OAA Full Members

Four additional distinguished individuals were named Full Members of Omega Alpha in 2015. These persons join fifteen Full Members named in prior years. They are:

Brian S. Collins (United Kingdom) – Brian Collins received his MA in Physics and DPhil in Astrophysics from Oxford and remains an Open Scholar at St. Peters College. Dr. Collins is Professor of Engineering Policy and Director of the Center for Infrastructure Futures at University College London. He held senior leadership posts in the UK for more than three decades addressing the interface of scientific and engineering knowledge with public policy, serving as UK Chief Scientific Advisor to Transport and to Business Innovation 2006-11, after being Global CIO at Clifford Chance. Professor Collins held an Information Systems Professorship at Cranfield University for five years and is now visiting professor at Wollongong University NSW. Collins holds honorary doctorates from Kingston University and City University London and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Civil Engineers, British Computer Society, and the Institute of Physics. Brian Collins was bestowed by Her Majesty the Queen the Honour of Companion of the Bath. He co-directs the Livable Cities project with research and teaching on infrastructure, climate change, system complexity, and governance and was the INCOSE IS 2013 Keynote speaker on the city as a complex system. Therefore the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Collins to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Bonnnie J. Dunbar (United States) – Bonnie Dunbar is a Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Distinguished Research Professor of Aerospace Engineering, jointly appointed as Director of the Institute of Engineering Education and Innovation. Dr. Dunbar joined TAMU from the University of Houston where she developed an integrated university STEM center as the M.D. Anderson Professor of Mechanical Engineering. She holds BS and MS degrees in ceramic engineering with her PhD in mechanical/biomedical engineering. Dunbar worked on Space Shuttle Columbia for Rockwell International, then served with NASA for 27 years, first as a flight controller and then as an astronaut flying five shuttle missions. Her senior executive service included assistant NASA JSC director for university research, deputy director for flight crew operations, and headquarters deputy associate administrator. After retirement from NASA, Dr. Dunbar served as President of the Museum of Flight. Having received seven NASA medals, Dunbar was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. She is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Royal Aeronautical Society, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and was inducted into the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Therefore the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Dunbar to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Harold W. Lawson (Sweden) – Harold Lawson’s computing prowess began in 1958 at Temple University where he did the BS in 1959, followed by his PhD in 1983 from the Royal Technical University in Stockholm. Dr. Lawson has combined and advanced computing and systems engineering for more than a half-century, with early contributions to compilers and programming languages. Recognition was bestowed upon him by the IEEE Computer Society in 2000 through the Charles Babbage Computer Pioneer Award for his discovery of the pointer variable. Professor Lawson held academic appointments in the US, Europe, and the Far East and has served academia internationally at Brooklyn Polytechnic and the Universities of California at Irvine, Polytechnic de Barcelonia, Linkoping and the Royal Technological in Sweden, Malaya, and Keio. Lawson has been the architect for or supported computer-based high-voltage power dispatching, automatic train controls, limited-slip coupling, and distributed control systems for vehicles and was elected to be architect of the ISO/IEC 15288 standard. He has been an independent consultant in the engineering of computer-based systems and a is a consulting partner of Syntel AB since 1988. Dr. Bud Lawson is a Fellow of the ACM, of the IEEE, and of INCOSE. Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Lawson to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Scott F. Midkiff (United States) – Scott Midkiff is Vice President for Information Technology and CIO at Virginia Tech, continuing as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with service as ECE Department Head from 2009-12. Dr. Midkiff was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation from 2006-09 where he helped establish the Cyber-Physical Systems program. Midkiff received the BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University, the MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Duke. Scott joined the faculty at VT in 1986 where he developed courses in mobile systems, networking and telecommunications, and microprocessor systems design, helping to develop graduate degree programs in Computer Engineering and in Information Technology. Scott Midkiff has received awards for his integration of technology into teaching and for teaching excellence. Dr. Midkiff has emphasized interdisciplinary, systems-oriented research throughout his academic career with a specialization in networking and pervasive computing, but it is his collaborations with researchers in other disciplines that led to systems contributions including SE and system design, mobile systems, and cooperative communications. Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Midkiff to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Four additional distinguished individuals were named Full Members of Omega Alpha in 2014. These persons join eleven Full Members named in prior years. They are:

