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)
Register for event here! (http://incosewmajan14meeting.eventbrite.com)

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

Register for SEDC 2014

Abount SEDC 2014

SEDC 2014 is a continuation of the largest U.S. based systems engineering conference in 2012 (SEDC 2012), SEDC 2014 is scheduled to be held on April 3rd – 5th, 2014. This year, SEDC will be comprised of two days of keynotes, papers, and panels held in Chantilly, VA and a third day of tutorials held in Fairfax, VA.

Speakers

Charles Bolden

Administrator, NASA

General Michael Hayden
Principal, The Chertoff
Group
Earl F Weener
41st Member, National Transportation Safety Board

Costs

Normal:

Cost: $299
Available from: January 1, 2014 – March 15, 2014

Late:

Cost: $399
Available from: March 16, 2014 – April 2, 2014

Day of:

Cost: $449
Available from: April 3, 2014 – April 5, 2014

Register at:

https://sedc2014.eventbrite.com

Website

http://www.sedcconference.org

INCOSE WMA 2013 Holiday Party

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

Where: Wildfire – McLean (in Tyson Galleria)
When: December 10th, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: $40 for INCOSE members, $80 for INCOSE member and 1 guest, $60 for non-member, and $28 for INCOSE student

Menu:
Appetizers: Mini Crab Cakes, Mini Hickory Burgers; Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms; Blue Cheese, Caramelized Onion & Walnut Tartlets; Chicken & Portobello Mushroom Skewers; Spinach & Artichoke Fondue
Salad: Caesar Salad or Greek Salad
Main Course: Roasted East Coast Rockfish or Filet Mignon
Side Dish: Redskin Mashed Potatoes or Balsamic Roasted Vegetables
Desserts: Triple Layer Chocolate Cake or Classic N.Y. Style Cheesecake with Mixed Berries
Beverages: Featuring House Brand Liquors, Select Imported and Domestic Draught & Bottled Beers, Wildfire Chardonnay, Wildfire Cabernet Sauvignon, Soda, Juices, Coffee & Tea

Purchase Tickets at: https://incosewma2013holidayparty.eventbrite.com

Register for November 19th Meeting

Registration is open for November 19th monthly meeting with Dr. Warren Vaneman & Richard Budka presenting “ Defining a System of Systems Engineering and Integration from a Life-cycle Perspective“. Dr. Vaneman is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Systems Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), and a Captain in the Navy Reserve. He has over 25 years in the Intelligene Communicty including being Chief Systems Architect of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Ground Enterprise Directorate. Richard Budka is a Partner and Vice President at Customer Inspired Solutions. Mr. Budka is currently supporting the Office of the Chief Engineer, Space and Naval Warefare Systems Command to develop and implement a Systems of Systems Engineering & Integration methodology to support its role as the Navy IT Technical Authroity. Full presentation abstract and bio are bellow. The presentation will be given at McCormick and Schmick’s in Tysons Corner, VA with live satellite locations to: Chantilly, VA; Dumfries, VA; Fairfax, VA; and L’Enfant Plaza Washington, DC. Social hour starts at 6:00 pm at many locations with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. More information for each location can be found bellow.

(Main Location) McCormick and Schmick’s in Tysons Corner, VA – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with food and drinks. The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. $15 for INCOSE members, $25 for INCOSE non-members, and free for students. Register at: https://incosewmanov13meetingtysons.eventbrite.com/

Chantilly, VA (hosted by The SI Organization) – The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Free for INCOSE members & non-members. US citizens only. Register at: https://incosewmanov13meetingchantilly.eventbrite.com/

Dumfries, VA (hosted by SURVICE Engineering Company) – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with lite refreshments. The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Free for INCOSE members and non-members. US citizents only. Register at: https://incosewmanov13meetingdumfries.eventbrite.com/

Fairfax, VA (hosted by George Mason University) – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with lite refreshments. The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Free for INCOSE members and non-members. Register at: https://incosewmanov13meetingfairfax.eventbrite.com/

L’Enfant Plaza Washington, DC (hosted by Noblis) – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm at the After Hours Bar (in the building). The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Free for INCOSE members and non-members. US citizens only. Register at: https://incosewmanov13meetinglenfant.eventbrite.com/

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Space Systems Verification and Validation Tutorial

Location:

GMU – Innovation Hall Rm 132

Information:

On November 2nd Dr. Jerry Sellers and Mr. John Clark from TSTI Inc. will be giving the tutorial “Space Systems Verification and Validation“. The goal of this Space Systems Engineering Tutorial is to achieve an ability to analyze, synthesize and critically evaluate “Verification and Validation” plans and their real-world implementations through interactive lectures and unique hands-on exercises using a desk-top satellite system.

Date: November 2nd
Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Includes pastries and lunch)
Location: George Mason University in Fairfax, VA
Cost: $130 for INCOSE members & $180 for non-members (includes parking)
Register: https://incosewmanov13tutorial.eventbrite.com/

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Innovative Solutions Consortium Annual Charity Reception and Concert

This reception and concert will honor, support and raise funds for two noteworthy organizations:
– The Semper Fi Fund
– The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins

Come and enjoy an evening of fun as we recognize and show thanks to our troops for their service and dedication.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Where: State Theater – 220 North Washington St – Falls Church, VA
Time: Reception – 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm – By invitation only (Sponsors, VIPs, and Invited Guests)
          Concert – 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Purchase Concert Tickets at this link directly from the State Theater.

