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16 May 2012 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
Engineering Challenges and Scientific Capabilities of the James Webb Space Telescope
Presentation: The JWST is planned for launch in 2018 as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. It extends the scientific discoveries of the HST into the infrared band, covering 0.6 to 28 µm, with extraordinary sensitivity to reach far closer to the Big Bang, to look inside dust clouds where stars and planets are forming today, and to observe exoplanetary atmospheres through the transit technique. The 6.5 m telescope mirror is made of 18 beryllium hexagons, all of which are now polished, gold-coated, and tested. Using algorithms developed for the Hubble repair, the JWST will be focused after launch to achieve diffraction-limited performance at 2 µm. The telescope is protected by a 5-layer deployable sunshield the size of a tennis court, to enable it to cool to about 40 K, to reduce its thermal emissions. I will outline the new concepts and technologies needed for the mission and the scientific observations that are likely with the new observatory.
Location: Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University; 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd Laurel MD 20723 (Main Entrance – Lobby 1)
Meal: Pan Seared Tilapia Filet; Mango avocado Salsa and Cilantro rice with garden salad dressing, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and iced tea.
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Presentation ONLY: FREE at 7pm in Parsons Auditorium
2 June 2012 (8:00 am – 4:30 pm)
Presentation:Agile is now used by over 80% of world-wide technology-intensive projects. This includes the U.S. DoD, Fortune 500 financial firms, global telecommunications industry, and Silicon Valley staples such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Amazon, Microsoft, etc. Agile project management and systems engineering is a highly-disciplined paradigm for developing high-risk, time-sensitive, technology intensive systems. It is a flexible and lightweight alternative to historical scope-driven paradigms such as the PMBoK and SEBoK, while simultaneously satisfying stringent quality and reliability performance objectives. A major goal of this seminar is to provide key decision-makers with the skills to plan, lead, and contribute to contemporary projects.
Two new Working Groups have been started
Now is the time to get involved!
1) Future of Energy working group
Dr. Alex Pavlak is setting up a Future of Energy (FoE) working group. A paper to he will be presenting at IS2012 in Rome this July describes the task, a classic concept definition phase.
The proposed effort is unique in two respects. First it will focus on whole systems, the delivery of energy that is cheap safe sustainable and secure. Second it will focus on the destination, the long term goal. Given what is known today, what would post fossil fuel energy systems look like. The product will be technically feasible alternatives. Through publications and lectures, the FoE working group will raise public awareness of these factual constraints on social value choices.
Dave Fadeley, ESEP, is forming a Systems Engineering – Project Management (SE – PM) Working Group with the intent of working with PMI Baltimore chapter members in order to enhance overall program success through the improved integration of practices between the two communities. At the international level, INCOSE and PMI have jointly released a statement "PMI and INCOSE Align to Help Organizations Improve Program Success" in September 2011 outlining the partnership and have also produced a white paper, "Toward a New Mindset: Bridging the Gap between Program Management and Systems Engineering". If you are interested in participating, please send Mr. Fadeley an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feature Article from our Blog
INSIGHT into the state of Systems Engineering Professionalization
By Erik Devito
Not only was last night our monthly INCOSE Chesapeake dinner lecture at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory with Michael J. Kormos of PJM Interconnection but it was also when I was alerted by email that the most recent issue of INCOSE INSIGHT was available via INCOSE Connect.
INSIGHT is always a treat to read. It’s professional, informative, and possesses a balanced scope with regard to the range of SE topics it typically covers. This issue, the first of four for Volume 15 was especially engaging and celebratory. It started with President John Thomas sharing his belief that the organization needs to shape the world’s perception regarding the ever increasing value of both, Systems Engineering as a fundamental scientific discipline and Systems Engineer Professionals as skilled practitioners who can tackle the world’s big problems.
Did You Miss Last Month?
Life after the Northeast Blackout of 2003
April 18th, 2012 was a historic day as IEEE Power & Energy Society – Baltimore Chapter and INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter joined forces for the first time to host a dinner/lecture at JHU/APL. The speaker, Mike Kormos, Senior Vice President – Operations of PJM Interconnection, held the 55 attendees spell bound as he explained the reasons and fall out the North East Blackout of August 14th 2003. Even though the blackout could have been prevented, several causes – training, tools, and trees – conspired that evening to bring about the cascading effect that resulted in 55 million people to lose power. Mr. Komos told the story by using the original slides from the February 2004, the U.S.-Canada Power System Outage Task Force. He did note that the PJM Interconnection systems at the time were able to ride through the event with very minimum power outage; mainly because of their advance system planning that was in place.
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.
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.
Mark your Calendars with these upcoming events:
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The Role of Distributed Power Systems in the U.S. Electricity Sector
Bradley Schoener, Ph.D; MITRE Corporation
The Chesapeake Chapter is always looking for volunteers to speak at our upcoming meetings! Please contact our 2012 Programs Director, Mr. Erik DeVito, 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:
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We welcome our latest new members. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings and tutorials.
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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