Dinner Meeting – Wednesday 20 July 2011 Challenges and Opportunities for Systems Engineering within DoD Mr. Stephen P. Welby; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering
Presentation: Mr. Welby will use the context of DoD Systems Engineering to discuss some challenges to the practice and profession of systems engineering – with a focus on 1) How we manage complexity 2) How we identify and manage risk and 3) How we develop future Engineering Leaders. Speaker:
Mr. Stephen P. Welby was appointed the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering in September 2009. He is the principal systems engineering advisor to the Secretary of Defense and is responsible for establishing and executing engineering policy and oversight across the Department. His responsibilities include pre-acquisition development planning; engineering support to design, development and manufacturing; and independent engineering review, technical risk assessment and engineering analysis across the Department’s portfolio of major acquisition programs. He provides functional leadership to more than 40,000 Defense acquisition professionals in the DoD systems planning, research, development, and engineering (SPRDE) and production, quality, and manufacturing (PQM) workforce. Mr Welby also serves as the Defense Standardization Executive.
Presentation ONLY: FREE (no reservations necessary)
The purpose of the Chesapeake Chapter is to foster the definition, understanding, and practice of world class systems engineering in industry, academia, and government. In light of that goal, every month at our dinner meeting we have a drawing for the latest in Systems Engineering literature. So come on out for a chance to win.
Mr. Gundars Osvalds will be taking over the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter presidency this coming January 2012. He is a Senior Principal Enterprise Architect at Northrop Grumman where he is responsible for developing processes that support the design of systems that meet the needs of our customers. Mr. Osvalds supports large government transformation programs with systems engineering and architecture tasks, including planning, implementation and reviews of architectural products, and processes for architectural design and modeling. Mr. Osvalds has used and supported the DoDAF and OMB FEA architecture frameworks for the Federal Government and DoD communities. Currently Mr. Osvalds is developing Model Driven Systems Engineering techniques and tools for use in large systems. Mr. Osvalds is a member of the INCOSE team supporting the ISO on enterprise architecture concepts for the next version of ISO 15704 and 42010 (an update of IEEE 1471). He supported the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) Interoperability Framework (NIF) Architectural Concepts Functional Team and Working Group in the development of the NIF Reference Manual.
Systems Engineer of the Year (SEY) committe is now accepting nominations
Carol Hutchinson, the chairman of the Evaluation Committee for the chapter’s Systems Engineer of the Year (SEY), announced at our last Dinner meeting that the committee is accepting nominations for the SEY. Read about the criteria, due dates, download the nomination forms and the application itself at the chapter’s SEY webpage >>HERE<<.
After Report: The 21st INCOSE International Symposium
Dave Fadeley in Denver, enjoying the 2011 INCOSE International Symposium
After being an SE for over 25 years and an INCOSE member for about 5 years, I had the opportunity to attend my first INCOSE International Symposium, the 21st INCOSE Symposium in Denver during 20-24 June. Since I was essentially using my funds for the event, I was determined to get my money’s worth, and boy did I! I attended every session and all the social functions – the Icebreaker on Monday evening, the Social on Tuesday evening, and the Banquet on Wednesday evening that featured a John Denver-look alike singing John Denver songs against a Rocky Mountain backdrop.
At the sessions, I asked questions, met new colleauges at Lunch and break times where we shared thoughts and impressions with fellow SEs. I purposely sat with people I did not know in order to meet new people. I sat in many non-DoD type presentations such as Rail and Bio Med in order to see what they were doing, especially how they were tailoring SE for their industry. I visisted the vendor and university booths, gathered pens, literature, water bottles and other marketing tokens (Hey, I’ve got 5 kids at home!).
My take aways were (1) systems thinking goes beyond systems engineering and is an essential characteristic of an excellent SE to solve non-engineering problems and (2) I wanted to be actively involved in the next symposium I attend e.g. presenter or panelist.
Overall, it was well worth it, and am looking forward to following up on some thoughts started there…..and thinking about the next one….I’ve always loved Italian food!
~~ Dave Fadeley, ESEP
Paul Martin at the UMBC Training Center Booth at the 2011 INCOSE International Symposium
It was exciting to go back to the INCOSE International Symposium after an 11 year absence. In 2000 we met in the Brew City of Milwaukee, this year it was the Mile High City of Denver. 600 registrants from 20 countries descended on the Denver Convention Center to hear speakers from Japan discuss rebuilding the country after the great earthquake/tsunami; from Rolls-Royce and its mission to be the world’s premiere power systems provider; and from the Global Earth Observation System of Systems where the integration of countless satellites and measurement platforms that will help us understand the earth better.
It was great to be immersed in all things Systems Engineering for 4 days. From the challenges of Complexity to the difficulties of creating a Graduate Reference Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering, the speakers brought theory and practicality into the same venue.
Chesapeake’s President-Elect Gundars Osvalds receive’s the 2010 Gold Circle Award from the INCOSE president, Samantha Robitaille,
at the 2011 INCOSE International Symposium
One of the more memorable events was hearing the 2012 INCOSE President, John Thomas, discuss the importance of being a “credentialed” Systems Engineer during the Certification reception on Tuesday night. He waxed eloquently about the higher purposes of Systems Engineers as we bring solutions to global scale problems, making a better society.
I really enjoyed it all and it was topped off with a fantastic banquet as our chapter received a Gold Circle award and the Most Improved Performance award. I was proud to be part of helping make that possible and it’s even better to be part of such a honorable profession.
Dave Fadeley is right, next year let’s go to Rome and get another Gold Circle Award.
Systems Engineering & the Unified Profile for DoDAF and MODAF (UPDM)
Matthew Hause started his talk as he explained how all models are meant to answer questions but the challenge is the "abstraction problem." DoD, as well as the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD), wanted to move away from "PowerPoint" architecture and wanted to start using models with real data behind the "pretty pictures." Looking to INCOSE and the Object Management Group (OMG) to help solve this problem, an initiative was started to provide a consistent, standardized means to describe architectures in SysML/UML-based tools as well as a standard for interchange. Thus the concept for a Unified Profile for DoDAF and MODAF, or UPDM, was born. Mr. Hause went on to explain the details of UPDM such as parametrics, blocks, complex ports, enhanced activity modeling, and cross-cutting constructs. He also went into a detail example of a Yacht in Distress.
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 Programs Director, Mr. Donald York, 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:
Mark your Calendars with these upcoming Chapter events:
Wednesday 17 Aug 2011 Night at the Movies featuring “The Deming of America” DVD of Priscilla Pettty’s Documentary
Get Involved with your Chesapeake Chapter
Join a Committee! Make a Difference! Be part of the organization that’s promoting Systems Engineering across the globe for the benefit of humanity and the planet!
Contact: Paul Martin We need writers, editors, photographers, website and newsletter maintainers
Contact: Don York We need help in planning, arranging, organizing and executing the various Chapter events to include speaker presentations, tutorials, panel discussions, and the holiday party.
Contact: Bhanu Sunkara We need help in growing our membership by reaching out into the local SE community.
If any of these activities sound interesting to you please contact the Committee Director to find out how you can get involved.
Local SE Training
Preparing for the Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) Exam
Obtaining a CSEP is not easy, but that’s 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. The courses listed below will help prepare potential candidates for this demanding process by becoming familiar with the INCOSE SE Handbook version 3.2 which is the basis for the examination.
UMBC Training Centers
UMBC Training Centers offer an on-line CSEP Prep Course Dates: 4 Saturday Mornings, August 6 – August 27, 2011 >>Register Here<<
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