The Program

Master of CeremoniesSuzanne Malveaux – Emmy award winning News Anchor for CNN and ALS Activist
Feature performerTerry McDermott and the Bonfires – Terry McDermott was a star in the UK before he all but won The Voice and now he is a star in the US. Terry’s mum died of ALS several years ago
NFL Star for the New Orleans SaintsSteve Gleason — suffering from ALS, Steve will have a special video tribute fo our troops … HIS heroes

Special Guests

Wounded warriors from Quantico and Walter Reed (and their significant others) will be our special gues to share an evening of fun and relaxation

Why these Charities

Our troops and their families have given so much … now it is our time to say thanks. The Semper Fi Fund directs urgently needed resources to service members within 24-72 hours of a request. The Packard Center is leading the cure for ALS, directly helping service members who are twice as likely to develop ALS.

Register for John Zachman’s October Presentation

Registration is open for October’s monthly meeting with John A. Zachman presenting Enterprise Physics 101.  Mr. Zachman is the originator of the Framework for Enterprise Architecture (The Zachman Framework).  He was also an early contributor to IBM’s Information Strategy Methodology (Business Systems Planning) as well as to their Executive team planning technique (Intensive Planning).  Full abstract and bio are attached.  The presentation will be given at Noblis in L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, DC., with live broadcasts to Chantilly, VA; Dumfreis, VA; Fairfax, VA; and Reston, VA.  Social hour starts at 6:00 pm at many locations with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. More information for each location can be found bellow.

(Main Location) 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.  Register at: https://incosewmaoct13lefant.eventbrite.com/

Chantilly, VA (hosted by The SI Organization) – The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  Free for INCOSE members and non-members.  US. citizens only.  Register at: https://incosewmaoct13chantilly.eventbrite.com/

Dumfries, VA (hosted by SURVICE Engineering Company) – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with lite refreshments.  The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  Free for INCOSE members and non-members.  US citizens only.  Register at: https://incosewmaoct13dumfries.eventbrite.com/

Fairfax, VA (hosted by George Mason University) – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with lite refreshments.  The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  Free for INCOSE members and non-members.  Register at: https://incosewmaoct13fairfax.eventbrite.com/

Reston, VA (hosted by Off Peak Training) – The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  Free for INCOSE members and non-members.  Register at: https://incosewmaoct13reston.eventbrite.com/

Abstract:
Not too many people argue anymore about the reality of the “Information Age,” however neither have many Enterprises prepared to address the orders of magnitude increases in complexity and orders of magnitude increases in the rate of change that are incumbent in this new, information age. Neither working harder and faster nor some innovative technological magic is going to be adequate to accommodate these dramatic increases. Only Enterprise Architecture, a radical departure from typical Information Technology approaches will suffice. This is a presentation on the physics of Enterprise Architecture, the stark reality of the actual engineering work that will have to take place if the Enterprise is to be successful in view of these new realities. The approach focuses attention on the dire need to invert the information community’s priorities from building and running systems to engineering a flexible, aligned, integrated, dynamic Enterprise that can accommodate extreme complexity and extremely high rates of Information Age change.

Bio:

John A. Zachman is the originator of the Framework for Enterprise Architecture (The Zachman Framework™) which has received broad acceptance around the world as an integrative framework, an ontology for descriptive representations for Enterprises. Mr. Zachman is not only known for this work on Enterprise Architecture, but is also known for his early contributions to IBM’s Information Strategy methodology (Business Systems Planning) as well as to their Executive team planning techniques (Intensive Planning).

Mr. Zachman retired from IBM in 1990, having served them for 26 years. He is Chief Executive Officer of his own education and consulting business, Zachman International®. Mr. Zachman serves on the Executive Council for Information Management and Technology (ECIMT) of the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) and on the Advisory Board of the Data Administration Management Association International (DAMA-I) from whom he was awarded the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded the 2009 Enterprise Architecture Professional Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Advancement of the Enterprise Architecture Profession as well as the 2004 Oakland University, Applied Technology in Business (ATIB), Award for IS Excellence and Innovation.

Mr. Zachman has been focusing on Enterprise Architecture since 1970 and has written extensively on the subject. He has facilitated innumerable executive team planning sessions. He travels nationally and internationally, teaching and consulting, and is a popular conference speaker, known for his motivating messages on Enterprise Architecture issues. He has spoken to many thousands of enterprise managers and information professionals on every continent.

In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Zachman serves on the Elder Council of the Church on the Way (First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California), the Board of Directors of Living Way Ministries, a radio and television ministry of the Church on the Way, the President’s Cabinet of The King’s University, the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir, the Board of Directors of Heavenworks, an international ministry to the French-speaking world and on the Board of Directors of Native Hope International, a Los Angeles-based ministry to the Native American people.

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Zachman served as a line officer in the United States Navy and is a retired Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He chaired a panel on “Planning, Development and Maintenance Tools and Methods Integration” for the U. S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. He holds a degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University, has taught at Tufts University, has served on the Board of Councilors for the School of Library and Information Management at the University of Southern California, as a Special Advisor to the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University, on the Advisory Council to the School of Library and Information Management at Dominican University and on the Advisory Board for the Data Resource Management Program at the University of Washington. He has been a Fellow for the College of Business Administration of the University of North Texas and currently is listed in Cambridge Who’s Who.

Video & Slides of Joe Smith’s Presentation

Video and slides of Joe Smith’s presentation “NASA’s Increasing Complexity and Decreasing Fiscal Resources” are now posted online.

Video: http://youtu.be/3WYRF5oJvO0
Slides: INCOSE WMA Sep ’13 – Smith NASA