Graduate Alumni

J. Clark Beesemyer Paul LaTour Lucie Reymondet
David Broniatowski Brian Mekdeci Matthew Richards
Deb Chattopadhyay Tsoline Mikaelian Christopher Roberts*
Matthew Fitzgerald Julia Nickel Sarah Rovito
Daniel Fulcoly M. Greg O'Neill* Michael Schaffner
Kacy Gerst Alexander Pina Nirav Shah
Paul Grogan* Aaron Prindle Zoe Szajnfarber*
Caroline Lamb* Benjamin Putbrese Lauren Viscito
Kevin Liu Varsha Raghavan Marcus Wu
Nicola Ricci Li Qian Yeong

* SEAri-affiliated research assistants


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J. Clark Beesemyer

J. Clark Beesemyer

S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '12
B.S. in Astronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy '10

Work Experience:

  • USAFA Falconsat, Chief Engineer

Research Areas: evolvability of systems of systems; design principles; historical case analysis

SM Thesis: Empirically Characterizing Evolvability and Changeability in Engineering Systems [pdf]

Posters:

  • Characterizing Evolvability for Engineering Systems (2010) [pdf]
  • Empirical Investigation of System Changes and Associated Ilities (2011) [pdf]

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David Broniatowski

David Broniatowski*

Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '10
S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '06
S.M. in Technology and Policy, MIT '06
S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '04

Work Experience:

  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • XPRIZE Foundation
  • NASA HQ Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation

Research Areas: multi-stakeholder preference elicitation and modeling, innovation in government-regulated systems (healthcare and aerospace systems), semiotics

PhD Thesis: A Method for Analysis of Expert Committee Decision-Making Applied to FDA Medical Device Panels [pdf]

Posters:

  • The Influence of Institutional Background on System Approval (2008) [pdf]
  • Decision-Making by Technical Expert Committees for Engineering Systems (2009) [pdf]

Face-to-face with David


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Debarati Chattopadhyay

Debarati Chattopadhyay

S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '09
B.S. in Computer Engineering, Lehigh University '05
B.S. in Astrophysics, Lehigh University '04

Work Experience:

  • Science mission planning, Chandra X-Ray Center, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Research Areas: value-driven tradespace exploration, lifecycle design issues / "ilities", space system modeling, analysis, and design, systems of systems

SM Thesis: A Method for Tradespace Exploration of Systems of Systems [pdf]

Posters:

  • A Framework for System of Systems Tradespace Exploration (2008) [pdf]
  • A Method for System of Systems Tradespace Exploration (2009) [pdf]

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Matthew Fitzgerald

Matthew Fitzgerald

Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '16
S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '12
B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '10

Work Experience:

  • OsComp Systems, Fluid/Thermodynamics Engineer

Research Areas: metrics for changeability, multi-stakeholder negotiation, tradespace exploration

SM Thesis: Managing Uncertainty in Systems with a Valuation Approach for Strategic Changeability [pdf]

PhD Thesis: Framing Tradespace Exploration to Improve Support for Multiple-Stakeholder Decision Making [pdf]

Posters:

  • Quantifying and Valuating Changeability for System Designs in an Uncertain Future (2010) [pdf]
  • Valuation Approach for Strategic Changeability (2011) [pdf]

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Daniel Fulcoly

Daniel Fulcoly

S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '12
B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, United States Air Force Academy '10

Research Areas: metrics for evolvability of systems of systems; design principles

SM Thesis: A Normative Approach to Designing for Evolvability: Methods and Metrics for Considering Evolvability in Systems Engineering [pdf]

Posters:

  • Characterizing Evolvability for Engineering Systems (2010) [pdf]
  • The Epoch Syncopation Framework: Analyzing System Change Options in Cost and Schedule Domains (2011) [pdf]

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Kacy Gerst

Kacy Gerst

S.M. in System Design and Management, MIT '11
B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech '04

Work Experience:

  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • Strategic Planner for Naval Operations, Lead Engineer, and Supporting Engineer, Sikorsky Aircraft, United Technologies Corporation
  • Analyst, Accenture Consulting Firm, Products & Sciences Group

Research Areas: leading indicators for Human-Systems Integration

SDM Thesis: Evaluating the Impact of Government Energy R&D Investments through a Multi-Attribute Utility-based Decision Tool [pdf]

Posters:

  • Evolving Decision Tools throughout the Enterprise to Address Human Systems Considerations (2009) [pdf]
  • Developing Strategies for Improving the Execution of Human Systems Integration (2010) [pdf]
  • Adapting Contemporary Decision Tools to Inform the Department of Energy's Investment Strategy (2010) [pdf]

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Paul Grogan

Paul Grogan*

Ph.D. in Engineering Systems, MIT '14
S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '10
B.S. in Engineering Mechanics & Astronautics, University of Wisconsin '08

