SESA aims to provide the national vehicle to make Systems Projects successful through the establishment of a viable Systems Engineering culture in Australia.
SESA has its origins in the Victorian Systems Engineering Branch of the Institute of Engineers, Australia (IEAust), which was formed in 1990. In September 1994, a small group of interested parties launched an initiative towards the formation of an Australian systems engineering association. The network quickly grew to exceed 250, and an informal inaugural meeting was held in Canberra on the 2 December 1994 to formulate the best way ahead. The meeting resulted in the formation of small working parties in several Australian cities to further develop a National position for an association for Systems Engineering in this country.
Several options were analysed, and the best solution arrived at was the formation of a new Technical Society within the IEAust. The main reason for this was:
- The Association needs to have national credibility in Australia in order to influence Systems Engineering Culture, and
- An international window is necessary for the Association to keep abreast of and contribute to world’s best practice in systems engineering.
SESA was formalised as a Technical Society of the IEAust in October 1995 and was launched at a very successful one day conference held in Sydney in October 1995.
Over the years, SESA has had various affiliation agreements with the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). At the SESA 2011 Annual General Meeting, a motion was put to the SESA membership for SESA to merge with the Australian Chapter of INCOSE, and for SESA to become the recognised INCOSE Chapter of Australia whilst remaining a Technical Society of Engineers Australia. This motion was passed and a [Memorandum of Understanding between INCOSE and Engineers Australia] was signed in January 2012 by Samantha Robitaille (INCOSE President) and John Anderson (Engineers Australia Director of Engineering Practice & CPD).
SESA Executive Committee
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John Nasr – SESA President
Don Lowe – SESA Deputy President
Helen Williams – SESA Chief Value Officer
David Peterson – SESA Treasurer/Secretary
Jawahar Bhalla – Technical Director
Emma-Rose Tildesley – Communication & Engagement Lead
Martin Griffin – Defence/Aero Domain Lead
Ruben Welschen – Transport & Cities Domain Lead
Thomas Manley – Telecommunications & Cyber Security Domain Lead