June 14, 2016


Richard Bryson is currently employed as a Systems Engineer Architect for Interoperability of Unmanned Air Systems at Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) in Rancho Bernardo, CA. He led the Global Hawk-related programs’ interoperability efforts for ten years and is now working on broader interoperability and system architecture efforts on the Common Mission Control Center program. Mr. Bryson has over thirty years of software engineering, systems engineering, and program and functional management experience from several companies including Hughes Aircraft, TRW, GDE (now BAE) Systems, SAIC, and NGC. That experience spans the development life cycle and includes aerospace avionics, communications, IMINT, MOVINT, and SIGINT processing, and a smattering of commercial communications jobs. He has also taught courses on software engineering and management at local universities as an adjunct professor.

Ted Mulder is an Engineering Manager and has over 25 years in the aerospace industry with emphasis in systems and software engineering. His engineering professional career is primarily in the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) – Avionics & Ground Segment and C4ISR systems, with competencies in Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE), Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA), and Modeling and Simulation (M&S). Ted is currently employed with Northrop Grumman Corporation. His previous employment includes both Lockheed Martin and NAVSEA. Ted has Master and Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego and Cal Poly University, respectively. Ted has served before on the San Diego INCOSE board as VP of Technical Development and VP of Chapter Development, and is now President Elect of the San Diego chapter.

Ray Madachy has been an Associate Professor since 2008 at the Naval Postgraduate School. Ray received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1994. His background is in modeling and simulation of processes for architecting and engineering of complex systems; cost analysis and value-base engineering of software intensive systems; quantitative methods for systems risk management; systems and software measurement; process improvement; and quality; integrating systems engineering and software engineering disciplines and empirical-based research with process simulation.

Jim Gottfried has worked in software and systems engineering management for over 30 years. He has also worked as a program manager of system development projects and has a PMP credential. Jim currently works as a consultant supporting proposal development and review, independent project reviews covering both technical and management concerns, and system engineering process improvement including risk management and CMMI. Jim worked 20 years for SAIC, 10 years for Lockheed Martin Aerospace, and 11 years for Hughes Aircraft. Jim was a Chief Engineer/Scientist for SAIC and Lockheed. Jim has been on the San Diego INCOSE Board of Directors for 3 of the past 4 years.

James C.S. Meng, Ph.D, UCSD Senior Fellow SuperComputer Center. My Core Competencies are Large Complex Systems Design, Interoperable Architecture, Systems Integration and Value Delivery. Previous positions held were: Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Architectures, Standards and Integration, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller; Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics Executive, office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Research Development & Acquisition; and Executive Director, Warfare Systems Engineering Directorate, NAVSEA06B, Washington, DC, and also Chief Systems Engineer.

Mr. Abbas Rostami is a Senior Systems Engineer and Architect with considerable experience in software engineering and development, System Architecture and Modeling, Business/Project Planning and Implementation. During his long career history, he has worked for defense and commercial industries with international settings including, Cubic Corp, SAIC, L-3 Communications, and Boeing Corp. He has extensive experience in requirements specifications and management, concept development, and the full System Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Mr. Rostami has developed courses in Software Processes and Tools, Object Oriented Technology (OOT) and has taught at the National University (NU) School of Engineering and Technology, from 2001 to 2007. Since 2014, he has been participating in various startup activities to contribute to the new business modeling and strategic planning based on the Value Delivery Modeling Language. Mr. Rostami is providing technical services to Meaningful Evidence (ME) for research and implementation of an innovative Strategic Planing/Modeling tool based on the Integrative Propositional Analysis (IPA) concepts.

Mr. Halverson has a BSEE and a MS in Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan, and has recently obtained a certificate as a Professional Systems Engineer from the University of California, San Diego. In addition, he is certified as a Quality Engineer and a Quality Manager by the American Society for Quality. Mr. Halverson has worked for many aerospace and defense companies as a systems engineer and as a manager. For the last 11 years he has been employed at Northrop Grumman in San Diego, California, specializing in systems engineering, system safety, and regulatory affairs.

Mr. Jack Turner is founding partner of Xsite LLC. He graduated from Boston University with a Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1987. He was commissioned in the US Navy and flew with helicopter squadron HSL-47 and retired from the Naval Reserve Space and Naval Warfare Unit 0466 in 2008 where as a member of the space cadre he conducted satellite launch and early orbit operations. After leaving the active duty Navy he worked a number of terminal and satellite programs, including IMARSAT and the military utilization of Iridium, and earned a MBA with a focus on Technology Management. He worked at MAXIM systems and Accenture Federal systems for over 16 years where he was a principle engineer, program manager and the Lead Area Director for the San Diego Region. His most recent delivery rolls have been in support of the PEO Space Systems and the Mobile User Objective System Technical director, working on advanced communications concepts and Space Craft Launch Readiness and Anomaly Independent Review Teams. He is currently working terminal integration, MUOS End to End test, and operational transition of MUOS. Mr. Turner has over 26 years of military and 14 years of specific space experience. With AFCEA, Mr. Turner is leading the C4ISR Symposium and is a member of the SD Chapter Executive Committee.

Mr. von Stauffenberg is the founder and CEO of VStar Systems Inc., a San Diego based Aerospace and Defense Company specializing in RF Systems and Unmanned Systems. Prior to starting his own company, he served in a variety of positions on the Global Hawk program at Northrop Grumman, including Block 30 Chief Engineer, Sensor Lead Integration Engineer, Subcontract Manager and Functional Homeroom Manager. Andy is a veteran with 8 years’ service in the U.S. Navy.

Greg Bulla has worked in software engineering and systems engineering domains for over 20 years. He recently directly supported the U.S. Space & Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Headquarters division in conducting technical systems engineering reviews of large DOD programs. Greg’s professional software experience includes the planning, design and development of time-critical targeting software, intelligent software agents, and tactical radios, and has directly contributed to the following programs: U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Global Command and Control System (GCCS), and Distributed Common Ground System-Navy (DCGS-N). His education includes a Bachlor degree in Aerospace Engineering and Masters degree in Computer Science, and he holds active INCOSE CSEP certification.