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Meet the Candidates: INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter 2016 Elections

by Communications Team on September 26, 2015  •   Print This Post Print This Post   •   

Welcome to the INCOSE BoD 2016 Election.

This is your opportunity to cast your electronic vote to elect four new members to the Board of Directors. Your vote must be submitted by 15 November. The candidates are:

  • President-elect (Mike Pafford or write–in),
  • Secretary (Craig Tyler or write–in),
  • Programs Director (Gundars Osvalds or write–in), and
  • Membership Director (Mark Kaczmarek or write–in).

Together with the incumbents on the BoD, these four people will form the new INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Board of Directors. They will make the choices that differentiate our chapter from all of the others.
A list of primary roles and responsibilities can be found in the 2015 INCOSE–CC Operating Plan.

Ballots will be sent out on 20 October, 2015

The timetable for the election process is:

Schedule Activity
20 October 2015 Ballot’s e-mailed to INCOSE-CC members
15 November 2015 Ballot Submission Deadline
18 November 2015 New officers and directors announced
20 January 2016 New officers and directors sworn in and installed

George Anderson,
Chair, 2016 INCOSE-CC Elections Committee

Questions? Contact George Anderson

Meet the Candidates running for the 2016 Board of Directors.
Running for President Elect

Candidate: Mike Pafford

Mike PaffordMike Pafford’s Bio:
Mike is in his 16th year as a member of the Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). He is currently supporting a DoD Sponsor by providing Model-Based Systems Architecting and Engineering in a Division of 80 Research Software Developers and Computer Scientists. Mike has over 38 years of team, project, and program level experience in C4ISR Systems Analysis, Requirements Analysis & Engineering, and Systems Architecting, Design, Development, Testing, Deployment, Operations, and Management. While serving as a Linguist and Analyst in the U.S. Air Force, he completed a BS in Business & Management from the University of Maryland University College. While serving as a Cryptologic Officer in the U.S. Navy he was awarded an MS in Computer Systems Management from the Naval Postgraduate School. After retiring from the U.S. Navy Mike worked as Lead Systems Engineer and Project Manager for General Dynamics and Harris Corporation before accepting his current position at JHU/APL. He has been an active member of INCOSE and the Chesapeake Chapter since 1998, and for the past 15 years has been a Co-Chairman of the INCOSE Object-Oriented Systems Engineering Methodology Working Group (OOSEM WG). Since 2008 Mike has been an Instructor (Software Systems Engineering) in the JHU Whiting School of Engineering MS in Systems Engineering curriculum. Mike was the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Systems Engineer of the Year for 2011.

Mike Pafford's Vision Statement: I envision continuing success and global recognition for the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter, picking up where it left off as the top INCOSE Chapter world-wide for 2014. I’d like to see a steady increase in Chapter membership in the coming year, and I pledge to help the Chapter Board and members in any way I can to make that happen. I would also like to help the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter actively improve its professional relationships with local PMI Chapters, as well as with IEEE CS and Software Engineering Institute (SEI) local organizations.

Running for Secretary

Candidate: Craig Tyler
Craig Tyler

Craig Tyler’s Bio:
Craig is a Systems Engineering Sr. Manager with Vencore. He has 30 years of technical and management experience supporting federal agencies and is certified as an INCOSE ESEP and PMI PMP. Craig earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and master’s degrees in engineering management from The George Washington University and information systems at Johns Hopkins University. He has a passion for learning and sharing best practices gained in supporting Intelligence Community, DoD, NASA, NOAA, and commercial programs. Craig’s engineering assignments have provided him with a well-rounded exposure to many engineering disciplines and business processes, allowing him to see the “big picture” of systems engineering, decision making, and customer support.

Craig is new to Chesapeake Chapter of INCOSE but previously served three years as Secretary in the Lockheed Martin Leadership Association’s Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chapter, which is part of the National Management Association, as well as the positions of Chapter Vice President and President. During his tenure, the chapter expanded into Baltimore and worked more closely with LM HQ and Northern Virginia chapters.

