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Program meetings typically 2nd Tuesday of month
Time: 6:00-7:00 CST
Food & networking at 5:30

Physical Locations

*Bell Helicopter
*L-3- Arlington
*L-3- Greenville
*Lockheed Martin Aero- Fort Worth
*Lockheed Martin MFC- Grand Prairie
*Raytheon- McKinney
*Abbott


Check out presentations from previous North Texas INCOSE Chapter Meetings!

Presentations can be found here

Board meetings typically 1st Tuesday of month
Time: 5:30-6:00 CST



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Remote Program Access
 
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Contact INCOSE North Texas Chapter  ntxinfo @ incose dot net to be added to our meeting emails.
The meetings are not recorded. Presentation are posted in the library and resources during the following weekend if we receive the presentation.


Upcoming Chapter Events

Chapter Meeting April 13

Digital Engineering (DE): The Next Chapter of MBSE by Paul White

Remote Program Access: Teams (Video/Audio)
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Abstract:  

What is digital engineering (DE)? How does DE relate to MBSE? In this presentation, we will show how DE is the next chapter of MBSE. We will talk about the Office of the Secretary Defense’s (OSD) Digital Engineering Strategy, released in June 2018. We will discuss the goals of the DES and how you can implement DE in your current and future systems engineering efforts. This presentation is for those who would like an introduction to DE.  


Bio

Paul White is the ICBM GBSD Digital Engineering Branch Lead for BAE Systems at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. He has worked previously at Kihomac, Astronautics Corporation of America, L-3 Harris, and Raytheon. He has 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry.

Paul has been an INCOSE member since 2007 serving in various top leadership roles in the North Texas (Dallas - Fort Worth) Chapter, Chicagoland Chapter, and Wasatch (Utah) Chapter.  He is the current president of the Wasatch Chapter.  Paul has been a leader in the annual Great Lakes Regional Conference (GLRC) since 2012 including conference chair for the 6th and 8th conferences.  He served as the conference chair for the first annual Western States Regional Conference (WSRC) in Ogden in 2018; and he serves on the WSRC Steering Committee for 2019 and beyond. He was awarded the INCOSE Outstanding Service Award in 2019. He serves as the Deputy Assistant Director of Technical Events in INCOSE's Technical Operations organization.

He has a graduate certificate in Systems Engineering and Architecting from the Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.  He is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) through INCOSE. 

 


Chapter Meeting March 9

Using Architecture and MBSE to Develop Validated Requirements by Dr. Ron Carson

Remote Program Access: Teams (Video/Audio)
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Abstract:  Requirements incompleteness and ambiguity continue to plaque many organizations.  The introduction of MBSE provides an opportunity to relate the structure of the architecture model to the structure of requirements, and synchronize the data between them.
In this presentation we demonstrate how to use model-based systems engineering and the related architecture to develop and validate requirements of all types. We first describe the structure of different types of requirements and map the requirements elements, e.g., function, to elements of the architecture in the MBSE model. We show how these requirements elements map to specific data elements in a particular MBSE tool for all possible types of requirements. Finally, we show how this method enables validation of the requirements from the architecture.
Attendees will gain an understanding of how to integrate their organizational requirements development and MBSE architecture activities by mapping the data elements between them and integrating these into their MBSE tools.  

Bio
:  Dr. Ron Carson is an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Seattle Pacific University, an Affiliate Assistant Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Washington, a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering and a certified Expert Systems Engineering Professional. 
He retired in 2015 as a Technical Fellow in Systems Engineering after 27 years at The Boeing Company. He is the author of numerous articles regarding requirements analysis and systems engineering measurement. He has been issued six US patents in satellite communications, and two patents regarding “Structured Requirements Generation and Assessment”.
 

