May 16th Dinner Meeting – Venue Moved

The May 16 Dinner Meeting venue has been moved to Brio Tuscan Grille in McLean, Va. (instead of Marco Polo). This event will start at 6pm.

May 16th Dinner Meeting

INCOSE – WMA CHAPTER MEETING: 16 MAY 2011 @ Marco Polo Restaurant, Vienna, VA

WHAT CSEP CERTIFICATION REALLY MEANS:HOW CREDENTIALED SYSTEMS ENGINEERS ARE SEEN

A true credentialed systems engineer is someone who has done more than simply pass a test. It is someone who is seen by others as an experienced individual who finds a way to get the job done—no matter what obstacles and complications may arise. This is the expectation that comes with certification. And it is not one that can be taken lightly.

Systems Engineers don’t start from the position that the problem is someone else’s responsibility. They know how to break down barriers. They don’t give up. They get the job done.  That is the standard the credentialed systems engineer is held to, by INCOSE, by the program manager, by everyone.

John Thomas will share the current benefits and expectations of Credentialed Systems Engineers and their ability to:

  • Break down barriers because they have a sense of empowerment—and the good judgment to know exactly how far they can push
  • Get the job done because they focus on outcome, not process
  • Be collaborative, not competitive
  • Solve problems because they understand the nuances and complex interrelationships inherent in any situation
  • Demonstrate their problem solving capabilities because their skills and knowledge are both deep and broad

Presenter: John A. Thomas, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

John A. Thomas, a Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President and its Chief Systems Engineer, leads the firm’s systems engineering effort. Mr. Thomas assists those organizations whose missions are aligned with defense, homeland security, and intelligence. Within the intelligence field, he is recognized for his expertise in Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT). His key areas of experience include:

*Systems engineering and integration

*System analysis

*Solutions delivery

*Conflict management and resolution associated with singular complex problems

He leverages this experience to lead initiatives that aggregate firmwide expertise in business process analysis, organizational transformation, cost estimation, and program planning to support delivery of large-scale systems engineering and integration services. Since joining Booz Allen in 1991, Mr. Thomas has supported both the commercial and public sectors.

He holds an M.S. degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a B.S. from Michigan State University, both in electrical engineering. He graduated cum laude from both institutions.His career spans more than 30 years and includes active duty service with the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the Air Force Reserves as a major. Mr. Thomas is a prolific writer and speaker on new techniques for the integration of systems engineering with business analysis and program support services. He is president-elect of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Program Management Institute (PMI), and Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

Register at: http://www.incosewma.org/events/?event_id=14&regevent_action=register

April Newsletter

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Tutorial on Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

Date/Time: Saturday, May 7th 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

Location: Brio Tuscan Grille, 7854L Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA 22102

Cost: $65 per attendee.  Lunch is included.

Tutorial Abstract

Though models and modeling techniques have always played a key role in systems engineering, model-based has now become the hot topic in systems engineering. Organizations are investing heavily in developing new representations, standards, methodologies, and technologies to transform the practice of systems engineering through model-driven paradigms. As we look at the landscape today and the roadmap tomorrow, projects and practitioners are striving to make sense of this movement – What does MBSE mean? What would it take to realign our practices? What return on investment will it deliver, now and in the future?  Assessing the state of systems engineering, the needs of our customers, technology and environmental trends, we will look at what model-based systems engineering is and is not. Most importantly, we will identify opportunities, enablers, obstacles, and threats that will help determine if model-based systems engineering will ultimately transform systems engineering or simply be the next failed silver bullet.

The tutorial will cover the following topics:

MBSE Domains: Requirements, behavior, architecture, and verification and validation

MBSE Systems:  In order to be understood the systems must be managed in three settings: the system being designed to solve the problem at hand, the system in which the problem arose and the solution will operate, and the system being used to solve the problem.

MBSE Approaches: Analytically as a set of functioning parts and synthetically as a whole whose capabilities exceed the mere sum of the capabilities of those parts.

MBSE Key Concept: In order to understand the system we must not only understand the pieces and parts of the systems affected but we must understand the relationships and interactions among them.

