Amy Thompson, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut
UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering
I joined INCOSE in 2008 and I have been teaching systems engineering and coordinating systems engineering education programs for 7 years at the University of New Haven and most recently, at the University of Connecticut. Over the past 28 years, I have held engineering and management positions in several industries, including gaming, agricultural chemicals, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, software, building energy efficiency, and engineering consulting. My current research focuses on applying an MBSE approach for designing complex products, manufacturing systems, manufacturing facilities, maintenance and support systems, and supply chains.
I am currently a team member of a Department of Energy grant project that is demonstrating and conducting field studies of fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) equipment for HVAC-R systems at 10 sites in Connecticut. This grant work allows me to combine my expertise in systems engineering, industrial engineering, and intelligent-smart facilities design to reduce energy consumption and improve HVAC-R maintenance practices in commercial and industrial buildings.
My systems engineering education interests lie in developing effective online systems engineering teaching programs, developing best practices for teaching systems engineering at the graduate level, and developing best practices for infusing systems engineering education into undergraduate engineering curriculum.
I earned a BS in Industrial Engineering, MS in Manufacturing Engineering, and PhD in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.
I joined INCOSE in 2017 and I have been working in the area of systems engineering and product life cycle management for more than 15 years across multiple industries. Over the past 25 years, I have held engineering and management positions in several industries, including oil and gas, medical devices, automotive, engineering consulting and building construction. My current interests focuses on understanding the future needs and developing next generation of systems engineers. This includes research on systems engineering as it pertains to connected smart digital products and agile methods for systems engineering.
I am currently associate director of global systems engineering at the world headquarters for Otis Elevator Company based in Farmington, CT. In my current role, I face significant challenges and opportunities to conceptualize, design, develop, launch, maintain and service a truly multi-disciplinary and highly complex product.
I am passionate about the discipline of systems engineering and try to constantly learn about new and emerging areas in the field of systems engineering. I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering in Trivandrum, India, an MBA from University of Connecticut, MS in Strategic Management from Indiana University, a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Sustainability and Innovation from Harvard University and a MA in Sustainability from Harvard University.
Edward Medri, Ph.D.
Healthcare Optics Research Laboratory Canon USA, Inc.
Dr. Medri joined INCOSE in 2006 and was awarded the CSEP certification in 2013. Over the past 18 yrs, he has applied systems thinking principles to engineer patient monitors, glucose monitors, medical robots, non-invasive and in-vitro diagnostics equipment. Dr. Medri is passionate about designing safe, reliable and effective medical systems by applying medical industry best practices, guided by a holistic, interdisciplinary view. He has held various product development positions with start-ups to billion dollar companies, that managed multi-million dollar annual budgets. Currently, he is the Senior Manager for Systems Engineering for Imaging and Robotic Systems at the Healthcare Optics Research Laboratory for Canon, USA, Inc. He received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami.
Corindus Vascular Robotics
Matthew Tkac, ESEP
CS Communications & Systems, Inc.
I joined INCOSE in 2008 and was awarded the ESEP certification in 2013. Over the last 31 years, I have held various positions in systems engineering. Presently, I am the president and chief engineer of CS Communication & Systems, Inc., a US subsidiary of CS Communication & Systems, France. In this role I am responsible for the business aspects as well as the technical aspects of the software and systems engineering activities for various clients in the aerospace and automotive industries. The role provides me the opportunity to understand not only the technical aspects of the engineering assignments, but the program management of these tasks, as well as the management of the engineers within the company.
Within my career, I had been involved in many different systems engineering products. These products range from control systems for engines and aircraft, vehicle systems and propulsion, protection and monitoring systems, and communication systems for both commercial and military programs. I have hosted systems engineering forums, presented topics, and provide training to engineers as well as managers.
William (Bill) Sowa, Ph.D.
Pratt & Whitney
Dr. William Sowa is currently a P&W Senior Fellow Discipline Lead in Systems Engineering. Bill has 36 years of experience in project and systems development leadership. This includes combustion system design and systems engineering at Brigham Young University, University of California, Irvine, United Technologies Research Center and Pratt & Whitney.
Since 2002 while at Pratt & Whitney, he has led several Component Integrated Product Teams in development of gas turbine engine combustion and exhaust system technology. He has led the transition of that technology to product and has overseen in-service support of the product. In 2010, he became a P&W Fellow in Combustor System Design. In 2014 he became a Senior Fellow in Systems Engineering with the responsibility to oversee the Systems Engineering Discipline. This responsibility includes ensuring discipline health covering people, tools and process development in capability analyses, design control, probabilistic analyses, product safety, requirements management, system architecture & synthesis, systems integration as well as systems engineering management and control. Additional focus areas include knowledge management, Model Based Enterprise and Model Based Systems Engineering. As SFDL he leads Systems Engineering staff development through mentoring, classroom training and technical leadership development programs.