Elliot Axelband (United States) – Elliot Axelband is a Senior Engineer at RAND and a professor in the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Axelband is also Professor and Associate Dean Emeritus at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. After 35 years with Hughes Electronics, he retired as a General Manager and Vice President. Elliot received his PhD in Engineering from UCLA in 1966, where he was a Hughes Doctoral Fellow, a Hughes Master’s Fellow, and a New York State Regent’s Scholar. Dr. Axelband was employed by Hughes Aircraft from 1958 through 1994, holding various positions including Manager of the Advanced Programs Division, Vice President and General Manager of the Tactical Avionics Division in the Electro-Optical and Data Systems Group, and Vice President of the Systems Sector in the Ground Systems Group. Dr. Axelband served as Research Professor of Electrical Engineering and as Director of the Graduate Program in Systems Architecting and Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering from 1994 to 2003. Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Axelband to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Adedeji Badiru (United States) – Adedeji Badiru is Dean of the Graduate School of Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He previously served as head of Systems Engineering and Management at AFIT, coming into that position from head of Industrial and Information Engineering at the University of Tennessee and formerly from Professor of Industrial Engineering and Dean of University College at the University of Oklahoma. Adedeji is a Fellow in the Institute of Industrial Engineers and a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. Dr. Badiru received many awards for his teaching, research, and administration including the Imhoff Global Excellence Award for IE Education (ASEE 2010), the Book-of-the-Year-Award for Military Industrial Engineering (IIE 2010), Federal Employee of the Year (WPAFB 2011), and for Professional Mentoring for Women (WORMS 2011). Badiru authored or co-authored nine books, including the Handbook of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Badiru to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Keith Hipel (Canada) – Keith Hipel is University Professor of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and is President of the Academy of Sciences, a part of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Hipel is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC), Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (FIEEE), Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC), International Council on Systems Engineering (FINCOSE), and the American Water Resources Association (FAWRA). Hipel is a recipient of the Norbert Wiener Award from the IEEE SMC Society and received the W.R. Boggess Award from AWRA, as well as the University of Waterloo Award for Excellence in Research. He has held a Canada Council Killam Research Fellowship, Monbusho Kyoto University Visiting Professorship, Stanley Vineberg Memorial Visiting Professorship, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Research Fellowship, and the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship. Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Hipel to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Hillary Sillitto (United Kingdom) – Hillary Sillitto received his MSc in Physics from St. Andrews University in 1976, and began his career with Ferranti in Edinburgh as an optical engineer. He contributed to laser system projects leading the optical design team for the UK’s first airborne multi-spectral electro-optical pod. Sillitto shifted to Thales Optronics in 1993, serving as Chief Systems Engineer and Chief Engineer. Seconded to Thales UK Corporate in 2003-04 as Director Prime Contract Support, Hillary made contributions to programs including Soldier Systems, the Future Carrier, and UAV / C2 systems. From 2005-08 he was seconded to UK MOD as head of Integration, responsible for managing system-of-systems interoperability. He then became Chief Systems Architect for the Thales Land and Joint Systems Division, appointed as Systems Engineering and Architecture Manager. Eight patents and almost 100 peer reviewed publications were contributed by Sillitto. He is now a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde. Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Hillary Sillitto to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Six additional distinguished individuals were named Full Members of Omega Alpha in 2013. These persons join five Full Members named in prior years. They are:

