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Engineering Management & Systems Engineering:Research

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Outside view of Engineering Systems Building.

The Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and its faculty are active in a large number of research projects. While these research projects may at first appear to be widely diverse, EMSE approaches all research with the unifying goals of:

  • Increasing the body of knowledge of project management
  • Developing new engineering management tools and methodologies
  • Improving the operations of government, business and industry through applied research
  • Developing graduate students into skilled and proficient researchers and engineering management professionals
  • Enhancing classroom instructions with applications from industrial research

For more information about our research activities, please contact EMSE at (757) 683-4558.



Our Research Activities

The Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering conducts research and scholarly activities in a variety of topical areas within the discipline of Engineering Management, including:

  • Project Management Systems
  • Cost Engineering and Analysis
  • Engineering Analytics
  • Human Factors Design
  • Quality and Reliability Management Systems Design
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Operational Systems and Design
  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • Systems Engineering
  • Systems of Systems Engineering

Recent sponsored research programs include:

  • Human vigilance monitoring models using EEG data
  • Battle outcome prediction models
  • Transportation and resource optimization models for health organizations
  • Systems failure predication models
  • Quality Function Deployment (QFD) for large complex systems; high technology operations re-design
  • Organizational systems engineering and change analysis
  • Re-design of organizational knowledge systems
  • Performance measurement systems development
  • Problem definition, learning, and knowledge systems design
  • Systems analysis of cruise missile re-certification
  • The NASA sponsored effort to develop and apply multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) techniques applicable to launch vehicle conceptual design
  • Research on NASA Intelligent Synthesis Environments - Engineering team effectiveness in distributed collaborative environments
  • NASA sponsored investigation of Error Patterns in Geographical Databases
  • Process Analysis and Improvement of Old Dominion University Research Foundation
  • WR Systems, LTD and Navy SPAWAR: Integrated 2D/3D Navigation Display Prototype
  • Joint C4ISR Battle Center (JBC) Collaborative Tools Concept of Operations with JTASC
  • Landmark Communications: Virginian Pilot Distribution Project
  • Design and integration of ISO-9000-based Quality Management Systems