Work Experience:

  • Lead Developer, SpaceNet 2.5, Strategic Engineering Research Group, Cambridge, MA
  • Engineering Intern, Orbital Technologies Inc., Madison, WI
  • Student Manager, Trainer, and Web Administrator, Software Training for Students, Madison, WI
  • Engineering Assistant, General Heating and Air Conditioning, Madison, WI

Research Areas: systems engineering, software engineering, modeling and simulation

PhD Thesis: Interoperable Simulation Gaming for Strategic Infrastructure Systems Design [pdf]

Poster:

  • Strategic Engineering Gaming for Decentralized System-of-systems Design (2011) [pdf]

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Caroline Lamb

Caroline Lamb*

Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '09
S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '05
S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '03

Work Experience:

  • Composite Fabrication
  • Structural Testing of Composite-Metal Bonding under cryogenic temperatures
  • Risk mitigation in fan blade development--analysis of impact on structure, aerodynamics and vibration modes
  • Monte Carlo Analysis-Fluid Dynamics Simulations
  • Blade Manufacturing Quality Control Analysis
  • Wind Tunnel Testing and Data Analysis, emphasis on quantifying impact of latent tunnel turbulence on boundary layer transition

Research Areas: Understanding the ways that cultural and process influences impact the ability of engineering teams to take a holistic systems perspective. Specifically interested in identifying archetypes found in teams with a team-level awareness of system interactions and interfaces.

PhD Thesis: Collaborative Systems Thinking [pdf]

Poster:

  • Collaborative Systems Thinking: Identifying the enablers and barriers of higher-level systems thinking in aerospace engineering firms (2008) [pdf]


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Paul LaTour

Paul LaTour

Ph.D. in Engineering Systems, MIT '16
M.S. in Systems Engineering, AFIT '11
B.S. in Electrical Computer Engineering, Perdue University '05

Work Experience:

  • Program Manager, Space Environmental NanoSat Experiment (SENSE), Space and Missile Systems Center, LA, CA
  • Chief Engineer, Tactical Threat Awareness System, Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH
  • Executive Officer, US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City-Base, San Antonio, TX
  • Laser Engineer, Air Force Research Lab, Human Effectiveness Directorate, Optical Radiation Branch, Brooks City-Base, San Antonio, TX

Research Areas: future space systems architectures

PhD Thesis: Combining Tradespace Exploration with System Dynamics to Explore Future Space Architectures [pdf]


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Kevin Liu

Kevin Liu

S.M. in Technology and Policy, MIT '10
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy '08

Work Experience:

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (JHUAPL)
  • Air Force Human Systems Integration Office (AFHSIO)

Research Areas: cost estimation, human-systems integration

SM Thesis: Cost Estimation of Human Systems Integration [pdf], [presentation]

Posters:

  • Cost Drivers of Human Systems Integration (2008) [pdf]
  • Economics of Human Systems Integration (2009) [pdf]

Personal Website: Personal Website: cosysmo.mit.edu


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Brian Mekdeci

Brian Mekdeci

Ph.D. in Engineering Systems, MIT '13
M.AS. in Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo '05
B.AS. in Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo '02

Work Experience:

  • CDL Systems Ltd, Systems Engineer
  • Caskanette & Associates Consulting Engineers, Forensic Engineering Consultant

Research Areas: unmanned vehicles, human factors engineering, survivability, pliability, systems of systems, viability

PhD Thesis: Managing the Impact of Change through Survivability and Pliability to Achieve Viable Systems of Systems [pdf]

Posters:

  • Exploring Modes of Operations for Survivable Systems of Systems (2010) [pdf]
  • Design Principles for the Survivability of Systems of Systems (2011) [pdf]

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Tsoline Mikaelian

Tsoline Mikaelian

Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '09
S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '05
B.S. in Space and Communication Sciences, York University '02

Research Areas: decision-making under uncertainty in complex systems and enterprises, flexibility as means to managing uncertainty, automated diagnosis and repair of complex systems.

PhD Thesis: An Integrated Real Options Framework for Model-based Identification and Valuation of Options under Uncertainty [pdf], [Summary]

Poster: Managing Uncertainty in Socio-Technical Enterprises using a Real Options Framework (2008) [pdf]


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Julia Nickel

Julia Nickel

S.M. in Political Science, MIT '10
S.M. in Engineering Systems, MIT '10
Pre-Diploma in Industrial Engineering and Management, Universit├Ąt Karlsruhe, Germany '07

Work Experience:

  • Defense Research and Development Canada
  • Chicago Transit Authority
  • Franz Haniel & Cie.

