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Professors E.L. Murphree, Jr., H. Eisner, S. Sarkani, T.A. Mazzuchi (Chair), J.P. Deason, J.R. van Dorp

Associate Professors M.R. Duffey, H. Abeledo, J.A. Barbera, G.L. Shaw, J.J. Ryan

Assistant Professors J.R. Santos, R.A. Francis, Z. Szajnfarber, E. Gralla

Professorial Lecturers D.J. Ryan, M.G. Goode, J.F. Starns, R.C. West, C.H. Bixler, T.H. Holzer, J.R. McCumber, D.R. Gallay, G.D. Haddow, J.W. Harris, Jr., J.S. Wasek, J.H. Chang, W.M. Hawes, J.V. Shah, R.M. Andersen, M.J. Armstrong

See the School of Engineering and Applied Science for programs leading to the master's, professional, and doctoral degrees. Certificate programs offered by the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering include homeland security emergency preparedness and response, emergency management and public health, engineering and technology management, knowledge and information management, and systems engineering.

The green leaf indicates that the course addresses environmental, social or economic sustainability.
6001 The Management of Technical Organizations (3) Ryan and Staff
  The practice of management as applied within technical organizations. Includes history of the tradition and current effective practices, research findings, and case studies, with objectives of enhanced understanding of external and internal factors influencing organizational performance and leadership requirements. (Fall, spring, and summer)
6005 Organizational Behavior for the Engineering Manager (3) Ryan and Staff
  The behavior of individuals and groups in the context of technical organizations, focusing on relationships and interactions within the organization's operating activities. Individual and group development and motivation. Organizational structures and cultures. (Fall and spring)
6014 Management of Engineering Contracts (3) Murphree and Staff
  Study of the total contracting process (including initial budget preparation and justification, execution of a contract, and administration of the contract to completion) considered from the viewpoints of the industrial and government buyer and the seller of technical materials and services. (Fall)
6018 Engineering Law (3) Ryan and Staff
  Legal principles and procedures of interest to engineers. The American legal system, contracts and specifications, liability of professional engineers, product liability, agency relationships, patent and proprietary rights, special problems in research and development contracts. (Spring)
6020 Decision Making with Uncertainty (3) Mazzuchi and Staff
  Problem formulation. Concepts and techniques used in analyzing complex decision problems. Modeling decision problems using decision trees, probability models, multi-objective models and utility theory. (Fall, spring, and summer)
6023 Technology Issue Analysis (3) Eisner and Staff
  Contextual background and intellectual basis for addressing technology issues in the public and private sectors. Technology impact assessment, forecasting, and innovation; principles and practices of technology transfer as elements of a systematic approach to making technology decisions. (Fall, odd years)
6026 Technical Enterprises (3) Murphree and Staff
  Essential features of technology-based companies from the entrepreneur's point of view. Team preparation of a simulated business plan for a technology-based company. Designed for those working in technical firms and for government personnel who depend on technical firms as suppliers. (Spring, odd years)
6030 Technological Forecasting and Management (3) Ryan and Staff
  Concepts and methods for understanding the dynamics of technological change. Issues in technology assessment, technology transfer, and strategic management of technology. (Spring, even years)
6035 Marketing of Technology (3) Ryan and Staff
  Analysis of industrial marketing process and functions, providing concepts and tools for engineering managers to market high technology products and services. (Fall, odd years)
6070 Management of Research and Development (3) Murphree and Staff
  Seminar on readings and classic and contemporary case studies in the strategic management of innovation and technology. (Fall and spring)
6099 Problems in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (3) Sarkani and Staff
  Capstone project providing the opportunity to apply concepts and tools previously studied to the solution of a real-world problem. Students work in small groups, on a problem proposed by students and approved by the instructor. Open only to master's candidates in the department, preferably during the last year of their program. (Fall and spring)
6115 Uncertainty Analysis for Engineers (3) van Dorp and Staff
  Basics of probability theory and statistics, with a focus on engineering applications, particularly in the realm of systems. Topics include simulation, uncertainty analysis, central limit theorem, systems examination and analysis, and application to systems design and management. Prerequisite: Math 1231. (As required)
6200 Policy Factors in Environmental and Energy Management (3) Deason and Staff
Exploration of the policy development process from several different but integrated perspectives. Focus on areas of environmental and energy management and use of current case studies to develop a framework of understanding to support decisions in a broad variety of management settings. (Fall, odd years)
6220 Environmental Management (3) Deason and Staff
Technical, economic, political, administrative, and social forces influencing the quality of the environment and the use of resources. Government and industrial programs to combat pollution of the air, soil, and water; existing and pending pertinent legislation; theoretical aspects of specific management problems. (Fall)
