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Building the Digital Engineering Workforce of the Future

Presenter: Paul White

 
Biography

Paul White has 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry. He has worked on many aerospace platforms, currently working on the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD). He works as the GBSD Digital Engineering (DE) Branch Lead for BAE Systems at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. He has worked as a systems engineering since 2007 and previously in software engineering, quality assurance, and factory automation. Paul has been a member of INCOSE since 2007. He serves as chapter president of the Wasatch (Utah) Chapter and as chair of the WSRC Steering Committee. He has been involved in GLRC and WSRC since 2012 and 2018, respectively. He has served in officer roles in the North Texas and Chicagoland chapters. Along with INCOSE, he served as the chair of the Utah Engineers Council (UEC) from 2020-2021. He has an extensive educational background. He has a graduate certificate in Systems Engineering and Architecting from the Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, New Jersey), a Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science from Texas A&M University--Commerce, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science from Texas A&M University--College Station. He is an adjunct professor for Systems Engineering at Weber State University (Ogden, Utah). He possesses several certifications. He is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) through INCOSE. He holds certifications from the Object Management Group (OMG) Systems Modeling Professional program, namely the Model Builder - Fundamental (Level 2) and Model User (Level 1) designations. He and his wife, TayLee, are actively involved in their church and community. They are proud parents of three daughters 


Abstract

Many government, industry, and civic organizations are seeking to benefit from the on-going revolution in digital information availability, management, and applications. Whether generating, collecting, managing, assessing, or visualizing data, organizations across the country and internationally face a demand for employees who can execute various so-called digital engineering activities within or across a variety of both technical and non-technical functions. This presentation describes the demand for a digital engineering-capable workforce from one portion of the employment spectrum – the aerospace and defense industry – in one portion of the country with localized demands on workforce availability – northern Utah. The characteristics of such a workforce are discussed in terms of comparing and contrasting with traditional engineering disciplines. Some strategies for shaping and building the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities into a digital engineering workforce will be presented in such a way that they can be tailored to local environments, including proposed communication, collaboration, and coordination activities across government, industry, civic, and academic partners.

Location:

Virtual:

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Meeting ID: 925 5826 7537 

Passcode: 125067

Cost:

• Free for all attendees

Date:

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Agenda:

6:00-6:10 Log-in

• 6:10-6:20 Networking-Introductions

• 6:20-6:30 INCOSE-SMC Installation of Officers

• 6:30-7:30 Guest Speaker Presentation and Q&A

Contact

Deivya Bansal

deivya.incose@gmail.com

 

Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK) Agile Systems Engineering (SE)

Presenter: Phyllis Marbach

 
Biography

Phyllis is a Senior Advisor with Stellar Solutions, Inc. Recently she was an Agile Coach and Trainer for the teams on the Future Operationally Resilient Ground Evolution (FORGE) program. FORGE will provide the Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared ground system. Retired from Boeing Defense Space and Security (BDS) in 2016, Phyllis has over 35 years of experience in aerospace programs such as satellites, chemical lasers, the International Space Station, and various propulsion systems. Her final 8 years with Boeing, she was an agile coach for the Boeing Enterprise for unmanned air systems, radio, avionics, and research programs. Phyllis was a Boeing Designated Expert in agile software development, software engineering and systems engineering. She is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM), a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) and a Scaled Agile Framework™ Version 4.0 Program Consultant (SPC). Phyllis is active on the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Los Angeles Chapter and has served as the President, Vice President, Membership Director and Secretary. She is currently a member of the INCOSE Technical Operations Leadership Team as the Associate Director of the Transformational Enablers Working Groups. Phyllis received a B.S. from Centre College of Kentucky in 1977, a Certificate in Engineering from CSUN in 1979 and her M.S. in Engineering from UCLA in 1984. Phyllis has been a WISE board member since 2015 


