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Time: 6:00-7:00 CST
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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 Antony Williams, ESEP

Courtney Wright

Sep 19, 2021

SEP Interview - Antony Williams photoThe following questions are from an interview in 2014:

Q1: Describe your current position/role.

Tony currently holds two positions: Chief Engineer for SE&I and Project Manager (PM) for SAFER.  In his role as the Chief Engineer for SE&I, he is responsible for technical oversight, SE leadership, SE training, software life cycle reviews, and policy/procedures.  In his role as the PM for SAFER, Tony transitioned to an integrator.  He performs integration efforts for five NASA JSC Engineering Directorate divisions.  His responsibilities include integrating propulsion, mechanical design, avionics, power, software, CE, and pyrotechnics on an EVA system with a human safety mission.

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

Tony is proud of being a former Commander for the Space Operations Squadron at Air Force Space Command, leading SE & PM for SAFER, and the successful delivery of Jet Pack and Space Flight Units.

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

Finding ways to articulate the value and the roles for SE in ways that are compelling to project and management teams is the greatest challenge that Tony faces. These teams often see SE as paperwork efforts that are a tax and do not contribute to system capability. Tony also notes that given stringent certification requirements for human spaceflight, confusion sometimes exists between certification driven efforts (e.g., requirements definition and verification to support certifications), and efforts to define requirements for the right performance and functional characteristics (e.g., the right set of verifications to truly address them). The result is a dynamic tension between testing and analysis needed for certification, and testing and analysis needed to prove that the system actually performs as desired.

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

Tony advises that new Systems Engineers learn as much as possible about what each of their colleagues are doing and how they do it, as if to learn their job. There is a perspective that the best prep for Systems Engineering is working first as a specialist such as mechanical, electrical, design, analysis, etc., and then broadening to see the full system.  That is tough to do for an individual starting their career as a SE, so the next best thing would be to really understand as much as possible about how all the team elements function, limiting factors, and “day in the life.” 

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

Teaching is Tony’s preferred method of learning.  He has taught many classes at Jacobs and taught a three-class series in Systems Engineering as part of a Master’s Program in Project Management at the University of Houston.  He has also found that preparation for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification highlighted significant overlap between SE and PM tasks, sometimes harmoniously, and sometimes not. Tony also engages with the local INCOSE chapter and sometimes participates with AIAA Systems Engineering TC and the JSC SE Forum.

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

Tony hopes to one day become a chief engineer on a large complex project, such as a spacecraft or robotic probe.

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

Tony enjoys volleyball, outdoor activities, cycling in the MS-150, triathlons, and obstacle runs. He also plans to participate in a longer triathlon or a triathlon with his daughter.

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

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

I took on a new role as the Chief Engineer, SE&I at Jacobs supporting NASA-JSC and saw the SEP as a win-win opportunity across a number of areas. 1st, the NASA SE handbook is very parallel to the INCOSE SE Handbook, and as such, a SEP cert demonstrates my knowledge of the NASA SE Handbook as well as INCOSE.  2nd, SEP cert ensures you know the 'language' - many SE processes can be described in a variety of ways, SEP cert ensures you can speak the same language as other SEPs.    I knew that having the SEP would make more credible as I offer SE advice and recommendations both within Jacobs and within NASA.

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

It's given me an additional level of credibility in my professional interactions, within the company, with customers, and within the industry.

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

The recent Space Exploration initiatives within NASA (Lunar landings, Commercial landers, Lunar space stations) have dramatically increased the need for, and the respect for the SE viewpoint.

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

Project Manager, Commander, Space Operations Officer.