Terry A. Bahill (United States) – Terry Bahill is an Emeritus Professor of Systems Engineering and of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona. Bahill received his PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975. Dr. Bahill has collaborated with dozens of high-tech companies presenting seminars on systems engineering, working with system development teams, and helping firms to describe their systems engineering processes. He received the Sandia National Laboratories Gold President’s Quality Award. He holds a U.S. patent for the Bat Chooser, a system that computes the Ideal Bat Weight for individual baseball and softball batters. Dr. Bahill is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), of Raytheon Missile Systems, of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is the Founding Chair Emeritus of the INCOSE Fellows Selection Committee. Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Terry Bahill to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Benjamin S. Blanchard (United States) – Benjamin Blanchard, Professor Emeritus, became Director of Engineering Extension at Virginia Tech in 1970 after serving more than 20 years with the US Air Force, Boeing, Sanders Associates, and General Dynamics. Then in 1976, Blanchard began 20 years of remarkable academic service as Chairman of the Virginia Tech Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Systems Engineering. While also serving as Assistant Dean of Engineering, he skillfully combined the outreach of Engineering Extension with the rigor of Graduate School policy to guide more than 250 SE Master’s degree recipients. Blanchard regularly taught the synthesis-level SE courses and supervised or led the defense of almost 100 theses and project reports. He authored or co-authored nine textbooks, 250 published papers, and made approximately 350 national and international presentations. Blanchard is past president and a Fellow in the Society of Logistics Engineers and a Charter Member, Fellow, and Pioneer in INCOSE. Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Blanchard to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Cihan H. Dagli (United States) – Cihan Dagli is Professor of Engineering Management and director of the Smart Engineering Systems Lab (SESL) at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and Affiliated Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dagli received a PhD in Applied Operations Research in Large Scale Systems Design and Operation from the University of Birmingham in the UK, where he served as a British Council Fellow. Dagli’s research interests are in the areas of Systems Architecting and Engineering, System of Systems, Smart Engineering System Design, Computational Intelligence, and Neural Networks / Fuzzy Logic / Evolutionary Programming. Dr. Dagli published more than 350 papers in referred journals and proceedings, and edited 21 books. Dagli is the founder and Boeing Coordinator of the Missouri S&T System Engineering graduate program. Dr. Dagli is a Fellow in both INCOSE and IIE. He has consulted with domestic and international organizations that include Boeing, AT&T, John Deere, Motorola, US Army, UNIDO, and OECD. Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Cihan Dagli to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Dov Dori (Israel) – Dov Dori holds the Harry Lebensfeld Chair in Industrial Engineering and heads the Enterprise System Modeling Laboratory at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Dori was named Visiting Professor at MIT’s Engineering Systems Division in 2013, after many years of service as a lecturer. Dr. Dori invented and presented Object-Process Methodology in his 2002 book. OPM is the emerging ISO 19450 standard and now becoming a foundation for model-based methods. His research interests include conceptual modeling of complex systems, systems architecture and design, software and systems engineering, and systems biology that has produced more than 200 journal publications, book chapters, and conference papers. Prof. Dori served as chairman of nine international conferences or workshops. With his PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1988, Dori is a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering, a Fellow of the International Association of Pattern Recognition, and a Senior Member of both IEEE and ACM. Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Prof. Dr. Dov Dori to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

George J. Friedman (United States) – George Friedman, Professor of the Practice of Engineering at the University of Southern California, has served the Viterbi School of Engineering since 1993, after retiring as Corporate VP of Engineering and Technology at Northrop. With his PhD from UCLA in 1967, Friedman’s primary research interests became the unification of systems engineering processes within the management of complexity involving cognitive science. Prof. Friedman is past president and a Fellow of INCOSE, a Fellow of IEEE and IAE, and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. He was vice president of publications for IEEE (AESS) and executive vice president of SSI. Dr. Friedman is a consultant in systems engineering to the US Air Force, US Navy, CIA, and NATO, and several industrial corporations. He has lectured to and advised more than 2000 students and served on 15 PhD committees. His seminal book, “Constraint Theory, Multidimensional Mathematical Model Management”, Springer 2005, is the text for Advanced Topics in Systems Engineering at USC. Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Friedman to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Tat Soon Yeo (Singapore) – Tat Soon Yeo attained the rank of Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore in 2002 and became Director of Singapore’s Temasek Defence Systems Institute, a collaboration between NUS and the US Naval Postgraduate School. Prof. Yeo held prior directorships of three NUS Laboratories, contributing to the publication or presentation of more than 300 papers. Dr. Yeo is a Fellow member in IET (UK), IES (Singapore), and IEEE (USA), receiving the Third Millennium Medal. Other appointments include Vice Dean of the NUS Faculty of Engineering (2003-08), Head of the NUS Division of Environmental Science and Engineering (2004-06), and Director of the Centre for Microwave and RF (2001-04). TS was INCOSE’s Director for International Outreach from 2007-13, making significant contributions with systems engineers in the Asia-Pacific region by hosting INCOSE’s International Symposium in 2009 and then by establishing the Asia-Pacific Council on Systems Engineering in 2010. Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Tat Soon Yeo to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Full Membership in Omega Alpha began with an initiative to recognize a few exemplary doctoral programs worldwide. From this search came five major profeessor / doctoral candidate pairs, as described under OAA in Academia. The professors were elected to the first cohort of Full Members in OAA. They are:

