Congratulations to Bill Miller on the INCOSE Founders Award!

Each year INCOSE awards 1 of over 10,000 members of the organization the Founders Award. To no surprise, this prestigious award was given to Bill Miller this year for a life time of contributions to the systems engineering profession and community. Mr. Miller was recognized for his long-term and diverse support to INCOSE enabling the organization to grow and evolve. He was noted as being one of the driving forces behind INCOSE's collaborative culture of engagement, constantly working as an ambassador and a connector for both the profession and the organization.

Bill Miller accepting his award at the INCOSE Conference in Adelaide, Australia

Bill Miller accepting his award at the INCOSE Conference in Adelaide, Australia

The description below provided by INCOSE sheds light on the significance of this award:

"The Founders Award is a highly prestigious award presented annually to one distinguished member of INCOSE who has made a major contribution to INCOSE. The award recognizes outstanding individual contributions to INCOSE, be they a single event or a lifetime of significant efforts. These contributions are of a highly significant nature and contribute positively to the advancement of INCOSE or an INCOSE Chapter. Examples of such contributions include extending INCOSE's international growth, developing new Chapters, significantly advancing INCOSE's professional status and making significant personal commitments to INCOSE such as long-term service in a leadership role."

Please congratulate Bill Miller on this impressive accomplishment!

Natasha Hawkins Receives Letter of Appreciation

Feb 5, 2016: Ms. Natasha Hawkins, Principal Analyst Innovative Decisions, Inc. receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Director Firoved for her contribution to the National Biosurveillance Integration Center.


Ms. Hawkins has been instrumental in helping the Center analyze, determine, and draft its highest priority biosurveillance capability gaps and requirements. Although she was given an extremely aggressive timeline and unclear directions, Ms. Hawkins was able to successfully deliver high quality material to support a new DHS-wide R&D Integrated Product Team process. As a result of her efforts, NBIC capability needs, and those of OHA overall, were highly prioritized within the Department. Ms. Hawkins is known for her ability to consistently produce high quality products in very short timeframes.  NBIC recognizes Ms. Hawkins not only for the contribution of her analytic expertise, but also for her dedication to ensuring that NBIC continues to mature and strengthen its capabilities. Ms. Hawkins’ dedication, hard work, positive attitude and selfless dedication to our Nation’s security reflect great credit upon her, the Center, the Office of Health Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security.