Thomas Bradley

Department Head of Systems Engineering

Woodward Professor of Systems Engineering

Dr. Tom Bradley conducts research and teaches a variety of courses in system engineering, multidisciplinary optimization, and design.  

Dr. Bradley’s research interests are focused on applications in Automotive and Aerospace System Design, Energy System Management, and Lifecycle Assessment. 

Dr. Bradley has coauthored 75+ peer reviewed archival papers, including seminal contributions to Model-Based Systems Engineering, the design and development of plug in hybrid electric vehicles, and the lifecycle assessment of biofuels.

He is an active member of the academic community as author of ~200 conference publications and academic reports. Dr. Bradley has served as PI and Co-PI for $22.8M in research funding since 2008. 


Ph.D. 2008, Georgia Institute of Technology – Mechanical Engineering

M.S. 2003, University of California at Davis – Mechanical Engineering

B.S. 2000, University of California at Davis – Mechanical Engineering


Courses Taught

Research Interests

  • Energy and Resource Systems
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Aerospace Systems
  • Multidisciplinary Systems Engineering

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 – Woodward Endowed Professor of Systems Engineering
  • 2017 – CSU Faculty Excellence Award
  • 2014 – Applied Automotive Engineering Fellowship with US Department of Energy
  • 2013 – Ralph R. Teetor Award for Excellence in Engineering Education