Systems Engineering Seminar

INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) Program

Presented by: Karl Geist
SoMD Chapter Director, Membership Chair, and Battlespace Conference Operations Chair

October 4, 2005, 1:00 p.m.
Building 3 Auditorium

INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) Program

Carl will present the background, requirements, and program features of the INCOSE Certified System Engineering Professional (CSEP) Program, and will then discuss pertinent communications and future possibilities. It seems likely that with proper emphasis and communications, this INCOSE program will achieve the status of the Program Management Institute's PMP certification. That status means that the CSEP will likely become an important credential for systems engineers to have if their employers propose them to staff commercial and government projects, or to gain employment as a recognized system engineer, or to provide professional consulting services in the systems engineering arena. Certification is therefore something all systems engineers should know about.



Karl C. Geist Region V, Southern Maryland Chapter, INCOSE Member #6076

Karl has 31 years of experience for the Naval Air Systems Command as an Acquisition Professional certified at Level 3 in both Systems Planning, Research Development & Engineering, and in Program Management. He has extensive experience in Engineering, Program Management, and Software and Systems Development with 46 Fleet delivered products to his credit. Internationally, Karl is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in Systems Engineering. Currently as a Senior Systems Engineer, he is a Branch Head in the AIR-4.1.2 Battle Space Engineering & Systems Integration Division. He is also an advisor and Team Lead for various Systems Engineering tasking. Recently, he led a Rapid Technology Transition (RTT) task where he was responsible for assembling an Engineering Team to assess and validate leading edge technology, procuring funding for its development, and then rapidly producing and transitioning the capability to meet critical Fleet requirements. In his prior assignment, he led the Mission Planning effort for PMA-201's Precision Strike Weapons' (JSOW/JDAM/SLAM-ER/EGBU) support for the JMPS / F/A-18 Operational Evaluation Testing by producing the required System Security Authorization Agreements (SSAA), and coordinating all the Weapon Certifications. As a Lead Systems Engineer, he also assembled and led an Engineering Team for the MH-60S Airborne Mine Counter Measures (AMCM) helicopter program, and consulted various other air and sea platforms. Recognized for his visionary approaches, he helped create the Naval Aviation Interoperability Assurance Office (NAIAO) that dealt with both Interoperability and Net Centric Warfare. Additionally, he led a Sea Strike team in the development of NAVAIRís Strategic Plan for support of CNOís Sea Power 21 Initiative. He was the key Systems Engineering representative on the Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) Teams for the development and implementation of NAVAIR's Software Development Strategic Plan. He also led the systems engineers on the Sigma Program for the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) effort. He is also a member of NAVAIRís Standards Committee, NAVAIRís Systems Engineering Process Working Group (SEPWG), and NAVAIRís Systems Engineering Certification Team. He holds degrees in Physics and Elementary Education, and has extensive Masters credits in Engineering with Emphasis in Computer Design from Penn State University. He is currently, enrolled in the Systems Engineering Master's Degree Program from Johns Hopkins University.

He is a Charter Member of the Southern Maryland Chapter of INCOSE having served as President, Vice-President, Past-President, Treasurer, and 3-time Director. Currently, he is a Director, and Membership Chair. He also is Chairperson for the Chapterís SE Process Improvement Working Group who is currently writing the Technical Process Section for the INCOSE SE Handbook Version 3. He has six times represented INCOSE, NAVAIR, and Systems Engineering as a judge for the National Engineering Weekís Future Cities Competition. At the regional level, he has been active in inter-chapter relations and initiatives, and was Technical Co-chair, speaker, and participant at two Mid-Atlantic Regional Conferences, several HRA Conferences, and the Region V Meet-Me Conferences. At the International level, he has been extremely active at the International Workshops and International Symposiums. He is currently Chairperson for the INCOSE International Process Improvements Working Group, the Co-Chair the SE Assessment Working Group, and a member of the Chapters Committee, the SE Certification Working Group, the SE Visions Working Group, the Net Centric Operations Working Group, and the newly formed SE Return on Investment (SEROI) project. He is also a Certificated Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP), an INCOSE Certification Program Office Certification Advisory Group (CAG) member, and coordinated the SE Certification Beta Test and Application Evaluation for the Beta CSEPs. He is a frequent speaker for various Region V Chapter events, and is additionally anxious to continue in his various roles in INCOSE, and help lead INCOSE in the 21st century. Karl recently received an INCOSE Service Award for his dedication, leadership, and contributions to the success of his Chapter and various Working Groups.

Karl is also a leader in his personal life. He is active in many volunteer organizations. He has served 15 years as a bowling league officer, and was a 14-year member and officer of the NADC Welfare and Recreation Association Board of Directors. Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees for his church, and is captain of his churchís Championship Softball and Championship Volleyball teams. He has coached, umpired, and refereed for the youth baseball, softball and basketball leagues. He also is a regular parent chaperone on school field trips. For 5 years he has served on the St Maryís Young Life Committee. At home, Karl is a loving husband, and father of four who enjoys train & toy collecting, music, and movies.


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