 



Chapter Meeting February 9

Innovation and national security by Dr. Tina P. Srivastava
 

Remote Program Access: Teams (Video/Audio)
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Abstract: Dr. Srivastava will discuss innovation and national security, focusing on two key challenges: participation and secrecy. The participation challenge is about providing adequate incentives to potential innovators, and we will discuss challenges to incentivizing participants and how to overcome them. We will discuss IP policies, innovation contests, and incentivizing employees within a company, so business leaders can learn how to incentivize their own employees, and also how they can open up the innovation process to enable broader diversity in innovation by applying open innovation strategies to overcome technology hurdles. The secrecy challenge is about technology innovation for national security where secrecy can be an obstacle. Dr. Srivastava is passionate about technology innovation and in particular, how we can harness it to further national security and competitiveness -- for example, targeted innovation to land an astronaut on the moon, or develop stealth machinery for cyber defense. But secrecy in classified environments sometimes makes it hard to recruit and innovate. We will discuss how to navigate various contracting and legal channels. We will also discuss government programs and policies related to technology innovation and government contracting.

Bio
:  Dr. Tina P. Srivastava has served on INCOSE’s Board of Directors and received the INCOSE Inaugural David Wright Leadership Award in 2014 for technical and interpersonal competencies in the practice of system engineering as a means for solving the great challenges of our planet. She is a lecturer at MIT in the areas of aerodynamics, aviation, complex systems, and technology road mapping and selection. She is also the author of Innovating in a Secret World, featured by MIT. Dr. Srivastava co-chairs the PM-SE Integration Working Group and is one of the authors and editors of the book Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering. As an innovator, entrepreneur, and technology expert, Tina’s experience spans roles as Chief Engineer of electronic warfare programs at Raytheon to cofounder of a venture-backed security startup. She is an FAA-certified pilot and instructor of MIT’s Pilot Ground School course. Dr. Srivastava earned her PhD in Strategy, Innovation, and Engineering, a Masters in System Design and Management, and a Bachelors in Aeronautics and Astronautics, all from MIT.

 


Chapter Meeting January 12

North Texas 2021 by Justin C' de Baca

Location: Virtual (see chapter newsletter and top of this page for connection information)

Abstract: I will be using this meeting to cover a number of things for the 2021 year. Material will include:

  • Promotion of INCOSE IW2021
  • Impact of INCOSE 2020 report
  • INCOSE NTX's Road to Gold Status in 2021
  • Overview of TEAMS for members
We are hoping to get this year off to a great start, and this meeting will be a great place to discuss where we are heading and take any questions from our members.

Bio: Justin is our chapter president this year.

 



All Events

Systems Exchange Café: Oak Café

  • Date:
    Dec 22, 2021 - 8:00AM - 9:30AM
    UTC
  • Venue:
    Register Online

The next Oak Tree Café is on Wednesday, 22 December at 8am UK,
9am Europe, 12:30pm India, 5pm Australia click here to register
INCOSE Oak SE Cafe
Please visit https://www.incose.org/about-incose/community/virtual-cafe/oak for more information on the current topics. 

click here to register

  • 2022: The Year of the Student

    by Courtney Wright | Jan 14, 2022
    INCOSE has a few special opportunities for students. Our next post will be about the most exciting one - Academic Equivalency - but this week we'll note other ways INCOSE helps students. 

    1. Student membership - full-time or nearly-full-time students are eligible for a discounted rate on INCOSE membership. 
    2. Student divisions - in addition to joining INCOSE chapters and working groups, university students may form their own clubs that have a special relationship with INCOSE.
    3. Systems Engineering honor society, Sigma Theta Mu - here's a way to distinguish yourself if you know during your student days that you want to be a superstar systems engineer.
    4. Student rates for event registration 
    5. Take the INCOSE knowledge exam for free at your university or a chapter-hosted in-person exam.
    7. CAB Associate access to INCOSE materials if your university is a part of the INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board's Academic Council
  • Ordering SEP Logo Items

    by Courtney Wright | Jan 07, 2022
    INCOSE has shared the SEP logos with Lands End, a US-based provider of clothing and home goods. If you would like an ESEP polo, a CSEP fleece jacket, or an ASEP backpack, you are likely to find something you like at the Lands End Store. 
  • Using the SEP logos

    by Courtney Wright | Dec 31, 2021
    INCOSE SEPs are allowed to use the logo for their certification - ASEP, CSEP, or ESEP - while they are actively certified. They may use this logo on business cards, in their email signature, or in other ways that recognize them as a certified individual. The INCOSE SEP logos may not be used in advertising a business. Training provider companies that prepare individuals for the INCOSE knowledge exam may not use the SEP logo in their advertising or training materials, except for things like a screenshot of the INCOSE website or listing the credentials of individual employees. Organizational use of the SEP logos requires INCOSE pre-approval, and has been granted for things like custom mugs given to new SEPs.

