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.
Vice President, 2020
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.
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
Amy Thompson, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut
UTC Institute for Advanced Systems Engineering
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.
Chad Walker is Project Manager for Analog Devices where he leads new product development across a portfolio of high precision system applications. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas and a Master’s of Science in Systems Engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His career to date has spanned project and program management roles in the energy sector, international development, and, currently, semiconductors and manufacturing.
Chad has lived and worked in 10 countries and adapted his leadership to a wide variety of contexts at the nexus of program management and systems engineering. While doing so, he learned how to complement these disciplines with techniques that make his efforts more effective in practice. Chad’s success was found through forward-looking and people-centered approaches that embrace both complexity and rapid change. He is a steadfast proponent of leveraging the full capability of a guiding architecture.
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
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.
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.
Dr. Bao Truong
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.
Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company
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.