OAA Charter Members
Fifteen distinguished individuals serve as Charter Members of the Omega Alpha Association, providing visionary international leadership. Three of these serve on the OAA Board of Directors:
Erik W. Aslaksen (Australia) – Ph.D. 1968. Principal of Gumbooya PTY LTD with forty five years of international professional experience in Australia, Switzerland, and the United States involving the domains of theoretical physics, telecommunications, power electronics, and process control. Research scientist at Bell Laboratories (US) and the Brown Boven Research Center (Switzerland). Technical director of a Swiss power electronics firm and engineering design manager for the tactical trunk communications system for the Australian defense force. Principal of Sinclair Knight Merz for more than a decade. Fellow in INCOSE. Served as INCOSE Director of Technical Review. Adjunct Professor and Academic Advisor for universities in Australia. Author of five textbooks (one with W.R. Belcher) on engineering, and one on society as a system, and of numerous refereed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports.
Manfred H. B. Broy (Germany) – Ph.D. 1980, Hab. thesis 1982 at at the Faculty of Mathematics at the Technical University of Munich. One honorary doctorate. Full Professor 1983-89 of the Faculty of Computer Science and Founding Dean at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Passau. In 1989 he became full professor for computer science at the Faculty of Computer Science at the Technische Universitat Munchen (former chair of Professor F. L. Bauer). Broy’s research interests are in software and systems engineering comprising both theoretical and applied aspects including system models, specification and refinement techniques, development methods, and verification. He is a Member of the European Academy of Sciences and of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher “Leopoldina”. In 1994 Broy received the Max-Planck Award from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and in 2007 the Konrad Zuse Medal by the Gesellschaft fur Informatik. Recipient of the Bayerischer State Prize for Education and Culture. Broy’s book and journal publications now exceed 300.
Czeslaw Cempel (Poland) – Ph.D. 1968, Hab. 1971, and two honorary doctorates. Former Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Management, Poznan University of Technology. Former Vice Director and Director of the Applied Mechanics Institute. Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Polish Engineering Academy, the State Research Committee (third term), and the Scientific / Medical Network of England (for Euroscience and Euromech). Published more than 360 papers on topics that include system condition monitoring, system theory and engineering, and scientific research methodology. Cempel is the author of 13 books, the most recent being Teoria i Inzynieria Systemow, published in Polish by PBI in Radom, Poland. Cempel is a founding participant in the emerging Polish chapter of INCOSE.
Wolter J. Fabrycky (Board of Directors and Chairman Emeritus, United States) – Ph.D. 1962. Lawrence Professor Emeritus of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech and Chairman of Academic Applications International. Taught at Arkansas and then Oklahoma State before becoming Founding Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Systems Engineering Graduate Program, Associate Dean of Engineering, and then Dean of Research at Virginia Tech. Fellow in AAAS, ASEE, IIE, and INCOSE. Current or former national Board Member of ABET, APM, ASEE, IIE, INCOSE, and OAA. Past President of Alpha Pi Mu, the Industrial Engineering Honor Society. Distinguished Educator Award from IIE, the Grant and Wellington Awards from ASEE and IIE, the Armitage Medal from the Society of Logistics Engineers, and the Lohman Medal from Oklahoma State University. Charter Member of INCOSE and then named a Pioneer and an INCOSE Benefactor. Co-author of six Pearson Prentice Hall textbooks that spawned dozens of editions and translations. Co-editor (since 1972) of the Prentice Hall International Series in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Mary L. Good (1931-2019, United States) – Ph.D. 1958 and then recipient of 21 honorary degrees. Donaghey Professor and Founding Dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Good now serves as a special advisor to the UALR President. Past President of AAAS, Member and then Chair of the National Science Board, and Undersecretary for Technology of the US Department of Commerce. Recipient of the Vannever Bush Award, the NSF Distinguished Service Medal, the Philip Abelson Prize, and the Priestly Medal. Mary Good is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Derek K. Hitchins (United Kingdom) – Ph.D. 1958. Held the British Aerospace Chairs in Systems Science and in Controls at Cranfield University and former Chair in Engineering Management at the City University in London. Part-time consultant, visiting professor, and international lecturer since 1994, now with medical limitations. Former Technical Director for two systems engineering companies and member of the UK Defense Science Advisory Council. Named an INCOSE Fellow and an INCOSE Pioneer, Derek was designated an Omega Alpha Honorary Member in 2017. Served as the inaugural President of the UK Chapter of INCOSE. Hichins has more than 100 publications including several books, two of which are published on the web for general gratis use.