    The INCOSE SEP logo policy CRT-100 is here: https://www.incose.org/docs/default-source/certification/sep-logo-guidance.pdf?sfvrsn=1107b5c6_0
  • 'Twas the Night Before CSEP

    by Courtney Wright | Dec 24, 2021
    Sheryl Gunn wrote this poem about her experience preparing for the INCOSE knowledge exam. I hope if brings as much joy to you as it did to me.

    'Twas the night before CSEP when all through the house,
    Not a creature was stirring, not even her spouse.

    Her study materials were laid out with great care,
    One last look in the morning would help her to fare.

    The dawn of that day had come soon enough,
    For one thing was certain, the test would be tough.

    Visions of context diagrams danced through her head,
    Wishing a few times she’d just stayed in bed!

    With excitement and panic, she entered the room,
    With thoughts of stray tenets like “from womb to tomb”.

    When the questions were answered, she must wait to know...
    The result of her test, a go or no-go.

    When the word finally came, she gave out a sigh,
    She shouted “I PASSED”… no need to be shy!

    The certificate hung on her wall to proclaim,
    Yet two things are missing, a mat and a frame.

    ‘Tis the end of this tale. Hope I’ve told it just right.
    Happy CSEP to all and to all a good night! 

  • Providing a Reference for a SEP

    by Courtney Wright | Dec 17, 2021
    One of the characteristics of a good requirement is that it be verifiable. References provide the verification of experience claims from systems engineering professional applicants.

    The characteristics to look for in a reference are:
    * They have at least five years of work experience.
    * They knew the applicant when the systems engineering work was being done, and were aware of the work.
    * They understand systems engineering well enough to recognize and describe it.
    * They will fill out and submit paperwork in the INCOSE format, during the required timeframe.

    If you have been asked to provide a reference for a candidate for CSEP or ESEP, your first step is to get a copy of the Reference Form 4B. This is the only document INCOSE will accept from references. 

    Your next step is to ask the candidate to give you their contact information for the form. They may also give you a copy of their application form, though that is not required. It can be helpful to you to see what they wrote about the time you worked together. You are allowed to copy that text into your submission. You must also use some of your own words. 

    You will submit your reference directly to INCOSE. You are not required to give a copy to the candidate, but you may do that if you choose. 
  • What is INCOSE Certification's relationship with SESA?

    by Courtney Wright | Dec 17, 2021
    The Systems Engineering Society of Australia (SESA) is a technical society within Engineers Australia and is also the INCOSE chapter within Australia. Candidates for CSEP and ESEP in Australia may apply through SESA and have their applications reviewed by Certification Application Reviewers within Australia. 

    Candidates who already have their Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) have a streamlined path to CSEP through the Chartered Australian Systems Engineering (CASE) path. These individuals have reduced application documentation and references compared to those who apply directly for CSEP. 

    https://www.sesa.org.au/certifications/
  • What is it like for a student who qualifies for academic equivalency?

    by Courtney Wright | Dec 10, 2021
    Once a set of university courses is approved for academic equivalency, students who do well in that coursework may apply for ASEP and CSEP certification without having to take the INCOSE knowledge exam. Academic equivalency is an alternate way to meet the knowledge requirement for these two certification levels.

