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INCOSE WMA Newsletter December 2017

Hot off the press! INCOSE WMA Newsletter Volume 2017, Issue 6 is here!

Congratulations to the new WMA Board of Directors members

Thank you to all the chapter members for nominating and voting for the new WMA Board of Directors members. I hope all will give them the support and help they need to keep WMA the largest and arguably one of the best chapters in INCOSE.

The new members of the WMA Board of Directors are:

  1. Vice-President/President-Elect – Ms. Shakila Khan
  2. Secretary – Dr. Kathryn Laskey
  3. Director at Large – Dr. Muhammad Islam
  4. Membership Chair – Dr. Houng Soo
  5. Ambassador Chair – Mr. David Beck

They will be joining Subash, Ruchira, Brian, Bell, DeAnthony, Marshai, Alicia, and myself for the forthcoming year. Congratulations again, and welcome!!

Bill Scheible

President, WMA chapter of INCOSE

2018 Election – Cast your vote today!

Voting begins NOW to December 20th, 2017.



The following is an expanded description of the responsibilities and efforts for each position. In addition to the respective position responsibilities board members are expected to attend monthly chapter meetings and quarterly board meetings.

    1. Vice President:  The Vice President/President-Elect shall assist the President and shall assume the duties of the President when the President is unable to perform these duties. The Vice President/President-Elect shall succeed to the position of the President upon completion of his/her term of office or if the President resigns.
      • Maintain, update, and interpret this Chapter Operating Plan
      • Identify, assign/action Chapter leadership (and committee staff/volunteers) and solicit input from Chapter Members with responsibility for specific INCOSE Circle Awards items. Track progress towards achievement of required “proof”, and working with Chapter Secretary capture items in appropriate Chapter repository for later collation and compilation into Circle Awards submission
      • Oversee the implementation of the INCOSE-WMA Chapter Awards Program
      • Work with the Membership Committee Chairman on membership drives and WMA member service
      • Assist the WMA President with all activities as needed
      • Creation of related SOPs
      • Contribute content to the newsletter
    2. Secretary:  The Secretary shall prepare minutes and action from all meetings of the CHAPTER Board and maintain all permanent records. The Secretary shall prepare formal communications between the Board and INCOSE and any other formal communication as required. The Secretary is also responsible for the permanent record storage and maintaining of WMA records, including executive actions and non-meeting motions.
      • Direct the maintenance and correctness of the Chapter records (on-line)
      • Record complete meeting minutes from all WMA chapter meetings,  edit and distribute for comment
      • Assist the President with any procedural questions
      • Provide updates to INCOSE headquarters as required
    3. Director:  The Board shall have two At-Large Director positions for the chapter. The full responsibilities for the position shall be determined by the current chapter  President in conjunction with the rest of the Board, based on the needs of the chapter, and shall remain as the Director’s duties during his  term of office. The Director positions shall be for two years, and shall be staggered terms.
      • Directors have voting rights within the WMA chapter.
      • Directors will be expected to all attend all Chapter meetings and events as warranted
      • Directors fill a unique and special role in the operation of the WMA chapter, and can be expected to be tasked with a variety of work and support to make the chapter successful.
    4. Tutorial Chair:  The Tutorials Committee Chairperson shall manage tutorials, including arranging speakers, facilities, materials, and any other aspects of a full tutorial schedule for the chapter. The Tutorials Committee Chairperson shall create and execute a plan for tutorials in conjunction with the Programs Committee Chairperson to ensure coordination of events.
      • The Tutorial Chair also coordinates and assists with the frequent free tutorials and testing opportunities,  many of which are done after hours and on weekends.
    5. Membership Chair:  The Membership Committee Chairperson shall manage active membership maintenance, including member recruiting and renewal, and research/advise the board of any trends that could result in positive or negative membership levels. The Membership Committee Chairperson shall create and execute a plan for performing the role. These activities will require coordination with the Communications Committee.
      • The Membership Chair will also be responsible to ensure that the INCOSE national records keeping is correct and reflects the true membership lists of the Chapter.
      • The Membership Chair will also represent WMA and assist the larger INCOSE organization with membership growth and expansion opportunities or programs.
    6. Ambassador Chair: The INCOSE Ambassador Chair serves as an important value-added conduit for dissemination of information about Chapter plans, activities, and events. Additionally, he or she will provide the Chapter with organizational feedback as well as insight into what their organizations would like the Chapter to promote or support. In partnership with the INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board (CAB), the Chapter Board of Directors (BoD) may engage the Ambassador Chair in soliciting help from their companies or organizations for use of facilities, sponsorship of events, or other purposes. In turn, organizational participation in the Program may spawn an interest in becoming a CAB member. The Ambassador Chair will also solicit and coordinate other activities with additional Ambassadors within INCOSE WMA.

INCOSE WMA Newsletter Halloween 2017 Special Edition

Hot off the press! INCOSE WMA Newsletter Volume 2017, Issue 5 (Halloween 2017 Special Edition) is here!