Research Areas: tradespace exploration, transportation system modeling, analysis, and design, multi-stakeholder negotiations

SM Thesis: Using Multi-Attribute Tradespace Exploration for the Architecting and Design of Transportation Systems [pdf], [presentation]

Posters:

  • Application of Multi-Attribute Tradespace Exploration to the Architecting and Design of a Transportation System (2008) [pdf]
  • Application of Multi-Attribute Tradespace Exploration to the Architecting and Design of a Transportation System (2009) [pdf]
  • Application of Multi-Attribute Tradespace Exploration (MATE) to the Architecting and Design of Transportation Systems (2010) [pdf]

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M. Greg O'Neill

M. Greg O'Neill*

Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '12
S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '09
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University '07

Work Experience:

  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) System F6 Program
  • The Syracuse University Computational Fluid Dynamics/Aerodynamics Research Lab

Research Areas: space system design, fractionated architectures, flexible space systems, economics, value-centric design, and value-driven system design decision making

SM Thesis: Assessing the Impacts of Fractionation on Pointing-Intensive Spacecraft [pdf]

Posters:

  • Fractionation and Implications for Flexible Space System Design (2008) [pdf]
  • Multi-Criteria Assessment of Fractionated Spacecraft from Technical, Programmatic, and Operational Perspectives (2010) [pdf]

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Alexander Pina

Alexander Pina

S.M. in Engineering and Management, MIT '14
B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronuaitcs, MIT '09

Work Experience:

  • Founder, Avalanche Energy Inc.
  • Assistant Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
  • Structural Intern, Ball Aerospace Corp.

Research Areas: energy systems, tradespace exploration, systems engineering

SDM Thesis: Applying Epoch-Era Analysis for Homeowner Selection of Distributed Generation Power Systems [pdf]


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Aaron Prindle

Aaron Prindle

M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT '15
B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT '13

Work Experience:

  • Aerospace Controls Laboratory, MIT '11
  • Humans and Automation Laboratory, MIT '12
  • Software Agents Group, MIT Media Lab '13
  • MIT App Inventor, '14

Research Areas: data analysis, data visualization, cloud technologies

MEng Thesis: Tradespace Exploration in the Cloud: Incorporating Cloud Technologies into IVTea Suite [pdf]


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Benjamin Putbrese

Benjamin Putbrese

S.M. in Technology and Policy, MIT '15
B.S. in Astronautical Engineering, US Naval Academy '13

Work Experience:

  • Active Duty US Navy
  • Student Intern with Neutron Star Interior Composition ExploreR (NICER) project team, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, '12
  • US Naval Academy RockSat-C team, Wallops Flight Facility, '13

Research Areas: space systems engineering, space policy, responsive systems

SM Thesis: Exploring Design and Policy Options for Orbital Infrastructure Projects [pdf]


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Varsha Raghavan

Varsha Raghavan

M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT '15
B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT '14

Work Experience:

  • Research Assistant, MIT D-Lab, '13
  • Research Assistant, Future Urban Mobility Group, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, '12
  • Research Assistant, Opera of the Future, MIT Media Lab, '11

Research Areas: artificial intelligence, data visualization

MEng Thesis: Visualization Considerations for Interactive Epoch-Era Analysis [pdf]


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Lucie Reymondet

Lucie Reymondet

S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '16
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique expected '16
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, Ecole Polytechnique '13

Work Experience:

  • Research Assistant, Gas Turbine Lab, MIT, '14-15
  • Research Intern, GALCIT, Caltech, '14
  • Intern, Building Thermal and Energetic Modeling, LBB, Mainz, Germay, '13
  • Web Developer and Web Project Manager, X Projets, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, '12-'13
  • Officer Cadet, Training Section Leader, French Guiana; Awarded the Medaille de la Defense Nationale, '11-'12

Research Areas: complex systems, complexity and emergence, model-centric approaches to complex systems


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Nicola Ricci

Nicola Ricci

S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '14
S.M. in Technology and Policy, MIT '14
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Boston University '11

Research Areas: conceptualization and management of uncertainties present in Systems-of-Systems that operate in dynamic environments

SM Thesis: Dynamic System Perspective for Design: Ility-Driving Elements as Responses to Uncertainty [pdf]

Posters:

  • Managing Uncertainty in Systems of Systems Operating in Dynamic Environments (2011) [pdf]

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards

Ph.D. in Engineering Systems, MIT '09
S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '06
S.M. in Technology and Policy, MIT '06
S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '04

Work Experience:

  • Mars Program Office, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Tactical Technology Office and Director's Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Research Areas: aerospace system modeling, analysis, design, and architecting, dynamic multi-attribute tradespace exploration, survivability/resilience/robustness quantification

PhD Thesis: Multi-Attribute Tradespace Exploration for Survivability [pdf], [Summary]