6225 Air Quality Management (3) Deason and Staff
The nature of critical local, regional, continental, and global problems associated with air pollution and the historical evolution of such problems. The complex regulatory and institutional framework controlling air quality management in the U.S. Current air quality management concepts and processes. (Spring)
6230 Hazardous Waste Management and Cleanup (3) Deason and Staff
Hazardous waste management and cleanup processes used in the U.S. and around the world. The roles of the relevant federal, state, and local government agencies; major hazardous waste laws and regulations. Planning, assessment, investigation, design, and construction phases of hazardous waste remediation projects. (Spring, even years)
6235 Water Quality Management (3) Deason and Staff
The nature of point and non-point sources of surface and ground water pollution and the statutory, regulatory, and institutional framework controlling water quality management activities in the U.S. Current approaches to water quality protection and enhancement. The role of engineered treatment processes in water quality management. (Fall)
6240 Environmental Hazard Management (3) Deason and Staff
Geological, meteorological, radiological, chemical, and biological hazards facing the United States and international communities. Organizational responsibilities for hazard identification and risk management. Communication and perceptions of vulnerability and risk. Challenges to local governments and communities. (Spring, even years)
6245 Analytical Tools for Environmental Management (3) Deason and Staff
A survey course in environmental management, focusing on tools to assess the environment: quantitative risk assessment, environmental valuation methodologies, Congressional activities, and environmental laws. The regulatory process as it relates to environmental management. Risk assessment and modeling approaches to solving environmental problems. (Spring, odd years)
6260 Energy Management (3) Deason and Staff
Examination of the range of available energy resources, trends in their use, the programs and organizations that have developed and evolved to address problems associated with energy resource use. (Spring)
6285 Analytical Tools for Energy Management (3) Deason and Staff
  Analytical tools needed to manage energy resources at the facility level. Energy technologies: instrumentation, measurement, and control. Energy auditing; conservation techniques, financial and economic analysis, and maintenance of energy budgets. Functions of an energy management office of a large organization. (Fall, even years)
6300 Homeland Security: The National Challenge (3) Shaw and Staff
  The evolution of homeland security as a concept, legal framework, and redirection of national policies and priorities. Issues and problems of implementation. The terrorist threat and U.S. responses. Fundamental policy legislation and documents, such as national security strategies, homeland security decision directives, the NRF, and NIMS. (Spring)
6305 Crisis and Emergency Management (3) Barbera and Staff
  Defining crises, emergencies, and disasters. Developing crisis, business continuity, and incident management plans. The National Response Framework, National Incident Management System, organizing for response, managing the response organization, managing in a turbulent environment, crisis decision making and communication. (Fall)
6310 Information Technology in Crisis and Emergency Management (3) Shaw and Staff
  The role of information in crisis and response management; determining disaster and crisis information requirements; information technologies applied to crisis, disaster, and emergency management; causes and effects of information breakdowns during crises and disasters. (Spring)
6315 Management of Risk and Vulnerability for Hazards and Terrorism (3) Shaw and Staff
  Development of concepts required for risk-based planning and risk management. Objectives and methods for vulnerability assessment for natural disaster, technological hazards, and terrorist threats. Risk analysis, risk perception, risk communication, risk mitigation. (Fall)
6320 International Disaster Management (3) Barbera and Staff
Guiding principles, key institutions, operational requirements, policy issues, and broad fundamentals associated with international disaster risk reduction and humanitarian response to natural and man-made disasters and complex emergencies. (Fall)
6325 Medical and Public Health Emergency Management (3) Barbera and Staff

Medical and public health management issues encountered in crises, emergencies, and disasters for non-medical emergency managers. The spectrum of medical, public health, psychological and behavioral problems; incident management organization and processes that address these concerns and integrate medical and public health assets into the response. (Spring)
6330 Management of Terrorism Preparedness and Response (3) Barbera and Staff
  Terrorism, terrorist methods, and human/infrastructure vulnerability. Current preparedness and response programs. Mitigation, preparedness, and response requirements to manage mass terrorism incidents within the context of all-hazard emergency management. Case studies. (Fall)
6335 Geographic Information Systems for Emergency Management (3) Shaw and Staff
  Key concepts of geographic information systems; GIS-based analysis for emergency management; domain-specific GIS applications; hands-on GIS software training; case studies on different aspects of emergency and disaster management. Prerequisite: EMSE 6310 or permission of instructor. (Fall)
6340 Geospatial Techniques (3) Shaw and Staff
  Same as Geog 6221.