Barry W. Boehm (United States) – PhD 1964, UCLA and two honorary doctorates, one from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. TRW Professor in the Computer Sciences and the Industrial and Systems Engineering departments at USC. Founding Director, USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering. Formerly Director, DARPA Information Sciences and Technology Office. Thirty-four years of industrial experience at TRW, Rand Corporation, and General Dynamics. Over 20 awards, including the Simon Ramo Medal. Former Chair of the NASA Research and Technology Advisory Committee on Guidance, Control, and Information Processing; Chair of the USAF Scientific Advisory Board Information Technology Panel; and Chair of the CMU Software Engineering Institute Board of Visitors. Author or editor of 11 books and more than 400 publications. Boehm is a Fellow of ACM, AIAA, IEEE, INCOSE, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Therefore the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Dunbar to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Stephen Cook (Australia) – PhD 1991, City University of London. Director of the Defense and Systems Institute and DSTO Professor of Systems Engineering with over 25 years of experience in systems engineering research, education, and practice. Former Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Defense Science and Technology Organization managing telecommunications systems research and also technical manager in the defense and telecommunications industries. Fellow in the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology and in the Institution of Engineers Australia. Past President of the Systems Engineering Society of Australia. Recipient of the Australian Department of Defense Secretary’s Award for Achievement and High Commendation Award – National Engineering Excellence Awards, Engineers Australia. Author of 130 papers and one book. Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Cook to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Daniel E. Hastings (United States) – PhD 1978, MIT. As Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, Hastings taught courses and seminars in plasma physics, rocket propulsion, advanced space power and propulsion systems, aerospace policy, technology and policy, and space systems engineering. Served the Engineering Systems Division variously and as Director from 2001-05. Chief scientist to the U.S. Air Force from 1997 to 1999. Hastings’ recent research has concentrated on issues of space systems and space policy with published papers and a book in the field of spacecraft-environment interactions and several papers in space propulsion and space systems. He has led several national studies on government investment in space technology. Fellow of the AIAA and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He is serving as a member of the National Science Board, the Applied Physics Lab Science and Technology Advisory Panel, as well as the Chair of Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. Hastings has served on several national committees on issues in National Security Space and was named a Fellow of INCOSE in 2007. Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Hastings to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Eberhard Gill (Netherlands) – PhD 1988, Eberhard-Karls University. Gill holds the Chair of Space Systems Engineering of the Delft University of Technology. He has been serving as researcher at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) from 1989 to 2006 in the field of precise satellite orbit determination, autonomous navigation, and spacecraft formation flying. He has developed a GPS-based onboard navigation system which is operating on the BIRD microsatellite. Gill has been co-investigator on several international missions, including Mars 94-96, Mars-Express, Rosetta, Equator-S and Champ and acted as Principal Investigator on the PRISMA formation flying satellite mission. Dr. Gill has authored or co-authored more than 150 journal articles and conference papers. He has co-authored three textbooks and has been appointed program director of the SpaceTech post-graduate program of the Delft University of Technology. In 2009, he was appointed a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Gill to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.

Ulrich Walter (Germany) – PhD 1986, University of Cologne. Member of the academic staff at the University of Cologne in the field of solid state physics. Post-doctoral position at the University of California at Berkley with research fellowship sponsored by the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (German Physical Society), 1986-87. Author of two “Bericht der KFA Jülich” (Reports of the National Research Laboratory at Julich, Germany). Physical Science in the fields of Neutron Scattering Techniques, Rare Earth Magnetism, High-Temperature Superconductivity, and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy. Held a post-doctoral position at Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, Illinois, 1986-1987. Nominated as a German Science Astronaut with Basic Astronaut Training at DLR. In 1990 Walter was assigned to the German D-2 Mission. He authored five books, including the textbook “Astronautics” on space science and technology and published about 70 scientific and numerous popular science articles in various interna­tional journals. Dr. Walter hosted the scientific program “MaxQ” on Bavarian TV from 1998 to 2003. Therefore, the Omega Alpha Association Board of Directors is delighted and honored to welcome Professor Walter to Membership in the International Honor Society for Systems Engineering.