INCOSE Natural Systems Working Group

Natural Systems Include All of Nature: Living Systems, Geology, Water, and Air

Co-Chairs: Curt McNamara, Dennis Tuckowski, Alex Wolf

INCOSE Natural Systems Working Group (NSWG)

NSWG priorities for 2022 are:

  • support for inclusion of natural systems thinking in system engineering and design

  • coordination with the VINE systemology cluster of NASA Virtual Interchange for Nature Inspired Exploration.

  • engagement and collaborations with other INCOSE Working Groups and stakeholders.

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We focus on:

Bio-Inspired Design

Biomimetics and Systems Mimicry

Patterns in Natural Systems

Complexity and Natural Systems

Mapping Natural Systems Tools to the SE Process

The following items are products we will work on in 2022:

  • Release draft of Natural Systems for SE primer

  • Two + short videos: thick boundaries, and hierarchy / levels and layers / composite

  • Completed 5E handbook page edits

In addition we will curate about six webinars. The following are scheduled:

  • Product Development (April)

  • Resilience and diversity

  • Biocene conference (May)

  • More to come!

Content curators: we have a few topics in mind, and are open to more. Set up webinars or focused discussions. The individual will select a topic and suggest papers for an informal discussion. They will also work with leadership to suggest a webinar speaker on the topic.

We conducted three NSWG sessions at IW2022, and one joint session with the Systems Science WG. Send a note for link to recordings.

INCOSE Seattle Chapter Presentation

April 13, 2022

Dennis Tuckowski

Natural Systems and Product Development

This presentation will cover methods and examples of integrating Natural Systems and bio inspired designs into product design and the product development process to further enable innovative design solutions.


Dennis Tuckowski is a Systems Engineer at SAIC and co-chair of the INCOSE Natural Systems Working Group. He is an ASEP with over 15 years’ experience in product development and designs implemented in over 40 million consumer products (automotive and major appliances).

Curt McNamara, P.E. is an educator with expertise in design and systems engineering. He teaches bio-inspired design, innovation, systems practice, and the work of Buckminster Fuller.

Meeting Details at:

Working Group Update


- the 5E handbook entry has been submitted! We also submitted ideas for a figure to accompany the text.


- the primer is being re-organized to follow the handbook topic flow

- our goal is to release the draft for comments at the spring Biocene on May 18-20.

Co-Chairs: Curt McNamara,

Dennis Tuckowski

Alex Wolf