JOHN N. WARFIELD


PRESENT POSITION. John N. Warfield is University Professor and Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Integrative Sciences (IASIS) at George Mason University, a state university, in Fairfax, Virginia. IASIS is a part of the Institute of Public Policy (TIPP) at George Mason University.

ACADEMIC DEGREES. He received the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, in 1948, 1948, and 1949, respectively.

He received the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Purdue University, WestLafayette, Indiana, in 1952. His major was electrical engineering with a specialty in communications engineering.

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE. He has about 37 years of university faculty service, mostly in departments of electrical engineering, at the following universities: University of Missouri, Pennsylvania State University, University of Illinois, Purdue University, University of Kansas, University of Colorado, Ohio State University, University of Virginia, and George Mason University. He served as Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia from 1975 to 1979. At the University of Virginia, he held the Harry Douglas Forsyth Professorship for eight years. At George Mason University he has held the title University Professor for eleven years. Throughout the nineteen years of his service in Virginia universities, he has held the title "Eminent Scholar".

INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE. He has about 10 years of industrial experience with these firms: Wilcox Electric Company, Battelle Memorial Institute, and Burroughs Corporation. His longest service in this group was with the Battelle Memorial Institute from 1968 to 1974, where he held the title Senior Research Leader.

SOCIETIES. He has been elected President of the Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and of the International Systems Sciences Society (formerly called the Society for General Systems Research). He served as Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics from 1968 to 1971, and as founding Editor-in-Chief of the Pergamon journal Systems Research, during the period 1981-1990.

He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and holds that organization's Centennial Medal.

He is a member of the Association for Integrative Studies.

PUBLICATIONS AND INVENTIONS. He is the author of two U. S. patents on electronic equipment, and the inventor of Interpretive Structural Modeling, Interactive Management, and Generic Design Science.

He is the sole author of four books, co-author of another, and co-translator of one book from German. He is the author or co-author of about 100 papers. The subjects of these books and articles include computers, software, systems, organizations, electrical networks, interactive management, and generic design science. His most recent book is A SCIENCE OF GENERIC DESIGN: MANAGING COMPLEXITY THROUGH SYSTEMS DESIGN, Second Edition, Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press 1994. In the same year (1994), Iowa State University Press also published the book A HANDBOOK OF INTERACTIVE MANAGEMENT, co-authored with Professor Roxana Cárdenas.

CONSULTING AND PUBLIC SERVICE. He has served as a consultant to these corporations: IBM Corporation, Comsat Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Niagara-Mohawk Power Company, and Northern Telecom Corporation.

He has also served as consultant to the Saudi Arabian National Center for Science and Technology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Technology Transfer Centre of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research of Ghana, and the Lorain (Ohio) County Community College.

INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS. He has made presentations on his research results in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ghana, India, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, and the Federal Republic of Germany. These included one-week or longer short courses in the Federal Republic of Germany, India, Mexico, Argentina, and Saudi Arabia.

SPONSORED RESEARCH. In addition to the research carried out as part of his regular assignments, he has supervised and/or directed and/or carried out sponsored projects paid for by the following organizations: U. S. National Science Foundation, Saudi Arabian National Center for Science and Technology, U. S. Office of Environmental Education, Department of Defense (Office of the Under Secretary for Acquisition), Defense Systems Management College, National Computer Graphics Association, Agricultural Research Service, Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Protection Agency, Naval Air Development Center, National Forest Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Food and Drug Administration, Public Technology, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Alliance of Nursing Organizations, Americans for Indian Opportunity, Associated Catholic Charities, Winnebago Tribe of Indians, American Public Power Association, Institute for Defense Analyses, Poarch Band of Creek Indians, University of Pennsylvania Center for School Study Councils, Naval Surface Warfare Center, IBM Corporation, Comsat Corporation, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico), and the Ford Motor Company.

RECENT RESEARCH ACTIVITY: His recent research activities include: contracts with the Defense Systems Management College, through which he has been educating faculty of the College on the Science of Generic Design and on the practice of Interactive Management; while assisting faculty to plan and conduct Interactive Management workshops on such subjects as program management in DoD, erosion of the industrial base, concurrent engineering, risk reduction, and program oversight; and a contract to enhance the ISM for Windows software by adding a graphics capability.

Contracts with Ford Motor Company Research Laboratories, through which he is working with Ford to replace the system of Quality Function Deployment presently being used by Ford as the foundation of its quality program with Interactive Management, assisting Ford Motor Company to introduce new system design practices into its vehicle development programs, and educating Ford personnel to apply these practices independently of outside contractors.

He is also collaborating informally with the following organizations:

He is preparing a book manuscript titled THE WORK PROGRAM OF COMPLEXITY: FROM ORIGINS TO OUTCOMES.


John N. Warfield
George Mason University
Institute for Advanced Study in the Integrative Sciences
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444

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