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Rick Mckenzie

  • Rick Mckenzie
  • Professor & Chair
  • Modeling, Simulation & Visualization Engineering
  • 231 Kaufman Hall
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-5590
  • rdmckenz@odu.edu
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  • Frederic (Rick) D. McKenzie, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Old Dominion University where he currently serves as Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI on projects involving software architectures for simulation, behavior representation in simulations, and medical modeling and simulation. To date, his projects in these areas have led to several publications relating research in modeling human-like intelligent agents including crowds, formal descriptions of distributed simulation architectures, objective measures of successful prostate surgery, and augmenting standardized patients. Many of these projects also involve virtual reality and scientific visualization. Dr. McKenzie received his Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1994. Prior to joining ODU, he held a senior scientist position at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), serving as Principal Investigator for several distributed simulation projects. At SAIC he was a Team Lead on a large distributed simulation system. Before joining SAIC, Dr. McKenzie worked as a student researcher on research projects involving both NASA Kennedy Space Center and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. He has several years of research and development experience in the software and artificial intelligence fields, including object-oriented design and knowledge-based systems. Both his M.S. and Ph.D. work have been in artificial intelligence - focusing on knowledge representation and model-based diagnostic reasoning.
  • Education

    University of Central Florida, 1994
    Major: Computer Engineering
    Degree: Ph. D.
    University of Central Florida, 1990
    Major: Computer Engineering
    Degree: M.S.
    University of Central Florida, 1988
    Major: Engineering
    Degree: B.S.
  • Research Interests

    Dr. McKenzie’s research is focused on three topics: a) Medical modeling and simulation, b) Human Behavior representation, and c) Software architectures for simulation. To date, various projects in these areas have led to many publications relating research in augmenting standardized patients for medical training and assessment, modeling human-like intelligent agents especially crowds, and formal descriptions of distributed simulation architectures. Many of these projects also involve virtual reality and scientific visualization.
  • Licensures and Certifications

