June 14, 2016


Mr. John Thomas is a Principal Systems Engineer at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and former Naval Aviator, competent in engineering processes, management and military doctrine and experienced in computer programming, program design and execution. John has over 10 years of experience in Electronic Warfare, Cryptologic Operations, Cyber, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. He has employed systems leveraging National Intelligence information at the Strategic and Tactical levels and is proficient in fusing tactical and operational intelligence sources to enhance Maritime Domain Awareness. John recently served INCOSE as the Technical Program Committee Co-Chair of the Western States Regional Conference (WSRC 2020), where he provided guidance on overall program development and reviewed candidates for papers and presentations. He will be increasing his role of Technical Program Committee Chair for WSRC 2021 in San Diego and will continue efforts based on lessons learned and solicit and manage submissions for the Conference.

Mr. Vincent Poteat is a Senior Principal Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman with over 11 years of engineering experience including rapid prototype development, integration and test, requirements analysis & management, and technical planning. His education includes a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineer and a Caltech Systems Engineering Fundamentals certificate, and he holds INCOSE ASEP certification. Vincent will assume the role of President in 2023.

Mr. Frank Lacson is a Human Factors Subject Matter Expert (SME) at Imagine Believe Realize (IBR), with over 12 years of experience in conducting Human Systems Integration (HSI) for DoD projects and Programs of Record (PoR) for C4ISR and Enterprise Information Systems for the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR, formerly SPWAR). Throughout his career, he has served as the end user advocate in Integrated Product Teams (IPTs), working closely with System Engineering, Logistics / Product Support, Software Engineers, Architecture, and Test & Evaluation. Competency areas include: User Experience, Human Centered Design, and DoD HSI policy and Standardization. He has served in leadership roles with the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFES), the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) Los Angeles Chapter, and the San Diego Smooth Dancers (a ballroom dancing organization). Mr. Lacson has a Master and Bachelor degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Frank also has a certificate in Systems Engineering from UCSD Extension.

Mr. Greg Bulla has worked in software engineering and systems engineering domains for over 20 years. He currently supports the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) 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), Distributed Common Ground System-Navy (DCGS-N), and a U.S. unmanned ship program. His education includes a Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering and Masters degree in Computer Science, and he holds active INCOSE CSEP certification.

Ms. Cyndi Reyes is a Senior Systems Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the aerospace and defense industry, where she has primarily been focused in the mission systems, ground controls, and unmanned systems domains. Over the course of her career, she has achieved significant experience in Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Requirements and Verification Management, and Human Systems Integration (HSI). Cyndi is currently employed at Northrop Grumman Corporation as a systems engineering leader for Advanced Programs. When she is not working in her day job, Cyndi is the Chairman of an Engineering Resource Group (ERG) at Northrop Grumman, enjoys teaching coding to elementary school children, and has coached for the FLL Jr. robotics competition. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering from MIT, and has professional education certificates in Systems Engineering from California Institute of Technology, Engineering Leadership and Management from University of Southern California, and Design Thinking and Strategic Innovation from Stanford University.

Ms. Amanda Moore has over eight years of DoD systems engineering experience spanning test and evaluation, requirements management, Agile software development, technical documentation, and Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). She has served four years in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer where she led Information Technology (IT) Communications and Administrative Divisions onboard an AEGIS-equipped guided missile destroyer. Amanda is currently employed by CACI and works with its Model-Driven Design and Implementation (MDDI) team in continued support of the Navy. Her education includes a Masters degree in Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering from UC San Diego, and she holds active INCOSE CSEP certification. In true San Diego fashion, she enjoys roller-skating and is a charter member of the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park.

Dr. Julia Taylor is a Strategic Management consultant, a field very closely aligned with systems engineering, involving many of the same principles including systems thinking, interdisciplinary collaboration, consideration of the whole from the beginning, and use of processes in order to deal with complex systems. Dr. Taylor feels this is an exciting time for systems engineering because of new technologies allowing for simulations, greater use of software in systems, and new ways of working together like concurrent engineering. She received her PhD in 1992 from Alliant International University, San Diego, California, and has consulted for 25 years.

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. 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.

Mr. Ted Mulder is a Program Manager at Northrop Grumman corporation. He is an experienced leader with a strong history of leading teams to successful project completion, meeting cost and schedule, requirements analysis, system architecture, and minimizing project risks. Ted is skilled in unmanned aerial vehicles (Avionics & Ground Segment), C5ISR systems, communications, Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), software, project and subcontractor management, as well as integrating very large complex systems for a wide variety of aerospace systems. Ted has earned both a Bachelor and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and he holds an active INCOSE CSEP certification. His professional experience includes over 15 years at Northrop-Grumman as well as time at Lockheed-Martin corporation. Ted is also a Past-President of the INCOSE San Diego chapter, leading the chapter in 2018 to their first Platinum Award status as well as the President’s Award for Outstanding Chapter, worldwide. He also received the Grady Outstanding Service Award for 2019 and the 2020 Keith F. Glassman Outstanding Engineering Service Award by the San Diego County Engineering Council (SDCEC). In 2021, Ted served as the Chair for the Western States Regional Conference (WSRC) which was hosted in San Diego.

Mr. Dave Mason is an INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) who since 2011 has taught the INCOSE System Engineering Professional (SEP) certificate training course to professional and academia members. Dave has more than 30 years in Aerospace industry, transcending positions from electronic technician to system engineering, and during his last five years led the planning, design, development, and verification & validation of assorted electro-optical, space-qualified flight hardware. He has utilized the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program to maximize product efficiency through the application of six sigma tools to each product process to assess the value stream flow. Dave’s resume includes establishment of the 4-Way Benefit Model for incorporating students within the INCOSE umbrella, development of the IUSE campaign to market student member activities and accomplishments with the aid of local enterprises, and serving as the President of the INCOSE San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, 2009 winners of the INCOSE President Award. Dave holds Bachelor degrees in both Business Administration and Production and Operation Management, and Masters degrees in both BA and Quantitative Analysis, all from Cal State Hayward.

Ms. Chelsea Ballinger is a San Diego native and Systems Engineer for Booz-Allen-Hamilton where she serves as a Lead Engineer utilizing her diverse background and experience to serve as ‘pinch-hitter’ for mission and client needs. Covering diverse technical experience through all phases of project development, Chelsea has leveraged her operational knowledge base to solve system of systems engineering challenges and develop enterprise-wide technical strategy.Chelsea holds a Bachelor’s in Physics from UC San Diego and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University.

Mr. Austin Dien is a Cyber Security Engineer at AUSGAR Technologies Incorporated, where he has contributed to multiple DOD programs in the area of cyber security and computer networking. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and holds several networking and cyber-security certifications.