Hosting a systems engineering conference in Washington DC is not a new idea. Below is the brief history that lead up to SEDC 2016.
In 2003 the Washington Metro Area held one of the largest International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) International Symposiums (IS) in history at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City, Virginia.
IS 2003 was a huge success with record number of INCOSE members attending. The Symposium has not returned to the Washington DC area.
In 2010 the INCOSE WMA Board of Directors realized that given the, then current, fiscal situation a local systems engineering conference was needed. An exploratory committee was formed, and found that due to the large number of systems engineers in the DC area a local conference could be successful. With this information the INCOSE WMA Board approved the creation of a local systems engineering conference in Washington DC called: Systems Engineering in DC (SEDC).
On May 14th – May 16th SEDC 2012 was held at George Mason Inn in Fairfax, VA. Keynotes from Mr. Stephen P. Welby (DoD) and Dr. Michael Ryschkewitsch (NASA) combined with over 60 presented papers drew more than 220 INCOSE members from around the Washington DC area.
In its first year SEDC had become the largest USA regional conference held in 2012, and plans to expand were needed.
On April 3rd – 5th SEDC 2014 was held at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles in Chantilly, VA and George Mason University (GMU) Campus in Fairfax, VA. An opening keynote from Gen. Michael Hayden, the former Director of the CIA & NSA and Principle at Chertoff Group, about the role systems engineering has on the future of the Internet started things off for the over 250 attendees. Friday April 4th saw two outstanding keynotes from Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., Administrator of NASA, and the Honorable Earl Weener Ph.D., Board Member of NTSB, talking about the role of systems engineering within their organizations. A lively award and prize plenary closed the first two days of SEDC 2014 in Chantilly.
Continuing the success of the previous SEDCs, SEDC 2016 is on track to continue the growth and quality from the previous SEDCs.
Make sure to check back here as more information about SEDC 2016 is posted.
The SEDC 2016 Steering Committee is responsible for guiding, managing, and directing the SEDC conferences.
For questions related to the Systems Engineering Conference in Washington DC 2016 Conference please email the SEDC 2016 Steering Committee at info [at] sedccon.org.