PMIWDC Industry Insights | The Intersection of Program Management and Systems Engineering

Effective communication between project management and system engineering is essential for mission accomplishment.

  • Program management has overall program accountability - the integration of effort, cost and schedule across multiple aligned projects.
  • System engineering has accountability for the technical and system elements of the program - the definition and integration of a system.

Each discipline should have an understanding of the other’s discipline. Delivery of stakeholder value requires appropriate contributions from both areas of professional expertise. Program managers and systems engineers need to understand the dual roles that each group must play. When they are synergistically brought together the whole can become greater than the sum of its parts. In this presentation, we will discuss the importance of Program Management and System Engineering integration; provide an overview of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and INCOSE Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter; and other possible areas of joint collaboration towards PM SE integraon.

About the Speakers

Ruchira Puri

Ruchira Puri

Ruchira Puri has been the INCOSE WMA Programs Chair since 2015. Ruchira Puri is a Systems Engineer currently working in the Mclean VA area. As a system engineer, she has supported various sponsors across the commercial and federal landscape for over twelve years. She has supported projects through the entire project lifecycle in Technical Functional and leadership roles. She had earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from India; a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Wright State University. She is a certified Program Management Professional. Her desired focus for the INCOSE WMA chapter is to grow the field of systems engineering via internal and external partnerships and connecting the community of systems engineers together through INCOSE WMA activities and events.

Houng Soo

Houng Soo is currently the Acting INCOSE WMA Vice President, appointed by the President for 2022. He was INCOSE WMA Membership Chair 2017-2021 and since June 2021, a member of the PMIWDC INCOSE WMA Collaboration Joint Working Group, tasked to identify areas of collaboration that would benefit both memberships. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn; a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington; a MBA from Florida Institute of Technology; a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a registered Professional Electrical Engineer in the State of Washington, Certified System Engineering Professional and a certified Program Management Professional.

Houng Soo

James Mike Young

James (Mike) Young

Mr. James (Mike) Young is INCOSE WMA President. Mr. Young is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and holds a Master of Science Degree in Systems Engineering and has published several articles related to the application of systems engineering to DoD systems and is an advocate of providing a holistic systems engineering approach to the security of Hardware, Firmware and Software of Platforms, Systems, Sub-Systems and Secure Components utilized in the DoD. Mr. Young retired from Government Civilian service where he provided Systems Engineering and Integrated Logistics management of DoD systems. In order to more fully consider the security of systems, including facilities, processes and software Mr. Young is studying for the CISSP and expects to obtain certification in the near term. In his free time, Mr. Young likes to do woodworking, wood carving and is an avid reader. Mr. Young has two daughters who are studying to become medical doctors.

Event Details

Date & Time

26 July 2022

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST-05:00)


Virtual Event


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