Dr. Ralph Young Will Pass the Batton for PPI SyEN Editorship to Kevin Nortrup


As the saying goes, all good things come to an end eventually. Dr. Ralph Young is stepping down as Editor of PPI SyEN Systems Engineering Newsjournal after a marathon innings that will continue to include the celebration April 2021 100th Edition. Kevin Nortrup will take over the Editor role from Ralph commencing with the May 2021 Edition of PPI SyEN.

The whole PPI/CTI team extends to Ralph our thanks for his leadership of PPI SyEN. To put Ralph’s contribution in perspective, the history of editorship will be:

PPI SyEN 1 – 34 Oct 2008 – Jul 2011 Alwyn Smit

PPI SyEN 35 – 47 Aug 2011 – Aug 2012 Dr. Ralph Young

PPI SyEN 48 – 50 Sep 2012 – Dec 2012 Suja Joseph-Malherbe

PPI SyEN 51 – 100 Jan 2013 – Apr 2021 Dr. Ralph Young

that is, Ralph will have edited 63 editions of SyEN, a monumental accomplishment, when he retires with the April edition. PPI Managing Director Robert Halligan said, in relation to Ralph’s retirement, “Ralph, PPI, the readership of PPI SyEN and the engineering community in general owe you a great debt for the endless hours you have devoted each month to PPI SyEN, for the consistently high standard of PPI SyEN you have achieved, and for the value your toil has generated for the engineering community.”

New editor, Kevin Nortrup CSEP, CPHIMS, LSSGB, FHIMSS, DSHS will bring to the role from May 2021 onwards a strong complement of technical, organizational and management excellence, together with creativity, vision, leadership, and passion for continuous learning and improvement. Kevin has already contributed greatly to the engineering community, fulfilling leadership roles in the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), Co-chair, Enterprise Systems Working Group, 2018-present;  the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS); the Society for Health Systems (SHS); the International Society for Systems and Complexity Science for Health (ISSCSH) Board of Directors, 2019-present; and the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) Board of Directors, Indiana Chapter, 2019-present, all whilst operating since 2003 his successful consulting business, Sugar Creek Solutions LLC.

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