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President’s Point of View|
As a chapter, we have much for which we can be thankful. Foremost, we have a robust technical program of lectures and workshops that extends well into next year. We are building the program based on the feedback we received from our recent member survey. We have extended our reach to members who cannot make the actual lectures through easy access to video technology. Fifteen people utilized this option at our last lecture by Steve McElwee who presented his thoughts on Cyber and Physical Threats to the Electric Power Grid. The fifteen represented an impressive 18% of the audience.
As mentioned in the last POV, we have developed and fielded a member friendly retention initiative that concentrates on connecting with lapsed, current and new members. Our efforts have enabled us to keep the pulse on our membership trends and informed the Board on strategies to add more value in meeting member needs. The latest initiative is to provide meaningful and effective approaches to help our unemployed members.
Financially, the Chapter is in an excellent position with over $55,000 in assets – about $30,000 in our local account and about $25,000 in our scholarship account. This solvency enables us to consider investments that will best address the members’ needs and position the Chapter to tackle strategic initiatives that advance the cause of systems engineering in the Chesapeake area. The amount in our scholarship account enables us to provide $1,000 to support the tuition of two local engineering students. With our corpus alone, we have the capability to offer scholarships for decades.
We pay attention to the details of running a chapter – examples include the day-to-day operations that require attention including timely communication with the members (see our Web page), organizing our dinners, overseeing the Board election process, fulfilling the obligations of being an INCOSE Chapter, and the myriad other logistics and tasks.
These and other accomplishments could not be realized without the dedication and commitment by your Board of Directors, and so during this Thanksgiving season I would like to recognize the time, investment and energy they have devoted to the Chapter. Thank you and kudos to:
As a whole, I have not worked with a better group of dedicated and competent professionals. It’s no wonder we annually achieve the highest Chapter awards and recognition by INCOSE.
I need to add one administrative postscript. The International Symposium will be held in Las Vegas this year from 30 June to 3 July. The venue was switched from Seoul, Korea because of financial considerations. The site is the Green Valley Ranch which is close to the Strip. The information should be on the INCOSE Website. The important implication in the shift of venue is that the deadline for submitting papers has been extended to 24 November – my guess is that more people will submit papers now that we are meeting in Las Vegas than if we had met in Seoul – with reduced travel costs being the primary consideration.
Again, my best wishes for a great Thanksgiving with loved ones and friends! And a special thanks to our Board of Directors.
20 November 2013, Dinner/Lecture
Identity Access Management – Challenges and Best Practices
11-12 November 2013: Dr. Drew Hamilton
2–Day Workshop: Understanding and Using the new DoDAF v2.02
Did you miss last month’s lecture?
Download Presentation: Cyber and Physical Threats to the Electric Power Grid
NEW: Watch the video here
The electric power grid is a synchronized system of interdependent physical generators, transmission lines, transformers, and protective equipment that is owned by a wide variety of utilities. Operating this complex system requires large volumes of data and information systems that enable accurate decision-making to optimize the balance of reliability and economics. The reliance of society on electricity requires critical infrastructure owners and operators to reduce the risk of power outages despite a growing list of evolving threats. This presentation will provide an overview of cyber and physical threats to the power grid, such as nation-state threats, cybercrime, hacktivism, insider threats, solar flares, and EMP. It will also review leading approaches to resilient operation in the face of these threats.
Don’t miss the upcoming holiday dinner, Wednesday 11 December, 6:00 – 10:00 PM
It’s been a wonderful year of meals, lectures and fellowship. Come celebrate with us 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. Including the presentation of the System Engineer Of the Year Award
The Garrett-Jacobs Mansion is a jewel in the crown of Baltimore’s most distinctive historic homes. This unique Mansion epitomizes nineteenth-century Golden Age elegance and grandeur.
We will have a fine buffet of Beef Tips Madagascar with Rice or Salmon Tuscany and Coffee, Tea and Iced Tea
Dinner Cost: $40 per person
This is the monthly newsletter for INCOSE Chesapeake, a local chapter of INCOSE International. We are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a forum for professionals practicing the art and science of Systems Engineering in the Northern & Central Maryland & Southern Pennsylvania area.
The Chesapeake Chapter is always looking for volunteers to speak at our upcoming meetings! Please contact our 2013 Programs Director, Dr. Alex Pavlak, if you would like the opportunity to speak or can recommend someone.
The Chesapeake Chapter of INCOSE is proud to recognize the following organizations for sponsoring our endeavors to expanding the understanding and appreciation of Systems Engineering in the local area:
This Newsletter is to serve our members and is open to all for contributions. Do you have an interesting idea for an article? A review of a new book related to engineering? Let us know. We’d love to hear about. It may wind up in a future issue of our Newsletter.
Keep up with the latest news and events. Find out about our new Board of Directors. Explore our extensive library of previous lectures from our Monthly Dinner Meetings. Learn of the Benefits of Joining INCOSE. Check out Systems Engineering education in the local area. All this and more awaits you at our INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Website.
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