The INCOSE Institute for Technical Leadership

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Who: Karl Geist,  ESEP-Acq SoMD INCOSE Chapter

When:   26 Feb 2018  @ 1130 to 1300

Where:  KBRwyle, 22309 Exploration Drive, Lexington Park, MD 20653

Bill of Fare:  Lunch Provided, RSVP requested

Cost:  Free to all

Description: Four years ago, INCOSE started the development of an initiative to enhance and strengthen the Organization’s Leadership by developing and providing a training program. The program’s purpose is to accelerate the development of systems engineering leaders who will exemplify the best of our organization and our profession. Its primary benefits are the development of individual members as capable leaders, which benefits the involved members. INCOSE benefits include growing a pool of leaders, which can be used to help lead the Organization. Another intended outcome is hopefully to enhance INCOSE’s International reputation in systems engineering. Currently Cheryl Kinchen (Cohort 3) represents the SoMD Chapter in the Institute’s Leadership Program. Karl Geist , Chapter Treasurer will provide an overview of the initiative and explain the requirements to become part of the program, then address questions. Applicants must be nominated by an INCOSE leader and submit an application package that includes:

  1. Nominating letter from an INCOSE Board Member, Director, Assistant Director, Chapter President , or the CAB Representative from their company
  2. 2) Letter of recommendation and support from candidate’s home organization, including recognition of the required two-year commitment,                                                                                                                         3) Personal statement describing the expected benefits to the candidate, his/her organization, & INCOSE, 4) Resume describing positions held and specific systems engineering accomplishments.

Bio: Karl Geist is an acquisition professional armed with 40+ years of acquisition experience developing all aspects of a system throughout the lifecycle. He is DAU certified at Level 3 in Systems Planning, Research Development & Engineering, and in Program Management. He currently works part-time for KBRwyle, where he provides Systems Engineering and Program Analysis Support for various NAVAIR PMAs at NAS Patuxent River, MD. Karl has hands-on Acquisition experience in Systems Engineering, Program Management, Program Analysis, Software Engineering, Safety Engineering, Systems Analysis, Technical Assessment, Technical and Team Leadership, Personnel Management, & Training. Karl is a Charter Member of the SoMD Chapter currently serving as Treasurer, and Chair of the Defense System Working Group. Karl was Maryland’s first Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP-Acq) as one of the founders of INCOSE’s certification program, and served 6 years on the Certification Advisory Group. Karl is an active speaker and has earned six INCOSE services awards.

 

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INCOSE Knowledge Exam

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) has established a multi-level Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) Certification Program to provide a formal method for recognizing the knowledge and experience of systems engineers, regardless of where they may be in their career.  The INCOSE International Certification Program felt with the potentially looming government shutdown, there was an opportunity for companies and individuals to spend a little time on personal development, training, and INCOSE Certification. This would be a high leverage activity for all organizations and staffs that are looking to improve their Systems Engineering credentials.  So for a limited time the Certification Program Office offered INCOSE Chapters, who provide a testing location and a proctor, the opportunity to host a free INCOSE knowledge exam to all who are interested in gaining an ASEP or CSEP Certification.  

Spearheaded by Karl Geist (Pictured) Chapter Treasurer, the INCOSE SoMD Chapter took advantage of the opportunity and hosted a Beta Exam on Saturday, 10 February 2018 at 9 am at KBRwyle in Lexington Park, MD. The INCOSE SE Handbook version 4 was the basis used for all questions on the exam. No studying was required prior to taking this free exam, but some preparation was encouraged and recommended. The event was a free 150-item (2.5-hr) paper exam, and candidates who passed would also have their $150 application fee waived, if they apply within 3 months of receiving successful exam results. The SoMD Chapter advertised the event for two weeks on the SoMD Chapter Website, INCOSE International’s Website, the Americas Chapters Website, and additionally sent flyers to the surrounding INCOSE Sister Chapters soliciting participation. The Chapter received over a dozen inquiries about the exam, and had seven people register to take the test with representation from both the SoMD Chapter (Lyndsay Daniels pictured) and the Central VA Chapter (Laurence Thayer pictured).  Karl served as Proctor and Exam Coordinator with over 40 years of Acquisition experience developing Tactical Systems for the Navy. Karl is also one of the original founders of INCOSE Certification Program, and has been certified since 2004. Karl also served 6 years on INCOSE Certification Advisory Group (CAG), and helped write and stage a number of the INCOSE Certification Beta Exams.

