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Award Criteria

INCOSE strives to recognize those who contribute to the advancement of the systems engineering profession as well as the advancement of our organization. Criteria for four INCOSE awards – Pioneer, Founders, Fellows, and Service – are shown below.

All award nomination packages should be sent electronically by 28 February to:

Holly Witte
Managing Executive
INCOSE
7670 Opportunity Rd., Suite 220
San Diego, CA 92111-2222
Admin Office

Pioneer Award

The Pioneer Award will be presented to one distinguished individual or team, who by their achievements in the engineering of systems, has contributed uniquely to major products or outcomes enhancing society or meeting its needs. The criteria may apply to a single outstanding outcome or a lifetime of significant achievements in effecting successful systems.

Criteria
The Pioneer Award is intended to recognize outstanding pioneer- applications of Systems Engineering in the development of successful products or services of benefit to society. Some examples would include, but not be limited to; applying systems engineering principles to unique, highly complex problems; the successful application of systems engineering to brand new market segments and outstanding examples of advancing the state of the art and/or practice of systems engineering beyond its current bounds.

Nomination Process
Any INCOSE member in good standing may initiate a Pioneer Award nomination but they may only nominate or provide a letter of support for one (1) individual or team for Pioneer per year. The nominator shall prepare a nomination letter describing the nominator’s qualifications for making the nomination and the contributions made by the nominee that qualify them for consideration for this award. The nomination letter must be accompanied by a minimum of three (3) detailed letters of support. Of the three letters of support, at least two (2) shall be from INCOSE members in good standing. Each letter of support must be from an individual other than the nominator and shall state the supporter’s qualifications for supporting the nomination and why they believe the nominee is qualified for consideration for this award.

The nominator shall assemble the nomination letter and the letters of support into a nomination package and submit the nomination package to the Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee not later than 28 February for consideration. Nomination packages received after that date will not be considered.

The Honors and Awards Committee (see CMT-100: Committees) shall evaluate the Pioneer Award nomination packages and make a rank-ordered recommendation to the BOD of a maximum of three candidates for the award. The Board of Directors shall select the award recipient at the Second Calendar Quarter Board of Directors meeting by voted resolution.

Once the Board of Directors decision is made, the Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee shall prepare the citation for the Award and provide the Citation to the INCOSE Secretary within two (2) weeks following the Board of Directors decision.

Recognition
The Pioneer award will be made at the annual International Symposium with a reading of the citation and the presentation of an appropriate memento of recognition. Recipients of the Pioneer Award shall be granted for their personal use free registration for life to both the annual INCOSE symposium and the annual workshop. The recipient shall receive one additional free dinner ticket for the banquet at the annual INCOSE symposium.

Reference: INCOSE Policy REC-106: Pioneer Award

 
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Founders Award

One (1) Founders Award will be presented annually at the International Symposium. The Founders Award is a highly prestigious award intended to recognize an individual INCOSE member who has made major contributions to INCOSE.

Criteria
The Founders Award is intended to recognize outstanding individual contributions to INCOSE, be they a single event or significant events over sustained period of service. Contributions should be of a highly significant nature and contribute positively to the advancement of INCOSE or an INCOSE Chapter. A few examples of such contributions would include, but not be limited to; 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.

Nomination Process
Any INCOSE member in good standing may initiate a Founders Award nomination but they may only nominate or provide a letter of reference for one (1) Founder per year. The nominator shall prepare a nomination letter describing the nominator’s qualifications for making the nomination and the contributions made by the nominee that qualify them for consideration for this award. The nomination letter must be accompanied by a minimum of three (3) detailed letters of support, each letter from a different INCOSE member other than the nominator, who are also members in good standing. Each letter of support shall state the supporter’s qualifications for supporting the nomination and why they believe the nominee is qualified for consideration for this award.

The nominator shall assemble the nomination letter and letters of support into a nomination package and submit the nomination package electronically to the Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee not later than 28 February for consideration. Nomination packages received after that date may not be considered.

The Honors and Awards Committee (see CMT-100; Committees) shall evaluate the Founders Award nomination packages and make a rank-ordered recommendation to the Board of Directors with a maximum of three (3) candidates for the Founders Award. The Board of Directors shall select the Founders Award recipient at the Second Calendar Quarter Board of Directors Meeting by voted resolution.

Once the Board of Directors decision is made, the Chair of the Honors and Awards Committee shall prepare the citation for the Award and provide the Citation to the INCOSE Secretary within two (2) weeks following the Board of Directors decision.

Recognition
The Founders award will be made at the annual International Symposium with a reading of the citation, the presentation of an appropriate memento of recognition and the presentation of a red sweater. Recipients of the Founders Award shall be granted for their personal use free registration and one additional free dinner ticket for the banquet at the annual INCOSE symposium in the year of award.

Reference: INCOSE Policy REC-105: Founders Award

 
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Fellows Award

INCOSE Fellows are individuals with significant verifiable contributions to the art and practice of Systems Engineering in industry, government or academia. This award recognizes practitioners from government and industry applying knowledge and contributing to the practice of systems engineering in designing and acquiring systems, researchers developing new knowledge and advancing theory, and teachers disseminating knowledge and developing the next generation of successful systems engineers.

INCOSE Fellows are expected contribute to the goals of the Fellows as a body, and attend Fellows meetings at the annual International Symposium and at the annual International Workshop.

