Mr. David Mason received an ‘Outstanding Service Award’ at the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) 2015 International Symposium for establishing the concept of INCOSE Student Divisions.
Dr. David Long, President of INCOSE, is pictured presenting the award to Mr. Mason, the INCOSE Assistant Director of Student Divisions.
The citation reads: ‘For his outstanding service in establishing the concept of INCOSE Student Divisions, and his years of dedicated service to the Member Board, the Americas Sector, and the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of INCOSE.'
Mr. Mason began his INCOSE staff position in 2008 with 10 registered students. A presentation at the 2015 INCOSE IW reported to the Academic Matters the number of registered students is over 700 members with 13 university student divisions sponsored by local by INCOSE Chapters.
Mr. Mason has supported the creation of student divisions, University engineering clubs, sponsored by the LA Chapter, Southern Arizona, Central Arizona, New Mexico, and Washington Metro. Presentations of the ‘value propositions’ for all stakeholders has been presented at assorted INCOSE events, internationally in Pretoria and Cape Town South Africa, China, Italy, and the United Kingdom.
Development of a student division is a challenging endeavor at each unique University where the university focus, established curriculum, student population, INCOSE Chapter participation, and the associated international culture are weaved together like a fine woven blanket. The greatest challenge at each student division is sustainability by maintaining the value proposition for all of the 4-Way Benefit Model stakeholders. These challenges can only be met with the support from local INCOSE members who represent practicing professional systems engineers.