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INCOSE Membership Meeting

Time & Location:

Tuesday, March 16, 2021  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM by WebEx


6:00-7:00 PM: Introductions of Attendees and Chapter Business
7:00-7:45 PM: Invited Speaker
7:45-8:00 PM: Q&A and Open Discussion

Don S. Gelosh, Ph.D., ESEP-Acq, Director, Systems Engineering Programs at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Services Director, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE),  will speak to the INCOSE TLI Technical Leadership program during the Chapter Business segment.


What’s your COVID-19 exposure risk on an elevator? Findings from a People & Systems Approach


Join us the evening of Tuesday, March 16, at 7:00 PM EDST to learn more about a people and systems approach to providing science-based information on ride elevators amid COVD-19. This webinar, hosted by the New England Chapter of INCOSE, will share an overview of findings from a scientific study from the Otis Elevator Company on how elevator air flow impacts exposure risk for passengers.

Done in collaboration with Dr. Qingyan (Yan) Chen, a leading indoor air quality expert and researcher at Purdue University, the study’s findings highlight three main factors that impact relative exposure risk inside a building’s elevators. 

Stephen R. Nichols, an Associate Director of Systems Engineering at Otis and a NE INCOSE member of the Board of Directors, will show the findings, talk about the modeling approach, explain why elevators are one of the best ventilated spaces in a building, and cover recommendations to mitigate exposure risk in elevators. 

The webinar will feature dedicated time for live Q&A. 




Stephen R. Nichols is a systems engineer and innovation leader at Otis Elevator Company with interests in product development, architecture, innovation and strategy. Stephen is interested in finding simplicity in complex systems as well as the intersection of human experiences and people-centered design with vertical transportation technology, building ecosystems and urban environments. He is based at Otis’ engineering center and world headquarters in Farmington, Connecticut. He is a two-time National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering alumni and received the 2019 Gilbreth lectureship. He has earned degrees in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and several professional certificates including one in systems engineering from MIT.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for Ithaca College’s Cybersecurity Program and the New England Chapter of INCOSE.

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For more information including a short video, summary of results, airflow whitepaper and technical brief on purification in elevators today please visit:

link to meeting recording

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