Mohamad Darayi, Ph.D.
Mohamad Darayi, assistant professor of systems engineering, earned his Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Oklahoma, MS in industrial engineering from Tarbiat Modares University, and B.S. in industrial engineering from University of Tabriz. His principal research interests and key publications lie in infrastructure network resilience and system simulation modeling and analysis applications in healthcare, manufacturing, supply chain, and logistics management. As a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), he has showcased his work at multiple international conferences.
Joanna F. DeFranco, Ph.D.
Joanna F. DeFranco, assistant professor of software engineering, earned her doctorate in computer and information sciences from New Jersey Institute of Technology, a master of science in computer engineering from Villanova University, and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Penn State University. She has worked as an Electronics Engineer for the Navy as well as a Software Engineer at Motorola. Her research interests include software engineering teams, effective teamwork, internet of things, and software-intensive critical systems.
Nil H. Ergin, Ph.D.
Nil H. Ergin, associate professor of systems engineering, earned her doctorate in systems engineering and master of science in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla (currently known as Missouri University of Science and Technology). She also holds a baccalaureate degree in environmental engineering from Istanbul Technical University. Prior to joining Penn State Great Valley, Dr. Ergin worked within the Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems at the University of Texas at El Paso. She was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Dr. Ergin's research interests include system of systems engineering, complex adaptive systems, model-based systems engineering, and multi-agent systems. She teaches courses in systems engineering, systems verification, validation and testing, requirements engineering, and systems and software architecture. Dr. Ergin is also affiliated with the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a DoD funded University Affiliated Research Center where she was the investigator for Penn State University in a multi-phased collaborative research effort among multiple universities that worked on modeling different aspects of system of systems acquisition. She is a member of IEEE and INCOSE.
Kathryn W. Jablokow, Ph.D.
Kathryn W. Jablokow, associate chief academic office professor of engineering design and mechanical engineering, earned her Ph.D., MSEE, and BSEE from The Ohio State University. She joined Penn State in 1990 after spending a year as an NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at RWTH Aachen, Germany. Dr. Jablokow is the author of four graduate-level engineering courses focused on problem-solving, creativity, and invention, and a collaborator in the creation of multiple new minors and degree programs across the University. She is one of three Penn State engineering faculty who developed and teach a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on creativity, innovation, and change, which has attracted over 250,000 learners since 2013. Dr. Jablokow played a key role in developing the Multidisciplinary Engineering Design option of Penn State’s undergraduate General Engineering degree, which she now directs. Dr. Jablokow serves as a Director of the Educational Research & Methods Division of ASEE and as a Member of the Steering Committee of the North American Chapter of the Design Society. Her current research on cognition-based design, ideation flexibility, engineering innovativeness, and high-performance design teams is supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation.
Mohamad Kassab, Ph.D.
Mohamad Kassab, assistant professor of software engineering, received his Ph.D. and MS degrees in computer science from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He holds a BS in computer science from the University of Windsor in Canada and BEng. in computer engineering from Lebanon American University. He was an adjunct assistant professor in the department of computer science and software engineering at Concordia University and a postdoctoral researcher in software engineering at Université du Quebec. Dr. Kassab has published extensively in software engineering books and journals. Previously, he worked as a senior quality engineer at SAP, senior associate at Morgan Stanley, senior quality assurance specialist at Nokia and as a senior software developer at Positron Systems. In Canada. Dr. Kassab’s research includes requirements engineering, software/system architecture, software measurements, aspect-orientation, and The Internet of Things (IoT). He teaches courses in requirements engineering, software testing, software architecture and software system design.
Phillip A. Laplante, Ph.D.
Phillip A. Laplante, professor of software and systems engineering and registered professional engineer (PE), earned his Ph.D. in computer science, MEng. in electrical engineering, and BS in systems planning and management all from Stevens Institute of Technology. He also earned an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. Dr. Laplante teaches courses in software and systems engineering including project management, software testing, and requirements engineering. Prior to arriving at Penn State he was a software engineer, entrepreneur, and senior academic administrator (dean and president). His career accomplishments include leading the effort to create the exam to license professional software engineers in the US, defining the hybrid discipline of real-time image processing, and writing the first text on real-time systems engineering. His research currently focuses on safety-critical software engineering and the Internet of Things and is a visiting scientist at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He has published more than 250 articles and 32 books.
John I. McCool, Ph.D.
