This month Randy Simpson will be presenting Systems Engineering: A Project Success Enabler. The presentation will take place at McCormick & Schmick’s in Tysons Corner, VA. Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Mr Simpson has done project management for NASA and the DoD and currently works at Vitech Corporation. Bio and abstract can be found at below.

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Date: Wednesday, May 13th
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Topic: Systems Engineering: A Project Success Enabler
Presenter: Randy Simpson, PMP
Cost: $15 for INCOSE Members, $20 for INCOSE Non-Members, $10 for INCOSE Students
Location: McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant in Tysons

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Abstract:
“Systems Engineering, a project success enabler,” is the foundation of Randy’s message; Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is the “meat on the bones.” Benefitting both commercial and government customers, MBSE brings efficiencies and thoroughness that appeals to practitioners and managers alike. Sometimes it is difficult to convince executive/program management to invest in MBSE; process, tools, and training have an associated cost. Highlighting the benefits of MBSE to the sponsor in their language and motivational construct (cost, schedule, and risk) highlights the return on investment and contributes to overcoming the financial barrier. This presentation seeks to speak to the Program Manager as a convincing argument to invest for success.

Bio:
Randy is one of those “rare birds” who is working within the field of his undergraduate degree (aerospace engineering) some 40 years later. Shortly after graduating he moved from a static test engineer and windtunnel test conductor into project management, effectively abandoning all practical engineering skills to enter into the arena of motherhood (aka, cat herding). Some 40 years later, having managed teams to: design EUVE spacecraft for NASA, deliver a laser ranging system to JAXA, install Marine Armor kits in a war zone (earning the six sigma project of the year award from MCSC/Quantico), create a Future Combat System logistics system, deliver thermal louvers for USAF spacecraft, and deliver numerous proposals to NASA and DoD, Randy is now connecting the dots between systems engineering and project management for customers of Vitech Corporation.