    A student whose name is submitted to INCOSE as having qualified via academic equivalency is recorded in the INCOSE certification database. That student has 12 months to apply for ASEP or CSEP certification and use their knowledge equivalent. This application process starts with joining INCOSE as an individual or student member, then paying the application fee. These are the only steps required for ASEP. CSEP applicants will also submit individual application forms, proof of education, and references.
  • What is the INCOSE UK path to Certification?

    by Courtney Wright | Dec 03, 2021
    Members of INCOSE's UK chapter may apply for INCOSE Certification through the INCOSE UK chapter or through INCOSE Central. When they apply through the INCOSE UK chapter, they complete their individual application and references through an online form. The review of their application is also completed by Certification Application Reviewers from the INCOSE UK chapter. Notification of certification approval is delivered from the INCOSE UK chapter. 

    Individuals certified through the INCOSE UK path renew their certification through the standard earning of Professional Development Units (PDUs).  

    More about INCOSE UK Certification 
  • Great Lakes conference postponed

    by rr with rbw | Dec 01, 2021
    Quick announcement: the Great Lakes Regional Conference has been postponed - it was supposed to be this week. Stay tuned for the rescheduled event, at https://www.incose.org/glnc2021/home/when-where

    Raymond
  • Excited about our Dec. 8th meeting! Learning Soft Skills with Zane Scott

    by Raymond Wolfgang | Dec 01, 2021
    Hello! 
    Did you ever feel your career progression, should be more that it is? Maybe thought you would be further along? I did - and it turns out it was my soft skills that needed help! That's why I'm excited about Zane Scott's upcoming talk at our Chapter, via GlobalMeet, on Soft Skills and Persuasion. You may have heard Zane give a similar talk and workshop at the Western States Regional Conference (WSRC) last Sept.! 

    In this talk, we'll learn how to use persuasion and a soft-skill touch "real time" to move others, move a project forward, and eventually move our careers forward. I for one want to boost my influence! Especially with some exciting technologies like MBSE becoming mainstream. I hope you can join me at the talk! 

    Go to our chapter events page, and join us on Dec. 8th, 4:45pm Mountain Standard Time (2345 UTC) for this talk - IM me in the chat, if you've read this blog - and I will see you there. Email me at raymond.wolfgang@incose.net if you have any questions. 

    Raymond
  • What is INCOSE Certification's relationship with OMG?

    by Courtney Wright | Nov 26, 2021
    The Object Management Group (OMG) created its OCSMP certifications in coordination with INCOSE. To encourage individuals to get both certifications, the programs offer a discount. Applicants who already have one certification should notify the other organization of that status when they apply. They will then get a 10% on the application fee (INCOSE) or exam fee (OMG) for the second certification. 

    https://www.omg.org/incose-omg-mutualrecog/
  • What is INCOSE Certification's relationship with SEZERT?

    by Courtney Wright | Nov 19, 2021
    INCOSE's German chapter, Gesellschaft für Systems Engineering (GfSE), developed the SE-ZERT Certification. SE-ZERT has three levels, each of which roughly corresponds to a level of INCOSE's Certification Program.

    Individuals who earn an SE-ZERT Level C Certification from GfSE may apply for INCOSE ASEP certification without having to retake the INCOSE knowledge exam. They will have to meet the other requirements for ASEP, being individual members of INCOSE and paying the ASEP application fee. 

    Individuals who earn an SE-ZERT Level B Certification from GfSE may apply for INCOSE CSEP certification without having to retake the INCOSE knowledge exam or submit education, experience or reference materials. They will have to meet the administrative requirements for CSEP, being individual members of INCOSE and paying the CSEP application fee.

    Once they become ASEPs or CSEPs, all individuals will have to renew their certification through standard methods. 

    The relationship between INCOSE's Certification Program and SEZERT extends back to 2013, when it was INCOSE's first equivalency. 
  • What is INCOSE Certification's relationship with DAU, and will it continue?

    by Courtney Wright | Nov 12, 2021
    If you have a SPRDE or Engineering certification from the US Defense Acquisition University (DAU), you may be able to bypass some of the steps in the path to ASEP or CSEP certification with INCOSE. It does not matter what date you earned your DAU certification, but it does have to be in the SPRDE or Engineering category.

