The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Heartland Chapter along with engineers and managers from across Iowa joined with the IMSE department for a Systems Engineering Seminar at Iowa State on April 22. IMSE Department Chair and Joseph Walkup Professor Janis Terpenny welcomed the group to Iowa State, and Heartland Chapter President Raymond Jorgensen led a panel discussion titled “Systems engineering and life-long learning: What is industry looking for to develop their systems engineering workforce.” The panel discussion included Michael Gries from Rockwell Collins, John Clymer from John R. Clymer and Associates, and Candice Engler from Deere & Company. IMSE Professor Paul Componation and IMSE graduate student Jordan Hansen presented a study of systems engineering at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Gary Mirka, John Ryder Professor of Engineering and associate dean of undergraduate and graduate education, spoke about the College of Engineering at Iowa State. After the presentations, the group toured Iowa State’s Virtual Reality Applications Center with IMSE Assistant Professor Stephen Gilbert and the Biorenewables Research Laboratory with Ryan Smith, program manager of the Bioeconomy Institute.
INCOSE is an international organization formed to develop, nurture, and enhance the interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems. The Heartland Chapter includes Iowa, Nebraska, and surrounding areas. For more on the Heartland Chapter of INCOSE, please visit their website.