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|President’s Point of View|
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
Back in April, I noted “In December, winters grasp takes hold and chilly, dark, and dreary days become the norm.”
While the temperature outside hasn‘t been as frigid as in previous years and for the most part it hasn‘t been so dreary (It‘s been really nice actually), the days have indeed become predictably shorter and darker. My time as President of the Chapter is shorter as well but definitely not darker. I‘ve enjoyed this term serving the membership and leading the chapter. I will look back at this year with fond memories of great successes.
While we started doing it last it last year, we‘ve completed our first full year streaming our lectures over the internet. You can view all of our past videos here. This was and is an important component to growing our chapter‘s reach within our Chapter area. In addition to the streaming videos, we also established new relationships with industry and added more new chapter sponsors this year that in any year past.
INCOSE Central has been focused on stemming the tide of growing losses in members; here in Chesapeake we‘ve maintained our membership numbers despite great pressures in both demographics and the local marketplace.
Speaking of future generations, this year INCOSE Chesapeake sponsored both judges and project awards for the Anne Arundel County Regional Science and Engineering and the Baltimore Science Fairs. Opportunities like these are both a great way to represent the chapter and get a glimpse at the great things our future engineers are working on.
I firmly believe that our ability to maintain strong interest and participation has been due in large part to our programs. This year we held 4 great Saturday tutorials and workshops and also co-sponsored the Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Symposium with Johns Hopkins.
Finally, month after month our Chapter has gathered at John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to hear great dinner lectures. It‘s been a great program, one for the ages, one that did justice to the fact that that this year was our 20th Anniversary as an INCOSE Chapter.
Last month we held our last meeting and dinner lecture for 2014. Our only event this month is our Holiday and Awards Dinner. We‘ll meet on Wednesday, 10 December at the Engineer‘s Club of Baltimore to celebrate the season with one another and recognize our accomplishments. We‘ll be presenting many awards and celebrating our 20th anniversary all through the night. The Engineer‘s Club is a spectacular venue just right for celebrations such as this. I sincerely hope all of our members will attend. The cost for dinner is $40 and you can use the link below to register. Guests are welcome. Dress attire ranges from business casual to business formal. http://www.incose-cc.org/registration/
As I said earlier, I‘m proud of my term and what we‘ve been able to achieve as a Chapter. I can‘t wait for the Holiday and Awards Dinner because it‘s time to celebrate and as the song goes “It‘s the most wonderful time of the year”
As always, I’m always interested to hear from our membership so please feel free to contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org
INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Holiday Celebration
It’s been a wonderful year of meals, lectures and fellowship. Come celebrate our 20th anniversary as we recognize those who have helped us realize INCOSE’ 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.
To register, please visit
To download the flyer, please click here.
21 January, 2015 (6:00pm – 8:00pm): The Evolution of SE Standards and Practices – ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288 Based Harmonization
Presentation: Over the past decade, there are several key resources that have come to the forefront as the basis of knowledge, requirements and guidance for systems engineering. These resources include ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288, System Life Cycle Processes; the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook; the Defense Acquisition Guide, Chapter 4; EIA 632, Engineering of a System; and recently the development of the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK). For the user of these resources, higher value would be obtained if they were consistent in terminology and concepts, and easily able to support concurrent usage. The challenge is that the resources come from a number of different sources. This presentation will examine actions that have been taken or are planned to continue to evolve and harmonize this set.
Go to www.incose-cc.org/registration/ to register
Parsons Auditorium, Bldg 1
Upcoming Events and Announcements
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 2014 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 endeavours 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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