LML Steering Committee

Warren Vaneman


Dr. Warren Vaneman is a Professor of Practice in the Systems EngineeringDepartment at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. He has more than 30 years of leadership and technical positions within the U.S.Navy and the Intelligence Community. Dr. Vaneman has been conducting research in Model-Based Systems Engineering and System ofSystems since July 2011. To enhance his research efforts Dr. Vanemanteaches several courses in Systems Engineering and Architecting andSystem of Systems Engineering and Integration. Prior to joining NPS, Dr.Vaneman has held various systems engineering positions within the Intelligence Community, including as the Chief Architect of them for a very large System of Systems. Dr. Vaneman is also a Retired Captain in the NavyReserve, where he was qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer, SpaceCadre Expert, and Information Dominance Warfare Officer. He has a B.S.from the State University of New York Maritime College, an M.S. in systems engineering, and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1 Certificate from the Naval War College.

Steven Dam


Dr. Dam is the President and Founder of the Systems and Proposal Engineering Company (dba SPEC Innovations), based in Manassas, VA. He has been involved with structured analysis, software development, and system engineering for over 40 years. He provided leadership in the development of C4ISR Architecture Framework (now DoDAF), the Lifecycle Modeling Language (LML), and the Innoslate® tool. He currently is applying system-engineering techniques to various DoD and DOE projects. Dr. Dam is the author of two systems engineering-based books: “DoD Architecture Framework: A Guide to Applying System Engineering to Develop Integrated, Executable Architectures;” and “Proposal Engineering: A Guide to Developing Winning, Cost-Effective Proposals.” Dr. Dam has a BS degree in Physics from George Mason University and a PhD. in Physics from the University of South Carolina. He has been a long-term member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), having held positions as President of the Washington Metro Area Chapter and Director for the Americas. Dr. Dam is also an INCOSE certified Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP). Dr. Dam currently is the Secretary of the LML Steering Committee.

Dennis Buede

Committee Member

Dr. Buede has over twenty-five years of experience in both the theoretical development and engineering application of decision support technologies. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the Engineering-Economic Systems Department of Stanford University and his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently President of Innovative Decisions, Inc., which conducts decision and risk analyses. He has been a Professor of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at Stevens Institute of Technology and Professor at George Mason University. Prior to that, he ran his own consulting and research company for eight years. He has done extensive research in the fields of decision analysis, data fusion, and systems engineering. In particular, he has pioneered in the development of new decision methodologies in the areas of system design and evaluation, and resource allocation. He has authored The Engineering Design of Systems: Methods and Models coauthored a book titled Decision Synthesis and authored or coauthored numerous professional and technical papers in the above fields. He belongs to the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science, the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, and the International Council on Systems Engineering. He is a Fellow of INCOSE.

Michael deLamare

Committee Member

Michael deLamare has practiced systems engineering for 36 years. His experiences include design and manufacture of satellite components (Hughes Aircraft); development, modification, and sustainment of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (TRW); and development of one-of-a-kind nuclear and industrial facilities (Bechtel National Inc). He currently serves as Bechtel corporate’s global Systems Engineering Workshop chair and is a Bechtel Distinguished Scientist/Engineer. His responsibilities include defining systems engineering processes; developing the SE culture and training; and establishing and overseeing SE implementation on select projects.  Mr. deLamare holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of California at Irvine, an M.S. in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and is certified as an Expert Systems Engineering Professional (ESEP) by the International Council On Systems Engineering (INCOSE).  Within INCOSE, Mr. deLamare represents Bechtel on the Corporate Advisory Board, chair emeritus of the Critical Infrastructure Protection and Recovery (CIPR) working group, and former co-chair on the Infrastructure working group.

Paul Evans

Committee Member

LCDR Paul Evans is an active duty Naval officer stationed at Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) in Washington, DC. At SSP, he is a leader in their Systems Engineering Transformation effort to modernize their systems engineering capabilities to enable digital engineering.  LCDR Evans holds an M.S. with Distinction in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a B.S. in Computer Science from the United States Naval Academy.  He was the 2018 recipient of the Wayne E. Meyer Award for Excellence in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

As a Submarine officer, LCDR Evans served as a junior officer on the USS OHIO (SSGN 726)(BLUE) and as Engineer on the USS VIRGINIA (SSN 774).

Ed Gabb

Committee Member

Ed Gabb is a Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin. He received BS Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985. He has been a member of INCOSE since 2009. He has previously worked for IBM, Loral, Orbital Sciences and Aether Systems. Along with being a systems engineer, he has been a software developer, system tester, trainer, network performance modeler, lab manager, project engineer, and line manager. Over the past 27 years, he has worked in the areas of satellite command and control, logistics, air traffic control, wireless networking, aircraft mission planning, and advanced radars.

Kathryn Laskey

Committee Member

Kathryn Laskey earned a joint Ph.D. in Statistics and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. After completing her Ph.D., she worked for Decision Science Consortium, a Virginia small business specializing in decision analysis, decision support systems, and research on human judgment and decision-making. She moved to George Mason University in 1990, where she teaches in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research (SEOR) department and performs research on computational probability and decision theory, with a special focus on semantic interoperability in domains characterized by uncertainty. She is Associate Director of the Center of Excellence in Command, Control, Communications, Computing and Intelligence (C4I Center), and is the faculty advisor of GMU INCOSE, the student chapter of INCOSE. She is a regular attendee of INCOSE WMA chapter meetings and is the INCOSE Ambassador to the SEOR Department at George Mason University.

Jerry Sellers

Committee Member

Dr. Jerry Jon Sellers is the author of Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics, a contributing author and editor of Applied Space Systems Engineering, and a contributing author of Human Spaceflight Analysis and Design. He has over 30 years of space systems experience including Guidance & Onboard Navigation Officer in Space Shuttle Mission Control; Assistant Professor of Astronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy; and Chief of Astronautics for the Air Force European Office of Aerospace Research & Development. He is an Associate Fellow at AIAA and the former Chairman of the Space Systems Technical Committee. Jerry is a certified Scaled Agile Program Consultant and a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He is also an adjunct professor at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Noah Vaneman


Noah Vaneman will be attending Virginia Tech in the Fall of 2019 for his freshmen year of college, where he will be pursuing a major in Computer Engineering. He is currently the intern at the Lifecycle Modeling Language Steering Committee, where he developed their website.

Stephen Zini

Committee Member

Stephen Zini is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional with space systems focus and experience with remote Sensing/ISR systems engineering, architectures, requirements, and CONOPs development, Modeling & Simulation, software testing, and transition. Mr. Zini is a retired Navy Captain with an MS in Space Systems Operations and a BS in Aerospace Engr.