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Meet the Candidates: INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter 2017 Elections

Meet the Candidates: INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter 2017 Elections

Welcome to the INCOSE BoD 2017 Election. This is your opportunity to cast your electronic vote to elect three new members to ...

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Welcome to the INCOSE BoD 2017 Election.

This is your opportunity to cast your electronic vote to elect three new members to the Board of Directors. Your vote must be submitted by 23 October. The candidates are:

  • President-elect (Dr. Grace Crowder or write–in),
  • Treasurer (Anthony Gigioli or write–in), and
  • Communications Director (Myra Gross, or write–in)

Together with the incumbents on the BoD, these three people will form the new INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Board of Directors. They will make the choices that differentiate our chapter from all of the others.
A list of primary roles and responsibilities can be found in the 2016 INCOSE–CC Operating Plan.

Ballots will be sent out on 16 October, 2016

The timetable for the election process is:

Schedule Activity
16 October 2016 Ballot’s e-mailed to INCOSE-CC voting members
23 October 2016 Ballot Submission Deadline
16 November 2016 New officers and directors announced
18 January 2017 New officers and directors sworn in and installed

George Anderson,
Chair, 2017 INCOSE-CC Elections Committee

Questions? Contact George Anderson

Meet the Candidates running for the 2017 Board of Directors.
Running for President Elect
Candidate: Dr. Grace Crowder

Dr. Grace Crowder’s Bio:

Dr. Grace Crowder joined the National Security Agency (NSA) as a civilian in January 1998. She joined the Research Directorate and worked on several projects to support the NSA mission.  Dr. Crowder has collaborated with others across the Intelligence Community, industry, and academia on projects that include: text document genre identification, flexible database representations, distributed knowledgebase systems, and an analytics worksheet framework for streaming data analytics. In addition, she has launched several initiatives, partnering with the Computer Science Teacher’s Association, the DOE National Labs, and U.S. Colleges and Universities to further grow the computer science community at NSA and nationwide.

Dr. Crowder holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Goucher College, a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University and has defended her dissertation in Computer Science from the University of Maryland Baltimore County to receive the Ph.D. in December of 2016.  Prior to joining NSA, Dr. Crowder spent 10 years in private industry and 6 years on the computer science faculty of Towson State University.

Running for Treasurer
Candidate: Anthony (Tony) Gigioli
GigioliTony Gigioli’s Bio:Tony is a professional Systems Engineer and Project Manager focused on engendering Systems Thinking and encouraging the use of a Systems Approach to all of the problems and situations that arise in life. His objective is to grow in his knowledge and expertise in Systems Engineering philosophy and the application of Systems Engineering to real world issues. He is an expert in process engineering and can help customer’s develop optimal work processes. He has superior technical writing skills and significant experience developing request for proposal responses. He has excellent presentation skills and can explain technical issues in readily understandable terms. Tony spent two years instructing Calculus at the United States Naval Academy and has a wealth of leadership and management experience from his 15 years in the United States Navy and subsequent years in industry. He maintains a positive outlook and an aggressive attitude towards life and work.  Tony is a past President of the Chesapeake Chapter (2008) and has been a member since 1998.
Running for Communications Director
Candidate: Myra Gross
Myra Parsons Gross PicMyra Gross’s Bio:Myra Gross has more than 30 years of systems engineering experience. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University – Long Beach. Myra is currently the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Women in Systems Engineering (WISE) President. Myra began her Systems Engineering career as a Radar Software Design Engineer and Data Analyst for Raytheon (former Hughes Aircraft).  After 5 years, she joined Westinghouse (Northrop Grumman) and advanced her skills in systems engineering working a number of succession programs radar software development for F16 USAF and Foreign Military Sales customers.  Myra served as a Program Manager for a number of large software development programs for F-22 advanced processor, JSF, B-1B upgrade programs and the C-130 modernization program. As a PM she also supported a number of underwater systems including DARPA programs, unmanned vehicles, and sonar systems. She managed programs in excess of $185M over 3 years under multiple Firm Fixed Price Contracts and was responsible for two year strategic plans which resulted in over $450M in sales, and a total potential for over $1B in sales over five years.   Myra retired from Northrop Grumman in 2012 and then returned to the workforce in 2013 as part-time back office support for a small company. She went on to the position of Chief Operating Officer for that company. During this time, Myra was introduced to INCOSE and the Women in Systems Engineering (WISE) initiative. She has remained active with WISE since its inception.  Myra pursued her ESEP certification and was given an opportunity to get back to “basics” pure engineering. She accepted an assignment as a Systems Engineer within the IC as a contractor.  Myra is currently working DoDAF Enterprise Architecture and has worked as a SETA contractor managing mission analytics, development and collaboration for the integration effort of multiple organizational tools and services.  She leads multiple organizations in the development of agile systems, sprint cycles, integration activities, CONOPs, data flows, mission thread requirements, risk assessments, risk mitigation plans, milestone and schedule tasks, threshold schedules, testing strategies, executive strategic plans and presentations effecting mission decisions for government leadership.  For the last two years, Myra has been enjoying her new ‘old’ career and looks forward to continuing her participation with INCOSE and supporting the Chesapeake Chapter where she feels she can best offer her support and continue to mentor young engineering professionals.


