INCOSE Membership Meeting
Time & Location:
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM by WebEx
6:00-6:45 PM: Introductions of Attendees and Chapter Business
6:45-7:30 PM: Invited Speaker
7:30-7:45 PM: Q&A and Open Discussion
Building the Digital Engineering Workforce of the Future
Many government, industry, and civic organizations are seeking to benefit from the on-going revolution in digital information availability, management, and applications. Whether generating, collecting, managing, assessing, or visualizing data, organizations across the country and internationally face a demand for employees who can execute various so-called digital engineering activities within or across a variety of both technical and non-technical functions.
The authors describe the demand for a digital engineering-capable workforce from one portion of the employment spectrum – the aerospace and defense industry – in one portion of the country with localized demands on workforce availability – northern Utah. The characteristics of such a workforce are discussed in terms of comparing and contrasting with traditional engineering disciplines. Some strategies for shaping and building the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities into a digital engineering workforce are then presented in such a way that they can be tailored to local environments, including proposed communication, collaboration, and coordination activities across government, industry, civic, and academic partners.
Paul White has 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry. He, having worked on many aerospace platforms, currently works on the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD). He works as the GBSD Digital Engineering (DE) Branch Lead for BAE Systems at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. He has worked as a systems engineering since 2007 and previously in software engineering, quality assurance, and factory automation.
Paul has been a member of INCOSE since 2007. He currently serves as chapter president of the Wasatch (Utah) Chapter and as chair of the WSRC Steering Committee. He has been involved in GLRC and WSRC since 2012 and 2018, respectively. He has served in officer roles in the North Texas and Chicagoland chapters. Along with INCOSE, he served as the chair of the Utah Engineers Council (UEC) from 2020-2021.
He has an extensive educational background. He has a graduate certificate in Systems Engineering and Architecting from the Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, New Jersey), a Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science from Texas A&M University--Commerce, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science from Texas A&M University--College Station.
He possesses several certifications. He is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) through INCOSE. He holds certifications from the Object Management Group (OMG) Systems Modeling Professional program, namely the Model Builder - Fundamental (Level 2) and Model User (Level 1) designations.
He and his wife, TayLee, are actively involved in their church and community. They are proud parents of three daughters.
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