This tutorial will be presented by Vitech Corporation’s Vice President of Professional Services, Zane Scott, will cover the topic of Model Based Systems Engineering from a business process perspective. Zane will approach MBSE as a powerful problem solving tool capable of tackling not only technical designs but process improvement and change management problems.  Using the “four, three, two, one” framework we will explore the basic MBSE concepts as applied to practical problem solving.

Presenter

Mr. Zane Scott is the Vice President of Professional Services for Vitech Corporation where he leads the consulting services. He received a BA in Economics from Virginia Tech in 1977 and a JD from the University of Tennessee in 1981. He also did graduate study in Counseling at Virginia Tech and in Business Management at the University of Tennessee. For more than six years immediately prior to joining Vitech he worked on DoD contracts analyzing and improving processes and applying best practice models (e.g.- CMMI, Lean Six Sigma) using MBSE and Vitech’s CORE® to provide the modeling support. Zane has taught in a variety of disciplines in college and professional classes. He practiced law for 18 years focusing on litigation in private and public positions which included governmental regulatory practice at the Federal, State and local levels. He speaks often on communication and conflict management.

Résumé Workshop and Mock Interview

The Résumé Workshop and Mock Interview event will take place today Tuesday, April 5, at 7:30 PM at the George Mason University Engineering Building (Room 2608). See directions below.

The event will take place as follows:

  • 7:30 – around 7:45 PM – Question and Answer Session: We will likely have this as an “ask the panel” setup where students can ask all of you general questions about résumés, interviews, how to land a job, what it’s like in the workforce, etc.
  • After around 7:45 PM, we will break into two groups — résumé and interview — where students can get more one-on-one or small group advice. Some students will likely be intimidated to ask questions to the entire panel, so this will allow those students an additional opportunity to ask questions as well as ask more specific questions about his/her résumé, etc.

Food and drinks will be provided for the event, so please come with an appetite.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at (571) 643-4787 or by email at mike.dupuy@gmail.com.

Directions

Address:

4400 University Dr.

Fairfax, VA 22030

Directions to get to the university are located here: http://www.gmu.edu/resources/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html#495 The location for the presentation will be in the Nguyen Engineering Building in RM 2608 (Second Floor). Upon arriving on campus, follow Patriot Circle to the right until you reach Sandy Creek Way. Make a left at the stop sign onto Sandy Creek Way, and pull into the parking garage.  This is the better alternative for parking on campus, as if you park in a lot, you will be ticketed. The parking deck accepts credit cards. From the parking garage, walk along the path beside the Shuttle Stop so that you are facing Research I Building and Enterprise Hall.  If you turn left past the Shuttle Stop and start walking down the hill, the engineering building will be located to the right on the other side of the street.

April 12th: Dinner Meeting

Register Now: http://www.incosewma.org/events/?event_id=13&regevent_action=register
Date/Time: April 12 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Brio Tuscan Grille in McLean, VA

Title: Models as a Foundation for Systems Engineering – Should We Expect a Breakthrough?
Presenter: David Long

Abstract:

Though models and modeling techniques have always played a key role in systems engineering, model-based has now become the hot topic in systems engineering. Organizations are investing heavilyin developing new representations, standards, methodologies, and technologies to transform the practice of systems engineering through model-driven paradigms. As we look at the landscape todayand the roadmap tomorrow, projects and practitioners are striving to make sense of this movement – “What does MBSE mean? What would it take to realign our practices? What return on investment will it deliver, now and in the future?”. Assessing the state of systems engineering, the needs of our customers, technology and environmental trends, we will look at what model-based systems engineering is and is not. Most importantly, we will identify opportunities, enablers, obstacles, and threats that will help determine if model-based systems engineering will ultimately transform systems engineering or simply be the next failed silver bullet.

(This presentation is an adaptation and extension of the work originally delivered as the closing plenary for the 3rd International Conference on Model-Based Systems Engineering held in September 2010.)

Presenter Bio:

David Long founded Vitech Corporation in 1992; developed and commercialized CORE, a leading model-based systems engineering software tool used across the globe; and continues to lead the Vitech teamin developing and applying innovative engineering and business process systems to solve the problems of today and tomorrow.