6345 Disaster Recovery and Organizational Continuity (3) Shaw and Staff
  Disaster recovery planning and business continuity. Recovery of information and communication systems. The role of the private sector in mitigation and recovery. Public/private partnerships in community reconstruction and recovery. (Spring)
6350 Hazard Mitigation in Disaster Management (3) Shaw and Staff
Hazard mitigation and its role in disaster management; analysis of past and current government and private-sector programs; examination of new approaches; structural versus nonstructural actions; mitigation of terrorist attacks. (Fall)
6410 Survey of Finance and Engineering Economics (3) Duffey and Staff
Survey of material relevant to financial decision making for engineering activity. Includes traditional engineering economy topics; fundamentals of accounting; and financial planning, budgeting, and estimating applicable to the management of technical organizations. (Fall, spring, and summer)
6420 Economic Analysis in Engineering Planning (3) Duffey and Staff
  Case studies in engineering economic analysis, capital budgeting, benefit-cost analysis, and other cost-related methodologies relevant to engineering managers. Prerequisite: EMSE 6410 or permission of instructor. (Fall)
6430 Finance for Engineers (3) Duffey and Staff
  Financial analysis and concepts useful to engineers: sources and uses of funds, management of working capital, leverage, valuation, forecasting, investment decisions. Prerequisite: EMSE 6410. (Fall)
6450 Quantitative Methods in Cost Engineering (3) van Dorp and Staff
  Fitting exponential growth curves using cost data for forecasting; multiperiod capital budgeting using the analytical hierarchy process and optimization; and project network risk analysis. Case studies highlight theoretical complexities in solving problems. (Spring)
6505 Knowledge Management I (3) Murphree and Staff
  The foundations of knowledge management, including cultural issues, technology applications, organizational concepts and processes, management aspects, and decision support systems. Case studies. (Fall)
6506 Knowledge Management II (3) Murphree and Staff
  A capstone course. Students work in teams, applying principles and processes of systems thinking, systems engineering, and integrative management in the design and implementation of a knowledge management system. Prerequisite: EMSE 6505. (Spring)
6510 Decision Support Systems and Models (3) Ryan and Staff
  Theory of decision making-a cognitive view. Modeling decision maker heuristics and processes. Design, implementation, and evaluation of state-of-the-art DSS (hands-on). Assess impact of behavioral, situational, and organizational variables. (Fall)
6537 Information Operations (3) Ryan and Staff
  National security concerns of governments and business about attacks across national borders and through physical protective mechanisms. The emergence of information technologies, from casual to full-fledged operational scale, to advance causes. Specific examples (e.g., attacks on Estonia, Palestinian conflict). (Spring, odd years)
6540 Management of Information and Systems Security (3) Ryan and Staff
  Development and management of effective security systems. Includes information, personnel, and physical security. Emphasis on risk analysis for information protection. (Fall and spring)
6543 Managing the Protection of Information Assets and Systems (3) Ryan and Staff
  Advanced topics in protection of information assets and systems, including authentication, asset control, security models and kernels, physical security, personnel security, operational security, administrative security, security configuration management, and resource control. Prerequisite: EMSE 6540. (Spring, even years)
6544 Auditing, Monitoring, and Intrusion Detection for Information Security Managers (3) Ryan and Staff
  Methods for detecting problems with unauthorized activity in information systems and management challenges associated with those activities. Prerequisite: EMSE 6540. (Spring, odd years)
6545 Internet and On-Line Law for Security Managers (3) Ryan and Staff
  Legal issues regarding control of behavior, information security mechanisms, and information systems engineering in connected enterprises. Specific laws and regulations governing Internet and on-line activity, jurisdictional challenges associated with networked computing, and business law in cyberspace. (Fall)
6546 Cybercrime (3) Ryan and Staff
  Legal issues regarding information security actions related to and in response to criminal activity, including industrial espionage, back-hacking, cracking, and cyberterrorism. Transnational issues, cybercrime treaties and conventions, and cyberwar issues. Prerequisite: EMSE 6545. (Spring, even years)
