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Biographies of Seattle Metro Board of Directors:

 

Ray Willaford:

 

Ray Willaford is currently serving as Chapter President. He’s a Systems Engineer with Base2 Solution. His experience and interests are focused in the area of complex systems, requirements management, systems architecting and systems management. Ray has professional experience in domain areas including railways signaling engineering, information systems, aerospace and defense. Ray has over 24 years of experience with the Boeing Company and has work experience both commercial and defense programs. Prior to joining Boeing, he worked at the development of automated testing tools designed specifically to assist software testers and software testing managers with different aspects of testing weapon systems project.

 

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 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 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.

 

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.


Ron Carson:


Ron serves as a Director-at-large for the INCOSE Seattle Metro Chapter and is the Technical Program Chair for the 2020 Western States Regional Conference. He is an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Seattle Pacific University, an Affiliate Assistant Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Washington, a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering and a certified Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP®).

Ron retired in 2015 as a Technical Fellow in Systems Engineering after 27 years at The Boeing Company. He is the author of numerous articles regarding requirements analysis and systems engineering measurement, and is the developer of numerous industry systems engineering training courses. He has been issued six US patents in satellite communications, and two patents regarding “Structured Requirements Generation and Assessment”. His current interests are in quantitatively incorporating sustainability considerations in systems engineering methodologies and education. Dr. Carson has a PhD from the University of Washington in Nuclear Engineering (Experimental Plasma Physics), and a BS from the California Institute of Technology in Applied Physics.