    Those with a Level II or Level III DAU Engineering or SPRDE Certification may bypass the INCOSE knowledge exam with proof of certification. Qualifying individuals can simply become INCOSE individual members and complete the ASEP application and payment to become ASEPs. They may also apply knowledge exam results toward earning their CSEP.

    Those with Level III DAU Engineering or SPRDE Certification get a streamlined path to CSEP and do not need to take the knowledge exam. They also do not need to document their qualifying degree, as DAU has already confirmed that. The remaining technical requirements – for experience documentation and references – will be addressed in a short application form. Qualifying individuals will write a single narrative description of their work experience that is signed by their current supervisor, with no additional references required. This application, proof of DAU certification and the CSEP application fee will qualify INCOSE members to become CSEPs.

    The DAU has recently announced a transition to a new certification in Engineering and Technical Management (ETM). This certification is significantly different from the prior certifications. There are no plans to provide a streamlined path from ETM certification to INCOSE certifications. Learn more about the DAU changes in their Back to Basics materials here: https://www.dau.edu/back-to-basics/pages/resources.aspx 
  • How can I check on my certification status without having to communicate with a human?

    by Courtney Wright | Nov 05, 2021

    INCOSE notifies candidates of their progress toward certification by sending them emails. You may also check the status of your application, references, and exam results through your member profile on the INCOSE website. 

    We have a partner, Accredible, that will email you a link to view your certificate once you complete the certification process. When your certification expires, that will be noted on your certificate at the link Accredible sends you. 

    All SEPs are also listed on the INCOSE website.  The current SEP list is updated twice monthly and uploaded to the Certification page on the INCOSE website.


  • Did someone say "intern?"

    by Courtney Wright | Oct 29, 2021
    INCOSE's Certification Program hires two student interns each year. The ideal candidates have completed at least two years of engineering school, have strong written communication skills, and have experience living or working in more than one country. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply for this paid internship. There are no residency or citizenship requirements and all work will be performed remotely. 

    Past intern work has included:
    * analysis of large data set
    * gathering content to populate change request log
    * writing paper that was submitted to INCOSE International Symposium
    * presenting INCOSE webinar, virtual chapter meeting, and at SE cafe
    * creating INCOSE certification videos, illustrations, and power point presentations
    * emailing with INCOSE members to get contact for the Certification Blog
    * performing trade study of tools
    * creating Google Forms

    Interested candidates should apply for this paid internship through the INCOSE Volunteer Opportunity Board: https://www.incose.org/about-incose/volunteer-opportunities/vo-request

    Applications are due on 5 November for the internship from December 2021 through February 2022. The next deadline will be early April 2021, for internships from May through August 2022. 
  • Can I know my score and a report of each question after taking the exam?

    by Courtney Wright | Oct 22, 2021

    INCOSE shares with candidates whether they passed or failed an exam but not their score nor what the required score was to pass.  Standard e-mails are used to notify candidates of their results on paper exams. Candidates who test on the computer are shown their exam results immediately after they finish the exam.

    For both paper and computer exams, INCOSE collects but does not share individual scores and answers to each question. Information about what wrong answers were chosen is useful to us in improving the exam in the future. At the advice of our psychometricians, we do not share this detailed information with candidates. 

  • How many questions are on the INCOSE knowledge exam?

    by Courtney Wright | Oct 15, 2021
    The INCOSE knowledge exam is a multiple choice test based on the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook.

    The exam contains 100 scored questions. It may have 0, 20, or 50 additional questions that do not count toward the candidate’s score. These are beta questions, which are being evaluated for the future. The exam duration is 1 minute per question, including both scored and unscored questions. If you qualify for special accommodations - most commonly due to a native language other than English - you will be given additional time. 

    A 120-question exam is the standard version offered online, and lasts 120 minutes. A candidate who qualifies for extra time will be given 30 minutes extra, for a total of 150 minutes. 

    Most in-person, paper exams contain 100 questions. The standard time for these exams is 100 minutes. Those candidates who qualify for extra time will be given 30 minutes extra, for a total of 130 minutes.

