Advisor Eligibility

Steps to Finding an Advisor (or Committee Member)

Important Considerations
  • Our Ph.D. application is competitive: the program is highly sought-after and we have limited capacity for new students each application period. Because securing an advisor can be the longest and most difficult part of the application process, we encourage you to begin well in advance of the application deadline.
  • When you are first reaching out to a potential faculty member, make sure your email is clear and provides a compelling message about your research objectives and  demonstrates that you are prepared to begin Ph.D.-level research. 
  • It is encouraged to contact several faculty members, but be sure to be transparent about your goals. In other words, don’t commit to a faculty member while still talking with others. 
  • If you do not hear back from a faculty member after about a week, you are welcome to send a reminder, but please understand:
  • You cannot apply to the Ph.D. program without securing an advisor. Without a confirmed advisor, your application will be considered incomplete and not reviewed for admission. 
  • If you have more questions, see our Frequently Asked Questions. 

Systems Engineering Core Faculty

NameTitlePrimary DepartmentSpecialization(s)Eligible to be PhD Advisor?Eligible to be PhD Committee Member?Eligible to be Master’s Advisor?
Adams, JimAssistant ProfessorSystems EngineeringSatellite SystemsYesYesYes
Batchelor, AnnAssistant ProfessorSystems EngineeringEngineering Project and Program ManagementNoNoYes
Borky, John “Mike”Professor of Practice (retired)Systems EngineeringNoNoNo
Bradley, ThomasProfessor and Department HeadSystems EngineeringEnergy and Resource Systems, Multidisciplinary Systems EngineeringYesYesYes
Cale, JamesAssociate ProfessorSystems EngineeringEnergy Systems IntegrationYesYesYes
Coburn, TimProfessorSystems EngineeringEnergy and Transportation Analytics, Energy Economics and Policy Analysis, Energy Operations and Systems, Management Science, Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy Resource Assessment, Energy InfrastructureNoYesYes
Conrad, SteveAssociate ProfessorSystems EngineeringWater, Energy, and Resource Systems, Human Factors, Coupled Systems Modeling, Decision Analysis/Support SystemsYesYesYes
Daily, JeremyAssociate ProfessorSystems EngineeringHeavy Vehicle Systems – Cybersecurity & ForensicsYesYesYes
Herber, DanielAssistant ProfessorSystems EngineeringDesign Optimization, Systems Architecture, Dynamics/ControlsYesYesYes
Marzolf, Greg (Bo)Assistant ProfessorSystems EngineeringDepartment of Defense Resiliency Efforts, Government Emergency Management/Response Architectures, and Controls on Complex Emergent system BehaviorsYesYesYes
Miller, ErikaAssistant ProfessorSystems EngineeringTransportation Systems, Human Factors, SafetyYesYesYes
Sega, RonEmeritus ProfessorSystems EngineeringNoNoNo
Eftekhari Shahroudi, KamranProfessorSystems EngineeringSystem Architecture, Multidisciplinary System Design OptimizationYesYesYes
Simske, SteveProfessorSystems EngineeringAnalytics, Intelligent Systems, Sensing Systems, Imaging Systems, Cybersecurity, and Situationally-Aware Collectors of Knowledge (SACKs) in roboticsYesYesYes
Vans, MarieAssociate ProfessorSystems EngineeringAugmented/Virtual Reality Design of Software and Simulations and Analytics, Document Understanding and Analytics, Information ScienceYesYesYes

Systems Engineering Associated Faculty

Please note: Faculty listed as ‘Associated’ have a joint appointment in SE but a primary home department elsewhere. These faculty may serve as ‘SE’ members on committees and may not serve as an ‘outside member’ for SE students.

