When

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM PST

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This is a hybrid event, 
Online via Zoom, In person at

The Aerospace Corp. D8/1010 
200 N Aviation Blvd
El Segundo, CA 90245
 

 
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Rick Hefner
INCOSE Los Angeles Chapter
(310) 500-8992
registration@incose-la.org

5:30pm   Networking

6:00pm  President's Introduction

6:15pm   Speaker Presentation

7:30pm  Meeting Close

Ken Cureton

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INCOSE-LA November 14th Speaker Meeting
Systems Architecting and the Political Process
with Ken Cureton, USC

Design and development of a major engineering system is often strongly influenced by political processes in governments and major corporations.
Systems Engineers are often unprepared for the role of governmental or corporate oversight of their projects. Here is help.

Design and development of a typical major engineering system is often strongly influenced by political processes in governments and major corporations for funding & approval.  Systems Engineers are carefully trained in analytical techniques for dealing with risks related to cost, schedule, and performance challenges, but are often woefully unprepared for the role of governmental or corporate oversight of their projects—an area of Programmatic Risk as identified by INCOSE. 

This presentation describes programmatic risk mitigation tools that can aid in understanding and surviving the political processes that inevitably affect engineering decisions. A real-world Case Study (the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster) is reviewed to demonstrate the impact of political processes and analyzed to reveal potential programmatic risk mitigation techniques.

This event will be held at The Aerospace Corp. in El Segundo, and online via Zoom, you can join us from anywhere. The event is completely free!

Mr. Kenneth Cureton (Ken)is a retired Senior Systems Engineer for The Boeing Company’s Defense, Space, & Security Systems: Phantom Works.  Mr. Cureton started his aerospace career at Rockwell Space Systems Division and worked on the Space Shuttle program after the Challenger disaster.  He also participated in other Manned Space, Launch Systems, Satellite Systems, Networked Systems, Cyber Security, and Defense Conversion programs, usually in Systems Engineering leadership positions.  He was employed as a Computer Hardware/Software and Systems Engineer for a total of 46 years in Government, Small Business, & Aerospace Sectors.

 Mr. Cureton currently serves as the Chairman of the INCOSE Resilient Systems Working Group, and is an Instructor of many Systems Architecting & Engineering (SAE) classes at the University of Southern California (USC).  He also serves on the AIAA Space Settlement Technical Committee (SSTC).  His prior professional affiliations include former co-chair of the IEEE MBSE Working Group, and Network-Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) Technical Council Chair Emeritus.

Mr. Cureton’s formal education includes a BS in High-Energy & Nuclear Physics, and an MS in Systems Architecting & Engineering.