Bill received his BS, MS, and PhD in Chemical Engineering at Brigham Young University.
Chris has been a member of INCOSE since 2008. Since joining Draper in 2011, Chris has supported or led several tasks related to commercial space programs and the Navy Trident program in the areas of software development, simulation, systems engineering, system modeling, and integration and test. For the past four years, Chris has focused on developing Draper’s Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) capability and infrastructure by creating models of various systems, and supporting other engineers engaged in model development tasks. He serves as the Draper representative to the Navy Systems Engineering Transformation System Modeling IPT. Before joining Draper, Chris worked in various contributing and leadership roles at OrbitalATK (now Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems), Boeing, and AeroAstro, developing and launching spacecraft and launch vehicles. He received his Master of Science degree from Stanford University and Bachelor of Science degree from M.I.T., both in Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP), a board member of the New England chapter of INCOSE, a member of the INCOSE Space Systems Working Group, a member of the AIAA Systems Engineering Technical Committee, and a member of IEEE. He is also active in the development of SysML v2.
Richard Powers is a Senior Principal Systems Engineer with 15 years of experience with Raytheon sensors. Since January 2017 Powers has served as Chief Engineer for the next AN/TPY-2 Foreign Military Sale (FMS). Prior to that Powers served as the Systems Engineering Cross Product Team (CPT) Lead for the Fixed Station Sensors Modernization & Integration (FSSM&I) program as well as for the Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) proposal. Powers has led and supported other various Systems, Integration & Test efforts on AN/TPY-2 from discrimination algorithm development, high fidelity modeling & simulation, radar system software development, and Flight Test.
Powers has a B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering from UMass-Amherst (2002) and earned an M.S.E.E. from the University of Washington at Seattle in 2004. He is an International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) (2013).
Madhu Rao, Ph.D.
Belcan Engineering, LLC
I joined INCOSE in 2015. With an undergraduate and graduate education in Chemical Engineering, I shaped myself as a strong Systems Engineer at UTC Power working on the design, development and engineering of fuel cell power plants for over 8 years. Skills that I acquired help me transition seamlessly into Aerospace industry and currently I am a Section Leader for Systems & Software Engineering group at Belcan Engineering, leading a team of over 130 professionals in the development of aerospace systems.
I have over 16 years of product design and engineering experience in diverse areas such as polyester manufacturing units, refinery process modeling and optimization, fuel cell power plants and aerospace systems. The underlying thread seaming through these areas of my experience is systems engineering. My current interests lie in supporting the growth of Systems & Software discipline at Belcan with special emphasis on continuous learning and training. With my engagement in INCOSE, I would like to expand my outreach in Systems Engineering community through networking with experts and help grow the community and the discipline.
I earned a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India and a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, NY.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Ebad Jahangir, Ph.D.
United Technologies Research Center
I joined INCOSE in 2003 and currently represent United Technologies Corporation in the INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board. I’ve served in the New England chapter Board of Directors for a number of years. I have organized as well as presented seminars at the local chapter and have been part of a few working groups at the international level. During the last INCOSE International Workshop, I successfully completed the CSEP exam and my certification is in process at present.
In United Technologies Corporation (UTC), I am an Associate Director in the Systems Department of the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), located in East Hartford, CT. I lead the department’s efforts to develop and manage research projects that are at the leading edge of technology and bring value to UTC business units. I am also leading a project to define requirements for a next generation tactical UAS with respect to a teaming environment. Before UTRC, I worked in Pratt & Whitney, also a part of UTC, in multiple Systems Engineering roles including analytical systems integration discipline chief and systems integration manager for different aircraft engine programs.
In addition to my industry experience, I have worked very closely with academia. At present, I am an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University teaching two courses which form the core of an MS Degree and a Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering. In the past, during a leave of absence from UTC, I was a professor at the University of Connecticut and Director of Operations of the UConn UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering.
My academic background includes a BS and a PhD in aerospace engineering from University of Maryland, College Park and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, respectively. I also received an MS degree in Systems Design and Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Additional professional engagements include:
Associate Fellow AIAA (American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics)
Past member of advisory board of PARTNER (FAA-Academia partnership), Transportation Research Board Airport Cooperative Research Program Advisory Panels, and several conference planning committees
Completed several professional courses in topics such as Possibility Thinking, Leadership Development, Communications, Project Management, Systems Engineering, Specification Practices, and ISO9000
Published and presented numerous papers on Controls, Environment, and Systems Engineering