6549 Business and Competitive Intelligence (3) Ryan and Staff
  Discovery and analysis of competitive information from open-source intelligence. Sources and methods for data collection; legal issues and constraints; analysis processes; longitudinal aspects; inference. (Fall)
6570 Information Management and Information Systems (3) Ryan and Staff
  The use of information in organizations, the management of the information resource; the impact of information and communication technology. (Spring)
6573 Managing E-Commerce Technologies (3) Ryan and Staff
  Principles of good e-business management. Methods of conducting e-commerce-major opportunities, limitations, issues, and risks. Popular technologies for building e-businesses, security authentication, privacy, acceptable use policies, and legal limits. (As required)
6579 Applied Data Mining in Engineering Management (3) Ryan and Staff
  Methods and techniques for discovering patterns and relationships in aggregated data, with practical focus on engineering problems. Tools, techniques, and methods explored in the context of their application. Prerequisite: EMSE 6020, 6586. (As required)
6580 Information and Software Engineering (3) Ryan and Staff
  Introduction to analysis and design of information systems including requirements analysis, project management, and software architectures. Introduction to CASE tools. Prerequisite: EMSE 6570 or permission of instructor. (Fall, even years)
6582 Object-Oriented Analysis and Design (3) Ryan and Staff
  The object-relationship model and the object-behavior model. Managing complexity with views and high-level modeling in object-oriented systems analysis. The concepts, the method, and applications, including object-based and object-oriented languages. Prerequisite: EMSE 6580. (As required)
6584 Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (3) Ryan and Staff
  History of AI, expert systems, knowledge representation, search and control techniques, natural language processing, computer vision, computer speech, knowledge-based systems, and evidential reasoning. Hands-on experience with a knowledge-based shell. (As required)
6586 Database Design and Database Management Systems (3) Ryan and Staff
  Concepts, strategies, and features of database design and management. Analysis, design, and implementation of database systems for micro and mainframe applications. Development of a microcomputer database system. (Spring)
6588 Software Project Development with CASE (3) Ryan and Staff
  Evaluation and selection of CASE tools, use of CASE tools in software design/project. Graphical user interface and re-engineering tools. Open only to master's candidates in the department during the last semester of their program. Prerequisite: EMSE 6580. (As required)
6589 Data Communications and Networks (3) Ryan and Staff
  Technical and managerial aspects of data communications, with emphasis on communication networks. Methodologies used in data communications, communication networks, and distributed data processing. (As required)
6701 Operations Research Methods (3) Abeledo and Staff
  Deterministic and stochastic methods. Optimization algorithms: Simplex method, Branch and Bound, combinatorial algorithms, heuristic methods. Optimization theory: convexity, duality, sensitivity analysis. Stochastic optimization: marginal analysis, Markov chains, Markov decision processes. Prerequisite: ApSc 3115 or EMSE 6020, Math 2233, or permission of instructor. (Spring)
6705 Mathematics in Operations Research (3) Abeledo and Staff
  Mathematical foundations of optimization theory: linear algebra, advanced calculus, convexity theory. Geometrical interpretations and use of software. Prerequisite: Math 2233. (Spring)
6710 Applied Optimization Modeling (3) Abeledo and Staff
  Analysis of linear, integer, and nonlinear optimization models of decision problems that arise in industry, business, and government. Modeling techniques and applications; use of optimization software to solve models. Prerequisite: EMSE 6850 or permission of instructor. (Fall)
6715 Theory of Games (3) Abeledo and Staff
  Mathematical models of conflict and cooperation with applications in economics, business, defense, transportation, and societal issues (voting schemes, fair division, auctions). Concept and computation of equilibrium in n-person games. Prerequisite: Math 2233 or permission of instructor. (Fall)
6720 Topics in Optimization (3) Abeledo and Staff
