June 14, 2016


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 of the San Diego chapter.

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. Richard served as President of INCOSE San Diego for calendar year 2017, and is now Past President.

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. He is now our chapter’s President Elect for 2019.

Ray Madachy has been a 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 the past 5 years.

Howen Fernando is a senior systems engineer at the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) – Pacific. Howen has recently served as deputy director, DoD Waveform Standards, Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC), where he was part of a team responsible for the creation and promulgation of Open Systems Architecture Standards in Wireless Communications Software for the DoD to enable/improve interoperability, affordability, and security of communications systems. Howen has also served as Branch Head of the Advanced Intelligence Concepts Branch at SSC Pacific, and as Lead Systems Architect for the Generation-4 Advanced Modular Electronics (AME) Receiver System (G-4 AMERS) project. He successfully led the project through Feasibility/Systems Engineering Study, Development, and Test and Evaluation Phases. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University, and received his M.S. degree in 2017 in Systems Engineering Management and Product Development from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Susanna Faruque is a Systems Engineer for the Advanced Platforms at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. She serves as the Responsible Engineer and Thread Lead for the Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS). Prior to this, Susanna held roles as the Modeling and Simulation Lead and Cost Account Manager in Systems Engineering Integration and Test (SEIT) for the Triton UAV at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. Susanna served as President of Northrop Grumman Recreational Club Families and Chair for Employee Resource Group (ERG) Source for Parents, Resource, Opportunities, and Team (SPROUT) in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego for calendar year 2016-2017. She now serves on the San Diego INCOSE Board of Directors. She has taught courses on Mathematics and Statistics at San Diego City Community College and the Florida Institute of Technology as an adjunct professor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Stony Brook University, a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education with a concentration in Applied Mathematics from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Systems Engineering Certificate from Caltech.

Burt Laguitan works for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, located at Spectrum Center in San Diego CA. He is a Systems Engineer for the COMMS group of the US Navy’s Triton UAS program, currently working as an IPT lead and Cost Account Manager for the integration and test team. His formal education includes an Associate degree in Electrical Engineering, a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and a MBA degree majoring in International Business. He also has certificates for COMPTIA’s Security+ and INCOSE’s Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP). Burt also sets aside time to volunteer for San Diego Parks and Recreation as well as Habitat for Humanity.

Mitch Seime has a BS in Workforce Education from Southern Illinois University and a MS in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Mitch is a retired Navy Electronics Technician responsible for the operation and maintenance of the submarine C4I systems, and the development and deployment of serial to Internet Protocol transition for submarine communications. He has worked for SPAWAR in various capacities, including the development of submarine communications systems training and the development of Common Submarine Radio Room. Currently, Mitch is the Navy Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) Lead Engineer for SPAWAR 5.0 Engineering Directorate, overseeing various efforts to integrate MBSE tools and processes, improve configuration management tracking, and establish a robust end-to-end testing capability.

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.