CANCELED: July 26th Tutorial

Unfortunately, INCOSE WMA has had to cancel the tutorial scheduled for July 26th, “Systems Processes Theory & Systems Pathology”.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.

July 26th Tutorial: Systems Processes Theory & Systems Pathology

Title: Systems Processes Theory & Systems Pathology
Presenter: Dr. Len Troncale, Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences, Director, Institute for Advanced Systems Studies, California State Polytechnic University
Location: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Room: TBD
Date: 07/26/2014
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Lunch Provided)
Cost: $120 for INCOSE Members & $150 for INCOSE – Non-Members

By studying natural systems, we can detect about a hundred fundamental and isomorphic “systems processes,” “patterns,” and “mediators” that have remained constant across the diversity of entities, size scales, time scales, and mechanisms. We can harvest useful information on “motifs,” “circuits,” “sub-graphs,” and “modules” that are repeatedly used by successful natural systems.

The resulting “systems processes theory” (SPT) could provide (1) a more reliable definition of systems complexity, (2) expand our understanding of how complex systems work, (3) lead to evolution of new tools that would be of practical utility to INCOSE for its role in dealing with crisis societal problems, (4) suggest a unified ontology/taxonomy of systems, (5) provide a foundation for a “science” of systems, (6) enable a very much needed integration/synthesis of the many current competing systems approaches, and (7) even lead to a new conception of the types of systems we should be engineering.

Come find out about these systems processes and pathologies, and see how they can be applied in your SE practice. More details can be found in the full tutorial description.

Full Description & Bio available at:


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June 18th Summer Solstice Party

Come join INCOSE WMA for their annual Summer Solstice Party.  This is a great opportunity to socialize with other systems engineers and enjoy fine food.

Where: Wildfire – McLean (in Tyson Galleria)
When: June 18th, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $30 for INCOSE members, $60 for INCOSE member and 1 guest, $45 for non-member, and $20 for INCOSE student

Appetizers: Chicken & Portobello Mushroom Skewers; Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Pizza
Salads: Greek Salad; Caesar Salad
Main Courses: Cedar Planked Salmon; Filet Mignon
Side Dishes: Redskin Mashed Potatoes; Balsamic Roasted Vegetables
Desserts: Triple Layer Chocolate Cake; Classic N.Y. Style Cheesecake with Mixed Berries
Beverages: Pre-Selected Wine & Beer; Coffee, Tea and Soda

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Thank You: INCOSE WMA Volunteers at USASEF

Thank You!

Without you our volunteers engaging with the children that visited the INCOSE WMA booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, our participation at the Festival could not have been possible. INCOSE WMA presence at the Festival was a huge success because of you!

Your enthusiasm for systems engineering no doubt inspired the students, parents and teachers that visited our booth! You can view a picture of the event and some of our volunteers at the INCOSE Facebook page.

The WMA Board of Directors and I would like to personally thank:
Melissa Emery
Patrick Emery
Liana Algarin
Chris LoGrasso
Surina Kennedy
Gloria Pumpuni-Lenss
Kanan Shah
DeAnthony Heart
Kris Hejna
Rose Tyksinski
Dr. Marc Calix
Judelande Calix
Kevin Thai
Al Seamon
Danica Tan
Ramah Muralidharan
Cynthia Walker
Thomas Britten
Dr. Tim Eveleigh
Bill Mulokey
Mitra Galt
Bob Green
Clyneice Chaney
Mary Burleigh
Marcus Edwards
Daniel Hettema

Thank you for making our debut exhibit a success!


Gina Guillaume-Joseph
INCOSE WMA, President Elect



May Presentation: Program Risk IDs effect on Risk Management

This months presentation will be Laurie Wiggins presenting “Program Risk IDs effect on Risk Management” on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014.  Full abstract and bio can be found bellow.  The presentation will be given at McCormick & Schmick’s in Tysons Corner and live broadcasted to Chantilly, VA; and Washington, DC.  Social hour starts at 6:00 pm at many locations, with presentation starting at 7:00 pm.  More information for each location can be found bellow.


(Main Location) Tysons Corner, VA (at McCormick & Schmick’s) – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with lite refreshments.   The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  $15 for INCOSE members and $20 for INCOSE non-members.  Register at:

Chantilly, VA (hosted by The SI Organization) – The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  Free for INCOSE members and non-members.  U.S. citizens only.  Register at:

L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, DC (hosted by Noblis) – Social hour starts at 5:30 pm at the After Hours Bar (in the building).  The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  Free for INCOSE members and non-members.  U.S. citizens only.  Register at:



After observing many space companies fail through the years, it became clear that systems engineering processes were not being appropriately utilized, including Risk Management (RM). The vision of Sysenex Inc. is to help company personnel help themselves, in the space and aerospace realms, to successfully bring products to market and be profitable. Based on an analysis of hundreds of programs, their risks and their failures, Sysenex has developed a software tool that takes risk identification, the first step in the RM process, and makes it a standardized, repeatable process that program personnel can apply to their programs. This disruptive capability, known as Program Risk ID, transforms an error prone, non-repeatable, non-standardized process into a straightforward exercise that can be used not only to discover risks on one program, but to compare risk profiles across programs.


