INCOSE San Diego
Sept 2018 Newsletter
From The President

The Transformation of Systems Engineering
New techniques like MBSE and Agile SE continue to gain momentum

We certainly are living in interesting and exciting times in our systems engineering (SE) profession.  There are many techniques, methodologies, and tools which have maturated to the level of causing a paradigm shift in the SE world.  This is mainly due to the continual need to manage the complexity of systems and to increase the productivity of the engineering team. 

In my earlier professional years, I started learning about SE from classics such as "System Requirement Analysis" by Jeffery O. Grady and "The Art of System Architecting" by Mark W. Maier and Eberhardt Rechtin .  Over past 50+ years, there has been a plethora of research and applied SE in the industry that have contributed to the SE body of knowledge (BoK).  This includes the work of the INCOSE Working Groups (WG) such as Model Base System Engineering (MBSE) Initiative and Agile Systems and Systems Engineering.  The momentum is certainly accelerating this paradigm shift on how we do SE on our current and future projects. 

For example, our DoD customers in the Aerospace industry are advocating more use of MBSE for programs and will be including the requirement for this in future Request for Proposals (RFP).  We can therefore expect programs to be managed with a core MBSE centric philosophy and not as “I guess we need to include some MBSE work” or as an afterthought.  

At a recent MBSE Summit, I heard commercial companies such as Google are seeking MBSE engineers to work for them.  Agile SE is also being look at more to help with the rapid pace, dynamic organizational environment, and schedule demands for projects to develop quality production systems quickly.  This is certainly true for commercial products but is now true for Aerospace products too!  As for Agile SE, Rick Dove (Chair of the INCOSE Agile Systems WG) has used American Football as a good example of how this methodology might work (see Slide 10 American Football is Agility in Action, also shown below).
I also know of some companies producing 'playbooks' on the different aspects of managing the project. 
American Football and Systems Engineering

As you can see, the SE community is using the best of both within and outside the SE BoK to transform SE into an effective tool in a projects arsenal to produce quality products for their customers.

I encourage all who want to increase their SE knowledge and skill set in MBSE and Agile SE to attend both our 2-Day INCOSE San Diego Tutorial in Agile Systems Engineering as Risk Management, and the 2018 San Diego INCOSE Mini-Conference - Systems Engineering Transformation, this Fall.  These two events will "peel the onion" on these two main SE areas and will enlighten you on how they are truly transforming SE.  See you there!

Ted Mulder
President, INCOSE San Diego Chapter

Upcoming Events!

(SD INCOSE events are open to all, including non-INCOSE members. Please invite your friends and coworkers!)
Saturday, October 13th, 5:30 - 9:00pm

Please join us for our 2018 SD INCOSE Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) celebration event in honor of our San Diego county teachers and students and their STEM projects, sponsored by the generous STEM donations of San Diego corporations, individuals, and INCOSE members!

This year’s event will be held at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido, CA! This museum provides hands-on educational exhibits and programs focusing on science, art, and world cultures for over 100,000 visitors including children, families and school groups annually. Come check it out! 

Venue & Address: San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, 320 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025 (Google Maps)
Tickets: $20 Adult/ $10 children/ $50 Family Pack (Includes 2 adults and up to 4 kids)/ Kids under 5 free!

Fun Events:
  • LIVE STAGE SHOWS by the Fleet Science Center, Rigamajig, and Lego Robotics, with hands on activities!
  • Children’s Discovery Museum kids exhibits
  • Dinner by Kennedy’s Karne (veggie and meat options)
  • 50-50 Raffle
  • Professional Networking with other Systems Engineers
  • Affordable prices
Please visit the Children’s Discovery Museum Website and contact us with any questions. Thank you!


Leveraging the Cloud and AI to Enable Agile and Accelerated Systems Engineering
Wednesday, Nov 7th, 2018, 5:30 - 7pm

Presenter: Faris Hamdi, Voyager Space Technologies

As systems become more complex with deep integration of multiple disciplines (software, electrical, and mechanical), information relating to designs, analysis and decision making become more difficult to manage and update which can lead to significantly extended project timelines and increased costs. This coupled with increasingly ambitious projects require us to build systems that enable the management of complexity and reduction of project timelines, and therefore cost.

