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Join Us for Happy Hour at Brio Tuscan Grille in Tysons Corner!

Date: August 23, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Brio Tuscan Grille
7854 Tysons Corner
McLean, Virginia 22102
Price: $10.00 (Members), $20.00 (Non-Members)

Register for the event here!

Description: Come join the WMA Chapter for Happy Hour at Brio Tuscan Grille in Tysons Corner. Appetizers will be provided!

August Tutorial: Executable Mission Level Modeling and Analysis

Date: August 18, 2012
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Location: MITRE McLean, Room 1H300
7525 Colshire Drive
McLean, Virginia 22102
Price: $50.00 (Members, Non-Members, Student Division). Please note that all event registrations are handled by EventBrite. Please choose the appropriate ticket on the EventBrite site: INCOSE WMA Member, INCOSE WMA Non-Member, INCOSE WMA Student-Division.

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Tutorial: “Executable Mission Level Modeling and Analysis” by Dr. Prem Jain
Description: IT architectures require constant evolution and evaluation to adapt to complex and ever-changing technologies, processes, and policies. This tutorial provides a modeling framework for capturing mission-focused operational and system architecture artifacts to enable the evolution of simulate-able and integrate-able architecture components developed simultaneously by various team members. It bridges the existing Modeling & Simulation gap between Operational Analysts and Enterprise Architects. This framework enables qualitative and quantitative mission analysis using a single graphical executable model. Performance of a set of operational threads can be evaluated against alternative IT architecture solutions. Students will engage with the Business-to-Business (B2B) modeling standard Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN). BPMN is a business intuitive graphical language, executable like any programming language. Hence, BPMN enables quantitative analysis of operational concepts and architecture performances. Students will learn different types of modeling paradigms: data-flow, control-flow, transaction-flow, and message-flow. They will also learn to model time, resource, workload, and MOEs/MOPs needed for modeling missions. The tutorial will use the “Process 2011 for Six Sigma” iGrafx tool. Attendees may download 30 day free trial and gain hands on BPMN/iGrafx experience during lectures.
This tutorial will address the following topics:
• Evolve students capabilities from Visio Diagrams to BPMN model to BPMN simulation model
• Understand and differentiate modeling of data-flow, control-flow, message-flow and transaction-flow
• Capture different types of dependencies (control, data, resource, and workload) separately to ease “what if MOE/MOP analysis” of mission performances.
• Model operational and systems architectures to ease model component’s evolution and integrated mission performance evaluation via simulation
• Structured modeling to efficiently engage with sponsor for model data collection and interactive validation

Presenter Biography
Dr. Prem Jain is a Principal Modeling and Simulation Engineer at the MITRE Corporation and has provided automation solutions, first for manufacturing plants, then for integrated circuit design and now for federal IT acquisition. He joined MITRE in October 2005 and is leading the development and the sponsor deployment of “Mission Level Modeling (MLM) and Analysis”, Architecture Evolution and Evaluation (ArchEE) and Dynamic Informed Planning and Scheduling (DIPS) capabilities. He spent over 20 years in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry and was the CEO of “Cynergy System Design/ CAE Plus”, which developed “System on a Chip” architecture analysis and architectural synthesis COTS tools. His patents include graphical executable language, architecture synthesis algorithms and synchronous time sliced high speed simulation. He received his B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, Masters and PhD is in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

July Dinner Meeting: “Patterns of Success in Systems Engineering”

Date: July 11, 2012
Location: Amphora Restaurant
1151 Elden St.
Herndon, VA
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Menu: The menu consists of Caesar salad, choice of one entree, and carrot cake. Entree choices are:
-Chicken Cordon Bleu with ham and Swiss cheese, served with mashed potatoes and vegetable
-Grilled pork loin chops (2), served with roast potatoes, vegetable, and apple sauce
-Penne pasta with vegetables (Vegetarian)
Cost: Members can pay via Paypal on Registration page. For non-members, payments will be collected via cash or check at the event. Please do not mail cash or check to the location of the event.
-Non-members: $20
-INCOSE-WMA members: $10
-Student Division members: Free

