Named President-Elect of INCOSE
December 2, 2005
The members of the International Council on Systems Engineering have chosen Pat Hale as president-elect. Mr. Hale is director of MIT’s System Design and Management (SDM) Fellows Program, and will serve as president-elect in 2006-2007, assuming the office of president for 2008-2009.
The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a global professional society for systems engineers whose mission is to foster the definition, understanding, and practice of world class systems engineering in industry, academia, and government. INCOSE was formed in 1990 to develop, nurture, and enhance the interdisciplinary approach and means to enable the realization of successful systems. Since then, INCOSE has grown dramatically. Today there are over 6,000 member systems engineers, 50 chartered chapters worldwide, and more than 50 Corporate Advisory Board members from government, industry, and academia.
Mr. Hale has been a member of INCOSE for 12 years, and has served on the INCOSE Board of Directors for eight years. He is currently Treasurer and will assume his new post in January 2006. He has published papers in the area of commercial systems engineering in the conference proceedings of both INCOSE and ASME.
Mr. Hale holds a B.S. in Geophysical Oceanography from the University of Washington, as well as the degrees of Ocean Engineer and S.M. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from MIT. His professional interests include application of systems engineering in commercial product development, complex naval system design and engineering process frameworks and methods.
Prior to joining MIT, Mr. Hale completed a 22 year career in the U.S. Navy, qualifying in both Surface Warfare and Submarine Warfare (Engineering Duty) communities, and culminating in managing the design and construction of submarines in Groton, Connecticut. Following his Navy career, Pat held executive-level systems engineering positions in defense and commercial system and product development organizations, including Director of Systems Engineering at both Draper Laboratory and Otis Elevator Company, where he developed and implemented Otis’ first systems engineering process and organization.
Since joining MIT in 2003, Mr. Hale has led the MIT-Industry Partner Systems Engineering Certificate Program, a one-year graduate certificate program under SDM. He has been Director of the SDM Fellows program since 2004.
Dr. Donna Rhodes, INCOSE Past President and Senior Lecturer in the MIT Engineering Systems Division, expressed her enthusiasm for Mr. Hale’s election, noting that he has been a significant contributor to INCOSE for many years. "Given his knowledge of the INCOSE organization and its operating environment, along with his dedication to the advancement of Systems Engineering, Pat will be an outstanding INCOSE President," said Dr. Rhodes.