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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.

AOC Golf Tournament on October 5

The Association of Old Crows (AOC) Fort Worth Chapter scholarship golf tournament was October 5, 2018 at the Squaw Creek Golf Course in Weatherford, Texas.
The INCOSE North Texas Chapter had two teams golfing.
Proceeds benefit the AOC Fort Worth Scholarship Fund.



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.

Chapter News

  • The INCOSE North Texas Chapter is hosting the paper-based exam at the No Magic World Symposium May 20 and May 23. Visit this page for more information and links to the registration page. Anyone can take the exam.
  • The chapter thanks No Magic for hosting the exam and Greg Gorman and Matt Hayden for proctoring the exams.
  • Join us at the No Magic World Symposium in Allen, Tx May 20-23. North Texas Chapter members can attend free if they RSVP by April 10. An email will be sent out via survey monkey to register for the free voucher. (Do not register on the No Magic Symposium site; that is for paid registrations only.) If you don't see the email, check your junk mail box and if you still don't see it, contact me. Complete the short survey which asks for name, email, and days you plan to attend in order to receive a voucher. There will be an excellent line up of speakers that are experts on Model Based Systems Engineering. Also, come meet the chapter board members. The symposium is a great opportunity for both those interested in learning more about MBSE as well as those well versed. It is also a great value - free, all sessions and meals are included. The Introduction to MBSE with SysML Training on Sunday by Sanford Friedenthal alone is worth $299. There are other half day training sessions on Sunday and half day Workshops on Wednesday morning. Monday and Tuesday have technical tracks plus Tutorials and Workshops.
  • Did you know that over half of the nation's currency is produced in Fort Worth? The North Texas INCOSE chapter is planning a group Field Trip to learn how billions of dollars are printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's (BEP) state-of-the-art Tour and Visitor Center located in Fort Worth, Texas. As the U.S. Government's security printer, the BEP is responsible for the design, engraving and printing of all U.S. paper currency. The trip will consist of a walk through two floors of interactive exhibits and displays, view the high-definition movie theater, take a 45-minute self-guided tour on the elevated tour walkway and purchase un-cut currency and souvenir items in the Money factory Gift Shop. Please take the survey to let your voice be heard about level of interest and suggested dates.

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:

Board Election 2018 Results

VP of Chapter Development nominations:

Hilaire Kadjo

Hilaire Kadjo

VP of Technical Development nominations:

Timothy O’Conner

Timothy O’Conner

Treasurer Candidates:

Jerome Forbes

Jerome Forbes

Director at Large #1 nomination:

Don Boyer

Don Boyer

Director at Large #2 nomination

Mike Dietz

Mike Dietz

Director at Large #3 nomination:

Matt Holvey

Matt Holvey


INCOSE Certification Exam (Paper)

October 21 at SMU

Thirteen members of the SE community took the ASEP/CSEP exam at SMU this Saturday. This event was free of charge and open to everyone. Due to the popularity of the event, another one is being planned for next May (TBD). Once the May date and location have been determined, the information will be posted on our event page and newsletter. 

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)

October Board Meeting

October Board Member attendance:

Long Dong: Yes                    Yvonne Bijan: Yes
George Borovina: No           Julian Parker: No
Barry Papke: No                   Mike Dietz: No
Don Boyer: Yes                    Matt Holvey: Yes

Agenda items and Minutes:

  • No Agenda


  • There is not enough time to plan a Holiday event for the chapter and the board isn’t sure there is enough interest. We will focus our effort on planning one for next year.
  • A motion was put forth to appoint Tim O’Conner as the Vice President of Technical Development for the rest of the year. There were not enough board members attending the meeting to finish the vote. The vote will be completed via email.

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:

    INCOSE Certification Exam (Paper)

    June 17 at the University of Texas at Arlington

    Twenty members of the SE community had fun (if that is the right word) taking the ASEP/CSEP exam at UTA. This event was free of charge and open to everyone. Due to the popularity of the event, another one is being planned for October at SMU. The registration page will be up soon. People were informed of their results this past weekend via the email they used during registration. If you didn't get your results, check your spam folder and if it isn't there, contact Yvonne.

    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

    • Scott Mason from Logistics Management Institute has earned his ASEP
    • ​C. Jobe from Lockheed Martin has earned her CSEP
    • Patra Stroemer from Lockheed Martin has earned her ESEP

    Congratulations to all three of you.

    • Long Dong earned his PhD in Systems Engineering graduated from SMU May 20th.


    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.


    See for details.

    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. 


    March Board Meeting

    • Long Dong and Yvonne Bijan from Lockheed Martin will be our April speaker. The topic will be an overview of Systems Engineering and the INCOSE certification program.
    • No Magic will introduce the board members and kickoff of an MBSE Interest Group prior to the cocktail reception at the No Magic World Symposium.
    • The strategic, operational, communication, membership, and ambassador plans for the chapter are in work.
    • The chapter will have an exhibit booth at the No Magic World Symposium in Allen May 21-24. If you would like to help staff the booth, contact Yvonne Bijan at so I can coordinate a schedule.
    • The chapter will host an INCOSE certification exam in the paper based format. Planning is in work and the event will probably take place on a Saturday in May/June. The exam will be free to anyone who wishes to take it including non-members. More details will be provided as planning progresses.