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Article by: Jose S. Garcia, Jr., Member, INCOSE-LA BoD and Systems Engineer at the Boeing Company

As an international professional engineering society, INCOSE prides itself on the expertise and knowledge of its “brain trust,” the INCOSE Fellows. INCOSE Fellows are chosen and honored for their significant contributions to the field of systems engineering, and for their intellectual leadership and expertise. As the Los Angeles Chapter of INCOSE, we are honored and grateful to have INCOSE Fellows chosen amongst the technical leaders of our community. As a member of the INCOSE-LA Board of Directors, I congratulate and honor Dr. John R. Clymer and Dr. Stan Settles for becoming INCOSE Fellows. So who are Dr. Clymer and Dr. Settles?

Dr. John R. Clymer is a researcher, practitioner, and teacher in the field of systems engineering who was named INCOSE Fellow this year at IS 2008. He is a well-known expert in conceiving, engineering, and demonstrating computeraided design tools for context-sensitive, self-adaptive systems. He has been a member of INCOSE since its beginning.

As a teacher, Dr. Clymer is currently a professor of electrical engineering and systems engineering at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). He has been teaching since 1977. At CSUF, Dr. Clymer is a founding-member and principal investigator for the Applied Research Center for Systems Science. In addition, Dr. Clymer teaches Systems Engineering courses through the UC Irvine Extension, and he is on the board of CSUF Extension Systems Engineering Certificate Program. He brings a rich set of professional experience to the classroom and has developed advanced graduate-level courses in systems engineering. He has published 60 papers and four books covering intelligent evolutionary systems, systems design and evaluation methodology, simulation, optimization, fuzzy control, and machine learning. His international recognition was achieved through extensive participation in INCOSE; in the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Systems, Man, Cybernetics Society (SMC); and the Military Operations Research Society (MORS). His latest book is Simulation-Based Engineering of Complex Systems.

As a practitioner, Dr. Clymer is an expert in systems design, analysis and evaluation, and optimization. Dr. Clymer is currently a systems engineering consultant for FORELL Enterprises. In addition to his current position at FORELL, Dr. Clymer has consulted (from 1984 to present) for Raytheon, the U.S. Navy, and Rockwell International (now The Boeing Company). Prior to that, from 1966 through 1984, Dr. Clymer was a systems engineer for General Electric and U.S. Navy Fleet Analysis Center (FLTAC). At FLTAC, Dr. Clymer led the team that developed a closed-loop missile test system. Dr. Clymer also has two U.S. patents: (1) Combined Discrete-Event and Continuous Model Simulation and Analysis Tool and (2) Guidance System.

As a researcher, Dr. Clymer is internationally known in the general area of simulation-based systems engineering. Dr. Clymer developed the OpEM graphical language based on parallel processing language concepts and mathematical linguistics. Models based on the OpEM graphical language have been successfully used for 30+ years in industry, government, and academia to perform operational modeling of complex systems. Over the years, Dr. Clymer and his project teams have developed models that include U.S. Navy destroyers, battle groups, and the Trident Submarine.

Dr. Clymer received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. from Iowa State University in 1964 and 1966 respectively. In 1971, he received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Arizona State University. His Ph.D. dissertation developed and applied Context Sensitive Systems (CSS) theory to explicitly represent and assist understanding complex, non-linear distributedadaptive systems. In addition, Dr. Clymer is a Fellow of the Orange County, California Engineering Council; was 1992 Section Chair for IEEE of Orange County; and was a Hughes Faculty Research Award recipient from 1989-1990.


Dr. Stan Settles is a researcher, practitioner, and teacher in the field of systems engineering. He was also named INCOSE Fellow this year at IS 2008. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of systems architecting, engineering management, lean operations, and manufacturing systems engineering.

As a teacher, Dr. Settles is currently the Director of the Systems Architecting and Engineering Program, the IBM Professor of Engineering Management, the Co-director of the Center for Systems and Software Engineering, and former Chair of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California. The USC School of Engineering honored him with its Faculty Service Award for 2001 for his contributions to many aspects of society. Dr. Settles also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University from 1966 through 1991.

As a practitioner, Dr. Settles had a 30-year career with AlliedSignal Aerospace (now Honeywell), primarily in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Settles held a number of positions in design and project engineering, manufacturing, and general management. His titles included: Manager of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Division Director of Planning, Division Vicepresident of Manufacturing Operations, and Corporate Director of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

As a researcher Dr. Settles served as Program Director for Design and Integration Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Settles was on loan to the NSF from Arizona State University, where he was a Research Professor in the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering. In 1992 and 1993 he served as Assistant Director for Industrial Technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Dr. Settles serves as the Director for Academic Matters on the INCOSE BoD, and was selected by the systems engineering academic leaders to be the initial chair of the INCOSE University Leadership Roundtable. Dr. Settles has been active in the Council of Engineering Systems Universities since its inception in 2003. Dr. Settles has served on the INCOSE Commercial Steering Board since its inception and represents USC on the CAB. Dr. Settles is one of the founding members of the Motor Sports Working Group, which fits in well with his hobby of land speed racing (206 mph). Dr. Settles is also past president of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, a fellow of INFORMS, a member of ASEE, IEEE and SAE International. Dr. Settles also served as the chair of the National Research Council’s Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design. Dr. Settles earned his M.S.E. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University. Dr. Settles holds B.S. degrees in both industrial engineering and production technology from LeTourneau University. Dr. Settles was honored by election to the National Academy of Engineering in 1991. Dr. Settles works at keeping the systems perspective in focus within the NAE, where he serves on the Oversight Committee of the Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering. Dr. Settles is listed in a number of biographical references, including Who's Who in America.

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