John I. McCool, distinguished professor of systems engineering, received his doctorate in statistics from Temple University, and his bachelor and master of science in mechanical engineering from Drexel University. He teaches courses in statistics, experiment design, reliability, statistical process control, applied data mining, probability models, and optimization. His research includes statistical inference for the Weibull distribution and industrial statistics. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality and received the Irwin S. Hoffer Award from the ASQ’s Philadelphia Section for the promotion of statistical thinking.
Ashkan Negahban, Ph.D.
Ashkan Negahban, assistant professor in engineering management, earned his Ph.D. and ME from Auburn University and a BS from University of Tehran (all in Industrial and Systems Engineering). Prior to joining Penn State, he was an instructor at Auburn University where he taught courses in Simulation Modeling & Analysis and Probability & Statistics. His research interests include the application of different types of simulation (discrete event, agent-based, and Monte Carlo) in manufacturing system design and operation and marketing-operations management interface. He has also developed several video-based e-learning series which have received world-wide publicity and are used by faculty from leading institutions around the world.
Colin Neill, Ph.D.
Colin Neill, associate professor of software engineering and systems engineering and Director of engineering programs, earned his doctorate in software and systems engineering, M.Sc. in communication systems, and BEng in electrical engineering from the University of Wales, Swansea, United Kingdom. He teaches many courses in software and systems engineering, project management, and systems thinking. Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. Neill worked on time and mission-critical system modeling and design manufacturing systems and production management with the University of Wales, Swansea; Oxford University; the Rover Car Company; and British Aerospace. He is the author of over 80 articles on the development and evolution of complex software and systems and the management and governance thereof. Dr. Neill is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of INCOSE, and serves as associate editor-in-chief of Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering. As Director of Engineering Programs, Dr. Neill oversees the Division’s portfolio of graduate degree programs delivered both in residence and online.
David W. Russell, Ph.D.
Dr. Russell, professor of electrical engineering, was awarded his Ph.D. by the Council for National Academic Awards, United Kingdom, and his BEng in electrical engineering from the University of Liverpool. He teaches courses in operating systems, real-time artificial intelligence, and systems design. Dr. Russell has taught at Villanova University, Howard University, and John Moores University. He publishes research and lectures worldwide on the control of unstable systems, information systems, and design for intelligence. Dr. Russell is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and the IEEE. He was senior division head for engineering and information science from 1994 to 2006.
Raghvinder S. Sangwan, Ph.D.
Raghvinder S. Sangwan, associate professor of software engineering, holds a doctorate in computer and information sciences from Temple University. He joined Penn State in 2003 after more than seven-years in industry, where he worked mostly with large software-intensive systems in the domains of health care, automation, transportation, and mining. His teaching and research involve analysis, design, and development of software systems, their architecture, and automatic and semi-automatic approaches to assessment of their design and code quality, and he has several peer-reviewed publications in these areas. Dr. Sangwan actively consults for Siemens Corporate Research in Princeton, New Jersey, and also holds a visiting scientist appointment at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a senior member of the IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Kailasam Satyamurthy, Ph.D.
Kailasam Satyamurthy, assistant professor of engineering, earned his doctorate in engineering mechanics from Clemson University and an MBA from Penn State. Dr. Satyamurthy teaches decision and risk analysis, finance and economics for engineers, statistics, and continuous improvement courses. Before joining Penn State, he was a senior manager at Vanguard for 8 years and head of engineering at GenCorp for 20 years. At GenCorp, Dr. Satyamurthy did extensive research in the mathematical modeling and developed methodologies and algorithms for the nonlinear finite element analysis of mechanical systems under mechanical and thermal loadings. He is also a Six Sigma (6σ) Master Black Belt and has trained numerous professionals in manufacturing, transactional, and healthcare industries.
Dough Schumer, Ph.D.
Doug Schumer, assistant professor of engineering design, received his BS in physics from Carnegie-Mellon University, his MS in measurement and control from Carnegie-Mellon, and his Ph.D in electrical systems and engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the area of acousto-optics and surface acoustic waves. Prior to joining Penn State Dr. Schumer was on the faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he was professor of practice in biomedical engineering and prior to that served as director of design innovation and education at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Schumer has worked for over 20 years in industry, much of that time in the medical device area leading R&D for both small start-ups and large multi-national corporations. His present interest is in multidisciplinary engineering education. He is a member of the New York Academy of Science and is a life-member of the American Physical Society.