here:

Sysnovation Training

Sysnovation offers a variety of Systems Engineering training courses.
Below is a list of open enrollment courses (click on link to go to registration page):

If you are interesting in having the North Texas Chapter arrange a training session in the DFW area, let the Vice President of Chapter development know. ​


Members News

Dr. Tina P. Srivastava presented SE Fundamentals on Portfolio, Program, and Project Management (P3M) at the 2017 INCOSE International Symposium in Adelaide, Australia. This is related to her work as Co-Chair of the INCOSE PM-SE Integration Working Group (WG). Dr. Srivastava is also one of the authors of the Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering book, a product of the INCOSE-PMI Alliance. For more information about the WG and to receive your INCOSE member price for the book, visit the Working Group webpage:

    July Chapter Meeting

    Michael J. Vinarcik presented "We Need More Jack Sparrow, Savvy? A Swashbuckler’s Guide to System Modeling with SysML." Michael covered the truth about modeling and tied his presentation heroes. He demonstrated the parallels between modelers and Jack Sparrow. He provided practical insights on methods and how to represent relevant information in a SysML model. Michael also expressed his knowledge about various modeling tools during the questions and answers.


    We had over 20 people attend this chapter meeting. Thank you all for supporting the chapter.

    The presentation and recording are available in our library here:

    June Chapter Meeting

    Barry Papke, Director of Professional Services for No Magic, presented "Enabling Repeatable SE Cost Estimation with COSYSMO and MBSE. This presentation demonstrates a practical implementation of the COSYSMO cost estimating relationship through extension of a Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) modeling environment with SysML for estimating end-to-end systems engineering effort in developing a system.  The approach provides a new way of rapidly creating cost estimates, conducting cost-based analysis and trade studies with full traceability from the cost estimation parameters back to the architecture of referenced system of interest.
    Key benefits identified are:
    • Seamless integration of cost estimation with the system design and modeling process:
      • Providing consistency and traceability.
        • Sizing data becomes a property of the model element.
      • Enabling rapid-turnaround “what-if” architecture trade analysis
      • Promoting Design-To-Cost.
      • Enabling design reuse.
      • Economic impact early in system lifecycle and an integral part of architecture
      • Culture change for systems engineers:
        • Shift of mindset and right behavior in design
        • Systems engineering for economic goals
      • Application of Model Based Systems Engineering – LET THE TOOLS DO THE WORK

    We had 30 people attend this chapter meeting. Thank you all for supporting the chapter.

    The presentation is available in our library here:

    The North Texas Chapter thanks Southern Methodist University for hosting the INCOSE Certification exam October 21, 2017.


    NMWS 2017


    We were at the No Magic World Symposium in Allen,, where there was an excellent line up of speakers that are experts on Model Based Systems Engineering. This was their biggest event yet and we look forward to seeing them again next year. Barry introduced the chapter board members to everyone. Barry also kicked off the MBSE Interest Group. Michael Vinarcik from the Michigan Chapter has volunteered to host our data and tools on his server. No Magic has volunteered modeling tools for us to use. INCOSE wants to model their business processes and we see this as the perfect opportunity for applying MBSE to a real project as there is no better way to learn than hands-on experience. We will likely have some modelathons during the weekend before the end of the year where we all learn how to model and then practice what we have learned. If you are interested in signing up, let me know. If you signed the interest list at the conference and didn’t receive the kick off materials from me, please let me know. There was an email address for someone that went undelivered. We are really excited about being able to learn a new skill and contribute to INCOSE. We were honored by three special guests that also attended our chapter meeting:
    • David D. Walden, ESEP- co-owner and principal consultant for Sysnovation. Serves as an editor of the INCOSE SE Handbook and as a liaison to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 Working Groups 10 and 20.
    • Michael J. Vinarcik-Senior Lead Systems Engineer at Booz Allen Hamilton and an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy. 2012 President of the INCOSE Michigan Chapter and Co-leads INCOSE’s Model Based Conceptual Design Working Group.
    • Troy Peterson- Fellow and Vice President at System Strategy, Inc. (SSI). Assistant Director for INCOSE Systems Engineering Transformation and the co-lead of the Patterns Working Group.

    Member News

    May Chapter Meeting

    We had a full agenda for our May meeting. First, Octavio gave an excellent overview of ISO 15288. If you didn't know Systems Engineering has an ISO standard that defines the Life Cycle processes, tasks, and outcomes, head over to the library and resource page to download his presentation.
    Yvonne gave an overview of the INCOSE certification program. The presentation has information about the requirements, process, fees involved. Don't forget we have a paper based exam scheduled for next month.

    Bruce Gnade, the Executive Director of the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership at the SMU Lyle School of Engineering visited our chapter at the May Member Meeting to announce that they are looking for mentors for their Hart Leadership Program within Lyle School for the 2017-18 school year.  Mike Dietz (2010 INCOSE North Texas Past President and current Director-at-Large), who is currently a mentor for the second year in a row, spoke highly of his experience with the program.  They are looking for mentors, who can relate to students in their college-to-career transition, offer advice, make connections with others, expose them to opportunities, and help identify the goals and steps to achieve success. Mentoring can be a rewarding experience in which both the mentee and mentor learn from each other.  There are also opportunities to network with the other mentors and their mentees at events 2 to 3 times per year.  The program runs throughout the school year and starts in July or August for the 2017-18 year.  The commitment could be as little as 2 to 4 meetings with your mentee depending on what you work out. For details or to apply, reach out to Kathy Hubbard, Director at the Hart Center ( or Bruce Gnade, Executive Director at the Hart Center (  You may also reach out to Mike Dietz to learn more about his experience with the program (

    We had almost 50 people attend this chapter meeting. Thank you all for supporting the chapter.

    More information is available on all three topics in our library here:

    The North Texas Chapter thanks the University of Texas in Arlington for hosting the INCOSE Certification exam June 17, 2017.


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    April 11 meeting

    April’s INCOSE event featured Kelly DeFazio presenting on the topic of Life Without Systems Engineering - Is It an Option?

    • When did Systems Engineering begin?
      • I’m not going to give anything away here. You should see the recording for yourself as Kelly did an awesome presentation.
    • Scope of Systems Engineering
    • Trade Study for Moon Landing
    • HVAC case study

    At the end of the presentation, you should know the answer to the question in the abstract, “So is Systems Engineering a technical solution need or just a government born project created to spread commerce across a varied team of contractors?”


    We had about 30 people attend the distributed locations around the area or join us online.

    Did you miss out on the networking opportunity? Presentations and links to recordings are available in Library and Resources at:
    I hope to see you at a future event. 

    March 14 meeting

    Last night’s INCOSE event featured Rick Dove presenting on the topic of Agile Systems Engineering and Hardware. Key take-away points included:

    • Definition of an ‘Agile System’ (vs an agile process)
    • Key characteristics of an agile system
    • Key responsibilities for maintaining an agile system’s life cycle
    • The synergist relationship between agile systems and agile development processes
    • Agile development processes as wave-like iterative cycles of product hand-off
    • Four case studies:
      • Space and Naval Warfare Center (SPAWAR)
      • Rockwell Collins
      • Northrup Grumman
      • Lockheed Martin


    We had about 50 people attend the distributed locations around the area or join us online.

    Did you miss out on the networking opportunity? Presentations and links to recordings are available in Library and Resources at:
    I hope to see you at a future event.