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Joint Meeting with SAE - Big Data Analytics for Mobile Products

Many organizations today are designing mobile products—such as vehicles and devices—with big data analytics capabilities in order to provide new information-based customer value. The clear and growing trend is to create smart mobile products connected to the Internet of Things.

Dr. Charles A. Liedtke will be presenting at our Tuesday, March 10 meeting on (1) recent research findings on big data analytics and (2) some of the associated techniques and tools for mobile products. Charles will also lead a discussion on some of the organizational challenges and risks associated with big data analytics as applied to mobile products.

Charles is a management consultant at Strategic Improvement Systems, LLC with 30+ years of experience. His consulting practice is focused on integrating Strategy, Quality, Analytics, Improvement, and Innovation activities in organizations.







SAE/INCOSE Agenda, Tuesday, March 10th, 2020.

6:00-8:00pm Meeting, More details coming



Dr. Charles A. Liedtke , Strategic Improvement Systems, LLC

Dr. Charles A. Liedtke is the President of Strategic Improvement Systems, LLC, a management consultancy that assists senior executives in improving organizational performance from a strategic perspective. Charles specializes in integrating Strategy, Quality, Analytics, Improvement, and Innovation. He has worked with organizations worldwide including Fortune 500 companies, privately held companies, non-profits, health care organizations, and government entities. Charles earned a Ph.D. in Business, an MBA, and a Ph.D. minor in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; an M.S. degree in Statistics from Iowa State University; and a B.S. degree in Economics from South Dakota State University. His most recent research publications were Quality, Analytics, and Big Data (2016); Big Data in Hoshin Kanri (2017); and Information-Based Customer Value Creation (2018); and Advances in Strategic Planning (2019). Charles is a Senior Member of ASQ.


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Three Day CSEP/ASEP Preparation Course in Minnesota 

This course is designed to help you earn the coveted INCOSE CSEP and ASEP certifications. Learn from David D. Walden, ESEP, Lead Editor of the INCOSE SE Handbook and former INCOSE Certification PM. Participants receive a copy of the SE Handbook, student handbook, and sample exam questions.


Course Outline

1. The INCOSE Certification Program. CSEP and ASEP Overview. Requirements for Certification. Application Process. Basis of the Examination. Renewal Requirements.

2. Systems Engineering Handbook Scope (Chapter 1). Systems Engineering Overview (Chapter 2). Systems Engineering Life-Cycle Stages (Chapter 3).

3. Systems Engineering Processes - Technical Processes (Chapter 4). Specialty Engineering (Chapter 10). Technical Management Processes (Chapter 5). Agreement Processes (Chapter 6). Organizational Project Enabling Processes (Chapter 7).

4. Tailoring and Application of Systems Engineering (Chapter 8). Cross-Cutting Systems Engineering Methods (Chapter 9). Handbook Appendices.

5. Your Path to becoming an INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional. Application Preparation. Exam Preparation/Self-Study. Scheduling the Exam. Taking the Exam. Being a Systems Engineering Professional. Maintaining Your Credentials.

6. Sample Examination. Course Wrap-up.


Instructor Information

David D. Walden, ESEP

An internationally recognized expert in the field of Systems Engineering

- Over 35 years of industry experience
- Taught over 135 courses to over 2200 students since 2006
- INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP)
- Senior Member of the IEEE
- Lead Editor of the INCOSE SE Handbook Fourth and Fifth Editions
- INCOSE Certification Program Manager 2007-2013
- Education
    - MS in MOT, University of Minnesota
    - MS in EE & CS, Washington University in St. Louis
    - BS in EE, Valparaiso University  


Pricing Details

The fee for this course is $2190 USD per person. The fee includes course materials (INCOSE SE Handbook Fourth Edition, student handbook, and sample exam questions), morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch each day. Registrants who are members of INCOSE and the North Star Chapter can get a discount of $300 per person. In addition, groups of three or more people attending from the same company or organization (must register with same company Email domain name) or university SE program can get a discount of $200 per person. 

