Eric Dano, Ph.D.
Dr. Dano has been working in the areas of systems architecture and engineering at Sanders/BAE Systems in Nashua, NH for over 22 years. During that time he has served in numerous systems engineering roles including systems engineering lead, design lead, IV&V lead, and principle investigator on multiple internal R&D efforts.
Over the past 8 years he served as System Architect/Chief Engineer on multiple advanced defense systems. He currently serves as a Technical Director in the Electronic Combat Solutions business area and is lead of the System Architecture Community of Practice. In this capacity, he teaches four core systems architecture courses, has created all systems architecture process artifacts, and has created the current BAE Systems SE Handbook given out to all new employees.
Prior to BAE Systems, Dr. Dano was a 1987 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, majoring in Physics, and served in the United States Marine Corps as an Electronics Counter Measures Officer (ECMO) flying in the EA-6B Prowler. In 1997, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Electrical Engineering and Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, focusing on modeling E-M scattering from oceanic breaking waves.
Dr. Dano has been an INCOSE member since 2011, and is a member of the Physics Honor Society (ΣΠΣ), a Senior member of IEEE, and serves on the NDIA system architecture committee.
Vice President, 2021
Madhu Rao, Ph.D.
Belcan Engineering, LLC
Dr. Rao joined INCOSE in 2015. With an undergraduate and graduate education in Chemical Engineering, he shaped himself 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 he acquired help him transition seamlessly into Aerospace industry and he currently serves as a Section Leader for the Systems & Software Engineering group at Belcan Engineering, leading a team of over 130 professionals in the development of aerospace systems.
Dr. Rao has 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 his experience is systems engineering. His current interests lie in supporting the growth of Systems & Software discipline at Belcan with special emphasis on continuous learning and training. With his engagement in INCOSE, Dr. Rao would like to expand his outreach in the Systems Engineering community through networking with experts and help grow the community and the discipline.
Dr. Rao earned a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, NY.
Edward Medri, Ph.D.
Philips North America
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 Measurement Sensors, Monitoring and Analytics - R&D at Philips North America. 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/
Mike Tymm is a Principal Systems/Software Engineer with over 20 years of experience as an individual contributor, manager and director in the design and development of medical devices in addition to defense work on Army and Air Force programs. Mike has worked for an Army R&D center, GE Aerospace (Over-the-Horizon radar), Siemens Medical (patient monitors), Summit Technology/Alcon (laser vision correction), Hemedex (measuring blood flow in tissue for reconstructive and transplant surgery as well as for brain injury monitoring and treatment) and currently with Corindus Vascular Robotics/Siemens Healthineers.
He has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT, 1983), a Masters of Science in Computer Systems Engineering from Northeastern University (1992), has taken many computer and premed courses at Harvard Extension School, and a professional certificate program in Architecture and System Engineering from MIT (2018). He has been a member of INCOSE since 2018 and continues as secretary of the INCOSE NE chapter since 2019.
His passion is applying system engineering to startup medical device companies developing high quality, safe, reliable and effective products and the application of Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) towards this end.
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.
Amy Thompson, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut
UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering
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Dr. Thompson joined INCOSE in 2008 and has been teaching systems engineering and coordinating systems engineering education programs for 8 years at the University of New Haven and most recently, at the University of Connecticut. Over the past 28 years, She has held engineering and management positions in several industries, including gaming, agricultural chemicals, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, software, building energy efficiency, and engineering consulting. Her current research focuses on applying an MBSE approach for designing complex products, manufacturing systems, manufacturing facilities, maintenance and support systems, and supply chains.
Dr. Thompson is 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 her to combine her 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.
Dr. Thompson's 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. She earned a BS in Industrial Engineering, MS in Manufacturing Engineering, and PhD in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. She currently works as the Associate Director at the UConn UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering directing the graduate education programs and outreach activities.