    The least common exam format is 150 questions. This exam has a standard duration of 150 minutes and a special accommodations duration of 190 minutes. 

    Unless you are told to expect otherwise, your in-person exam will contain 100 questions and your online exam will contain 120 questions.
  • Where can I get a CSEP polo shirt or jacket?

    by Courtney Wright | Oct 08, 2021

    If you attend an INCOSE International Workshop or International Symposium, you may be lucky enough to win a SEP polo shirt at the Certification Reception, to which all SEPs are invited.  Otherwise, you can buy it from Lands End

    At the Lands End store, you’ll find men’s and women’s polos, button-ups, and jackets, as well as blankets, towels, and bags.  All clothes come in multiple sizes and colors.  You can get an ASEP, CSEP, or ESEP logo embroidered on these items, or you can get the standard INCOSE logo.  The SEP logos are for current SEPs only, not just fans of the Certification Program.

    INCOSE does not make a profit off these but rather offers them as a way for SEPs to advertise their own status and affiliation. If you would like to use the SEP logo for items from a local vendor, please contact certification@incose.net to discuss this with the Certification Program Manager. It will probably be approved, we just want to understand the products and make sure the branding follows INCOSE branding guidelines
  • Be the Blog

    by Courtney Wright | Oct 01, 2021
    We would love to include you in our SEPtember 2022 blog posts. If you are a SEP who wants to participate, please answer our interview questions in this form: https://forms.gle/KdMBknkBdtNibWuy9 In June or July 2022, our intern will reach out to everyone who has submitted a form response. 

    Are you a student who would like to be our next paid intern? Look at the INCOSE Volunteer Opportunity Board to see the listing for position CER-007. We hire interns twice per year, with the resume submission date listed at the Volunteer Opportunity Board site. https://www.incose.org/about-incose/volunteer-opportunities/vo-request 

    The Volunteer Opportunity Board is where we list other volunteer opportunities, too, including creating exam questions and volunteering as an application reviewer. 
  • Interview with Wellington Oliveira, CSEP

    by Courtney Wright | Oct 01, 2021

    This interview was conducted in 2021.wton csep

    Q1: Describe your current position/role.

    My current position is Technical Fellow for Systems Engineering at Embraer. Performing CONOPS, Requirements and Functional Analysis.

    Q2: What are one or two of your proudest professional accomplishments?  

    My proudest professional accomplishment is to implement Systems Engineering at Aircraft Early Stages Development at my company.

    Q3: What is the biggest challenge you face as a Systems Engineer?   

    My biggest challenge as a Systems Engineer is to implement Systems Engineering in Brazil. We almost do not have this knowledge in our Engineering Schools. Just two or thee learning opportunities. I recognize the importance of INCOSE in my career.

    Q4: What advice do you have for individuals starting their career as a Systems Engineer?       

    Touch the ground. A good systems engineer has a passion for understand systems behavior in his operational environment!

    Q5: How do you continue to learn about SE? What professional development activities do you do?    

    I participate in INCOSE working groups, webinars and INCOSE IS.

    Q6: What are the next career goals you want to achieve?      

    The next career goals that I want to achieve is to participate as Systems Engineer in the development of a systems that gives a high contribution to society.

    Q7: What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of work?          

    I study history. I have a special interest in woodworking

    Q8: Why did you decide to get the SEP certification?

    The reason to get my SEP Certification is the opportunity to inspire the practitioners of my country to perform a really engineered founded approach to complex systems development. It is not only to improve my career it is a way to improve engineering in my country.

    Q9: How does the SEP certification impact your professional career?

    Systems Engineering is very broad and when I put into practice my knowledge there exists a sense of recognizing by the Community that this knowledge is well-founded in international practices.

    Q10: What has surprised you in the past five years related to systems engineering?    

    Systems Engineering is spreading to many different domains!

    Q11: What job titles have you had other than Systems Engineer?        

    I had the job title of Stress Analysis Engineer

    Q12: Are there any other final comments you would like to make? Include here if you are the first SEP within some group, like your chapter, company, or country.

    I am the first SEP of Brazil.