NameTitlePrimary DepartmentSpecialization(s)Eligible to be PhD Advisor?Eligible to be PhD Committee Member?Eligible to be Master’s Advisor?
Anderson, Charles (Chuck)ProfessorComputer ScienceMachine LearningNoYesNo
Arabi, MazdakBorland Professor of Water ResourcesCivil and Environmental EngineeringHydrologic/Water Quality Monitoring, Data Assimilation and System Analysis, GIS and Remote Sensing in Watershed Management, Nonpoint Source Pollution/Soil and Water Conservation, Environmental MonitoringYesYesYes
Butler, CharlesProfessorComputer Information SystemsInformation TechnologyYesYesYes
Carlson, KennethProfessorCivil and Environmental EngineeringWater and Wastewater Related IssuesYesYesYes
Chan, JoshuaAssistant ProfessorChemical and Biological EngineeringModeling and Engineering MicrobiomesYesYesYes
Chong, EdwinProfessorElectrical and Computer Engineering and MathematicsControl/Optimization and Wireless NetworksYesYesYes
Collins, GeorgeProfessor (retired)Electrical and Computer EngineeringNoNoNo
Duff, WilliamEmeritus ProfessorMechanical EngineeringNoNoNo
Elliott, JonathonAssociate Professor and Undergraduate Program CoordinatorConstruction ManagementConstruction Workforce Development, Offsite and Modular Construction Practice, Technology Integration in ConstructionYesYesYes
Ghosh, SudiptoProfessorComputer ScienceSoftware Engineering, Model-Based Software Development, Software testingYesYesYes
Golicic, SusanDepartment Head and Director, Supply Chain Management ForumManagementSustainability and Innovation in the Supply ChainNoYesYes
Goodrum, PaulProfessor and Department HeadConstruction ManagementConstruction Productivity, Workforce Strategies, VisualizationYesYesYes
Grigg, NeilProfessorCivil and Environmental EngineeringInfrastructure and Utility ManagementYesYesYes
Jayasumana, AnuraProfessorElectrical and Computer Engineering and Computer ScienceDigital Systems and Communication NetworksYesYesYes
Killingsworth, JohnAssistant ProfessorConstruction ManagementConstruction Finance, Architectural History & Preservation, Transformative and Virtual Learning Theory, Workforce Development and Training in Construction and Manufactured ConstructionYesYesYes
Maciejewski, AnthonyDepartment Head and ProfessorElectrical and Computer EngineeringRobotics and High Performance ComputingYesYesYes
Malaiya, YashwantProfessorComputer ScienceTesting, Reliability, and SecurityYesYesYes
Mehany, MohammedAssociate ProfessorConstruction ManagementClaims Management, Infrastructure Asset Management, Resilient Systems and Sustainability, Life Cycle Costs and AssesmentsYesYesYes
Olsen, DanAssociate ProfessorMechanical EngineeringEngines and EnergyYesYesYes
Ortega, FranciscoAssistant ProfessorComputer ScienceHuman-centered ComputingYesYesYes
Pasricha, SudeepAssociate Professor and Chair of Computer EngineeringElectrical and Computer EngineeringEmbedded and Cyber-Physical Systems, IoT and Mobile Computing, Datacenter ComputingYesYesYes
Peccoud, JeanProfessor and Abell Endowed Chair in Synthetic BiologyChemical and Biological EngineeringBiomanufacturing, Bioinformatics, SecurityYesYesYes
Quinn, JasonAssociate ProfessorMechanical EngineeringLife-Cycle Assessment, Techno-Economic Assessment, System OptimizationYesYesYes
Radford, DonaldProfessorMechanical EngineeringComposite Materials TechnologyYesYesYes
Ray, IndrakshiProfessorComputer Science and Electrical and Computer EngineeringSecurity and Privacy, Database Systems, Software EngineeringYesYesYes
Roberts, NickAssociate ProfessorComputer Information SystemsInformation Technology and Project ManagementYesYesYes
Troxell, WadeAssociate Professor and Director, Center for Networked Distributed Energy and RamLabMechanical EngineeringIntelligent Robotic Systems, Distributed Application ArchitecturesYesYesYes
Valdes Vasquez, Rodolfo Associate Professor; Graduate Program CoordinatorConstruction ManagementSustainable Development, Net-Zero/Net-Positive Buildings and Communities, Social Sustainability in the Construction SectorYesYesYes
Venkatachalam, Chandrasekaran (Chandra) University Distinguished ProfessorElectrical and Computer EngineeringSignal Processing, Radar Systems, UAVsYesYesYes
Willson, BryanProfessorMechanical EngineeringEngines and EnergyYesYesYes
Young, PeterProfessorElectrical and Computer EngineeringRobust and Learning Control, Clean Energy SystemsYesYesYes
Zimmerle, DanSr. Research Associate and Systems R&D ManagerMechanical EngineeringPower SystemsNoYesNo