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October 20, 2010: Human Systems Integration and the Systems Engineer

by Communications Team on October 22, 2010  •   Print This Post Print This Post   •   

Ewald providing detailsThe meeting opened with Dr. William Ewald giving a status of the INCOSE Foundation. The Chesapeake Chapter has donated $1500 to the Foundation so that three undergrad engineers, one each from three local universities, will be each given a $500 merit scholarship for the coming school semester. He also explained that the JHU/APL Alexander Kossiakoff Scholarship application cycle has been extended to December 1st. More can be found >>HERE<<.

Our president, George Anderson, explained that the Chapter’s election season is upon us and that soon we’ll be hearing about potential candidates for the President-elect position. Keep an eye out for an announcement via e-mail and the webpage.

Don York, our Program’s Director, asked the membership to get the word out about next month for the Cybersecurity Panel. Be sure to tell friends and colleagues about this fascinating upcoming event.  Paul Martin, Communications Director, explained that the Website will have the several November meeting flyers which can be used to let people know. Also the Chapter’s November e-Newsletter will be a Cybersecurity Special in order to increase interest.

A look at the Amelia poster

Jim Peter, our APL point of contact, holds up a Poster for the upcoming Amelia Earhart event on November 20th at the Engineers Club. See the whole poster >>HERE<<.

Lecture: Human Systems Integration and the Systems Engineer

McFallsWe weren’t able to use the APL’s Parsons Auditorium because of renovation work, however it didn’t dampen our turnout this month as over 40 people showed up to hear John Winters, Senior Human Factors Engineer, Basic Commerce and Industries, discuss how people’s basic conception of HSI impacts their ability to communicate about the integration of HSI and its domains into systems engineering activities. By the way that’s Human Systems Integration HSI not High Speed Internet HSI. It was a real eye opener to hear how the Policy to do Cost Trade-Offs for HSI for the entire life-cycle is almost impossible when the funding for each life-cycle phase is different color money (R&D, Development, Personnel and Support). Other revelations included: the importance of HSI Grammar to communicate, importance of Diverse Disciplines for require integration, and designing for the Flexible and Inflexible Users.

Although you don’t get his great stories you can still see his slides McFalls Presentation>>HERE<< .

Best quote of a quote this year, “We can’t make everything idiot proof, they’ll just make bigger idiots!”

Suggested HSI Books

Mr. Winters suggested several books on HSI. Such as:

Thanking Winters with a mug

Program Director Don York offers Mr. Winters a mug with our very own INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter logo as a modest way to say thanks for providing a thought provoking lecture and stimulating follow-on discussion.

Another Great Meeting

The meal, fellowship with friends and peers, a door prize, and a stimulating lecture. Another great evening with the INCOSE Chesapeake Chapter. Be sure to join us next month.

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