May 12, 2016


What is INCOSE?

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems.

About INCOSE San Diego

INCOSE San Diego is a chapter of the Region II geographical division of INCOSE. With approximately 220 members representing industries including aerospace, defense, transportation, medical devices, and telecommunications, INCOSE San Diego provides a focal point for local professionals to foster the definition, understanding, and practice of world-class systems engineering in support of the overall mission of INCOSE. We provide members the opportunity to network with other system engineers and learn from their contemporaries about practical applications of systems engineering. We encourage people from all disciplines involved with systems development to join our INCOSE chapter and participate in our local activities. It is our goal to provide career enhancement education and awareness related to systems engineering for our members. The San Diego chapter is Platinum-rated, the highest possible rating, and was the 2018 recipient of INCOSE President’s Award for Outstanding Chapter.

Message From The President!


Dear Members and Friends,

On behalf of the INCOSE San Diego Board, we are thrilled to kick off 2023 and provide a worthwhile experience to our members through presentations, meetings, tutorials and STEM events.

Despite the pandemic and uncertain times, the San Diego Chapter has maintained a strong presence on the worldwide INCOSE Stage! We received Platinum level status in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 and expect to repeat this for 2022 (final results are pending). As of March 2023, Chapter membership stands at around 220 and so far this year we have already welcomed 20 new members! In 2022, our chapter hosted a series of 16 in-person and virtual events:

•    11 presentations on topics ranging from SE Lesson Learned Briefing, Interoperability Evaluation, Product line Engineering , the INCOSE Certification Processes, and more
•    An in-person membership drive at Oggi’s Brewhouse in Mission Valley
•    An initial Meet and Greet to welcome the new Board
•    INCOSE San Diego STEM Event at Escondido Children Discovery Museum
•    A 14-week Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) ‘Cohorts’ weekly training course for future SEPs
•    A weekend SEP workshop hosted by Mr. Dave Mason, ESEP

I’m proud of our Chapter’s successes over the last year, particularly in providing more opportunities for meaningful engagement of our members, introducing more in person events, and providing professional development and outreach opportunities. It was a remarkable achievement by the team to continue to provide programs and events considering the changing restrictions, and we will continue these initiatives, as well as adding programming designed for the different stages of your engineering career.

As incoming President, one of my top priorities for the chapter this year is chapter growth. The chapters that continually recruit new members and are always growing are the ones that thrive and have fresh perspectives and ideas. We plan on increasingly promoting our events to the wider San Diego engineering community.  I also invite you to reach out to your respective companies and organizations and get them involved in the chapter. This is a wonderful networking opportunity to meet new faces and discover trending initiatives throughout the Systems Engineering discipline.

We highly encourage you to get involved this year with INCOSE San Diego, whether as a member of the chapter or as an attendee of our monthly events. Please visit our website for up-to-date information about our chapter, downloadable presentations and webcasts, upcoming events, past newsletters, and how to reach us. Our website is open to all.

Throughout the year, we plan on conducting virtual and in-person events while keeping a close eye on the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape. Our priority is safety, and as demonstrated throughout 2022, we remain flexible and capable of delivering quality presentations and fun, networking events for the San Diego Systems Engineering community through virtual, in-person or hybrid events. Please feel free to reach out to any of the board members or me personally ( for questions or recommendations and feedback. I’d love to hear from you and how we can better support you, your team and your mission. Looking forward to meeting and working with you!


Very respectfully,

Vincent Poteat, ASEP

President, INCOSE San Diego

Chapter Awards

  • Platinum Chapter Circle Award for 2022 (5th year in a row)
  • Platinum Chapter Circle Award for 2021 (4th year in a row)
  • Platinum Chapter Circle Award for 2020 (3rd year in a row)
  • Platinum Chapter Circle Award for 2019 (2nd year in a row)
  • Platinum Chapter Circle Award for 2018
  • President’s Award for Outstanding Chapter 2018
  • Top Gold Award for 2015
  • INCOSE San Diego Chapter has been the recipient of a Circle Award for eleven years (2001 – 2011)


Our Chapter Bylaws are available by clicking here.