Chesapeake Chapter Members Receive Fellows and Founders Awards

Two of our Chapter Members have been honored with prestigious INCOSE Awards.  During the International Symposium 2017 (IS 2017) in Adelaide, Australia, Dr. Ronald Luman received the 2016 INCOSE Fellows Award and Mr. George Anderson received the 2016 INCOSE Founders Award.

Dr. Ronald Luman – 2016 INCOSE Fellows Award Recipient

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Dr. Ronald Luman of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) received the 2016 INCOSE Fellows Award.  INCOSE Fellows are individuals with significant verifiable contributions to the art and practice of Systems Engineering in industry, government, or academia. This award recognizes practitioners from government and industry applying knowledge and contributing to the practice of systems engineering in designing and acquiring systems, researchers developing new knowledge, pushing the theory forward, and teachers disseminating knowledge and developing the next generation of successful systems engineers.

Dr. Luman is currently Chief of Staff at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, as well as the Systems Engineering Chair of the JHU Whiting School of Engineering, Engineering for Professionals Program. Dr. Luman was recognized for his significant contributions to the art and practice of systems engineering across industry, Government, and academia. Dr. Luman has over 30 years of impactful systems engineering experience in the application of new takes on systems engineering methodologies, the development of systems, analysis, and unique academic leadership positions at The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) and George Washington University.


 Supporting the leaders of the United States Military and U.S. Government, Dr. Luman is consulted for his strategic systems thinking skills to the application of difficult systems engineering problems requiring sophisticated solutions that are used to protect our nation and our military assets. For the past five years he has managed the strategic decision agenda, and led strategic planning, implementation, and resource alignment for the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory. Concurrently, he leads the systems engineering graduate program for the JHU Whiting School of Engineering as its Systems Engineering Chair. He also concurrently serves as a member of the National Research Council’s Naval Studies Board and on other NRC committees, including those addressing the role of naval forces in the global war on terror, and the effects of climate change on national security.

 Dr. Luman sets an example for systems engineers who are not self-promoting.  He is a role model for practicing systems engineers and teachers who propagate the systems engineering profession. He is an exemplar and has contributed to shaping the future methodology of the systems engineering practice.  

Mr. George Anderson, ESEP – 2016 INCOSE Founders Award Recipient


 Mr. George Anderson, ESEP, was awarded the 2016 Founders Award by INCOSE.   George’s accomplishments in the field of systems engineering and his promotion of the INCOSE mission are seemingly endless.  He has served INCOSE and the Chesapeake Chapter with exceptional leadership and untiring selfless service for over 15 years.   INCOSE recognized George for achieving the highest goals and standards set forth by the INCOSE organization. 

 George has committed a significant amount of time and energy, in the form of thousands of volunteer hours to INCOSE since 2002, by facilitating an open, inviting environment where members receive valued products and services to enhance their careers. High quality, vibrant members, like George, are essential to INCOSE’s drive to enrich, educate, and enlighten INCOSE membership, while improving recognition of INCOSE and the systems engineering profession.

In addition to serving two terms (6 years) as Chesapeake Chapter President, George has continually served as a mentor for new chapter officers, and supports individuals seeking certification.  Under George’s leadership, the Chesapeake Chapter has received recognition for achieving excellence through multiple prestigious INCOSE chapter awards.  George received the 2015 INCOSE Outstanding Service Award for his significant, individual, and long-term major contributions and leadership as the chapter president that has contributed to the advancement of INCOSE, systems engineering best practices, and certification.


 George has also spearheaded many creative and resourceful programs which continue to propagate the systems engineering profession that remain not only unique for our Chapter but are successful in promoting system engineering careers, increasing chapter membership, and the representation of certified systems engineers.  He led the way in applying systems engineering principles to unique, highly complex problems encountered by the Department of Defense, and has worked to implement the successful application of systems engineering to one portion of the DoD market segment.  He has recruited and then worked with the Chesapeake Chapter’s newest CAB Member, NSA, to also create a methodology to train future Government Systems Engineers using INCOSE Best Practices. 

 George’s representation of INCOSE principles and values continues to be that of a most professional and respectful supporter.  He is a lifelong learner and is continuously looking for ways to make the INCOSE organization and Chesapeake Chapter the best in the world.  He mentors new and up and coming volunteers to emphasize core INCOSE values, service to the organization, community, and our systems engineering profession.