Michael Do, Program Director
INCOSE - Los Angeles Chapter
(520) 820-8002

April 11, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm PT

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Deborah Cannon, (714) 477-3755
The Aerospace Corp. Bldg D8, Rm 1010
200 North Aviation Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245 

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200 N Aviation Blvd.,
El Segundo, CA 90245

April 11th Speaker Meeting
"Is Systems Engineering Really Engineering?"
with Steven Jenkins, PhD

TOPIC:  "Is Systems Engineering Really Engineering?"

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 11, 2017

5:15-5:30  Sign-in/Registration
5:30-6:00  Networking/Refreshments
6:10-6:20  Introduction
6:20-6:30  WG Presentation
6:30-7:30  Guest Speaker Presentation

Aerospace (Host Site) reservations close Monday noon the week before the meeting. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we must observe the security procedures of our host sites. For remote venues and virtual attendance please RSVP by Monday noon the week of the meeting. Virtual Attendance instructions will be emailed the morning of the meeting.


             Non-Members: $10.

WHERE:  Host site: The Aerospace Corp., Bldg D8, Room 1010,  200 N. Aviation Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245;  POC: Deborah Cannon, (714) 477-3755 (mobile).  Refreshments will be provided at this site.

Remote Sites (potential):



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Antelope Valley, Palmdale

Mike Wallace

Azusa: Northrop Grumman Corp.

Maria Alvarez

Goleta: Control Point Corp,

Paul Stowell

Remote venue needed

Huntington Beach: Boeing

Bob Noel

Webcast virtual site: Register as an individual virtual participant. 

ABSTRACT: Engineering is a creative process.  The object of engineering is to bring about a desired state of the world, typically through the creation of artifacts that use scientific principles to judge the state of the world in a desired direction.  Although engineering disciplines differ in their problem domains and solution techniques, there are fundamental principles that unite them and distinguish engineering from other creative activities such as painting and writing.  This talk will explore some of these fundamental principles and consider the degree to which systems engineering does or does not respect them.  Finally, it will argue that "Model-Based Systems Engineering" is just a label for a much-needed effort to firmly establish systems engineering as a legitimate application of engineering.  

BIOGRAPHY: Steven Jenkins is a Principal Engineer in the Formulation and Systems Engineering Division at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He serves as the Chief Engineer of JPL’s Integrated Model-Centric Engineering Initiative, an institutionally-funded project aimed at enhancing the value of the engineering process through modeling. His interests include the integration of descriptive and analytical modeling and the application of knowledge representation and formal semantics to systems engineering. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Millsaps College, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. He was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1999 and was a co-recipient of the NASA Systems Engineering Award in 2012.

WORKING GROUP PRESENTATION:  Joshua Sparber, INCOSE-LA Member, will present the Critical Infrastructure Protection & Recovery (CIPR) WG Accomplishments and Future Activities.