INCOSE – WMA CHAPTER MEETING: 16 MAY 2011 @ Marco Polo Restaurant, Vienna, VA


A true credentialed systems engineer is someone who has done more than simply pass a test. It is someone who is seen by others as an experienced individual who finds a way to get the job done—no matter what obstacles and complications may arise. This is the expectation that comes with certification. And it is not one that can be taken lightly.

Systems Engineers don’t start from the position that the problem is someone else’s responsibility. They know how to break down barriers. They don’t give up. They get the job done.  That is the standard the credentialed systems engineer is held to, by INCOSE, by the program manager, by everyone.

John Thomas will share the current benefits and expectations of Credentialed Systems Engineers and their ability to:

  • Break down barriers because they have a sense of empowerment—and the good judgment to know exactly how far they can push
  • Get the job done because they focus on outcome, not process
  • Be collaborative, not competitive
  • Solve problems because they understand the nuances and complex interrelationships inherent in any situation
  • Demonstrate their problem solving capabilities because their skills and knowledge are both deep and broad

Presenter: John A. Thomas, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

John A. Thomas, a Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President and its Chief Systems Engineer, leads the firm’s systems engineering effort. Mr. Thomas assists those organizations whose missions are aligned with defense, homeland security, and intelligence. Within the intelligence field, he is recognized for his expertise in Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT). His key areas of experience include:

*Systems engineering and integration

*System analysis

*Solutions delivery

*Conflict management and resolution associated with singular complex problems

He leverages this experience to lead initiatives that aggregate firmwide expertise in business process analysis, organizational transformation, cost estimation, and program planning to support delivery of large-scale systems engineering and integration services. Since joining Booz Allen in 1991, Mr. Thomas has supported both the commercial and public sectors.

He holds an M.S. degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a B.S. from Michigan State University, both in electrical engineering. He graduated cum laude from both institutions.His career spans more than 30 years and includes active duty service with the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the Air Force Reserves as a major. Mr. Thomas is a prolific writer and speaker on new techniques for the integration of systems engineering with business analysis and program support services. He is president-elect of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Program Management Institute (PMI), and Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

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