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Wednesday August 17, 2022 5:45 PM PDT to 7:15 PM PDT

(This presentation is open to all, including non-INCOSE members. Photo by ThisisEngineering RAEng on Unsplash)

Interoperability Evaluation in Systems and System-of-Systems


Join us on Wednesday, 17 August 2022, for a VIRTUAL presentation by Mr. Ken Cureton of the University of Southern California (USC) on assessing Interoperability in systems and systems of systems (SoS).

This presentation will discuss how Interoperability is a key factor in resilient systems, cyber security, and modeling, and is dependent on a range of technologies, people, and their processes!


Date: 17 August 2022, 5:45 pm Pacific Time (presentation starts at 6pm)
Location: Online only.
Cost: Free!
Web Conference Link: please see below.

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(Photos by Christopher Burns on Unsplash and Luca Onniboni on Unsplash)


What is Interoperability? There are several definitions, including of course INCOSE’s (“Interoperability depends on the compatibility of elements in a large and complex system … to work as a single entity”). Interoperability is a key factor in resilient systems, cyber security, and modeling, and is dependent on a range of technologies, people, and their processes. It is difficult to assess in networked systems for an enterprise, especially for System-of-Systems (SoS). Interoperability is typically constrained by:

  • Cost (networks, hardware, software, service fees)
  • Implementation schedule
  • Performance (especially of older, legacy systems)
  • Policy & Law
  • Personnel (training, experience, acceptance, etc.)

Systems and System-of-Systems may not know or fully understand their interoperability requirements. Interoperability in Systems/SoS may be assessed, and the following are true:

  • It is absolutely critical to obtain stakeholder involvement.
  • Such assessments may for the basis for Interoperability requirements, trades, and models.

PRESENTER: Mr. Ken Cureton, University of Southern California (USC)

Ken Cureton retired from Boeing (Rockwell) after 29 years of experience and accomplished another 16 years of successful technical leadership in commercial and government sectors. His in-depth expertise includes multiple areas such as Enterprise Systems & SoS Architecting, SoS Modeling & Integration, Cloud Computing and Security, Multi-disciplinary IPTs, Avionics R&D, and others.

Mr. Cureton is an instructor for several graduate courses in University of Southern California (USC)’s Systems Architecting and Engineering Program, including Systems Engineering Theory & Practice, Advanced Topics in SE, Engineered Resilient Systems and SoS, Economic Considerations for SE, and others. He has served on a multitude of professional committees, to include the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Boeing, the INCOSE Resilient Systems Working Group (RSWG). He has multiple professional recognitions and certificates, including those from NCOIC, Rockwell, and the California Polytechnic University, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from California State University Los Angeles and a Master of Science in Systems Architecting & Engineering from the University of Southern California.

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Posted by Greg Bulla on July 13, 2022

Saturday August 20, 2022 9:00 AM PDT to 4:00 PM PDT

(This workshop is open to all, including non-INCOSE members)

Register now for a 2-day VIRTUAL workshop on August 20th and 21th, 2022 by Mr. David Mason, ESEP and SEP instructor, on the essential elements of Version 4 of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook. This workshop will aid audience members to prepare themselves for the INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) certification examination.

This workshop is an exceptional value and an excellent introduction to the material found on the INCOSE SEP exam. Don’t miss it – prepare now!

(This workshop will require a minimum of 10 students.  If the minimum is not reached, you will be informed and your registration fee will be refunded.)

NOTE – This workshop will ALSO be RECORDED for later viewing by registered students!

Important Workshop Information:

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, 20-21 August, 2022, 9am-4pm Pacific Time (PT) (7 hours each day!)
Where:  Virtual/Online
Cost: $50
Webcast Details: This presentation will use Zoom. Login information will be provided to registered participants before the event.

Workshop Details:

The workshop will address major concepts in the Systems Engineering Handbook (SEH), to include:

  • Life Cycle technical and technical management processes (IEEE 15288) and the SE V diagram
  • Cross-cutting SE methods
  • N2 Diagram of SE processes
  • Tailoring programs
  • Specialty engineering activities, including affordability/cost-effectiveness, life-cycle costs (LLC), Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Environmental Engineering, Human Systems Integration (HSI) Interoperability, Logistics, and others.
  • Questions similar to those found on the exam!

Please have your own copy of the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook. It is available for free to INCOSE members on the INCOSE store. If you are not a member, you may purchase the book at the INCOSE store or from another vendor.

The workshop will use a combination of audience dialogue, assorted work assignments, and homework to aid the audience members in comprehending the concepts presented in the SEH and INCOSE SEP exam. As noted, it will also include practice problems similar to exam questions!

About Systems Engineering Professional Certification:

Approximately 3500 INCOSE members have obtained professional INCOSE systems engineering certification.  What about you?

INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional certification is similar to United States engineering professional engineering (PE) licenses, but instead of being issued by the states the members are certified by INCOSE.

There are 3 levels of INCOSE SE certification, based on demonstrated SE experience and passing the knowledge exam:

  1. Associative Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) – For members at the beginning of their systems engineer career.
  2. Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) – For practicing Systems Engineers with more than five years of systems engineering professional work experience.
  3. Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) – For systems engineering leaders with recognized systems accomplishments and many years of systems engineering professional work experience. There are only just over 300 ESEPs!

Read more on the certification levels Here.


Mr. Dave Mason, ESEP

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. He 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. His 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. Mr. Mason holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) focused on Production Management, and a Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA) in Quantitative Business Methods.

Questions?  Please contact us at info@sdincose.org for more information!

Registration: After registering below, you will see a link for payment. This will take you to PayPal – please contact us if you have any issues.


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Posted by Greg Bulla on July 31, 2022


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