Overall, the exam went very well. The SoMD Chapter provided the candidates a free continental and snacks. They were served danish, homemade chocolate chocolate-chip muffins, breakfast fruit bars, fresh fruit salad (Grapes, Cantaloupe, Strawberries and Blackberries), coffee, orange juice, soda, and water. The Chapter also incorporated a 15-minute bathroom for the Candidates, so as to not interfere with their exam time. Currently our SoMD Chapter has 49 members, with 20 members holding some level of INCOSE Certification. That’s 40.8% of our members. We’re hoping to increase that percentage with the exam results.  (The accompanying pictures were taken at exam for publicity.)  

Report From 2018 St. Mary’s Science and Engineering Fair

Great Mills High School again hosted the 2018 St. Mary’s County Science & Engineering Fair for the Middle and High Schools, which was held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The INCOSE SoMD Chapter solicited volunteers to act as INCOSE Judges for the Competition to review the 86 Middle and High School projects presented at the Fair. Karl Geist and Greg Olson answered the call to act as Competition Judges. They down selected the projects for the Junior division to the top 5 projects, and for the Senior division to the top 7 projects, then interviewed those 12 projects for individual scoring to determine the top projects in each division to award the prize money. In the Junior division representing Spring Ridge Middle School were project #J-2001 titled O.R.C.A. (Ocean Robot Collecting Aggregates) by Jared Republica, which won Second place, and #J-2002 titled Vacation Irrigation by Tom Wilson, which won First place. In the Senior division representing Leonardtown High Schools, were project #S-1004 titled D.R.O.P by Timothy Stinger, which  was awarded Second place, and project #S-0502 titled Prescripted Code by John Podsednik, Kyra Pratley, and William Voorhees, which took top honors. Karl Geist, Chapter Treasurer presented the cash awards at the Awards Ceremony following the competition. All these INCOSE Award winners along with the winners of The Patuxent Partnership awards, will also be recognized at a reception co-hosted by The Patuxent Partnership and the INCOSE SoMD Chapter on Tuesday, February 20th from 5:00pm – 6:30pm at Great Mills High School, 21130 Great Mills Road, Great Mills MD 20634. Everyone in the chapter is invited.

John Podsednik, Kyra Pratley, and William Voorhees won INCOSE first in Senior Division with there project Prescripted Code

Timothy Stinger won INCOSE 2nd Place in the Senior Division with his project D.R.O.P

Tom Wilson from Spring Ridge Middle school won INCOSE’s First Place in the Junior Division with his project Vacation Irrigation

 

Jared Republica from Spring Ridge Middle Schoo won the INCOSE Junior Second Place with his project O.R.C.A. (Ocean Robot Collecting Aggregates)

Opportunity: INCOSE SoMD Certification Exam

No exam fee ($80) and no application fee ($150) are required  <Flyer>

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) has established a multi-level Systems Engineering Professional (SEP) Certification Program to provide a formal method for recognizing the knowledge and experience of systems engineers, regardless of where they may be in their career.  The INCOSE International Certification Program feels with the government shutdown, there is as an opportunity for companies and individuals to spend a little time on personal development, training, and INCOSE Certification. So for a limited time, the INCOSE Certification Program Office is offering  INCOSE Chapters who provide a testing location and a proctor, the opportunity to host a free INCOSE knowledge exam to all who are interested in gaining an ASEP or CSEP Certification.