  Selected topics from the fields of linear programming, nonlinear programming, dynamic programming, heuristics, and constraint programming. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs. Prerequisite: EMSE 6701 or permission of instructor. (As required)
6730 Integer and Network Programming (3) Abeledo and Staff
  Combinatorial optimization problems: algorithms and applications. Network problems: minimum spanning tree, shortest path, maximum flows, minimum cost flows, optimal matchings, routing problems. Complexity theory. Enumeration and cutting plane methods for solving integer programs. Prerequisite: EMSE 6701 or permission of instructor. (As required)
6740 Systems Thinking and Policy Modeling I (3) Santos and Staff
  Introduction to systems thinking and the system dynamics approach to policy analysis, with applications to business management and public policy. Causal-loop and stock and flow models of business growth, technology adoption, and marketing. Use of role-based games to explain key principles of systems. Use of simulation software to model problems and case studies. (Fall)
6745 Systems Thinking and Policy Modeling II (3) Santos and Staff
  Case studies in dynamic policy analysis. Use of microcomputers in simulation. The class collectively models and simulates a social system to explore policy options. Prerequisite: EMSE 6740. (Spring, odd years)
6750 Stochastic Foundations of Operations Research (3) Mazzuchi and Staff
  Topics in probability theory, stochastic processes, and statistical inference. Foundations of probability, conditional probability and expectation, Poisson processes, Markov chains, and Brownian motion. Prerequisite: ApSc 3116 or permission of instructor. (Fall)
6755 Quality Control and Acceptance Sampling (3) Mazzuchi and Staff
  Statistical approaches to quality assurance. Single and multivariate control charts, acceptance sampling by attributes and variables, process capability and design of experiments. Prerequisite: ApSc 3115 or permission of instructor. (Spring)
6760 Discrete Systems Simulation (3) van Dorp and Staff
  Simulation of discrete stochastic models. Simulation languages. Random-number/ random-variate generation. Statistical design and analysis of experiments, terminating/nonterminating simulations; comparison of system designs. Input distributions, variance reduction, validation of models. Prerequisite: ApSc 3115; CSci 1121, 1041, or 1111; or permission of instructor. Same as Stat 4173. (Spring)
6765 Data Analysis for Engineers and Scientists (3) Mazzuchi, van Dorp, and Staff
  Design of experiments and data collection. Regression, correlation, and prediction. Multivariate analysis, data pooling, data compression. Model validation. Prerequisite: ApSc 3115. (Fall and spring)
6770 Techniques of Risk Analysis and Management (3) Mazzuchi, Sarkani
  Topics and models in current risk analysis; modern applications of risk-based planning and risk management; use of quantitative methods in risk analysis. (Spring)
6790 Logistics Planning (3) Mazzuchi and Staff
  Quantitative methods in model building for logistics systems, including organization, procurement, transportation, inventory, maintenance, and their interrelationships. Stresses applications. Prerequisite: ApSc 3115, Math 1232. (Spring, odd years)
6801 Systems Engineering I (3) Eisner and Staff
  Systems approach to the architecting and engineering of large-scale systems; elements of systems engineering; methods and standards; computer tools that support systems and software engineering; trends and directions; the integrative nature of systems engineering. (Fall, spring, and summer)
6805 Systems Engineering II (3) Eisner and Staff
  Application of systems engineering tools to provide hands-on experience with essential elements of practice. Processes of requirements engineering, functional analysis and allocation, risk management, architecting; architectural heuristics, axiomatic design, analytical assessment of alternative architectures. Prerequisite: EMSE 6801. (Spring)
6810 Systems Analysis and Management (3) Eisner and Staff
  The systems or holistic approach as a methodology for making decisions and allocating resources. Analysis by means of objectives, alternatives, models, criteria, and feedback. Prerequisite: EMSE 6020 or equivalent. (Fall)
6815 Requirements Engineering (3) Sarkani and Staff
  Requirements in systems engineering, including requirement types, quality factors, elicitation methods, analysis, derivation of implicit requirements, management, traceability, verification, cross-requirement assessments, and validation. Focus on writing and managing quality requirements in complex systems. (Fall)
