September 17, 2014 – 5:10 pm – 7:10 pm

Hello Members and Friends.

After taking the month of August off, we are ready to begin again in September with an interesting topic presented by our own Dr. John Wood. John will discuss a recent “Report on Healthcare” from the Presidential Council of Advisers on Science and Technology. This report contained 7 recommendations and the third recommendation was “Provide Leadership in Systems Engineering.” What does this recommendation mean and how can INCOSE support this recommendation. Let’s discuss this important system engineering initiative and learn together what the future may hold.

Date and Time: Wenesday, 17 September; 5:10 PM for dinner and networking, 6PM for program

Location: Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant, 9353 Clairement Mesa Blvd., San Diego 92123

Topic: Dissecting the PCAST Report – Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement through Systems Engineering

Speaker: John N. Wood, PhD, Operations Director, GCorp Consulting

Please Note: Beginning with the September monthly meeting, we will start charging $5 for dinner for members and $10 for non-members. The board believes that you will still get a very good meal for a minimal price and your support will help offset the rising costs.


Abstract: The purpose of this presentation is to familiarize the audience with the recently released report to the President of the United States developed by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).  Per Presidential request, this study was performed by the 21 PCAST members appointed from industry, academia, research institutions, and other non-governmental organizations.  The presentation will cover the role of PCAST, the organization of the report, the six defined goals, and the identified barriers to implementation.

Biography of Dr. John Wood:  As Operations Director, John Wood is responsible for the performance of GCorp Consulting’s six divisions, including the newly established Health Solutions Division.  Prior to joining GCorp, Dr. Wood held lead engineering roles in a variety of domains including optimization of health care delivery, logistical support of aviation assets, and development of new nuclear weapons infrastructure.  Dr. Wood earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University.

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