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Pratt & Whitney
BS Mathematics – Cleveland State University 77
• Computer Programmer – Computer Consultant 1979 – 1998
For various companies including Digital Equipment Corporation and BEA Systems
• Independent Consultant and Owner – Skelding Engineering 1998 – 2001
• Manager – Computer and Electrical Engineering Department – Pratt & Whitney Cenco
2001 – 2003
• Real Time Embedded Systems – Computer Programmer – Systems Engineer – Pratt & Whitney
Controls & Diagnostic Systems – 2003 - 2018
Randy led Pratt & Whitney’s contribution to DARPA META II, a “DARPA hard” systems engineering research project in 2011. The project was a collaboration between UTRC, P&W, and MIT with Brian Murray from UTRC as PI, and Oli DeWeck from MIT.
Randy is now working in Pratt’s “Core Methods and Tools” group, introducing Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) into Pratt & Whitney Engineering.
He is leading Pratt & Whitney research projects at UCONN IASE into MBSE practices including connecting SysML and Modelica.
Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company
Jim Garman is a Senior Manager for the System Engineering Department at Sikorsky Aircraft a Lockheed Martin Company. He has 38 years of experience in the Aerospace Industry and has been with Sikorsky Aircraft for the last 30 years. In this capacity Jim provides leadership as the Functional Manager for the System Engineering Department. Jim’s role involves leading and managing a diverse team of approximately 100 system engineers assigned across all Sikorsky Military and Commercial aircraft programs. Responsibilities include System Engineering Process Development, Personnel Management and Project Management. This includes managing and implementing system engineering process across all programs, as well as, developing the system engineering skill set at Sikorsky. Certified as a Six Sigma Greenbelt Jim also has a focus on continuous process improvement for the organization.
Prior to joining Sikorsky Aircraft Mr. Garman served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps for 8 years as a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter pilot, a qualified Weapon and Tactics Instructor and an Aviation Safety Officer/ Mishap Investigator. After joining Sikorsky Jim continued his affiliation with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and he continued to fly H-53 helicopters. Jim accumulated over 3100 flight hours and was the Commanding Officer for HMH-772, a reserve CH-53E helicopter squadron that was activated for 2 years in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jim was promoted to the rank of Colonel in July of 2004 and was then assigned as the Northeast Region DoD Senior Marine Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer assigned to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Boston and New York City. Jim retired from the Marine Corps in 2008.
Mr. Garman is a member of New England Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and sits on the chapter Board of Directors, he is a member of the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) and sits on the System Engineering Technical sub-committee, additionally Jim is a member of the Marine Corps Aviation Association, the Marine Corps Association, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and has earned a Certificate in Aviation Safety Programs from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Dan Burbank is a Senior Technical Fellow and the Systems Engineering Discipline Lead for Collins Aerospace. In this capacity he provides leadership in advancing execution excellence across Collins Aerospace through quality assurance reviews, new technology and methods development and employee development. Quality assurance reviews include non-advocate reviews, technology readiness reviews and design assurance reviews across the entire business. Mr. Burbank is a leader in Collins Aerospace’s Mission Systems SBU’s spaceflight hardware design and development efforts for spacesuits and spacecraft systems, including for the International Space Station (ISS), Orion, Space Launch System, Boeing CST-100 Starliner, Gateway and other Artemis platforms.
Prior to joining United Technologies in July 2018, Mr. Burbank served for 22 years as a NASA Astronaut. During his NASA career he flew two Space Shuttle missions (STS-106 and 115) to assemble and outfit the ISS. He also flew aboard Soyuz 28 and served as Flight Engineer during ISS Expedition 29 and as Commander of ISS Expedition 30 with a combined spaceflight mission duration of over six months. Other NASA assignments included Chief, Vehicle Integration Test Office, NASA Director of Operations – Russia, and Chief, Astronaut Office EVA (spacewalk) and Robotics Branch. Prior to his NASA career, Mr. Burbank served in the U.S. Coast Guard as an aviator and aeronautical engineer for 11 years, logging over 4000 flight hours in Coast Guard H-60 and H-3 helicopters including over 300 search and rescue missions.