Presentation: “Patterns of Success in Systems Engineering”

Abstract: Despite numerous attempts at reform of systems engineering and acquisition processes, government acquisition of IT-intensive systems has remained resistant to improvement. Both more and less oversight has produced equally unsatisfying results. Better requirements gathering, evolutionary development, etc., all aimed at solving specific problems, seemed not to produce lasting results.
The objective of this effort was to discover patterns of success in the systems engineering of information
technology (IT)-intensive systems in a government acquisition environment using the method of positive
deviance. Positive deviance is an approach to improvement based on the idea that every community performing an activity has certain individuals or teams whose attitudes, practices, strategies or behaviors enable them to function more effectively than others with the same resources and environmental conditions. It is a search for what works.
Thirty government programs were identified, each with some notable success in the acquisition of ITintensive capabilities. Twelve were selected for extensive follow-up and analysis, including detailed interviews with front-line practitioners who cope with the demands of the government acquisition system and are in a position to influence or observe positive deviance in their environment.
This presentation describes two large-scale success patterns that were observed, each with several
recurring sub-patterns. “Balancing the Supply Web” addresses “social” interdependencies among
enterprise stakeholders who have different equities in the capability being developed. “Harnessing
Technical Complexity” addresses the technical interdependencies among system components that
together deliver an operational capability for the enterprise. The large-scale patterns are two sides of the
same coin. The programs studied achieved success because of the way they each navigated through these
dual interdependencies.

George Rebovich is the director of the MITRE Systems Engineering Practice Office. He has held a variety of systems engineering positions at MITRE to include leading technical departments and groups, sponsor and technology projects, and serving as the chief systems engineer of a classified C4I system program.
Mr. Rebovich serves on systems engineering technical committees of the IEEE and NDIA and has authored or co-authored numerous articles, papers and reports. He is the author of invited chapters in several systems engineering books and is a co-editor of the CRC Press book Enterprise Systems Engineering: Advances in Theory & Practice. He is the technical lead on the MITRE Systems Engineering Guide and is a co-author the Department of Defense Systems Engineering Guide for Systems of Systems.
Mr. Rebovich holds a B.S. degree from the U.S. Military Academy, an M.S. degree (mathematics) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a certificate of Administration and Management from Harvard University, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Before joining MITRE, he served in the U.S. Army, including assignments in the U.S., Europe, and with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. Mr. Rebovich is a former assistant professor of mathematics at the U.S. Military Academy.

June Dinner Meeting: “All Systems Go!”

Date: June 20, 2012
Location: Amphora Restaurant
1151 Elden St.
Herndon, VA
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Menu: The menu consists of Caesar salad, choice of one entree, and carrot cake. Entree choices are:
-Chicken Cordon Bleu with ham and Swiss cheese, served with mashed potatoes and vegetable
-Grilled pork loin chops (2), served with roast potatoes, vegetable, and apple sauce
-Penne pasta with vegetables (Vegetarian)
Cost: Members can pay via Paypal on Registration page. For non-members, payments will be collected via cash or check at the event. Please do not mail cash or check to the location of the event.
-Non-members: $20
-INCOSE-WMA members: $10
-Student Division members: Free

Presentation: “All Systems Go!”

Abstract: Senior leaders across government and industry share two systemic challenges when it comes to their technical workforce: (1) Attracting the best talent to the systems engineering profession; and (2) retaining and developing the current talent pool. Solving these challenges is no small task given the general public’s perception of systems engineering, and our struggle with explaining a clear value proposition to our stakeholders (family and friends too). The intent of the “All Systems Go!” workshop is to tackle these challenges head on. This competitive role play workshop will integrate concepts from systems thinking with techniques used in TV commercials and screenwriting. This dinner presentation will be used to socialize the workshop’s key concepts and implementation plan, and then receive feedback from attendees.