Voyager is developing a cloud-based engineering platform that allows engineers to directly integrate their analysis (MATLAB, python, FEA) into a modeling environment along with system block diagrams, bills of materials (BOM) and CAD files. This Integrated modeling and development environment allows teams to reuse analyses and models across projects, as well as utilize those models concurrently and collaboratively.

Location: Filippi’s Restaurant in Kearny Mesa at 5353 Kearny Villa Rd, San Diego, CA 92123 (Google Maps)
Presentation and Dinner: The first 1/2 hour is for dinner and networking. The optional buffet dinner starts at 5:30., and the presentation begins at approximately 6 pm. The cost of the buffet is $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and includes pizza, salad, pasta, and soft drinks.
Webcasting: This presentation will be webcast starting at approximately 5:50 pm. Please check the website for further details.
Cost: Free.

RSVP HERE Thurs-Friday, Nov 29-30, 2018, 8:30am-4:30pm

Please join us for a special 2-day tutorial on Agile Systems Engineering in San Diego!  This tutorial will be instructed by Mr. Rick Dove, Chair of the INCOSE of the INCOSE Agile Systems and Systems Engineering Working Group.

This tutorial will fully cover a broad range of Agile systems engineering principles, to include the

- Agile architecture pattern
- Ten Agile design principles
- Nine Agile operational principles
- Agile Concept of Operations, and
- Methodology for closing agile design with agile requirements

Location: California Miramar University, 3550 Camino Del Rio N #208, San Diego, CA 92108 (Google Maps)
Cost: $250 INCOSE members. $280 Non-INCOSE members. $200 Students.

This tutorial is centrally located at the California Miramar University in Mission Valley, is very affordable, and will include lunch on both days. The course is designed for
  • Beginners to experienced SE practitioners
  • Engineers of all disciplines
  • Project managers
  • System requirements developers
Please see the registration page for full details!

Register HERE


2018 INCOSE San Diego Mini-Conference
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 8am - 4:30pm

Back again, the only systems engineering conference held in San Diego! Our annual full-day of presentations of systems engineering topics, to include MBSE, Agile SE, Engineering of Laws, and more. This year’s conference will center on the transformation of systems engineering in addressing the increasing complexity and the shorter time to market of today’s systems (the full schedule of events will be posted prior to the conference).

Location: UCSD Extension, 6256 Greenwich Dr, San Diego, CA 92122 (Google Maps)
Cost: INCOSE Members $50, Non-Members $60, Students $25

Morning pastries/coffee and lunch will be provided (please contact us if you prefer a vegetarian option)

Topics will include:
  • Agile Systems Engineering
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering
  • System of Systems (SoS) Engineering
  • Elegant Engineering
  • Systems Engineering for Cybersecurity Systems
  • Systems Engineering for Artificial Intelligence Systems
  • Science of Laws in System Engineering
  • and MORE
Register HERE
INCOSE San Diego Welcomes 16 New Members

INCOSE San Diego is pleased to welcome 16 new members!  These members represent Northrop Grumman Corporation, Booz-Allen-Hamilton, SPAWAR, Boston Scientific, and QUALCOMM:
  • Destiny Tudara, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Christopher Willson, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Ryan Neillo, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Kenzo Tomitaka, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Andrew Raharjo Tsai, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Kylie Even, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Anthony Anglin, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Daniel Horn, Booz-Allen-Hamilton
  • Daniel Galang, Booz-Allen-Hamilton
  • Stewart Hall, SPAWAR
  • Keith Conway, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Joseph McCabe, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Jonathan Matejov, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • James Brown, Boston Scientific
  • Cyndi Reyes, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Akash Mohan, QUALCOMM

Please introduce yourself to a new member at one of our many events!
2018 INCOSE San Diego Board Contacts

Please feel free to contact a board member with suggestions or comments:

President - Ted Mulder,
Past-President - Richard Bryson,
President-Elect - Abbas Rostami,
Secretary - Mitch Seime,
VP Administration, Webmaster - Greg Bulla,
VP Chapter Development - Ray Madachy,
VP Technical  Development - Howen Fernando,
2nd-Year Director - Jim Gottfried,
1st-Year Director - Susanna Faruque,

You can also send general questions to: