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Time: 6:00-7:00 CST
Food & networking at 5:30

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*Lockheed Martin Aero- Fort Worth
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*Raytheon- McKinney
*Abbott


Check out presentations from previous North Texas INCOSE Chapter Meetings!

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



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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
 

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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

Interview with Ramakrishnan Raman, ESEP

Courtney Wright

Sep 04, 2021

RamkiThis interview presents information from 2014 and updates from 2021.

Q1: Describe your current position/role.

2014: Dr. Raman is currently a Practice Head, championing Knowledge Based Development in his organization.  He coaches product development teams across multiple businesses, ensuring robust optimal architecture/design of complex systems and systematic closure of prevalent knowledge gaps through rapid learning cycles in presence of uncertainty and variability. He also champions core platforms and core architectures and systematic/strategic reuse practices.

2021: I am currently Principal Systems Engineer at Honeywell. In this current role, I serve as a Technology leader driving strategic technology areas across multiple Centers of Excellence (COEs) in Aerospace. I lead an organizational level technology leadership council, comprising senior technologists towards influencing and driving technology strategically in the organization. I serve as Systems Engineering and Software Architecture technical leader, ensuring overall architecture design robustness for complex systems. Further, I also lead the adoption of Artificial Intelligence - Machine Learning in complex cyber-physical systems.

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

2014: Dr. Raman is involved in developing systems in very diverse areas.  He has had a lot of technically complex subjects to resolve, and he is proud of his involvement in overcoming the challenges. In recent times, Ramakrishnan has been instrumental in driving significant transformational initiatives in his organization. These initiatives had to be driven with significant responsibility in the change transformation, but very little authority. Ramakrishnan is also the first CSEP from India.

2021: I received the INCOSE Outstanding Service Award in 2016 for sustained outstanding and significant contributions towards the growth of systems engineering awareness, adoption, and practice in INCOSE and India. The Editorial Board of Systems Engineering journal had selected my paper "Decision learning framework for architecture design decisions for complex systems" (the paper is based on research done as part of my doctoral thesis work,  and co-authored with my thesis supervisor) to be among the best from those published in 2019.

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

2014: Driving change, in the way engineers think about a problem and architect/design the system, has been one of the biggest challenges for Dr. Raman. Other challenges include meeting the ever-shortening project lead times, ever increasing complexity of system-of-systems, and dynamically adapting to ever-changing situations.

2021: Challenges are what makes a systems engineer learn, and a positive approach to each challenge invariably leads to the possible solutions

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

Dr. Raman advice to individuals starting their careers as Systems Engineers is to keep an open mind, look at the big picture, and try to keep things simple. Systems Engineers need to strive to arrive at the simplest workable solution for complex problems, by finding the right questions to ask and right problems to solve.

2021: To reiterate, systems thinking and “big picture” perspective are the distinguishing value-added considerations that the systems engineer possesses—factors which individual discipline engineers might often lack. Systems engineers develop the power of abstraction as applied to multi-disciplinary knowledge, but aptitude of science, engineering and mathematics helps.

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

2014: Dr. Raman is active in the local INCOSE chapter. He interacts with multiple people in industry and academia.  Ramakrishnan teaches part-time on a Masters Engineering Program on Avionic Systems (one semester per year).  As part of teaching, he has to keep up with the latest thought processes and trends in systems engineering so that he can bring that to the classroom.

2021: I continue to actively participate in professional societies, including INCOSE, IEEE and SAE.  I am currently the Assistant Director – INCOSE Asia Oceania Sector, where I work along with Sector Director and Chapter Presidents to further INCOSE vision, mission and goals. I am actively engaged in prestigious international conferences, where I have delivered invited/ plenary talks, and chaired tracks. I have also been the Technical Program Chair for international conferences including 2016 & 2019 Asia Oceania Systems Engineering Conference, and 31st  INCOSE International Symposium. I actively interact with students and faculty in various academic institutions, and am currently Guest Faculty at IIT Bombay Aerospace Department, where I teach engineering masters course on systems engineering.

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

Dr. Raman would like to continue to progress in Systems Engineering by handling more complex systems and playing a larger role in driving change in the way systems are designed and built.  He would like to capture his learnings to-date in a more formal manner such as a technical paper.

2021: I aim to contribute significantly towards addressing systems engineering challenges pertaining to engineering of new technologies in complex systems and system-of-systems, specifically on Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning.

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

Dr. Raman likes to read philosophy books and travel to historical places both within India and abroad.

In 2021, we reached out to Mr. Raman to answer more questions:

Q8:  Are there any other final comments you would like to make?

Applying system thinking on every scenario is motivating, and Ramakrishnan would like to continue to progress in that area.

Q9. Why did you decide to get the SEP certification?

SEP certification provides the required international recognition for my systems engineering knowledge, education, and experience. I was the first CSEP from India early in 2005, and in 2018 I was the 8th ESEP certified in Asia Oceania Sector.

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

The pace at which systems are being subject to ever increasing footprint of product functionality, inter-connectivity, and differentiation has surfaced many challenges. Now, modern systems are envisioned to emulate and simulate beyond human intelligence to achieve their goals and perform better than their “traditional” predecessors. The need for such modern systems to have enhanced self-awareness, self-control and self-evolution requires enhancements in conventional systems approaches.

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

Knowledge Based Development Practice Leader, Practice Head - Reuse Engineering