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Biographies of Seattle Metro Chapter Board of Directors:

Lauren Lundquist:

Lauren Lundquist is currently serving as President. Lauren retired from The Boeing Company in March of 2022 where he was an Associate Technical Fellow in Systems Engineering for Boeing’s Research and Technology (BR&T) group. As a member of BR&T, Lauren applied complex systems analysis to both defense and commercial programs. Lauren has been the lead engineer on systems ranging from ground & air combat systems, aerial surveillance platforms, cybersecurity network design to airplane production equipment. Before joining Boeing, Lauren spent twenty years as a design engineer, engineering manager and director of product development for several companies in the Silicon Valley designing projects ranging from military communication jammers, some of the first personal computers (PCs), 3-D headsets, semiconductor equipment, bicycling products and surgical devices. He has received multiple patents in aerospace manufacturing, process control and medical devices. Lauren is a registered professional engineer in mechanical engineering in the state of California.

Kyle Zienin

Kyle Zienin is currently serving as President-Elect. Kyle is a Lead Systems Engineer at Blue Origin focusing on In Space Propulsion system development, design, fabrication, and integration. Prior to Blue Origin, he worked for over a decade at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) as a Deputy Program Manager for Systems Engineering (2017-2020), Integration and Flight Test Engineer (2011-2017), and Propulsion Basic Design Engineer (2009-2011).His passion for complex aerospace systems led to the pursuit of a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated with Honors in 2015, to supplement his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Minor in Global Engineering Studies from Purdue University, where he graduated in 2009.Beyond academia, he’s also received a professional certificate from MIT xPRO in Architecture and Systems Engineering in 2020 and volunteered his time as Systems Engineering Team Lead (2015-2017) for rLoop “a decentralized organization accelerating technological solutions to global problems”.

 Zhe Li:

 Zhe serves as Chapter Secretary. Zhe is a Systems Engineer with Philips Oral Healthcare where he has worked for 3 years. Before Philips, Zhe was a Product Development Engineer with Ford Motor Company. Zhe has over 5 years of experience in Product Development, with a focus on requirements definition, risk identification/prioritization/mitigation, as well verification methodology development. In addition, Zhe had exposure in manufacturing across different industries as part of his bachelors’ degree requirement. Zhe has been a member of INCOSE since September 2017. He obtained his ASEP in December 2018.

Paul Kostek:

Paul is currently serving as Chapter Treasurer. He is principal with Air Direct Solutions. He works with companies in the application of systems engineering to define and solve problems. This includes defining user needs, system/subsystem requirements, system architecture, risk management, interface definition and verification planning. Paul has professional experience in the entire range of product development in the aerospace, avionics, defense, e-commerce and medical device industries. He is a past President of the Seattle Metro Chapter and INCOSE member since 1997.

John Palmer:

 John serves as Director-at-Large. John is a Senior Technical Fellow, System Engineering at The Boeing Company. John has over 30 years of experience in the design, analysis, verification, and operation of complex integrated hardware and software systems. As a Senior Technical Fellow in Systems Engineering of The Boeing Company, John is sought for consulting and execution of critical engineering challenges across multiple business units. John's experience includes manned spacecraft, communication and remote sensing satellites, commercial aircraft flight controls and systems integration, and mobile satellite communication networks. He has worked at the level of detailed HW/SW integration in high integrity aviation electronics, through to the level of systems of systems required for globally mobile mission critical communication services. In addition to solving development problems, John's responsibilities aim at improving system engineering processes and tools, and planning for long range implications of nano- and other disruptive technology.

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 Paul A van Tulder:

 Paul serves as Director-at-Large. Paul is a Boeing Company Associate Technical Fellow who focuses on the safe modernization of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems and the Boeing Commercial Airplanes flight decks to satellite-based technologies. Paul has 30 years of experience in the design, analysis, flight testing and certification of complex avionics hardware/software systems. As a Boeing ATF, Paul helps business units and government customers (i.e., NASA and FAA) design, integrate and flight test avionics embedding next generation ATM concepts as well as help airlines introduce new revenue operations.  Paul’s experience includes US military manned and unmanned platforms for tele-operations, integration and validation of autonomous robots on the Boeing wing factory floor and using complex system-of-system simulations to digitally test new operations. In addition to enabling the business, Paul’s responsibilities seek to affordably implement new technologies through structured System Engineering (SE) methods and tools to drive autonomy technology into the field.

Matthew Scott:

Mathew serves as a Director-at-Large. Matt is a technology director at Sound Transit a regional high-capacity public transit agency serving the greater Seattle area. Matt is responsible for developing innovative systems solutions that address the challenges of operating, maintaining and securing legacy industrial control system applications for high demand transit assets. Matt specializes in combining traditional industrial automation with information technology deployment strategies that fulfill the true definition SCADA. Matt holds a master’s degree in Information Security and Assurance from Northern Arizona University where he also earned his Bachelor’s of Science. Throughout his career Matt has worked as a systems engineer, project manager, engineering manager and executive in public infrastructure, manufacturing and process industries. Matt is an INCOSE member and has been active as a presenter at regional conferences.