NOTE: As a special incentive, everyone can register for the discounted fee of $1690 USD per person if you register on or before Monday, 24 February 2020.

Student Cancellation Policy: More than four weeks prior to the start of the event - 100% refund; two to four weeks prior to the start of the event - 50% refund; less than two weeks prior to the start of the event - no refund. Substitutions allowed with advance notification.

Sysnovation Cancellation Policy: Sysnovation reserves the right to cancel this course up to two weeks prior to the event.  In the event of cancellation, participants will receive a full refund of their course fee.

Coming Soon!

Watch this space for further details!

[NSC] Tutorial - Technical Leadership for Systems Engineering


Event Information

The tutorial for spring 2020 from the North Star Chapter is Technical Leadership for Systems Engineers, a custom-tailored course.

Register for the Tutorial

Technical Leadership for Systems Engineers

Tutorial Abstract and Learning Objectives

Many of our Systems Engineering processes rightly discuss management (e.g., decision management, risk management, portfolio management, knowledge management), and these are all important. However, leadership is an equally important topic to Systems Engineers. Leadership is both an opportunity and a critical responsibility of the Systems Engineer.

Soft skills play a critical role in your success as a Systems Engineer leader. This tutorial will introduce the participants to a set of soft skills in which every Systems Engineer leader should excel. The learning objectives for this tutorial include:

• Understanding the differences between management and leadership.

• Understanding the key soft skills necessary for technical leadership

• Developing a personal action plan related to technical leadership

Practical information and tools will be provided. The tutorial includes several in-class exercises to solidify the concepts being presented. The tutorial follows the terminology and conventions of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook, the INCOSE Systems Engineering Competency Framework, and the Guide to the Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge (SEBoK). Each student will receive a complete set of lecture notes and an annotated bibliography.



The instructor:

Dave Walden, Sysnovation

David D. Walden, ESEP, is co-owner and principal consultant for Sysnovation, LLC, a company he formed in 2006. Sysnovation, based out of Valparaiso, Indiana, USA, is focused on Systems Engineering consulting and education/training. At Sysnovation, Mr. Walden has created and taught over 135 Systems Engineering courses and tutorials to over 2250 participants, including a distance learning on-line variant of a Systems Engineering Principles course. He has served as a coach/mentor, an independent reviewer, major review (e.g., PDR, CDR) coordinator, Systems Engineering Subject Matter Expert (SME), and process consultant. Previously, Mr. Walden was with General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems for 13 years and worked at McDonnell Aircraft Company for 10 years. Mr. Walden has served as an editor of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Systems Engineering Handbook since Version 3.2 and is currently the Lead Editor of the upcoming Fifth Edition. He is an INCOSE liaison to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC7 Working Groups 10 and 20. He was the Program Manager of the INCOSE Certification Program from 2007-2013. He has an M.S. in Management of Technology (MOT) from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso University in Indiana. He is an IEEE Senior Member. Mr. Walden was one of the first to earn the INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) credential in 2004 and was awarded the INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) credential in 2011.

Working Groups

INCOSE working groups are a great place to meet individuals who are looking to overcome similar challenges.  These groups often span multiple regions and industries, so we can really look at these topics in a broad, informed way.   In the North Star Chapter, we have several members Chair/working in different groups like the Measurement, SE in Very Small Enterprises (VSE), Handbook as well as others. There are many topics to choose from.  Finding the groups and joining is easy!

To join any working group:

1. Login to your account at INCOSE.ORG

2. Click on Welcome, <your name>, from the pull-down menu, select from the  “Profile Home” link at the top of themenu.

3. Scroll down to “My committees/Working Groups and click on the link “Browse/Join a Working Group”

4. This will result in a list of Working Groups under the header Committees.  (The terms are interchangeable)

5. Scroll down until you see find a committee that you are interested in.  Click the link and then on the right click on the (view) link.

6. This will result in a roster of current WG members.  

7. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and under “Committee Tasks” click on "Join this Committee"

Working groups are a great way to learn more about a subject, grow your network, and share your knowledge about a subject. 

Get Started TODAY with this link to the Working Groups page!


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