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 2022 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 expect to repeat this for 2021 (final results are pending). Our Chapter membership stands at around 220, and so far this year we have already welcomed seven new members! In 2021, our chapter hosted a series of 11 in-person and virtual events:

•    Five presentations on topics ranging from Model Based Systems Engineering, Automated Security Scanning, the INCOSE Certification Processes, and more
•    A 3-Day hybrid in-person / virtual Western States Regional Conference at the Courtyard Marriott in Liberty Station
•    An in-person membership drive at Oggi’s Brewhouse in Mission Valley
•    An initial meet and greet to welcome the new Board
•    A tutorial on Data Analytics for Systems Engineering
•    A STEM celebration and Kahoot! trivia event
•    A weekend Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) workshop hosted by Mr. Dave Mason

Last Fall the San Diego Chapter hosted its first ever hybrid in-person and virtual INCOSE event, the Western States Regional Conference, which was an overwhelming success! “Sailing the Digital Wave” was the overarching theme, and almost a year of planning lead to a fruitful conference through a collaborative effort supported by the San Diego, Colorado, Washington State, Los Angeles, and other western chapters. This venue provided a safe networking opportunity for systems engineers from various backgrounds to present relevant topics of interest as well as meet with other leaders in the 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 this 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.

As incoming President, one of my top priorities for the chapter this year is Outreach. We plan on further reaching out to academia in the region, to include growing the recently-created INCOSE Student Chapter (ACOSE) at San Diego State University. 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.

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 2021, 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,

John Thomas (JT), CSEP
President, INCOSE San Diego

Chapter Awards

  • 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.