Robert Siegle is an INCOSE CSEP with a 25-year military and commercial career spanning the disciplines of systems engineering, program management, strategic communications, and training. Past positions include Chief Systems Engineer for the Milstar Satellite Communications System and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at San Jose State University. Academic credentials include a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware and a MS in Management from Lesley University. He currently supports INCOSE communications efforts as Ambassador Liaison Program Lead for the Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter. Bob is also a member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He founded Reach Strategies in 2011.

Newsletter: June 2012

Download the June 2012 Newsletter here.

INCOSE WMA Members,

We are happy to announce that the fifth Chapter Newsletter of 2012 is attached to this email. In this edition for June 2012, you will find some new Chapter updates, a recap from Chapter events, and a letter from the President.

Here are a few important highlights:

-SEDC 2012 Recap (May 14-16)
-INCOSE WMA Awarded Silver Circle Award for 2011
-GMU Students Win Awards at U.S. Military Academy Engineering Competition

As always, to stay up to date with upcoming Chapter events and news, please visit our website at:

http://www.incosewma.org/

Best regards,

Mike Dupuy

Newsletter: May 2012

Download the May 2012 Newsletter here!

INCOSE WMA Members,

We are happy to announce that the fourth Chapter Newsletter of 2012 is attached to this email. In this edition for May 2012, you will find some new Chapter updates, information regarding upcoming events, and a letter from the President.

Here are a few important highlights:

Events

-May 14-16: Systems Engineering DC Conference 2012

News

-Call for INCOSE WMA Ambassadors
-INCOSE Foundation scholarship opportunity
-SEDC update
-GMU Students Win Awards at National Engineering Design Competition

As always, to stay up to date with upcoming Chapter events and news, please visit our website at:

http://www.incosewma.org/

Best regards,

Mike Dupuy

Newsletter: April 2012

Download the April 2012 Newsletter here!

INCOSE WMA Members,

We are happy to announce that the third Chapter Newsletter of 2012 is attached to this email. In this edition for April 2012, you will find some new Chapter updates, information regarding upcoming events, and a letter from the President.

Here are a few important highlights:

Events

-April 16: Co-sponsored Event, “Leadership, IIE, and You”
-April 18: Dinner Meeting, GMU Systems Engineering Capstone Projects

News

-New pricing structure for INCOSE WMA events
-INCOSE Foundation scholarship opportunity
-SEDC update
-First interview of the “WMA Leadership Interview Series”

As always, to stay up to date with upcoming Chapter events and news, please visit our website at:

http://www.incosewma.org/

Best regards,

Mike Dupuy

Dinner Meeting: GMU Capstone Presentations

Date: April 18, 2012
Location: Amphora Restaurant
1151 Elden St.
Herndon, VA
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Registration: Register Here
Cost: Members can pay via Paypal on Registration page. For non-members, payments will be collected via cash or check at the event. Please do not mail cash or check to the location of the event.
-Non-members: $20
-INCOSE-WMA members: $10
-Student Division members: Free
Menu:
The menu consists of Caesar salad, choice of one entree, and carrot cake. Entree choices are:
-Chicken Cordon Bleu with ham and Swiss cheese, served with mashed potatoes and vegetable
-Grilled pork loin chops (2), served with roast potatoes, vegetable, and apple sauce
-Penne pasta with vegetables (Vegetarian)

Description: This month’s dinner meeting will feature two senior capstone presentations from George Mason University’s Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department. These presentations are the result of a two-semester long project, where undergraduate students are involved in a real-world systems engineering application with a corporate sponsor, and will be competed in late April in national systems engineering competitions.

