INCOSE WMA Newsletter May 2018

Hot off the press! INCOSE WMA Newsletter Volume 2018 Issue 2 is here!

IS 2018 Empowering Women Leadership Forum: Embracing Systems Engineering Leadership Diversity

On Saturday, July 7, 2018 @ 8AM – 4:45PM

Followed by Empowering Women Reception @ 5 – 6PM

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INCOSE WMA Newsletter February 2018

Hot off the press! INCOSE WMA Newsletter Volume 2018 Issue 1 is here!

Call for Presentations : Systems Engineering in Aerospace and Oil & Gas in 2018 for SE Conference in Houston Area

Systems Engineering – a Renewal of Exploration

Call for Presentations: Systems Engineering in Aerospace and Oil & Gas – 2018

The 2nd Annual Houston Area Systems Engineering conference focuses on opportunities for collaboration and communication in Systems Engineering in the Aerospace and Oil and Gas communities.  The conference program seeks to explore this area by addressing needs, capabilities, and best practices for SE in both environments.

We are currently accepting abstracts for presentations to support the technical sessions in the following topical areas, with the intent of comparing and contrasting Aero and O&G experiences:

  • Value of SE / Success Stories in SE – supporting the business case for systems engineering during existing and/or new development. Presentations that provide insight into the benefits of SE in enhancing project execution success.
  • Requirements development and management – lessons learned and best practices in the full range of requirements, from stakeholder initial involvement through detailed specification development and maintenance. Exploring ways to show alignment with Industry standards and regulations.
  • System Architecting – addressing approaches and methods for synthesizing, assessing, revising, and trading architectures during a system development or revision. Optimization for Operational Efficiency and Retrofit Applications.
  • Test and Verification – presentations focused on the overarching process for ensuring the delivered system addresses ultimate user needs, and on the prototype, developmental, qualification, acceptance, or follow-on testing activities. Proving equivalence in function and performance with Industry standards and regulations.
  • System Integrity – Functional Safety Integrity, Design for Maintainability and Reliability, Leveraging Model Based Engineering, Enhancing Usability via Human Factors
  • Others, depending on abstract content and interest such as Systems Integration, Exploration technology, Systems Security, Digitalization, Analytics


The format is presentation only, no papers required. Presentations will be scheduled in 30 minute time slots with 25 minutes for presentations and 5 minutes for Q&A. No proceedings will be published, although TGCC would like to post presentations to our internal web environment, with the permission of the authors. All presentations must be publicly releasable.

Abstracts may be up to one page in length.


  • 1 Page abstracts due: February 28, 2018 (but if you need more time, please ask – we’re very nice)
  • Abstracts Selected: March 23, 2018
  • Cleared presentations due April 25, 2018
  • Conference date for presenting: May 3, 2018

Conference Location:

Transocean Facility in Greenway Plaza (4 Greenway Plz, Houston, TX 77046)

How to Submit an Abstract:

Interested presenters should submit their one page abstract to tgcc.incose@outlook.com.

For further information, please contact technical program chair, Tasha Penner at tasha.penner@bhge.com.

March Tutorial : Effective Communications and Analysis in the Age of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

On Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 8.30AM – Noon

Presented by

David Long,

Past President INCOSE, ESEP, Co-author “A Primer for Model-Based Systems Engineering”

GMU Fairfax Campus Nguyen Engineering Building (Room 2608) | $0



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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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