Eligibility
Candidates must have been INCOSE members for a minimum of 5 years. Under exceptional circumstances this can be waived by the Board of Directors.

Criteria

  1. Fellow awards are based only upon significant verifiable contributions to the art and practice of Systems Engineering, and only upon evidence of same provided by their nominators in written form to the Fellows Selection Committee. It is recognized that systems engineers come from different domains, e.g.: industry, government and educational organizations. They also are engaged in different areas of practice, including, research, application and teaching. In some cases, national security or company policy inhibits accessibility of supporting materials. Therefore, varied verifiable evidence of contributions to the state of the art and practice are expected to be submitted.
  2. Nominators should identify their candidate's primary strength as that of either a practitioner (applies knowledge), or a researcher (develops new knowledge), or a teacher (imparts knowledge to others). For a practitioner, the criteria are satisfied by providing evidence about programs that he/she has personally led and/or advanced by means of significant application of the systems engineering art. This evidence should be supported by publications -- ideally in refereed journals or conferences where possible -- or other suitable means.
  3. For a researcher, the criteria are satisfied by providing evidence about research personally conducted or advanced as a consequence of the researcher's effort. This evidence should be supported by patents, patent applications, books authored and those to which contributions have been made, and publications in refereed journals or conferences. For teachers, evidence is provided by advances made in the state of the art in systems engineering education such as new books, courses, curricula and refereed publications.
  4. Some nominators may wish to submit their candidates for consideration in more than one category. In this case, evidence must be provided as above for every applicable area.

Nomination Process

  1. Each candidate will have a nominator other than him- or herself.
  2. The nominator will provide a package to the Fellows Selection Committee that will consist of the following:

Candidate Profile

  1. Name of Candidate
  2. e-Mail Address
  3. Year of Birth
  4. Primary Contribution
  5. Secondary Contributions (if applicable)
  6. Citation (to be used on certificate)
  7. Educational Background
  8. Professional History (Employer, Years of Employment, Duties, Accomplishments)
  9. Accomplishments vs. Fellows Criteria

Letters of Support

  1. Letters of Support must be provided by at least three (preferably 5) people recommended by the nominator. All letters must be from active members of INCOSE, and at least one letter should be, if possible, from one of the current INCOSE Fellows. Those writing letters of support should have the candidate's resume available to them, but each letter of support should be independently written. There should be no more than two letters of support from the
    candidate’s own immediate organization. Nominators should provide selected (no more than five) papers as part of the nomination package for nominees whose papers are published in obscure journals, if the nominee’s papers are an important criterion for Fellow selection. (The intent is to provide papers for those candidates whose papers were published in obscure journals where the authorship of papers is presented by the nominator as a qualification for selection of the nominated Fellow; not to require the authorship of new papers).
  2. Letters of Support should use the standard form provided on the Fellows page. Letters of Support should be mailed directly to the Secretary to the INCOSE Fellows Selection Committee, and must be received on or before December 1st.

List of Supporters

  1. The nominator will contact supporters directly to have them write letters of support. The nominator will submit a list of up to five people who have been asked to submit letters of support for the nominee. This list should be provided with the complete nomination package along with the actual letters of support - digital signatures are fine.
Recognition
The Fellow Awards will be presented at the annual INCOSE Symposium with a reading of the citation and presentation of an appropriate memento of recognition.

Reference: INCOSE Policy REC-101: Fellows Award

 
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Outstanding Service Award

Purpose
Awards for outstanding service are presented to recognize INCOSE members who have contributed significant volunteer effort on behalf of INCOSE.

Eligibility
Nominees for the Outstanding Service Award must have been INCOSE members for a minimum of five (5) years. Under exceptional circumstances, the Board of Directors may waive this requirement. Candidates must have volunteered significant and arduous effort on behalf of INCOSE either in one act of outstanding service or through extended contributions in one (1) or more of the following three (3) areas:

  1. Service at the international, national, or local level in an elected office as a chair, or as a leader of a task force, advisory group, or working group;
  2. Service at the international level as an editorial, publication, or symposium leader; or
  3. Service at the international level as an advocate or liaison with other professional, scientific, public, or humanitarian organizations.

Nomination
Nominators must be INCOSE members and may not self-nominate. The nominator shall assemble the nomination package - that consists of the following:

Candidate name and description:

  • Name of candidate
  • Accomplishments vs. Outstanding Service Award Criteria
  • Proposal for the citation

Letters of Support provided by the nominator and at least three (3) other people. These letters are limited to two (2) typewritten pages, and should provide:
  • Name of Nominator/Supporter,
  • Basis of knowledge about the candidate,
  • Evaluation of the candidate against the Service Award Criteria on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high).

Those writing letters of support should have the candidates information and qualifications available to them, but all letters of support should be independently written.

The nominator shall assemble the nomination package and submit the complete nomination package electronically to the Chair of the Honors & Awards Committee not later than 28 February for consideration. Nomination packages received after that date may not be considered for this award. Nomination packages that are not awarded in the year they are submitted may be resubmitted for consideration the following year if the nominator so desires.

Recognition
The Outstanding Service Awards will be presented at the annual INCOSE Symposium with a reading of the citation and presentation of a plaque. Upon completion of term as President, a gavel and plaque shall be presented to the retiring President. Upon leaving the Board, a plaque shall be presented to Board members.

Reference: INCOSE Policy REC-102: Service Award

 
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