Craig Tyler’s Vision Statement:
As Chapter Secretary, I will strive to perform the duties of the office and collaborate with chapter members and directors to further the understanding and practice of systems engineering in our community and beyond.

Running for Programs Director

Candidate: Gundars Osvalds
Gundars Osvalds

Gundars Osvalds’ Bio:Gundars Osvalds, CSM, ESEP, is a Principal Systems Engineer at MetaTech Consulting, serving as Systems Engineering Technical Advisor (SETA) contractor for Department of Defense in Fort Meade, Md. His current role involves the evaluation of agency systems engineering and architecture processes and tools. Member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) possessing experience in systems engineering, architecture, frameworks and project management. Has been certifed by the Scrum Alliance as a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and by INCOSE as Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) Mr. Osvalds was recognized as the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Systems Engineer of the Year in December 2014. He has expert knowledge of systems engineering, architectural concepts, methodologies, reference models and processes for use in defining Enterprise Architectures. Established track record successfully conducting project planning; personnel evaluation and management; project cost tracking and planning; subcontractor management and business development. Experienced in hardware design and implementation, software applications development, real-time embedded systems software development, and support systems engineering decisions. Developed MBSE processes for system simulation.

Mr. Osvalds has been a member of INCOSE for over 15 years. For the last two years he has been a member for the “INCOSE Agile Systems & Systems Engineering Working Group” where he co-authored three papers with the “The Role of Systems Engineering in Large Scale Agille Projects” was accepted at IS 2015 and was selected as best paper of INCOSE INSIGHT Journal for 2015. He has presented papers and presentations at the following: INCOSE International Symposium; The Open Group Architecture Framework Conference; INCOSE International Workshops; Enterprise Architecture Conference, Zachman Institute for Framework Architecture, IT Architecture Practitioners Conference and the The Borland Conference. Therefore his experience in writing paper delivering presentations and attending hundreds of conference presentations has provided Mr. Osvalds with a good understanding what makes a good presentation.

Mr. Osvalds served as the Chesapeake Chapter Membership Director for the past six months. He found probems with the membership database managed by INCOSE and provide issues to INCOSE to be corrected. Mr Osvalds also suported the Chesapeake Chapter Programs Committee by managing a chapter meeting “2015 INCOSE International Symposium Review Panel” to provide the information from five attendees who present their knowledge and impressions on a six tracks. He coordinated for the first time that the chapter used video capability to broadcast meeting participants discussion in real-tme and posting on the Chesapeake Channel YouTube.

Gundars Osvalds’ Vision Statement:

Mr. Osvalds vision for the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter Programs Chair is to continue with the long standing tradition of delivering quality chapter programs such as the monthly speaker dinner mettings, training workshops and specal events. Mr. Osvalds intends to expand beyond these great programs by adding new programs that encourage more member participation. A few of these new programs include:

  • Speaker panel series on systems engineering related topics of interest to the membership,
  • Vendor product overviews at monthly meetings and related training at Saturday half day session,
  • Survey membership for the training they are interested in obtaining and then organize the appropriate training to be sponsored by the Chapter,
  • Co-meetings with other technical and management organizations,
  • Invite presenters that are recognized as leaders in their fields that provide technical and visionary inspiration.
Running for Membership Director

Candidate: Mark Kaczmarek
Mark Kaczmarek

Mark Kaczmarek’ Bio: 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 Lockheed Martin Corp. as a Sr. Staff Systems Engineer, within Cyber Solutions out of the Hanover, Maryland office. Mark has been an active Committee member of the Chesapeake Chapter since May 2010 and is the current Secretary for the 2014-2015 term.

Mark Kaczmarek’ Vision Statement: I am running for the office of Membership Director in the Chesapeake Chapter for the 2016-2017 term.

I plan to serve the BOD and the members in this capacity by enhancing the metrics presented to the BOD. Additionally, provide new members with a welcoming format and continue with SEP certification renewal support.

Being an INCOSE member has been a great benefit to my Professional growth. By becoming an Officer, this allows me to return those benefits back to the rest of the membership.

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