Abstract

In the Agile SE process, the systems engineer works in an iterative, incremental manner, continually modeling, analyzing, developing, and trading options to bring the definition of the system solution into focus. An example of this work will be analyzing and maintaining not only the requirements but also the architectural model of the higher-level requirements and the linkage from those high-level requirements to the analyzed lower-level requirements. In addition to the requirements and architecture representations, maintaining and verifying the interfaces are defined and followed as the development progresses are some of the systems engineers’ tasks. These responsibilities of systems engineers are the same regardless of the life-cycle, although sequencing and organization may be different. Program leadership, systems engineering, and all team members work in a culture that represents an Agile Mindset. The Agile Mindset is a combination of beliefs and actions from agile values that include focusing on delivering working capabilities often, trusting the knowledge workers to find the best solution, improving the product and process through regular demonstrations and retrospections, planning often to implement lessons learned.
This presentation will describe the article to be included in the SEBoK later next year. It will include how the Principles for Agile Development map to the SEBoK Traditional SE Principles, how Operational Agility Principles map to the Scaled Agile Framework Lean/Agile Principles, the Agile Systems Engineering Life Cycle Model (ASELCM), the General ASELCM Pattern, the Agile SE Framework, and the variety of agile approaches that a program could use

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Meeting ID: 986 2883 1206 

Passcode: 188696

Cost:

• Free for all attendees

Date:

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Agenda:

6:00-6:10 Log-in

• 6:10-6:20 Networking-Introductions

• 6:20-6:30 INCOSE-SMC Installation of Officers

• 6:30-7:30 Guest Speaker Presentation and Q&A

Contact

Deivya Bansal

deivya.incose@gmail.com

 

Model of Models Methodology

Presenter: Alec Jackson

 
Biography

Aleczander Jackson is an experienced leader in the field of digital engineering with a decade of experience in Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Software Architecture (SA), Enterprise Architecture (EA), and Business Analysis (BA). He specializes in coaching and development of junior staff and has taken several inexperienced engineers to lead Model Based Systems Engineers, Software Architects, and Enterprise Architects for major ACAT programs with a rapid training/mentorship template.
With MTSI, Aleczander started the commercial training division and produced the courses of SysML Fundamentals, Enterprise Architecture with UAF, Software Architecture with UML, and assisted with DE/MBSE for Management. Aleczander brings a wealth of technical knowledge when it comes to the Cameo Suite produced by No Magic. While at No Magic, Aleczander consulted in macro development, plugin development, and custom report templates, as well as developed the Report Wizard and Data Integration training that No Magic currently teaches. In addition, Alec has taught Cameo Simulation Toolkit, has led digital integrations between languages like SysML to PSPICE, SysML to MATLAB, and SysML to VHDL. Aleczander kicks off major projects and programs commercially and for government projects. Aleczander has been a leader in the digital evolution of organizations like Boeing, Ford Motor Company, GE Transportation, General Dynamics, Leidos, Rolls Royce and governmental programs such as both Army and Navy hypersonic weapons and NASA Advanced Air Mobility. Finally, Aleczander is a thought leader in the field of model-based systems engineering. He was the primary author of the Model of Models Methodology which focuses on multi-dimensional libraries of common components, full traceability, and modular architectural designs. He has presented at each of the major INCOSE conferences and at NDIA Systems and Mission Engineering conference and has helped in the role of the Method Lead for the Navy Patterns Working Group 


Abstract

Digital Engineering focuses on the traceability between artifacts that cross multiple domains. Just performing MBSE does not necessarily ensure traceability of the artifacts within the domain. As such, if the method used to produce MBSE artifacts does not enforce traceability, the digital thread will be broken within the MBSE environment and produce a traceability gap within a digital environment. In addition, one of the biggest benefits of MBSE is reusability of elements. Once one baselines a system, subsystem, component, interface, etc. any work redefining such element is rework and wasted time. Just like with traceability, the right methodology must be used to ensure reuse.

Finally, one of the most important principles within Systems Engineering is creation of modular architectures where one breaks down complex problems into digestible components. Such a concept is required in the Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) utilized by the DoD Acquisition process to break an acquisition program into many components which can individually bid to ensure the most qualified contractor for each piece is responsible for that part of a program.  To optimize the practice of MBSE and address the challenges listed above, the Model of Models (M.O.M.) Methodology was developed. The key to this process is a library system in which libraries of all types of artifacts are created, maintained, and reused across larger projects. This process recursively operates all the way up to the enterprise level, tying system architectures through to the enterprise architectures which helps verify that the systems produced will meet the capabilities required of them at delivery.