For over twenty years, David has been focused on enabling, applying, and advancing model-based systems engineering to help transform the state of the systems engineering practice. He has played a key technical and management role in refining and extending an underlying language and integrated model for MBSE as well as integrating traditional and SysML representations with the integrated model to expand the analysis and communication toolkit available to systems practitioners.

David’s advanced systems engineering experience is vast, having impacted domestic and international commercial, education, government and military industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics, as well as a master’s degree in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Upcoming Events

April 12 (Tuesday) – David Long will be speaking on Model-Based Systems Engineering.
May 16 (Monday) – John Thomas (INCOSE President-Elect) has been confirmed as speaker.
Please note that the locations have not been confirmed for the events above.

June – Summer Networking Event
July – TBD
August – Laurie Nasta or Kevin Weinstein on Certification.
Please note that neither dates or locations have been confirmed for June, July, or August.

September 13 (Tuesday) – Steve Welby has been confirmed as speaker.
October 11 (Tuesday) – John Snoderly has been confirmed as speaker.
Please note that the locations have not been confirmed for the events above.

March 23 Tutorial

Register Now: http://www.incosewma.org/events/?event_id=12&regevent_action=register

Date/Time: March 23 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: MITRE facility in McLean/Tysons Corner

Abstract:

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a paradigm for organizing and utilizing distributed capabilities that may be under the control of different ownership domains. This briefing presents the engineering principles that define this paradigm, and address the impact on the development of modern information systems. Through lectures and exercises, students will gain an understanding of the SOA paradigm, experience in applying this paradigm to the creation of a fictitious enterprise information system of systems, and gain an appreciation of current open issues within this domain.

Biography:

Dr. Laskey is a Lead Engineer in the Information Discovery and Understanding (IDU) department, at the MITRE Corporation. He is currently supporting several Department of Defense and Intelligence Community projects investigating the applicability and use of service oriented architecture and the opportunities to employ advanced semantics to enable SOA capabilities in discovery and service interaction. Dr. Laskey is one of the editors of the OASIS SOA Reference Model and is an elected member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Advisory Board.

Chris Bashioum is a Lead Multi-Discipline System Engineer in the Recon Mission & Technology department, at the MITRE Corporation where he works extensively on projects related to Service Oriented Architectures. His 15 years experience in IT spans the government and commercial sectors, and focused on software development and product management. Prior to joining MITRE, he was a software development manager at a company providing managed services related to import and export compliance. Since re-joining MITRE in 2004, he has participated in projects doing case studies, enterprise architectures, policy guidance, standards development, organizational guidance, technical guidance, evangelization and training related to SOA.

Mr. Bashioum holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics from George Mason University and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, and is currently a member of the OASIS SOA Reference Model Technical Committee.

March 9: Dinner Meeting

Abstract:

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a paradigm for organizing and utilizing distributed capabilities that may be under the control of different ownership domains. This briefing tutorial presents the engineering principles that define this paradigm, and address the impact on the development of modern information systems. Through lectures and exercises discussion, students will gain an understanding of the SOA paradigm, experience in applying this paradigm to the creation of a fictitious enterprise information system of systems, and gain an appreciation of current open issues within this domain.

Biography:

Dr. Laskey is a Lead Engineer in the Information Discovery and Understanding (IDU) department, at the MITRE Corporation. He is currently supporting several Department of Defense and Intelligence Community projects investigating the applicability and use of service oriented architecture and the opportunities to employ advanced semantics to enable SOA capabilities in discovery and service interaction. Dr. Laskey is chair of the OASIS Reference Model Technical Committee, one of the editors of the OASIS SOA Reference Model and the follow-on SOA Reference Architecture Foundations, and has served as an elected member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Advisory Board.

Please note that this event has been changed from March 8th (Tuesday) to March 9th (Wednesday)–and that the location is Marco Polo in Vienna, VA.

New Menu:

  • Grilled Rib Eye Steak;
  • Eggplant Parmagiana w/Pasta;
  • Breast of Chicken Scaloppini w/Artichoke Hearts and Lemon Wine Sauce.

There will also be a cash bar.

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