June 14, 2016


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.

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.

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, and currently supports the Navy’s unmanned surface ship program. 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.

Gary Saner has background in interdisciplinary engineering, rooted with 11 year experience with the U.S. Navy submarine service. As a service member, he gained an appreciation for the efficiency and efficacy of those systems that enable service members to accomplish their mission. He was a member of Litton’s Industrial Automation group, which designed, delivered and supported custom, complex solutions for the manufacturing and distribution of products from world-class organizations including Boeing, Honeywell, Apple, General Atomics, USAF and others. These solutions integrated with multiple robotic devices, ERP systems as well as existing databases and software applications, delivering complex integrated solutions to these very sophisticated entities requiring full embrace of the broader discipline of systems engineering. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

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. Ray has held many positions on the INCOSE San Diego board, including President.

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 many years and has held numerous positions, including President.

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.

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.

Mike DiPaolo is a Lead System Engineer and Logistics Principal at SAIC supporting Space and Naval Warfare in San Diego, and has supported the DoD, DoN and the Air Force for over 27 years. He is currently serving as the Financial Secretary for the Knights of Columbus Council #2891 and Chairman of the Board for the Columbus Club Corporation. He has experience in reporting financials to directors and preparing reports for management and organization executives for corporations and non-profit organizations. Mike is an Eagle Scout and is an Assistant Scoutmaster for BSA Tr. 53 in Normal Heights.

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.