Location:

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Meeting ID: 986 8088 2293 

Passcode: 534911

Cost:

• Free for all attendees

Date:

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Agenda:

6:00-6:10 Log-in

• 6:10-6:20 Networking-Introductions

• 6:20-6:30 INCOSE-SMC Installation of Officers

• 6:30-7:30 Guest Speaker Presentation and Q&A

Contact

John Palmer

jrp.shadow@gmail.com

 

Systems Thinking in a Digital World: The Models are NOT the Engineering

Presenter: Christopher Stokes

 
Biography

Chris is a Principal Systems Engineer at Raytheon Technologies. He has worked for the Raytheon Missiles and Defense division of Raytheon Technologies in Tucson, AZ for 22 years. He studied Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. In addition, he Studied Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he obtained a Master of Science in Systems Engineering with a Statistical Analysis focus.

Chris has worked on many different Defense programs including the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Aegis LEAP Interceptor (ALI), SM-3 Block 0, SM-3 Block I, SM-3 Block Ia, SM-3 Block Ib, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI), Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV), Tactical Advanced Laser-guided OrdNance (TALON), and StormBreaker. Chris is currently the Lead Systems Engineer for the StormBreaker Information Security Engineer Change Program (iECP) at Raytheon Missile and Defense. He is a member of several professional organizations including INCOSE and AIAA. He enjoys cycling, Star Wars, and Dungeons and Dragons.

Abstract
The future of the Systems Engineering Discipline lies in Model Based Systems Engineering. As the complexities of the Subassembly, Assembly, Unit, Module, System, and Systems of Systems grows ever more complicated, the ability of the modern systems engineer to keep up grows more dependent on models and algorithms to ensure that the system in question meets the requirements and (more importantly) the needs of the customer. However, while the techniques of Model-Based Systems engineering can aid the systems engineer and all other disciplines, there is a caution.
The MBSE model should never be a substitute for the engineer’s thought process and decision making. This paper will discuss three such case studies where the model substituted for the knowledge and experience of the engineer. Specifically, the Kansas City Hyatt Regency walkway collapse, the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Stadium collapse, and a modern Defense System requirements model errors that lead to increased cost and schedule delays. In addition to going through each of these failures in detail, the paper will provide lessons learned applicable to future endeavors.

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Meeting ID: 935 8764 7653 

Passcode: 445947

Cost:

• Free for all attendees

Date:

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Agenda:

6:00-6:10 Log-in

• 6:10-6:20 Networking-Introductions

• 6:20-6:30 INCOSE-SMC Installation of Officers

• 6:30-7:30 Guest Speaker Presentation and Q&A

Contact

Paul Kostek

pjkostek@gmail.com

 

Developing Complete and Validation Requirements

Presenter: Ronald S. Carson, PhD, INCOSE Fellow

 
Biography

Dr. Ron Carson 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.

He 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, failure modes and effects analysis, and systems engineering measurement. 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 Experimental Plasma Physics, and a BS from the California Institute of Technology in Applied Physics.

Abstract
Requirements development has evolved from user requirements elicitation to complex simulation using MBSE. In this presentation Dr. Ron Carson will describe the current best practices in requirements development and validation and show the evolution of good requirements development. References to and summaries of his many INCOSE conference papers will be provided to show this evolution, including anomaly handling and completeness criteria, structured requirements, quality measurements, and the use of MBSE to facilitate good requirements development and validation.

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Meeting ID: 964 6403 0531 

Passcode: 453699.

Cost:

• Free for all attendees

Date:

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Agenda:

6:00-6:10 Log-in

• 6:10-6:20 Networking-Introductions

• 6:20-6:30 INCOSE-SMC Installation of Officers

• 6:30-7:30 Guest Speaker Presentation and Q&A

Contact

Deivya Bansal

deivya.incose@gmail.com

 

Geographic Information System (GIS) - Mapping the Way to a Sustainable World - A Digital Transformation

Presenter: Bill Meehan, PE, Director, Electric Utility Solutions, Esri

 
Biography

Bill Meehan is the author of four books: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Enhanced Electric Utility Performance, Modeling Electric Distribution with GIS, Empowering Electric and Gas Utilities with GIS and Power System Analysis by Digital Computer. His blogs have been widely read. He has lectured extensively and taught courses at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts. Bill holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and an M.S. in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Prior to joining Esri, Bill was the vice president of electric operations for a major electric and gas utility. Bill is a registered engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He currently co-leads the global electric utility solutions marketing practice at Esri, the world’s largest GIS Company.

