Chesapeake Chapter 2013 Board of Directors
Top Row: Mr. Erik DeVito, President Elect; Dr. William Ewald, President; Dr. Donald York, Past President;
Middle Row: Mr. Richard Bentley, Treasurer. Mark Kaczmarek, Secretary;
Bottom Row:Mr. Oren Eisner, Communications Dr. Alex Pavlak, Programs, and Mr. Robert Lecorchick Membership
President: Dr. William Ewald
Bill Ewald has a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Emory University. He has been a management consultant for the past 35 years concentrating his work with the RDT&E community – primarily with the Federal government. He a full time faculty member for Johns Hopkins University. He served as a Board member of INCOSE for the last 14 years in a variety of positions. He is currently the CEO of the INCOSE Foundation and has worked to build the Chesapeake Chapter’s support of scholarships to engineering students in Maryland universities. He has been a member of the Chesapeake Chapter for more than a decade.
President-Elect: Erik DeVito, CSEP
Erik is a Senior Systems Engineering Manager with 16 years of professional experience, presently working for Serco North America. He specializes in working with Government agencies in the development and acquisition of cutting edge, intelligence collection, military defensive and information processing systems. Besides holding an MBA from the University of Maryland University College, Erik is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional with a Department of Defense Acquisition extension. He’s also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Notably he is a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force. During his service he provided direct threat warning to U.S. and allied aircraft conducting combat theater operations; including Bosnia (Joint Guard/Joint Forge), Kosovo and Yugoslavia (Operation Allied Force/Operation Noble Anvil) and Iraq (Southern Watch). Erik has been an active member of INCOSE since 2006.
Past President: Dr. Donald York, CSEP
Dr. York has over 30 years of professional experience in the areas of Mechanical and Systems Engineering. He has been an active member of INCOSE since 1994 formerly serving as co-chair of the Requirements Management Working Group. He is a licensed professional engineer, a Certified Systems Engineering Professional and holds a PhD in Information Technology Systems Engineering from George Mason University. His doctoral thesis was entitled: An Early Indicator to Predict Requirements Volatility. Dr. York has taught systems engineering at the graduate level at both George Mason University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is currently a senior systems engineer with TASC. Prior to joining TASC, Dr. York was engaged in the development, engineering and deployment of leading edge technologies and systems at Sage Management, AT&T Bell Laboratories, the Westinghouse Research and Development Center, and Northrop Grumman Corp.
Treasurer: Mr. Richard Bentley
Richard Bentley has been a systems engineer for over 25 years. He began his career in 1987 as a Ship borne Systems Engineer with the United States Department of Defense. Since then he has specialized in Wireless Systems and Systems Security for numerous Telecom carriers in the US, Brazil and China. Mr. Bentley has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Akron and a Masters in Accounting from the University of Texas, Dallas. He currently owns and runs his own consulting service and has various S&P 500 corporations and Federal agencies as customers. He is currently focused on operational security and record auditing of Next Generation Wireless Systems.
Secretary: Mr. Mark Kaczmarek
Mark Kaczmarek has over 35 years of professional experience as a Software Systems and Systems Engineer. He has 21 years of experience at Link Flight Simulation building Aerodynamic and Engine Mathematical Models for Aircraft Flight Simulator Trainers. Mark has an undergrad from Parks College of St. Louis University in Aeronautical Engineering. He has a MS degree in Applied Engineering from the Watson School of Engineering at Binghamton State University of New York. Mark has been in several Officer positions from 1986 to 1999 for the Southern Tier Section of the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) in New York. Currently, Mark is employed by KEYW Corp.an engineering firm in Hanover, Maryland. Mark has been an active Committee member of the Chesapeake Chapter since May 2010 and has supported the start-up of their Student Division.
Directors at Large
Communications: Mr. Oren Eisner, CSEP
Mr. Eisner has been a software and systems engineer for over 28 years. Mr. Eisner holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, an MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, and an MS/Applied Scientist degree from the George Washington University. He started his career with RCA developing complex software systems for the Trident class submarine. Following his employment at RCA, Mr. Eisner worked at several start-up organizations specializing in Voice-Over-Packet (Voice over Frame Relay, Voice over ATM, and Voice over IP). He was the company’s representative at the Frame Relay Forum and the ATM Forum. Following his experience in the world of start-ups, Mr. Eisner joined Hekimian Laboratories where he developed several product lines for performing remote testing of the public switched telephone network (PSTN). Subsequently, he joined Lockheed Martin Corporation. At Lockheed Martin, Mr. Eisner worked on several large scale complex systems primarily for the Intelligence Community. He specializes in complex embedded and real-time software systems solutions.
Programs: Dr. Alex Pavlak
Dr. Alex Pavlak is currently an adjunct professor at UMBC and is the chair of the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Future of Energy Initiative. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He started his career in hypersonic boundary layer transition for ballistic missiles and shifted to environmental work in the 1970’s. He founded ConSuntrator Inc, a solar energy development company based on patented static concentrator technology. He was president for 8 years. In the 1980’s he shifted to submarine sonar research and development, leading a team that invented a new towed active sonar system that is in use by various navies around the world today. After spending time investigating the performance of Tiger Teams he shifted back to clean energy development in 2006. He holds 6 patents and has published 23 papers on modern tiger teams and clean energy development.
Membership: Mr. Robert Lecorchick
Bob is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) with over 20 years of experience in the design, development, and manufacture of complex products. He was production manager for the Pioneer Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) and was on the development team for the Shadow 200 UAV. He is presently a member of the senior professional staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he supports a variety of U.S. government clients. His areas of focus are Model Based Systems Engineering, requirements engineering, conceptual design, risk and opportunity management, and testing. He earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University Of Maryland, an MS in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas, and an MS in Systems Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. Bob also served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He has been a member of INCOSE since 2001.