Mr. Burbank is a member of the Association of Space Explorers, the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Association, the Daedalians Society, the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Mr. Burbank earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
David Finigan is a member of the BAE Systems Model-Based Systems Engineering Capability Group, located in New Hampshire.
David is a graduate of the University of Colorado, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. David’s post-graduate work includes a graduate certificate in MBSE from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a professional certificate in Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems from MIT.
David currently serves on the International Council on Systems Engineering New England Chapter Board of Directors, representing BAE Systems as a corporate advisor.
A career engineer working in the defense industry, David is the author of a number of technical white papers on subjects ranging from System Architecture to Diagnostic and Prognostic Methodologies.
Bao Truong, Ph.D.
Dr. Truong is a Senior Systems Engineer at Malta Inc., working on long duration thermal energy storage systems using molten salt. He has a background in nuclear engineering thermal systems and a decade of experience in developing and implementing systems engineering strategies in a startup environment. Dr. Truong is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) with broad experience in system requirements development, system design and integration, verification & validation, and operational excellence.
Creating sustainable clean energy solutions to improve the quality and equity of life around the world has been the animating purpose of Dr. Truong's professional journey. Prior to joining Malta Inc., Dr. Truong worked at TerraPower, an advanced nuclear energy startup. His work there spanned all aspects of systems engineering, including requirements development, integrated system analysis, testing, safety analysis, engineering processes, verification & validation, training and mentoring, and product development. He spearheaded the application of formal systems engineering to the development of advanced nuclear reactors, managed the Design Integration group, and served as the company’s go-to expert on systems engineering. Before TerraPower, Dr. Truong was a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) certified Senior Reactor Operator for 6 years at the MIT research reactor.
Dr. Truong has earned many prestigious honors throughout his career, including being among the top 80 young STEM leaders in the U.S. selected to attend the Frontiers of Engineering and the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative conferences. During his graduate studies, he received the Nuclear Engineering University Program and NRC graduate fellowships. Dr. Truong holds BS degrees in Physics and Nuclear Engineering and MS and PhD degrees in Nuclear Engineering, all from MIT. He also holds Professional Engineering licenses in Mechanical Engineering in Massachusetts and Washington.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
As Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships at WPI, Peter has opened many doors of collaboration between industry and academia. He is passionate about helping corporations achieve high levels of innovation and productivity through WPI’s cutting-edge research, educational and training programs, and access to the university’s talented students and faculty. Peter has been successful at helping companies transition from Systems Engineering awareness to expertise in the field, by facilitating and developing tailored Systems Engineering degree programs for their engineers. He has also been influential with the development of custom Systems Engineering short courses and technical training, based on the needs of industry. Peter has been an INCOSE member since 2011.
UTC/Otis Elevator Company
Stephen R. Nichols is a systems engineer with cross-functional interest in research and development, product strategy, architecture and innovation. Stephen is interested in finding simplicity in complex systems as well as the intersection of human experiences and people-centered-design. He continues to work at the intersection of mobility, vertical transportation technology, building ecosystems, and urban environments. Recent work has been focused on how platforms and modularity can unlock potential both for elevators, buildings and cities; exploring model-based-systems-engineering and model-based-development to enhance the digital thread for both research and development and enterprise improvement; and architectural and modularity strategies for improving complex systems. He is currently based at Otis’s engineering center and world headquarters in Farmington, CT.
In previous roles, Stephen was responsible for leading the global passenger experience segment, working to deliver high impact global products and incubate innovative concepts which enhance passenger experience and satisfaction. Products and concepts developed by his team focused on: digital interaction, physical human interface and intuitive behavior with work spanning the disciplines of engineering (software, electrical, mechanical and systems), marketing, product strategy and digital/information technology.
