June 14, 2016


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.

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. Frank Lacson is a Human Factors Subject Matter Expert (SME) at Kapsuun Group, LLC, 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.

Mahasa Zahirnia stands at the forefront of the fastest moving technology industry trends: Artificial Intelligence, Metareasoning, UAV swarming and Cyber. She has spent the past five years evangelizing an industry-wide shift to the Cyber Intelligence and has helped several companies’ movement to smart technology. Mahasa has received several awards for her innovation and design from DoD and the commercial sector while embracing the core value of system engineering, integrity and innovation. Mahasa has 28 year of experience at various companies such as Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cubic, Captiva Software, Sony and Solar Turbines. She holds a Master’s degree in Leadership from University of San Diego and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.

Keith Conway brings his technical background to the INCOSE San Diego board and is currently employed as a software architect for Northrop Grumman Corporation on the Common Mission Control Center (CMCC) project, working with the DoDAF-based Rhapsody system modeling toolset supporting the Architecture Working Group (AWG) and the External Interface Working Group (EIWG). He is a fan of INCOSE processes, and believes systems engineering processes can be the deciding factor between success and failure. Keith is currently working towards his INCOSE CSEP certification.

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.

Art Villanueva is a systems engineer and entrepreneur with experience in the defense, energy, and transportation sectors. He has served as chief architect and lead systems engineer for several billion-dollar programs and has led and managed diverse technical teams. Prior to his current position as a systems engineering manager for Cubic Transportation Systems, Art co-founded three sustainable energy companies, CleanSpark, Iteros, and Cool2Zero, the first of which he served as CTO, grew to forty employees, and is now public. Before his foray into energy, he spent eleven years at Northrop Grumman. Art has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics with a Specialization in Computing from UCLA, a master’s degree in Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering from UCSD, and currently working on his doctorate in systems engineering at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. He holds multiple patents including one for microgrid integration. He is a Certified Enterprise Architect for both DoDAF and TOGAF and a certified ATAM Lead Evaluator.

Sarah Ahmad is the Director of Product Management for the Software Lifecycle Management solutions at Dassault Systèmes. She defines how the 3DEXPERIENCE platform manages and governs software in the context of and in collaboration with multi-discipline products and teams. Engaging with system engineers on a day-to-day basis, she helps to implement MBSE best practices for both hardware and software engineering. Sarah has bachelors of science in Information and Computer Science, from the University of California, Irvine, is certified in Safe Agile processes and has a Product Management certification from UC Berkeley. She has been with Dassault Systèmes for the past 12 years, in various roles supporting many industries ranging from Aerospace & Defense, HiTech, Transportation & Mobility, and beyond. When not working, she spends her time with her two kids, volunteering for charitable causes like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and takes a keen interest in fitness.

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.

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.

Charley Patton, CSEP, is a systems engineering lead for Northrop Grumman, which he joined in 2004. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, an M.S. in Business Management from SDSU, and several certificates, including a Systems Engineering certificate from UCSD and a Model-Based Systems Engineering certificate from Caltech. After transitioning from a software development career, he learned increasingly disciplined methods for determining and documenting requirements and architectures; planned and executed system test and deployment activities; eventually joined the ranks of functional management leading a group of mostly software, integration, and test engineers; and even managed a hardware development team for a year. Today he splits his time performing systems engineering lead functions, responding to proposals, and executing technical systems engineering tasks. Charley is also heavily involved in Toastmasters, where he’s earned the highest educational award 3 times so far, led the San Diego-based district of 3000+ members to Distinguished status during the 2009-2010 term, and completed an international appointment as a Region Advisor helping 7 other districts achieve Toastmasters organizational goals.

Ted Mulder is a systems engineering lead 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), C4ISR, systems, 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 holds both a Bachelor degree and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, and his professional experience includes over 14 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.