2023 INCOSE Western States Regional Conference


Welcome to the sixth annual Western States Regional Conference (WSRC)

Hosted by the Cascade Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

September 14 - 16, 2023
Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL)
Richland, Washington (map)

Come  try Tri-Cities

The WSRC is a 3-day event showcasing presentations, keynotes, tutorials, and tours all focusing on topics related to systems engineering. The WSRC is not just for INCOSE members or systems engineers. It's an opportunity for project managers, educators, technology professionals, and others who have a 'systems thinking' mindset to share with one another about how to apply systems approaches to solve challenging problems. Please join us!


Event Information

WSRC 2023 Theme

Energy | Information | Sustainability
Live, In-Person and Hybrid Event
On-site: Pacific Northwest National Lab
Richland, WA USA

WSRC 2023 provides an opportunity to share the latest innovations in systems engineering research and demonstrate how systems engineering can help solve real-world problems. Systems Engineering is essential to man-made, natural, and social systems.  We seek submissions from a diverse set of industries, from Transportation, Health and Biomedical, Emergency Services, Social Systems, Public Planning, Aerospace and Defense, Environment, Power Generation, and more!  New and novel applications of  systems engineering are highly desired. We extend a special invitation for you to come and share your ideas and meet like-minded folks who are applying systems engineering to their operations today!

Keynote Speaker

WSRC is pleased to welcome Puesh Kumar from the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response | Department of Energy. Puesh leads DOE’s mission to address cyber, physical, and natural hazards and threats to the U.S. energy infrastructure. Puesh has over 15 years of experience in grid modernization, cybersecurity, and emergency response within the energy sector.  Puesh is speaking on the new National Cyber-Informed Engineering (CIE) Strategy. The strategy can be found at: https://www.energy.gov/ceser/articles/us-department-energys-doe-national-cyber-informed-engineering-cie-strategy-document








Call For Papers & Presentations

Sixth Annual Western States Regional Conference

ENERGY         |           INFORMATION                  SUSTAINABILITY

Welcome to the sixth annual Western States Regional Conference (WSRC) hosted by the Cascade Chapter in Tri-Cities, Washington!  Systems Engineering plays an even more crucial role in the information-rich, energy transformed, and sustainment challenged world. This year we recognize the importance of taking charge and leading the way in developing innovative solutions and deploying them in real-world applications to tackle the challenges in energy, information and sustainability areas.

We seek a diverse group of experts from academia, industry, and government to share their perspectives and experiences. We encourage experts from different fields including Project Management and Quality Management to share their experience and stories as we invite you to join us for a thought-provoking and inspiring event.

Our presenters will showcase how they are leading the charge in their respective fields in product development, from artificial intelligence and data analytics, to critical information systems and infrastructure, to energy equity. We will explore the latest developments and real-world approaches that are shaping the future of Systems Engineering. We extend a special invitation for you to come and share your ideas and research around moving to digital engineering models, utilizing digital twins, applying artificial intelligence, and automating system, and their role in our future.

So come and join the charge towards an uncertain but excitingly innovative future. We look forward to seeing you at WSRC!

Our topics of interest include:

Digital Transformation

Critical Infrastructure


Cross-Domain Solutions

Information Communications Technology (ICT)

Cyber Security

Systems Reliability & Resiliency

Systems Engineering/Education


Systems Engineering & Agile

SE in Early-Stage Research and Development

Prototyping and deployment

Human Systems Integration

Artificial Intelligence (AI) opportunities and risks

Machine Learning models and uses in SE

Operational Technology (OT)

Case studies (experience of success and failure)

Energy management

Clean energy



To submit an abstract log into or create a free account in Easychair 
    (or copy-paste URL: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wsrc2023 )

  • Title 

  • Presenter(s)' name, affiliation, contact information, and brief biography 

  • For Presentations, include an abstract (max 1000 words) that clearly identifies (1) the issue to be addressed, (2) the main points of the presentation, and (3) what the audience will take away  

  • For Panels, please identify why the topic is relevant, general format and discussion points, panel participants who have committed to participate, and a summary of their position statements 

  • For Tutorials, please identify top-level learning objectives, topical outline, and proposed duration  


As Systems Engineers, we have the opportunity to shape our world in exciting ways. Be sure to think broadly about the implications of your outstanding work! Presenters get a $50 discount on conference registration! 

Key Dates


Abstract Submission Due

1 May 2023

Notification of Presentation Acceptance

1 June 2023

Student Poster Abstract Due

1 June 2023

Final Presentation Due

12 August 2023


A Student Poster Session has been added to the WSRC! The WSRC Program Committee invites you to submit a poster for an interactive poster session to be held during the extended lunch and Networking Event on Saturday, 16 September.

WSRC Students in all phases of education are encouraged to submit abstracts for student poster presentation on WSRC 2023. We expect a range of undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level submissions.  Abstract Submissions must include:

• Poster Title (Include the word "Poster" in the title)

• Author(s)’ name, affiliation, contact information

• A short abstract that clearly identify the main points of the poster

Poster information must be submitted through EasyChair, https://easychair.org/my/conference?conf=wsrc2023. Posters will be peer reviewed for topic relevance and technical soundness. Accepted posters are expected to be printed (size 36’’x36’’) and presented in person by the authors. Registration fee waived for poster session only.

When submitted, the posters will follow the format in this file: WSRC_Poster_Template








Take your INCOSE System Engineering Professional (SEP) Certification PAPER EXAM AT WSRC!!!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 - 0800-1030

Test your knowledge and get certified!

Only $30 (conference registration not required)

SEP Exam Registration Coming Soon!

Venue - Lodging - Transportation

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WSRC 2023 Committee Contacts

Please reach out to the following WSRC committee members for information and action:

Role Regional Location  Person (click to email)
 Conference Co-Chair  Oregon  Susan Ronning
 Conference Co-Chair Washington  Artis Riepnieks
 Conference Co-Chair New Mexico Cheryl Bolstad
 Technical Program Los Angeles  Dorothy Benveniste
 Sponsorship & Exhibits Seattle, WA  Paul Kostek
Website  Colorado  Jim Adams

Find out more by visiting the WSRC Working Group Yammer community today!