Stephen’s relationship with Otis started as a four-year student member of the Otis F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Team. He interned both with UTC Power and Otis Engineering while pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University. He joined Otis after graduating in 2006 and has held positions of increasing responsibility as a mechanical, systems engineer, program manager and team leader working on machines and propulsion technology, high rise systems, innovation projects and for two years led the product value and product development finance function with-in the Otis WHQ Operations Finance organization.
While at Otis, Stephen earned his Master of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering in 2009 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Hartford, CT campus) and is a 2012 graduate of the Otis University leadership program focused on global manufacturing and supply chain. Stephen is also a National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering alumni, having been a speaker at the 2017 symposium on a panel about mega-tall buildings and other future places of work. In February 2019, he received a Gilbreth Lectureship from the National Academy “in recognition of outstanding contributions to the fields of systems and mechanical engineering and presentation of his lecture on elevator experience technology at the NAE 2019 National Meeting.” In June 2019 he participated in the 2019 China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium discussing the vision of sustainable, healthy, equitable, truly smart cities; 5G wireless and other enabling technologies; new advanced and additive materials; unlocking the mysteries of the brain and more. In addition to NAE events, he has been invited to speak at American Architecture Foundation, INCOSE events, the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) as well as guest lecture at several universities in the northeast U.S. and in numerous Otis and UTC forums. He has also completed a professional certificate in Architecture and Complex Systems Engineering from MIT, an executive certificate in cybersecurity from Ithaca College and a certificate in public health from University of California at Berkeley.
Since March 2020, Stephen has been focused on helping lead engineering, R&D, innovation, integration and product management work for Otis’s global cross-functional pandemic response task force. He has been helping lead customer facing rapid innovation, technology and product development, research, strategy and partnership efforts to accelerate deployment of solutions to meet an urgent and critical global need for effective product and service solutions focused on enhanced health and safety.
While Stephen is a registered engineering-in-training (E.I.T.), his wife is a professional geotechnical engineer (PE). Their daughter and son never stop asking great questions.
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Haifeng Zhu, Ph.D.
UTC/Otis Elevator Company
Haifeng Zhu, Ph.D., is currently with Otis Elevator Company. He has extensive experience in multiple sectors in manufacturing industry, and led or contributed to many projects. Haifeng is interested in advancing system knowledge and technologies for humanity. It is important to promote awareness of technologies' different effects, and use technologies wisely to help human lives and society. He is also an advocator of engineer education, including promoting the awareness of importance of education and course training to entry level engineers and the correlations between quality education and the quality outcomes from work. He is also a warm-hearted volunteer to a certain charity events and organizations, sometimes helping those using technologies. He devoted some of his time in helping cross-organizational public domain knowledge sharing and stimulating possible collaborations to better serve the local community.
Avanade, an Accenture Company
Diane Alsing, PMP, PMI-ACP, MCP is a strategic global technology consulting operations leader and change management innovator who is directing business-centric roadmaps, enabling business transformation and inspiring the next generation of enterprise growth in multi-billion dollar organizations. Ms. Alsing is an experienced strategist for business systems and platforms, solution delivery, governance, process improvement, and enterprise transformation; a visionary who serves as a catalyst for sustainable change by empowering enterprise clients through data-driven impact. A driver of continuous improvement, she is rethinking what's possible, transforming complex obstacles into tangible and profitable solutions.
Ms. Alsing has been delivering complex technology solutions for over 25 years and has held leadership roles in software engineering and transformation program management, currently a Senior Director in Finance and Operations Solutions for Avanade/Accenture. She has held various volunteer leadership roles in Project Management Institute (PMI) including Chair and Vice Chair of PMI’s Ethics Review Committee and Director of Communications for Organizational Project Management Community of Practice.
Ms. Alsing graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Southern New Hampshire University, is completing her Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from The George Washington University – School of Engineering and Applied Science and is starting the Doctor of Engineering program at The George Washington University – School of Engineering and Applied Science in the fall of 2021.