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Tonight’s Schedule. 6:15 PM – Arrive at 3M 6:30 PM – Customer Innovation Center Tour 7:30 PM – Welcome and Chapter Overview Paul Frenz, 2011 President 7:45 PM – “ Integrated Systems within 3M” Dr. Liu Qiao, Tech Director, 3M SEMS Lab (Plus pizza) 8:30 PM – Adjourn. 2011 Program Theme.

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tonight s schedule
Tonight’s Schedule
  • 6:15 PM – Arrive at 3M
  • 6:30 PM – Customer Innovation Center Tour
  • 7:30 PM – Welcome and Chapter Overview

Paul Frenz, 2011 President

  • 7:45 PM – “Integrated Systems within 3M”

Dr. Liu Qiao, Tech Director, 3M SEMS Lab(Plus pizza)

  • 8:30 PM – Adjourn
2011 program theme
2011 Program Theme

SE In A Changing World

(innovation, safety, education)




It has been suggested that we could network better…

…please take a moment to introduce yourselves to those on your right and left!!!

2011 calendar
2011 Calendar
  • 13 January:Integrated Systems within 3M + Tour of SEMS Lab


  • 17 February: CMMI Overview & What’s New – CMMI V1.3

Boston Scientific, Arden Hills as Host

  • 17 March: SE Program Updates – U of M (IT & CCE), U of St Thomas

PaR Systems as Host

  • 21 April: Usability Requirements

Goodrich as Host

  • 19 May: Review of Papers for INCOSE 2011

Southtown CenterTimber Lodge

  • 16 June: Summer Social

Cruise on Mississippi plus Dinner at TBD

event calendar
Event Calendar

Jan 29-Feb 1, 2011: INCOSE International Workshop

(Hyatt Regency Phoenix – Phoenix, Arizona)

Mar 8-9, 2011: 6th International Conference On SE

(Herzlia, Israel)

Apr14-16, 2011: 9th Annual Conference on S E Research

(Crowne Plaza - Redondo Beach, CA)

May 2-4, 2011: S E Test and Evaluation Conference

(Canberra, Australia)

June 20-23, 2011: 21st Annual INCOSE International Symposia

(Hyatt Regency Denver – Denver, Colorado)

Details online @



North Star Chapter Web Site:

  • North Star Newsletter – The Integrator
    • December 2010 issue viewable/downloadable
  • North Star Chapter Meeting Information
    • Charts from past meetings are viewable and

downloadable on the website

job opportunities
Job Opportunities

For posting or seeking job opportunities:

  • Go
    • Select “Education and Careers”
    • Select “Post a Job”
      • Create an account
      • Post job openings
    • Select “View Jobs” to see the listings
  • Why sign in?
  • For the past several years we have had the chapter incentive program to encourage attendance at our meetings.
    • For 2011, a $50 gift certificate for BP gasoline will be awarded to every member attending six or more regular meetings or who brings one new member into the chapter. (Note – You must be a member in good standing for the entire year to qualify)
  • For guests or members attending for the first time, this also insures your notification by email of all subsequent events.



dr liu qiao
Dr. Liu Qiao

Dr. Qiao received his BSEE from Beijing University of Technology, his MS and PhD degrees from Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. He has held positions of increasing technical and management responsibility, beginning with the Automotive Systems Division of Hitachi Corporation from 1995-96; Manager for Advanced Technology Systems and Manager of e-Business for Toyota Canada Inc. from 1997-2001. From 2002-2010, he was principally involved with building and leading Toyota's North America R&D, where he served as General Manager and Chief Technologist.

As Technical Director for the 3M SEMS Corporate Research Lab, he is responsible for an approximately 200 person global operation that provides exceptional value to 3M through research, external relationships and commercialization excellence. By partnering with 3M business units, SEMS develops and incorporates new technologies into integrated customer solutions resulting in new and expanded growth opportunities.




  • Attendance at our meetings continues to grow…but so does the cost of Pizza
  • We will continue to have networking time and serve appetizers and soft drinks
  • We ask that you help us by making a voluntary donation
  • You decide if and the amount and place it in the gold box (any amount helps)

Many thanks, your response to date has been most helpful

overview agenda
Overview Agenda
  • Program Themes
  • Chapter Calendar
  • Chapter Organization
  • ChapterCommunications
  • INCOSE Event Calendar
  • SE Certification
  • Job Opportunities
  • Applicable Project Life Cycle Phase
  • Attendance
  • Donations
  • Speaker Introduction
what is incose

International Council On Systems Engineering:

Not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1990


Advance the state of the art and practice of systems engineering in industry, academia, and government by promoting interdisciplinary, scalable approaches to produce technologically appropriate solutions that meet societal needs.


why join incose
Why Join INCOSE?

A membership in the International Council on Systems Engineering will expand your view of the engineering of complex systems and your knowledge of the many aspects of the practice.

Project managers, software and hardware engineers and product developers are joining INCOSE to learn how to the use the systems engineering process and apply it to their industries.