INCOSE-082416-2936December 7, 2016 5:30 – 9:00 PM

Garrett-Jacobs Mansion

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2016 Holiday Party, Awards Ceremony and Silent Auction

It’s been a wonderful year of presentations, tutorials and mincose-082416-2953-v1eals with fellow SE. Come celebrate the Holidays as we recognize those who have helped us realize INCOSE’s mission to push SE out into the front of the public debate. Join us for an evening of fine food and stimulating conversation with friends and colleagues. Celebrate our member’s excellence with Awards and participate in our Silent Auction to benefit The INCOSE Foundation Chesapeake Chapter Scholarship Fund.

Dinner will be served seated with a choice of Chicken Marsala or NY Strip Steak with Bearnaise Sauce.  Photographs will be provided to all attendees by download.  The Awards Ceremony and Silent Auction winner announcements will follow the dinner service.

Dinner Cost: $50 per person, Corporate Table Sponsorships are available at $500 for 10 seats, Program Sponsorship is available at $1,000.  Advertising space is available in our Program.  Silent Auction Donations Needed!!

Contact for details.

Register by December 4th.

See Flyer for additional details.

Register for this Event



UMBC-tc-logoThe International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) is a highly sought after certification for those engineers seeking recognition for their education, experience, and knowledge in the highly competitive field of Systems Engineering. Obtaining a CSEP is not easy, but that is what makes it so valuable. You have to demonstrate your real world experience via a lengthy application and three references. Then you need to pass a two-hour, 120-question, multiple-choice exam. This course helps prepare potential candidates for this demanding process by becoming familiar with the latest version of the INCOSE SE Handbook, which is the basis for the examination. Students will also learn the requirements for a successful CSEP application. Upon completion of this class, the participant will:

  • Have a good grasp of the fundamentals of Systems Engineering, including the understanding of systems engineering management and systems engineering processes, from the INCOSE perspective
  • Be able to apply the INCOSE SE Handbook to a project
  • Understand INCOSE CSEP application process
  • Be well prepared for the CSEP exam

Prerequisites: Students should have at least 5 years work experience in Systems Engineering and/or related engineering disciplines. Although not a requirement the student is encouraged to join INCOSE. INCOSE members will be able to get the latest information on the CSEP process and INCOSE System Engineering Handbook, via INCOSE Connect.

Schedule: 3 days (4 day option also available)
Course Outline

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Chesapeake Chapter Members Receive a 15% Discount. Enter Discount Code INCOSE15

Session Dates Session Time Location Price
10/19/16 – 10/21/16 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday – Friday
Columbia $1495.00

Register Here:

Located in Columbia, MD

Westridge Corporate Center
6996 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21046
Phone: 443-692-6600


October 29, 2016 – October 29, 2016

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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The Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter of INCOSE is offering a Free INCOSE ASEP/CSEP Exam on October 29 at George Mason University and the Chesapeake Chapter is providing free bus transportation to and from the George Mason University test site.


This October, INCOSE Washington Metropolitan Area (WMA) Chapter is offering a FREE paper based Systems Engineering Professional examination session proctored directly by the INCOSE Certification Administration. The exam will fulfill the knowledge testing requirements for INCOSE CSEP (Certified Systems Engineering Professional) and ASEP (Associate Systems Engineering Professional) credentials.

After passing the exam, you can apply for CSEP or ASEP certification based on your level of education and professional experience. There are a limited number of seats available for this exam session.

FREE COACH BUS Transportation will be provided by the Chesapeake Chapter. The bus will depart Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Building 1 (by the flag poles) on Saturday at 8:00 am returning at 1:00 pm. Breakfast and boxed lunch will also be provided free of charge. Register for the free bus transportation to and from George Mason by 22 October by clicking the “Register” link below. Contact or call Ellie Gianni at (410) 997-3015 with questions.

 Exam Event Details:

 When: Saturday, October 29th

 Exam Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Arrive by 9:30 am)

 Where: George Mason University – Main Campus, Fairfax, Virginia (Building and Room Number will be announced before exam)

ID Requirements: Bring a government issued unexpired ID matching your name in the application

To register for the exam, please fill out the initial application and send to and by Friday, September 16th.


  1. The form link above is for INCOSE WMA sponsored October paper based exam registration only. Once passed, full application for ASEP or CSEP needs to be submitted with appropriate certification fees.
  2. The exam is FREE for both INCOSE members and non-members. In order to apply for the certification after passing the examination, your membership must be current.
Register for the free Bus by 22 October



6-10 February 2017: ASEP and CSEP Training

by Communications Team on August 13, 2016  •   Print This Post Print This Post   •   

Certification Training International (CTI) will be returning to Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in February 2017 to again offer the Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) and Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) training course.  The course will run Monday through Friday, from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM in the Kossiakoff Center.

Chesapeake Chapter members receive a 10 % Discount.

CTI SEP Training Feb 2017