Poster: Design for Survivability: Concept generation and evaluation in dynamic tradespace exploration (2008) [pdf]

Personal Website: web.mit.edu/mgr/www


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Christopher Roberts

Christopher Roberts*

S.M. in Technology and Policy, MIT '03
B.S. in Engineering Physics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University '01

Work Experience:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton

Research Areas: systems engineering in the enterprise, context influences on Systems Engineering, Systems Engineering leading indicators

Posters:

  • Design for Harmony: Architecting adaptive and agile enterprises using value-centric time scales (2008) [pdf]
  • Enterprise Management of Systems-of-Systems in the DoD (2009) [pdf]

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Sarah Rovito

Sarah Rovito, PE

S.M. in Technology and Policy, MIT '16
M.S. in Systems Engineering, The George Washington University '10
B.S. in Systems and Control Engineering, Case Western Reserve University '07

Work Experience:

  • Systems Engineer, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., Alexandria, VA
  • Policy Intern, Washington Internships for Students of Engineering, Washington, DC
  • Undergraduate Research Intern, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Embedded Software Engineering Co-op, Rockwell Automation, Mayfield Heights, OH
  • SHARP Intern, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

Research Areas: cause-effect mapping, complex systems dynamics and architecture, operations efficiency and optimization


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Michael Schaffner

Michael Schaffner

S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '14
B.S. in Systems Engineering, University of Arizona '12

Work Experience:

  • Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
  • NASA Space Grant Intern, University of Arizona
  • Systems Engineering Intern, Raytheon Missile Systems

Research Areas: systems engineering, tradespace exploration, affordability, interactive visualizations

SM Thesis: Designing Systems for Many Possible Futures: The RSC-based Method for Affordable Concept Selection (RMACS), with Multi-Era Analysis [pdf]


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Nirav Shah

Nirav Shah

Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '13
S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '04
S.B. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '01

Work Experience:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Booz Allen Hamilton

Research Areas: value-driven architecture of complex systems, system of systems, inclusion of socio-economic concerns in system design

PhD Thesis: Influence Strategies in Systems of Systems [pdf]

Posters:

  • Distributed Decision Making in Systems of Systems (2008) [pdf]
  • Distributed Decision Making in Systems of Systems (2009) [pdf]
  • Influence Strategies for "Constituent-Competitive" Systems of Systems (2010) [pdf]
  • Influence Strategies for "Constituent-Competitive" Systems of Systems (2011) [pdf]

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Zoe Szajnfarber

Zoe Szajnfarber*

Ph.D. in Engineering Systems, MIT '11
S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and Technology Policy, MIT '09
BASc in Engineering Science, Aerospace Specialty, University of Toronto '06

Work Experience:

  • Yeo Hiap Seng Inc., Singapore
  • European Space Agency
  • Dynacon Inc.
  • MDA Space Missions

Research Areas: to understand the fundamental dynamics of complex product innovation in monopsony-oligpoly markets characteristic of spacecraft acquisition

PhD Thesis: Innovation Pathways in Technology Intensive Government Organizations: Insights from NASA [pdf], [Abstract]

Posters:

  • Understanding the Dynamics of Innovation in the Government Space Sector (2009) [pdf]
  • Innovation Pathways in Technology Intensive Government Organizations: Insights from NASA (2010) [pdf]

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Lauren Viscito

Lauren Viscito

S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '09
B.S. in Astronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy '07

Work Experience:

  • USAFA FalconSat IV and V ADACS team member

Research Areas: value-driven tradespace exploration, lifecycle design issues/"ilities", Operationally Responsive Space

SM Thesis: Quantifying Flexibility in the Operationally Responsive Space Paradigm [pdf], [Summary]

Posters:

  • Metrics for Flexibility in the Operationally Responsive Space Paradigm (2008) [pdf]
  • Metrics for Flexibility in the Operationally Responsive Space Paradigm (2009) [pdf]

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Marcus Wu

Marcus Wu

S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT '14
S.M. in Technology and Policy, MIT '14
B.Eng. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Imperial College London '12

Work Experience:

  • Defense Science and Technology Agency, Singapore

Research Areas: systems engineering, tradespace exploration, affordability

SM Thesis: Design for Affordability in Defense and Aerospace Systems Using Tradespace-Based Methods [pdf]


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Li Qian Yeong

Li Qian Yeong

S.M. in Engineering Systems, MIT '15
B.Eng. in Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University '13

Work Experience:

  • Intern, Ministry of National Development, Singapore
  • Intern, Ministry of Defence, Singapore

Research Areas: cross-cultural considerations in systems design, cross-cultural teams/organizations

SM Thesis: Investigating the Influence of Cultural Differences on Systems Engineering: A Case Study of the Manned Spaceflight Programs of the United States and China [pdf]


* SEAri-affiliated research assistants