Get a global perspective of your job responsibilities. Learn how the application of systems engineering techniques can improve your job performance and your organization's well being.


why join incose1
Why Join INCOSE?
  • With your membership, you'll receive the following:
    • Network with over more than 7,000 members in 40 countries
    • Quarterly e-Publication, INSIGHT
    • Electronic version of Systems Engineering, the Journal of INCOSE
    • Contribute through INCOSE technical activities
    • Collaborate with experts and practitioners
    • Lowest prices on INCOSE Publications
    • Access to i-Pub, the INCOSE publications database (> 2,000 symposia papers
    • Exclusive access to INCOSE Connect, the collaborative space (members only)
    • Special Downloads
    • Membership Directory
    • Current and past issues of INSIGHT
    • Systems Engineering Handbook (no charge to members in softcopy)
    • Measurement Primer (no charge to members in softcopy)
    • Current and past issues of the Journal


why join incose2
Why Join INCOSE?
  • Your membership supports:
    • Annual International Symposia
    • Local Chapter Operations
    • INCOSE Connect collaboration space
    • The Discussion Forum email reflector (for online discussions)
    • INCOSE Representation on Standards Committees
    • Professionally Operated INCOSE Office
  • You'll have opportunities to purchase:
    • INCOSE Guidebooks and Handbooks
    • Annual Proceedings on CD-ROM
    • Products from Technical Committees


systems engineering
Systems Engineering

What is a System?

A system is a whole that functions as a whole by virtue of the interaction of its parts.

This definition implies that:

  • All parts are necessary
  • They need to be linked for the system to work


systems engineering1
Systems Engineering

What is Systems Engineering?

  • A profession, a process and a perspective
  • Focus on design & application of the whole – not the parts
  • Involves looking at a problem in its entirety
  • Glue that holds all components of a solution together into a whole that satisfies customer needs


systems engineering2
Systems Engineering

What are components?

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Safety
  • Human Factors
  • Reliability
  • Maintainability
  • Logistics Support
  • Training
  • Disposability
  • Environment
  • Manufacturing
  • Structure
  • Materials
  • Architecture
  • Cost
  • Schedule
  • Test
  • Many, many more


systems engineering3
Systems Engineering

Who Cares? …the Stakeholders

  • Advocate or proponent
  • Shareholder
  • Owner
  • User(s)
  • Architects
  • Developer
  • Services provider
  • Independent Test Agency
  • Administrator
  • Mission planner
  • Analyst
  • Support
  • Maintenance
  • Instructor
  • Critic
  • Competitor
  • Adversary
  • General Public


ambassador group
Ambassador Group
  • INCOSE North Star is seeking assistance to help spread the word about chapter events
    • Volunteers are being sought to aid communication of meeting and seminar information as well as help with other related activities
    • The main objective of the team is to grow and retain members
  • Please sign up to get more information and assist
    • Sign up at the meeting, see Ambassador Group sign up sheet at the table
  • For more information contact
chapter survey
Chapter Survey
  • Thank you for your participation in our chapter survey
  • We’re sending it a second time just to get maximum response
  • Don’t respond to this second one if you responded to the first
  • We’ll use these results to guide our meeting & tutorial planning


chapter survey1
Chapter Survey
  • Thank you for participating in our recent chapter interest survey!
    • 59 member and non-member participants responded
    • Respondent represented....
      • a broad range of experience levels
      • inputs from the consumer, commercial, industrial, med device, defense, healthcare and business/information industries
  • Information is being analyzed to aid our chapter planning in regards to meetings and tutorials


professional certification program
Professional Certification Program

International Council on Systems Engineering has established a multi-level Professional Certification Program to provide a formal method for recognizing the knowledge and experience of systems engineers, regardless of where they may be in their career.

2011 chapter organization
2011Chapter Organization


Paul Frenz

North Star Leadership





Eileen Arnold

Past President

Mark Elpers

Dir. Industry

Mark Feitel


John Palmer

President Elect

Brendan Hall

Dir. Acad/Govt

Neill Radke

  • Contact Eileen Arnold
  • Systems Science
  • SE Technical Process
  • Architecture
  • SE Management Process
  • Requirements
  • Risk
  • SE Support Processes
  • Measurement
  • Modeling & Tools
  • Specialty Engineering
  • Application Sectors

INCOSE Certification Advisory Group (CAG)

Eileen Arnold – Chair

CAG Project Manager

Dave Walden

Measurement Working Group

Paul Frenz - Chair

Technical Operations

iso 15288 project life cycle

Project Planning

Project Assessment

Project Control

Information Management

Decision Making

Risk Management

Configuration Management







Requirements Definition

Requirements Definition





Requirements Analysis

Quality Management


Requirements Analysis





Architectural Design

Architectural Design





System Life Cycle

Process Management

Enterprise Environment



Resource Management

Investment Management

ISO 15288 Project Life Cycle