Laurie Wiggins has over 25 years of experience in systems engineering and business development. Her strategic systems perspective drives her unique problem identification and solution skills, and enhances her ability to bring seemingly disparate elements together to create innovative solutions. In addition to her technical skills, she has a solid business perspective focused on customer satisfaction.

During her 19 years with The Boeing Company, Laurie held leadership roles on several successful development efforts. Her broad experience includes Space Station Freedom, the Sea Launch vehicle and satellite accommodations, space experiments, US air traffic control systems and software systems development. Laurie has helped many clients obtain new business via business and project planning and proposal writing.

Laurie has established two other companies in addition to Sysenex Inc.

ToSpace Inc. — a space payload services firm
New Leaf Global Inc., an environmental company.Her work with New Leaf Global includes strategic environmental consulting for World Vision International and the National Geographic.


Laurie is a consultant to firms in the aerospace, IT, and environmental industries, resulting in a broad experience base. She has a B.S. in Geophysics from Virginia Tech, and has completed subsequent coursework in systems engineering, management, and business.

USA Science and Engineering Festival

INCOSE WMA would like to take this opportunity to invite our chapter members to come out to the USA Science and Engineering Festival and share your love of STEM with K-12 grade students from the Washington Metro Area.  This is a great opportunity to volunteer and make an impact in the lives of area youth.

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March 20th: Joint Meeting With AACE

This months meeting with be a joint meeting with The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International – National Capital Section (NCS).  AACE is the “technical authority in cost and schedule management for programs, projects, products, assets, and services”.  The meeting’s presentation will be “Incorporating Costs in a Technical Operating Model Addressing the Safe Cleanup of Legacy Nuclear Waste” by Mr. Greg Love, Dr. Sam Steckly, and Dan Melamed.  Full abstract and bios can be found at: under Meetings.


Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time: Networking: 5:30 p.m.; Presentation & Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.
Allsteel Showroom
1725 Eye Street NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20006            (Farragut West and North Metro Station)
Cost: $25 per Person
Register at: Click Meetings then on the right is the registration fields


February Presentation: Model-Based Reviews

This months presentation will be Dr. Steven Dam & Dr. Jerry Sellers presenting “Model-Based Reviews” on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014.  Dr. Dam has over 35 years of systems engineering experience being involved with structured analysis, software development, and architecture development.  He is the President and Founder of SPEC Innovations and is the current Programs Chair and a Past President of INCOSE WMA.  Dr Sellers is the author of “Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics” and has over 25 years of space systems experience.  He was the director of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Space Systems Research Center and is currently an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.  Full Abstract and bio can be found bellow.  The presentation will be given at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA with a live broadcast to Chantilly, VA; Dumfries, VA; and Washington, DC.  Social hour starts at 6:00 pm at many locations with presentation starting at 7:00 pm.  More information for each location can be found bellow.

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January 2014 Meeting

Get to Know Your Board of Directors

Date: January 22, 2014
Location: George Mason University (GMU) – Engineering Building Rm 4801
4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Start Time: 6:00 PM

Cost: Free ($3 per hour to park)
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On January 22nd, 2014 the INCOSE-WMA Chapter will hold a “Get to Know Your WMA Board Of Directors” dinner meeting. The new board will be inducted at this meeting and provide a short talk on what they want to do during their terms of service for the chapter. The agenda will provide time for many questions and suggestions, so come prepared to “grill” the BOD! We want your participation. You will want to hear about the plans for the next year – possible speakers and events. Help your BOD to provide more for your membership dollars. The program will start at 7:00 PM and go as long as you have questions.

New board members include:
Gina Guillame-Joseph – Vice PresidentPresident-elect
Tim Everleigh – Director at Large
Kathryn Laskey – Secretary
Janet Gelderman – Tutorials Chair
Vikram Chauhan – Membership Chair

INCOSE WMA 2014 Board Members

As Past-President, it is my pleasure and honor to congratulate the new INCOSE-WMA Board members you –the membership– have elected to serve you for 2014.  They are:

Gina Guillame-Joseph – Vice PresidentPresident-elect
Tim Everleigh – Director at Large
Kathryn Laskey – Secretary
Janet Gelderman – Tutorials Chair
Vikram Chauhan – Membership Chair

They will be joining the remaining INCOSE-WMA BOD who are:

Kevin Weinstein – President
Kristine Hejna – Past-President
Steven Dam – Programs Chair
Kimberly Page – Treasurer
Tolis Vranis – Director at Large
Daniel Hettema – Communications Chair

Please watch site for details and to register for the January meeting where the new officers will be sworn in to their positions.  They will each have a few minutes to introduce themselves to you and talk about what they hope to bring to the chapter through their involvement.

Of all the board members, only I will be retiring from the board this year.  It has been a great run, and I have enjoyed serving you as a member of the Board for the past 5 years, first as Director-at-Large for 2 years, then as Vice-President, President, and Past-President.  I will remain involved, and hope to continue to see you at future chapter meetings!

-Laurie Nasta