First Presentation: “Health Care Analytics: Design of Decision-Support System for Optimal Prescription Drug Coverage”
Presenters: Chris Anderson, Joey Fadul, Anupam Menon, Harold Terceros
Abstract: The healthcare system in the United States is currently undergoing changes aimed at providing affordable care, but the complexity of the healthcare industry prevents patients from making optimal healthcare decisions, insurance decisions, and achieving the full potential of healthcare reform. As a consequence of healthcare reforms, digital medical records have facilitated the widespread availability of publicly available, statistical data. Feeding the pool of expanding data is the patient-doctor interaction. Averaging twenty minutes, physicians assess the patient’s complaint and prescribe a course of action.
Pharmaceutical and insurance companies work together to build suitable products for consumers. The intricate relationships in the healthcare industry aid in furthering the runaway healthcare costs facing the American public. The data collected provides the basis for a decision support tool for patients to compare and rank Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans based on a patient’s individual situation and preferences. A decision support tool will collect user data and provide explicit information that will assist the user in determining the most suitable prescription drug plan, taking into account the individual importance of plan attributes. Utilizing historic data, comparisons on prescription spending will be made to past patients who have a similar health-profile as identified by the current user.
The results of the tool will change for every user, based on their health profile. Along with the plan rankings, the tool also relays the monthly premium, deductible, number of prescription drugs covered, and estimated savings based on a selected plan. Tools such as the one described in this paper enable patients to make decisions with a full understanding of choices, associated risks, and sensitivities. Based on the success of these tools, it is likely that this will become a standard way of doing business and that these tools will be found in doctor’s office waiting rooms, and on insurance provider’s websites helping enhance the customer’s knowledge base; breaking the barrier to the insurance industry.

Second Presentation: “Design of a Sustainable Oyster Aquaculture Business for the West and Rhode Rivers”
Presenters: Amy Crockett, Amir Delsouz, John DeGregorio, Alan Muhealden, Daniel Streicher
Abstract: he West and Rhode Rivers (WRR) are two mezohaline sub-estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay. Water quality in the WRR has declined due to local runoff of excess nutrients and total suspended solids (TSS) entering from the Chesapeake Bay. Previous research identified the feasibility of using large colonies of bi-valves (e.g. oysters or clams) in the river to remove the excess nutrients. An experiment conducted by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) failed to establish a colony of clams due to naturally arising variability in salinity levels.
Unlike clams, oysters are resilient to variations in naturally occurring environmental conditions. However, due to a lack of frequent reproduction by the oysters and the current budget climate which makes prolonged government funding minimal, a business is needed to sustain the restoration of health of the rivers. The goal is to evaluate the feasibility of funding the resilient, yet slow growing oyster colony.
This presentation will discuss the alternative designs and the three simulations used to determine the survivability and growth of the oyster biomass, the filtration potential of the growing oyster colony and the sustainability of the aquaculture system as a business.

Evening Meeting – “Leadership, IIE, and You”

Date: April 16, 2012
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Grant Thornton LLP
333 John Carlyle Street
Alexandria, VA
Title: Leadership, IIE, and You
Presenter: G. Don Taylor, Jr.
Cost: Free. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided by Grant Thornton LLP.

Registration: Please register on or before April 8, 2012 at: http://dontaylor.eventbrite.com/

Description: Although leadership is a challenge, it is also a responsibility. In our own way, and according to our own skills, interests, and talents, we are all called upon to be leaders. Based on the broad-based and unique skills that we learn and apply as Industrial and Systems Engineers, this is particularly true for persons in our profession. In this talk, the speaker focuses on the challenges and responsibilities of leadership. First, he focuses on general characteristics of leaders, supported by two case studies. Next, he reveals the ways that the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) is providing leadership in six key, strategic areas. Finally, he discusses the grand challenges ahead of us, and challenges the audience to provide leadership in these areas.

SEDC 2012 Update

SEDC Update

We currently are asking registrants to the SEDC conference to vote on their favorite tutorial. We have seven (7) proposals for three (3) slots, so instead of having a panel decide, we thought we would allow the attendeees to provide their input. Remember, the tutorials are part of the low price for this conference. So please, register before March 28th so you can help us select the tutorial you want to attend.

Also, don’t forget that the prices go up April 6th. So register today at www.SEDCcon.org. By the way, the papers are now posted on the website. Just go to the Papers tab on the home page or click on this link http://www.sedccon.org/paper_list. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Please feel free to contact the SEDC committee with any questions you may have at http://www.sedccon.org.

Steve Dam
SEDC Conference Chair