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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-247-7670.