Featuring :

  • The Great Wave of Reform – The Prophetic Fallacy of Fukushima Daiichi Meltdown
  • Lessons from Macondo – The Senior Management Walkaround
  • Smoke and Mirrors – What Went Wrong at L’Enfant Plaza
  • The MIT Physicists Who Infused Ghostbusters with Real Science
  • And more!

2018 Election : Call for Nominations!

Dear WMA members:

This is a formal call for nomination for the INCOSE WMA chapter board of director elections. This year,

  • Nominations will open on 1st of November, and
  • Voting (electronic) will begin on November 29th to conclude on December 6th, 2017.

Details on the voting will be sent out soon.

This is an opportunity to get involved in the operation and running of the largest US chapter of INCOSE, and to work with the many fine people in world-wide INCOSE community supporting the Systems Engineering Profession.  Many of the board positions are two year terms.  For 2018, the following WMA board positions will be open for nomination and voting:

  1. Vice-President / President elect (1 year, then automatically becomes President, then Past President).
  2. Secretary (2 year)
  3. Director (2 year)
  4. Tutorials Chair (2 year)
  5. Membership Chair (2 year)
  6. Ambassador Chair

Brief descriptions of the responsibilities and efforts for each position are provided at the end. In addition to the respective position responsibilities, board members are expected to attend monthly chapter meetings and quarterly board meetings.

Any current WMA member can be nominated for any position, and you can self-nominate. If interested, please submit a brief bio/statement of desire AND a headshot / picture

Please reach out to us with any questions or comments at President@incosewma.org  or   presidentelect@incosewma.org

Subash Kafle, PhD

Vice President, INCOSE WMA

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Participate in INCOSE Handbook Review!

WMA Members: The Los Angeles Chapter of INCOSE is beginning a several month long (until April 2018) review of the INCOSE handbook. As you know, this is a basis for the SEP exams, so if you want acquire the training and knowledge for the SEP exam, here’s an opportunity. HERE has all the details. The sessions can be access remotely and the good news is that they start at 8:00 (2000 hrs) EDT, and go for 90 mins, which hopefully will be easier than office hour seminars.

/s Your WMA Board
Shakila Kahn (Tutorials Chair)
Rachira Puri (Program Chair)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Meeting — Register Now!!

Advancing the State of System Engineering Practice: Correcting Multi-Discipline SE Contributions to Project Performance Issues

By Charles Wasson

Call for reviewers supporting the IS 2018 review process


Dear INCOSE Colleagues,


Please pardon the previous message.  Unfortunately, all items were actually not in place to support the desire to minimize the work for the reviewers. Please fill out the form available in the link below.  If accepted then you will also have to enter the info into EasyChair.  We will try to improve this next year.


The INCOSE Annual International Symposium provides a unique forum for systems engineers to interact, share and learn of the latest developments in systems engineering science, theory and practice.  The technical program is one of the most important aspects of the symposium, and we rely on the quality of the submission reviews to ensure a solid program. Preparation for the INCOSE IS 2018 in Washington DC, USA is already in progress. At this stage we are in need of additional reviewers.


The IS2018 Technical Review Committee (TRC) cordially seeks your support with the IS 2018 review process as a reviewer. The reviewing time frame is from Early December 2017 to Early January 2018. If you are able to volunteer please submit your information by October 27, 2017. Fill out the form found at this link and email it to info@incose.org.


Your personal information will not be made available to any third parties nor will it be used for any purpose other than maintaining a database of INCOSE Reviewers. If you decide to become a reviewer, you will receive an email from INCOSE prior to each year’s symposium allowing you to confirm whether you will again be willing to support the next symposium with your volunteer time as reviewer. You can request the removal of your personal information at any time.


We will use the information you provide to optimally allocate submissions for review that best fit your skills and experience. We endeavor to not burden you with more than three submissions to review (although reviewers who volunteer to take on a heavier burden are always welcomed!)


Please note that if you have been a reviewer for IS 2016 and/or IS 2017 you are requested to provide us with your data again as there have been major changes and additions to the  SE topics and SE Application Domains which we trust will contribute to better coverage of the systems engineering discipline for both authors and reviewers.


You will be notified of your reviewer status in late November / early December 2017.  If selected as a reviewer this year you will also receive allocated submissions for review at the same time. We will also include any additional information you may need to perform your reviews.


Thank you in anticipation of your kind support.


Best regards,

Mike Celentano, ESEP

INCOSE Technical Director

Latest SEP Gala Awardees

Please join the Chesapeake and WMA Chapters in congratulating the most recent ASEP, CSEP and ESEP Awardees.


Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP)

INCOSE ESEP LogoMr. Peter Butziger
Ms. Robin Hershey
Mr. James Hubbell
Mr. David Long
Ms. Laurie Nasta
Ms. Vantresa Scott


Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP)



Mr. Tony Gigioli
Ms. Linnea Wright




Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP)


Dr. Grace Crowder,  PhD
Mr. Joseph Dougherty
Mr. Mark Kaczmarek
Ms. Tammy Kolarik
Mr. Anthony Millan Figueroa