    Modeling & Simulation Professional Certification Commission
    Date Obtained: 2002-12-01
    Engineering Intern (EI) Certificate
    Date Obtained: 1987-01-01
  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • 2009: Marquis Who’sWho , America 2009
  • 2007: Researcher of the Year, ODU ECE Department
  • 2003: Research Training Certificate, HIPAA
  • 2002: Modeling & Simulation Professional Certification Commission (M&SPCC) Certified Modeling and Simulation Professional (CMSP)
  • 2001: NIH Protection of Human Research Subjects Certificate, NIH
  • 1997: Operator Training, Global Command and Control System (GCCS)
  • 1996: DoD Secret Clearance
  • 1996: ModSAF User / Developer Training
  • 1987: Engineering Intern (EI) certificate
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Engineering Laboratory Instruction in Immersive Virtual Environments (ENLIIVEN)
    Date: January, 2011 - December, 2012
    Investigators:Chaturvedi, S. K.; McKenzie, F. D.
    Nuss Procedure Simulator Planner
    Sponsoring Organization: CHKD- Children’s Surgical Specialty Group (CSSG)
    Date: 2010 - 2012
    Investigators:McKenzie, F. D.
    Modeling and Simulation Solutions for Standardized Patients: Selection, Refinement, and Augmentation
    Sponsoring Organization: EVMS
    Date: 2009 - 2010
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Scerbo, M. W.; McKenzie, F. D.
    An Efficient Feature Selection Algorithm for Biomarker Identification
    Sponsoring Organization: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    Date: 2008 - 2010
    Investigators:McKenzie, F. D.; Li, J.
    Modeling and Simulation Solutions for Advanced Surgical Skills, Augmented Patient Technologies, and Labor and Delivery
    Sponsoring Organization: EVMS
    Date: 2006 - 2010
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Scerbo, M. W.; Belfore Ii, L. A.; McKenzie, F. D.
    Communication Outcomes for Naming Treatments in Aphasia: Administrative Supplement.
    Sponsoring Organization: National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)
    Date: July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Raymer, A.; McKenzie, F. D.
    The National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation (NCCMMS) (2nd Award),
    Sponsoring Organization: NAVAIR Orlando
    Date: 2006 - May, 2010
    Investigators:McKenzie, F. D.; Scerbo, M.
    NSF Grant: Simulation and Visualization Enhanced Engineering Education
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF
    Date: 2005 - 2009
    Investigators:McKenzie, F. D.; Chaturvedi, S.
    Health iManage (HiM): Incentivized Type 2 Diabetes Management Using I-Phone Technology
    Sponsoring Organization: ODU Office of Research
    Date: March, 2009 - October, 2009
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Colberg-Ochs, S. R.; McKenzie, F. D.; Scerbo, M. W.; Hubbard, T. W.; Satin-Smith, M.; Gyuricsko, E. O.
    Health iManage (HiM): Incentivized Type 2 Diabetes Management Using I-Phone Technology
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University Office of Research Funding
    Date: March, 2009 - September, 2009
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:McKenzie, F. D.; Scerbo, M. W.; Colberg-Ochs, S. R.; Hubbard, T. W.; Satin-Smith, M.; Gyuricsko, E. O.
    EVMS Modeling and Simulation Solutions for Surgery
    Sponsoring Organization: Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Date: 2006 - 2006
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Bliss, J. P.; Scerbo, M. W.; Belfore Ii, L. A.; Shen, Y.; McKenzie, F. D.
    Crowd Behavior Modeling (3rd Award)
    Sponsoring Organization: DMSO, AFRL, JFCOM
    Date: 2005 - 2006
    Investigators:McKenzie, F. D.
    The Augmented Standardized Patient: Using Augmented Reality for Assessment
    Sponsoring Organization: Stemmler Medical Education Research Fund
    Date: 2005 - 2006
    Investigators:McKenzie, F. D.
    Crowd Behavior Modeling (2nd Award)
    Sponsoring Organization: DMSO
    Date: 2004 - 2005
    Investigators:McKenzie, F. D.; Petty, M.
    Human Performance Modeling using Circadian Rhythms
    Sponsoring Organization: USAMRMC
    Date: 2004 - 2005
    Investigators:McKenzie, F. D.
    The National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation (NCCMMS)
    Sponsoring Organization: NAVAIR Orlando
    Date: 2004 - 2005
    Investigators:McKenzie, F. D.; Loftin, B.
    Quantifying Prostate Surgery Success (2nd Award)
    Sponsoring Organization: EVMS
    Date: 2003 - 2004
    Investigators:McKenzie, F. D.
    Composable, Reconfigurable, Environment for Acquisition, Training and Experimentation (CREATE)
    Sponsoring Organization: DMSO
    Date: 2002 - 2004
    Investigators:McKenzie, F. D.
    National center for collaboration in medical modeling and simulation. (Phase I)
    Sponsoring Organization: EVMS/GEOCENTERS
    Date: 2003 - 2003
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Loftin, R. B.; Scerbo, M. W.; Belfore Ii, L. A.; McKenzie, F. D.
    Developing virtual environments for training
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Naval Research
    Date: 2001 - 2002
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Loftin, R. B.; McKenzie, F. D.; Scerbo, M. W.
    Formal Methods for Simulation Architectures
    Sponsoring Organization: STRICOM
    Date: 2001 - 2002
    Investigators:McKenzie, F. D.; Petty, M.
    Virtual Environments for Training
    Sponsoring Organization: ONR
    Date: October, 2000 - September, 2002
    Investigators:McKenzie, F. D.; Scerbo, M.; Loftin, R.
  • Intellectual Property

    Subject Actuated System and Method for Simulating Normal and Abnormal Medical Conditions
    Patent/Copyright: Patent
    Patent Nationality: United States
    Inventors:
    McKenzie, F. D.
    Surgical simulator to support wound debridement
    Patent/Copyright: Patent
    Type: Provisional
    Inventors:
    McKenzie, F. D.
    Crowd Federate architecture and API design
    Patent/Copyright: Patent
    Type: Provisional
    Inventors:
    McKenzie, F. D.
    System, method, and medium for simulating normal and abnormal medical conditions
    Patent/Copyright: Patent
    Type: Provisional
    Patent Nationality: United States
    Inventors:
    McKenzie, F. D.