The INCOSE SoMD Chapter is hosting this opportunity for you. This is a high leverage activity for all organizations and staffs that are looking to improve their Systems Engineering credentials. No studying is required prior to taking this free exam. However, some preparation is recommended and encouraged. The plan is to host a free 150-item (2.5-hr) paper exam, and candidates who pass will have their application fee waived, if they apply within 3 months of receiving successful exam results. That means all current INCOSE members could get their ASEP for free, and non-members could get their ASEP just by joining INCOSE. No exam fee ($80) and no application fee ($150) are required. Usually, the exam is 120-item (2-hr) and does not waive the application fee.  All other ASEP or CSEP requirements will need to be satisfied for the final certification. Applicants can apply via the www.incose-somd.orgwebsite. Existing SEPs are NOT ELIGIBLE to take the exam. The SoMD Chapter is advertising this opportunity for the next 2 weeks, so this requires an immediate response because SPACE IS LIMITED.  Please let Karl Geist know ASAP, if you’re interested. All Chapters are welcome to participate in this exam!

It will be offered on Saturday 10 February 2018 at KBRwyle, 22309 Exploration Drive, Lexington Park, MD 20653 from approximately 0900 am till 1330 pm.  Please let Karl Geist know ASAP if you’re interested.

Email your interest to Karl

Call for Support for 2018 INCOSE Southern Maryland Chapter Events

International Certification Program

First, the INCOSE International Certification Program feels with the government shutdown, there is as an opportunity for companies and individuals to spend a little time on personal development, training, and INCOSE Certification. They are planning to offer a free INCOSE knowledge exam to all who are interested. They plan that it could be held sometime between January 26 and February 3. They also feel this would be a welcome activity for organizations that will have folks working on overhead, anyway. No studying is required prior to taking this free exam, though it is encouraged. The suggestion is to host a few 150-item paper exams, scheduled just one to two weeks in advance. Along with this extended (2.5-hr) exam, candidates who pass will have their ASEP application fee waived, if they apply within 3 months of receiving exam results. That means that all current INCOSE members could get their ASEP for free, and non-members could get their ASEP just by joining INCOSE. No exam fee ($80) and no application fee ($150) as a limited time offer! Usually the exam is 120-item (2-hr) and does not waive the application fee. They are offering this opportunity to only the SoMD, WMA, and Chesapeake chapters, but we need to identify a location. Karl Geist is willing to act as proctor, since he is an ESEP and has proctored 4 other Certification Exams. They plan to set an exam date before 5 February, and create a website for registration. Chapters would then advertise it! This is a new idea and requires an immediate response. INCOSE is also hoping to offer other training activities during the next week or two. Please let Karl Geist know ASAP if you’re interested.

2018 St. Mary’s County Science & Engineering Fair

Call for Judges for the 2018 St. Mary’s County Science & Engineering Fair for the Middle and High Schools to be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Great Mills High School. The Chapter is looking for Volunteers to act as INCOSE Judges for the Competition to review approximately 125 total projects between the Middle and High Schools. The Judges will down select to the top 5 – 6 projects in each division and interview those projects for individual scoring to determine the top 3 in each division for awarding prize money. Winners will also be recognized at a reception co-hosted by The Patuxent Partnership and INCOSE SoMD Chapter sometime in March.

Christmas in April (CIA)
For the last several years, our Chapter has participated in the St. Mary’s County Christmas In April program by providing volunteers to help refurbish local homes of the less fortunate. We are again planning to participate on Saturday 28 April, so we are in need of volunteers to help with this project. We normally make minor repairs to the inside and outside of the homes. Tasking may include jobs like Removing & installing flooring; Painting the interior ceiling & walls; Repairing some electrical; Doing weather stripping; Repairing & caulking windows; Painting exterior trim, eves, windows, & doors; and Performing some landscaping and clean-up. We provide our own tools, but CIA will provide all the materials.

AUVSI Competition

The SoMD INCOSE Chapter has a long 16-year history of providing support to the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Student Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) Competitions. We are looking for Volunteers to be Competition Judges, Registration Personnel, and Servers for the Reception. This year’s (2018) competition support will start in May if you volunteer as a Judge to review Competition Journal Papers. Then on Wednesday 13 June, we will also need volunteers to support Competition Set-up, Registration, and the Reception. If you wish to continue judging the competition, on June 14th, 15th, and 16th (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) a total of 60ish international and domestic teams will compete presenting project briefs and flying their UAVs in competition.

Please consider supporting or volunteering for any or all these activities. If you have questions or plan to volunteer, please contact Karl Geist at kgeist@md.metrocast.net or 301-247-7670.