Abstract
When we first hear the term GIS, we often think of maps. Certainly, maps are the foundation of GIS. However, it is far more. Rather the first word that comes to mind might well be discovery - discover what we have done (for good or bad). It reveals the patterns of our actions. Most importantly it provides a roadmap to a better world. This presentation examines digital transformation and the role of GIS. As we attempt to attack the serious problems of our times – aging infrastructure, climate change, poverty, pollution, inequity, we need to think differently. We must move from an incremental approach to one of innovation. GIS or location technology provides a common framework for looking at every aspect of our world – since nearly everything exists somewhere. GIS is about capturing information, understanding it then sharing it broadly. Thinking differently about GIS will help us map the way to a more sustainable world.

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Meeting ID: 967 1311 5824 

Passcode: 393921.

Cost:

• Free for all attendees

Date:

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Agenda:

6:00-6:10 Log-in

• 6:10-6:20 Networking-Introductions

• 6:20-6:30 INCOSE-SMC Installation of Officers

• 6:30-7:30 Guest Speaker Presentation and Q&A

Contact

Paul van Tulder

paul.a.vantulder@ieee.org

 

Early System V&V Using SysML Simulation

Presenter: Saulius (Saul) Pavalkis, PhD

Biography

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 core R&D team. Currently working as MBSE Transformation Leader. Expert in systems modeling, simulation, MBSE ecosystem, interfaces and integrations, traceability, queries.

INCOSE CSEP, OMG OCSMP, No Magic lifetime modeling and simulation excellence award.

Community author for largest SysML simulation channel (youtube.com/c/MBSEExecution) and MBSE success cases blog (blog.nomagic.com).

Author of multiple papers on MBSE at INCOSE and NDIA. 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.

Abstract
The talk will discuss recent trends in system model execution with SysML to perform early validation, and later architecture and design verification in large and small projects, with demonstration of system simulation, automated requirements verification, test cases specification and automated execution. Saul’s demonstration will feature the Cameo Simulation Toolkit out-of-the-box model execution and analysis capability using integrated evaluation engines and standards, in the context of a satellite model.

NASA perspective on recent trends in executable models: “This is an important development since it requires minimal configuration, can be used earlier in the lifecycle and can evolve as the design matures.”

Location:

Virtual:

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Meeting ID: 916 3505 3558

Passcode: 087157.

Cost:

• Free for all attendees

Date:

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

Agenda:

6:00-6:10 Log-in

• 6:10-6:20 Networking-Introductions

• 6:20-6:30 INCOSE-SMC Installation of Officers

• 6:30-7:30 Guest Speaker Presentation and Q&A

Contact

John Palmer

jrp.shadow@gmail.com

 

Perspectives on the Boeing 737MAX MCAS

Presenter: Dr. Ron Carson

 Dr. Ron Carson 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.

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Meeting ID: 957 9828 8787

Passcode: 653054.

Cost:

• Free for all attendees

Date:

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Agenda:

6:00-6:10 Log-in

• 6:10-6:20 Networking-Introductions

• 6:20-6:30 INCOSE-SMC Installation of Officers

• 6:30-7:30 Guest Speaker Presentation and Q&A

Contact

Paul van Tulder

paul.a.vantulder@ieee.org



 

Servant Leadership That Gets It Done

Presenter: Jason Scott

From the start of his career spent jumping out of helicopters as a rescue swimmer in the United States Navy, J. Scott has a long history of leadership, servanthood, and bearing witness to the transformative power of getting sh*t done. Since starting 120VC he's personally overseen the global transformational efforts within organizations such as DirecTV, Trader Joe's, Blizzard Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Mattel, and others.

Location:

Virtual:

Calendar invite will be sent out prior to the meeting.

Cost:

• Free for all attendees

Date:

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

Agenda:

6:00-6:10 Log-in

• 6:10-6:20 Networking-Introductions

• 6:20-6:30 INCOSE-SMC President's Message

• 6:30-7:30 Guest Speaker Presentation and Q&A

Contact

Paul van Tulder

paul.a.vantulder@ieee.org