6820 Program and Project Management (3) Eisner and Staff
  Problems in managing projects; project management as planning, organizing, directing, and monitoring; project and corporate organizations; duties and responsibilities; the project plan; schedule, cost, earned-value and situation analysis; leadership; team building; conflict management; meetings, presentations, and proposals. (Fall and spring)
6825 Project Cost and Quality Management (3) Staff
  Developing project cost and resource estimates during the planning stages. Monitoring, forecasting, and controlling cost throughout the project life cycle. Project quality planning, assurance, and control. Relationships among project scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, procurement, and risk. Preparation for the Project Management Professional examination. Prerequisite: EMSE 6820. (As required)
6830 Human Factors Engineering (3) Ryan and Staff
  Study of the human-machine interface applied to system design, job design, and technology management. Human sensory-motor, perceptual, and cognitive functions; task analysis and allocation; contextual aspects of human factors engineering. Modeling, design, and evaluation methodologies. Applications to user-centered industrial and information systems. (As required)
6840 Applied Enterprise Systems Engineering (3) Sarkani and Staff
  Applications of systems engineering in the DoD, other parts of the federal government, and commercial sectors. Architectural frameworks and enterprise architecting concepts and practices, including JCIDS/DODAF, Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework, and Zachman™ Framework. Enterprise architecting and advanced modeling tools. Prerequisite: EMSE 6805. (Spring)
6850 Quantitative Models in Systems Engineering (3) Abeledo and Staff
  Quantitative modeling techniques and their application to decision making in systems engineering. Linear, integer, and nonlinear optimization models. Stochastic models: inventory control, queuing systems, and regression analysis. Elements of Monte Carlo and discrete event system simulation. Prerequisite: ApSc 3115 or EMSE 6020. (Fall)
6855 Reliability Analysis and Infrastructure Systems (3) Sarkani and Staff
  Modeling basic variables and defining the limit-state surface. Computing the reliability index of an infrastructure system by approximating the limit-state surface-FORM and SORM. Modeling an infrastructure system. Reliability analysis using branch and bound, failure paths and failure modes, identification of dominant failure paths. Case studies. (Fall)
6991 Project for Professional Degree (3) Mazzuchi and Staff
  Limited to students in the Applied Scientist or Engineer degree program. (Spring)
6992 Special Topics (3) Mazzuchi and Staff
  Selected topics in engineering management and systems engineering, as arranged. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (Fall and spring)
6995 Research (arr.) Staff
  Basic or applied research in engineering management or systems engineering. Open to master's degree candidates in the department. May be repeated for credit. (Fall, spring, and summer)
6997 Advanced Topics in Operations Research (3) Mazzuchi and Staff
  Advanced topics from the literature of operations research for analysis, presentation, and discussion. Reading assignments from professional journals selected by the instructor and the student. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (As arranged)
6998-99 Thesis Research (3-3) Staff
8000 Research Methods for the Engineering Manager (3) Ryan and Staff
  Advanced course in research, experimental, and statistical methods for engineering management. Prerequisite: EMSE 6020 or permission of instructor. (Fall and spring)
8010 Advanced Topics in Optimization (3) Abeledo and Staff
  May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs. Prerequisite: EMSE 6701, 6705 or permission of instructor. (As required)
8020 Advanced Stochastic Models in Operations Research (3) Mazzuchi and Staff
  Applied probability models, including the Poisson process, continuous-time, denumerable-state Markov processes, renewal theory, semi-Markov regenerative processes. Applications to queues, inventories, and other operations research systems. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (Fall, even years)
8998 Advanced Reading and Research (arr.) Staff
  Limited to Doctor of Philosophy candidates. May be repeated for credit.
8999 Dissertation Research (arr.) Staff
  Limited to Doctor of Philosophy candidates. May be repeated for credit.

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