Nov. 2010 – SMU Systems Engineering Curriculum Review – Mike Dietz

Topic: SMU Curriculum Review Interim Report

Speakers: Mr. Mike Dietz, Chapter President & Raytheon Systems Engineer

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2010


  • 5:30 p.m. CST — Dinner & Networking.
  • 5:50 p.m. CST — Short Chapter Meeting.
  • 6:00 p.m. CST — Featured Speaker & Topic (45 min. Presentation, following by 10-15 min. Q&A Session).
  • 7:00 p.m. CST — Adjournment.

Locations: You may attend at any of our North Texas meeting locations, or you may attend remotely.


This month’s presentation will cover the background and team structure of the SMU Curriculum Review.  As time permits, there will be a presentation of some of the preliminary data that will be part of the Curriculum Review Report.  The Curriculum Review is a project chartered by Dr. Jerrell Stracener at SMU to be led by the North Texas Chapter of INCOSE.  The project has been broken into two phases, the first of which, is coming to a close and will focus on Sequencing and Overlaps in the Curriculum.  The second phase will focus on Gaps, the completion of which will enable a more needs-based curriculum.

About Our Speaker:

Mike has 14 years of engineering experience, 13 at Raytheon.  He has worked around numerous products, from digital chips to RF systems across proposal support, early concept development, design, integration & test, and production support.  He has worked numerous roles and activities, including requirements manager, product engineer, systems engineering process improvement, mission-level modeling and simulation, design for six sigma, and IPT leadership.  Mike holds two Master’s degrees from SMU, one in Information Engineering and Management and the other in Systems Engineering.  In the INCOSE North Texas Chapter, Mike has served as Secretary/Webmaster, Future City chair, President-Elect; he currently serves as the 2010 Chapter President.


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