INCOSE To Meet At ESD On New Systems Engineering Handbook

SOUTHFIELD — The International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Michigan Chapter announced two events Aug. 27 and 28 dedicated to informing Michigan engineering and management professionals in the defense and commercial sectors, students, and educators, about important advancements in systems engineering — as well as updated practices in the new 4th Edition INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook (John Wiley and Sons, July 2015).

Both events, a dinner meeting and a one-day tutorial, feature David Walden, of Shakopee, Minn., lead editor of the new version INCOSE Handbook.

The dinner meeting, Thursday, Aug. 27, will be followed by the tutorial on Friday, Aug. 28. The dinner runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m., and the tutorial the next day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both events are being held at The Engineering Society of Detroit, 20700 Civic Center Drive, Suite 450, in Southfield.

A limited number of tickets are available, in advance only, through EventBrite at and

“We are very fortunate to have Dave Walden, the lead editor of the new handbook, coming here to Michigan as a speaker and instructor,” said Dr. Khurshid Qureshi, INCOSE Michigan Chapter president, and services director of worldwide systems engineering at the design and digital engineering software developer Dassault Systèmes. “Mr. Walden’s knowledge of systems engineering is extensive, and the dinner meeting and tutorial offer unique opportunities for attendees to obtain vital information about new developments in systems engineering practices directly from one the world’s most knowledgeable experts.”

Walden’s dinner talk, “What Golf … and the New INCOSE SE Handbook … Can Teach Us About Systems Engineering,” offers an entertaining and thought-provoking overview. His tutorial, “Understanding and Applying the INCOSE SE Handbook 4th Edition,” provides a more in-depth learning experience for practitioners.

The 4th Edition INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook has been updated for consistency with the revised international systems engineering standard ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288:2015, and has additional enhancements developed by experts in INCOSE’s Working Groups. According Walden, the new version handbook has “raised the bar” for how systems engineering processes are integrated into organizations and how it is practiced by systems engineers.

“Systems engineering initially took hold in large scale engineering programs in the aerospace and defense industries, at organizations like NASA, DoD, and Boeing,” Walden said. “But recently, with increasing system complexity across the board, and demand for higher quality, reliability, and safety, systems engineering is gaining popularity in more and more industries, in part driven by international standards such as ISO 26262, Road Vehicles – Functional Safety, which has made systems engineering attractive for automotive manufactures and their supply chain.”

Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp., for example, are among the newest members of INCOSE’s Corporate Advisor Board, joining nearly 100 other universities, corporations, and government agencies worldwide who are INCOSE CAB members. Similar growth is occurring in the healthcare and medical device industries. In May of 2014 the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology recommended that systems engineering be implemented in the healthcare industry to reduce cost and improve the quality of care.

Matt Roush, a veteran Michigan tech journalist, will provide introductory remarks at the dinner. Roush is now ESD’s director of communications and public relations. Previously, he was technology editor at WWJ Newsradio 950, and earlier covered technology issues for Crain’s Detroit Business. Mike Vinarcik, INCOSE ESEP, and Systems Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton, will emcee.

“Detroit, and really all of Michigan, is a center for engineering and innovation in the world,” Walden said. “I am quite honored, and very much looking forward to the dinner meeting and tutorial in Southfield on August 27 and 28.”

For more information about these events, visit the above EventBrite registration sites,, or contact INCOSE Michigan Chapter Program Committee Chair, Jack Stein, at

INCOSE ( is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems. The INCOSE mission is to share, promote and advance the best of systems engineering from across the globe for the benefit of humanity and the planet.

Sponsors No Magic (, HRU Technical Resources (, Project Performance International (, and Carl’s Golfland ( helped make these events possible.

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