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The North Texas Chapter of INCOSE

The North Texas Chapter of INCOSE (International Council of System Engineering) is centered in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and serves the north Texas counties. Participation is open to those interested in or practicing systems engineering. You can contact the board by sending an email to ntxinfo at incose dot net .

2021 North Texas Chapter Officers

President - Justin C' de Baca, ASEP

Bio: Justin C' de Baca is a Systems Engineer Senior working in the Advanced Development Program (ADP) at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, where he does system architecting with formal modeling and implementing model-based systems engineering methods. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), along with several years of experience in public education in high school science and curriculum development for online Systems Engineering courses at UTEP. He is an Associate Systems Engineering Professional and has served in a variety of key roles within the chapter.

jeromePresident Elect and Vice President of Chapter Development – Jerome Forbes, CSEP

Bio: Jerome Forbes is currently a System Assurance Lead for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. He has over 13 years of electrical and systems engineering experience at Raytheon. His area of experience includes system assurance, architecture, requirements analysis and development, CONOPS, verification and test, FPGA firmware design, production, technical training, radar systems, EOIR systems, digital image processing, system deployment and system security. He has held various other positions at various location during his career such as Architecture Lead, IPT Lead, Technical Lead, Subsystem Architect, Software Requirements SE Lead, Systems Test Engineer, In-Country Engineering Lead, FPGA Firmware Designer, Production Support Engineer, SE Process Engineer and Project Coordinator.
Jerome has served as the North Texas INCOSE chapter Treasurer for two terms (2018 and 2019). He has also been the INCOSE site ambassador for the Raytheon McKinney, TX site since 2017, hosting monthly INCOSE chapter meetings.
He is also a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of Texas, an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP), The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) 9 certified, and Raytheon Program Management Level 6 certified.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Miles College, a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Tuskegee University and a 2nd master’s degree in Systems Engineering at Southern Methodist University. He is currently finishing a doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University.

headshot_timVice President of Technical Development – Timothy O’Conner, ESEP

Bio: I’ve been married for 35 years and have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.  I’ve been employed at Lockheed Martin for 40.25 years.  I am presently working in Systems Engineering Integration and has been for the past 3.5 years on the F-35 Program.  In my previous assignments I’ve worked as EW Technical Lead for Foreign Military Sales Customer(s) on the Integrated Fighter Group (IFG) Team.  Prior to that I worked in Mission Systems and Avionics as the Deputy Senior Manager of Sensors and Weapons in the engineering core.  I have also worked as a Test Program Set Microwave Depot Engineer and Reliability and Maintainability (R & M) prior to that.  I currently hold the office of President of the Association of Old Crows  Fort Worth Chapter, Marketing Chair of the 2017 IEEE MetroCon and former Past Section Chair, and Director of Wellness for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

mmTreasurer – Michelle Maddox, CSEP

Bio: Michelle Maddox is a Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics who has worked multiple aircraft programs over the past 15 years. She has worked in the Aerospace industry for 30 years, and is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP). Ms. Maddox has extensive embedded system and software engineering experience that spans the software lifecycle including requirement development, software design, object-oriented analysis and design, software development, and testing, and deployment. She previously managed multi-million dollar projects as a Control Account Manager. She holds a B.S Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Missouri, and a M.S. Software Engineering degree from Southern Methodist University.


Director of Information – Pablo Melendez, ASEP

Bio:  After 22 years of service in the US Army, to include 3 deployments (2 Iraq and 1 Afghanistan) as an Electronic Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer, Pablo completed a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Pablo has completed a Project Management course to include a LSSGB and an ITIL courses, testing and certifying in all domains.  He has work as a project engineer in the F-22 IMIS Ground and Software systems for 2 years and 6 months, and is now in a full system engineer role focusing in the MBSE area still within the IMIS product from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.  Currently, Pablo is registered to begin a Master’s program in System Engineering with SMU. Pablo is looking forward to the challenges and learning experiences that the NTX Chapter Director of Information will bring during the 2021 campaign. 


Past President - Sarena Gazic

Bio: Sarena Gazic is a Systems/Software Engineer and owner of SGGE, a consulting company she started in 2011. Her company sets up modeling environments, trains users in UML/SysML/UPDM, develops automation tools, and develops systems engineering products. Prior to that she worked for 3 major companies in the defense industry on most phases of the program lifecycle. She also is currently a direct for StraCon Services Group.  She has over 20 years of model based engineering experience, including large programs with distributed users. She has a B.S. in Applied Mathematics with a Physics concentration.

don_boyerDirector at Large – Don Boyer

Bio: Don retired from Raytheon and had his own consulting company for small businesses. In INCOSE he has served as NTX VP and President, Awards Committee Chair, Keys to Effective Chapters Chair, and Asc Dir of Engagement.



Director at Large –Dr. Yvonne Bijan, ESEP

Bio: Yvonne Bijan has a Doctor of Philosophy in System Engineering from Southern Methodist University. She has served as President and Vice President of Chapter Development for the North Texas Chapter. She is a Certified Enterprise Architect, Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP), Certified SysML Model Builder Advanced, and holds a QFD Greenbelt. She has a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Math and an M.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Software Engineering.  


Our Chapter Ambassadors hold a key role in the communication and outreach for the Chapter and INCOSE as a whole. They are a key asset in the communication plan between NTX and the community thru cross-networking. A special thanks to all our Ambassadors and everyone who has volunteered to host meetings at remote sites.

  • Larry Smith, L3Harris- Greenville
  • TBD, L3Harris- Arlington
  • Jerome Forbes, Raytheon- McKinney
  • Monique Jobe Ray, Lockheed Martin MFC- Grand Prairie
  • Matt Holvey, Bell Helicopter
  • Wesley Simon, The Albers Group