Daniel Krob (France) – Ph.D. 1988, Hab. 1991 in Computer Science from University Paris 7. Krob is Senior Researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), institute professor at Ecole Polytechnique, and head of the Thales chair “Engineering of Complex Systems”. He worked in algebraic and enumerative combinatorics, algorithms for mobile telecommunications and finite automata and formal languages, before specializing in systems architecture, systems engineering, and systems modeling. Krob founded and directed the “Laboratoire d’Informatique Algorithmique: Fondements et Applications” (LIAFA) of University Paris. He is head of the major international CSDM conference now in its fourth edition. Presently he is Chairman of the evaluation committees of the Information Management and Modelling departement of the French Aerospace Laboratory (ONERA) and of the Architecture and Evaluation of Systems of Systems group of the technical expertise department of the French ministry of defense (DGA). Krob has authored more than 90 scientific papers, 4 books, and holds 2 patents.
Yoshiaki Ohkami (Japan) – D.Eng. 1968. NASA International Fellow at UCLA. Deputy Director NASDA / JAXA Space Station Program Office and JAXA. Technical Advisor for Systems Engineering and Spacecraft Control with a seat on the INCOSE Corporate advisory Board. Former Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Professor Emeritus at Keio University. Appointed Founding Chair of the Graduate School of System Design and Management at Keio. Recipient of the Technical Achievement Prize from the Ministry of Science and Technology and the John Breakwell Memorial Lecture Medal from the IAF. Fellow in the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering and in INCOSE. Chair of the Japan – INCOSE chapter startup initiative and now General Chair of APCOSEC 2013. Author of more than 60 publications, two of which received academic paper prizes.
Donna H. Rhodes (Board of Directors, United States) – Ph.D. 1988. Senior Lecturer and Principal Research Scientist in Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Engineering Systems Division. Dr. Rhodes is director of MIT’s Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEAri). Twenty five years of systems engineering experience including senior management positions at IBM Federal Systems, Lockheed Martin, and Lucent Technologies. She has served on a number of corporate and government boards focused on the advancement of the systems practices and education, as well as on study panels for issues of national and international importance. Founder and Director of the INCOSE SEANET initiative. Associate Editor of the Systems Engineering Journal. Decades of systems engineering leadership including Past President of the International Council on Systems Engineering. INCOSE Fellow, Founders Award, and two Distinguished Service Awards.
William B. Rouse (United States) – Ph.D. 1972. Director of the Stevens Institute Center for Complex Systems. Former Director of the Georgia Tech Tennenbaum Institute. Served as Director of the GT School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Multiple corporate and academic mini-careers. CEO of Search Technology and then CEO of Enterprise Support Systems. Visiting professor at the TU Delft, Tufts University, and the University of Illinois. Fellow of INCOSE, IEEE, HFES, and ORMS. Received the IEEE Centennial and Millennium Medals, as well as the Wohl and Wiener Awards. Author of several strategic books published by Elsevier, Prentice Hall, Wiley, and Jessey-Bass. Rouse is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Andrew P. Sage (1933-2014, United States) – Ph.D. 1960, two honorary doctorates, and one honorary professorship. Founding Dean Emeritus of the School of Information Technology and Engineering at George Mason University. First American Bank Professor, University Professor, and former Associate Dean of Engineering and Quarles Professor at the University of Virginia. Fellow in AAA, IEEE, and INCOSE. Named an INCOSE Pioneer. Received the Simon Ramo Medal, three Centennial Medals (CWRU, IEEE, and ASEE), the first Norbert Werner Award, the Frederick Terman Award, and the Superior Public Service Award from the Secretary of the Navy. Editor of three international journals and the John Wiley series in SE while contributing his books and journal papers. Sage is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Stanley Settles (United States) – Ph.D. 1969. IBM Professor of Engineering Management and former Director of the Systems Engineering and Architecting Graduate Program at USC. Chair, again, of the Daniel Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Thirty years in aerospace design and manufacturing, including Division Vice President and Corporate Director for Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. Named NSF Program Director for Design and Integration Engineering and then Assistant Director for Industrial Technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Served as Chair of the NRC Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design. Past President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Fellow in IIE and IMSOR. Settles is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Fei-Yue Wang (China) – Ph.D. 1990. Vice President, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Designated by the China Academy of Sciences to provide program leadership of advanced research in complex systems. General Director of the Sino-US Kelon Center for Intelligent Control Systems. Founder of PASRCS, a non-profit research group at the University of Arizona, where he also serves as a visiting professor. Fellow in both INCOSE and IEEE. Chairman of the China – INCOSE chapter initiative and a leader in the celebration of Prof. Dr. Tsien’s 100th birth year celebration in China. Wang’s publications in the United States and China total more than 150.
Stanley I. Weiss (Board of Directors, United States) – Ph.D. 1968. Retired Lockheed Martin Corporate Vice President and General Manager with post-retirement academic program development, adjunct teaching, and graduate research at UC Davis, TU Delft, University of Illinois, MIT, and Stanford University as a visiting professor. Named the outstanding Aero/Astro teacher in 1995 at MIT. Academic advisory committee appointments at Illinois and Rensselaer led to Distinguished Alumni Awards from both institutions. Served two terms as INCOSE Director (Northeast) with SE academic leadership through the Academic Council and chairmanship of two Academic Forums. Author and co-author of two unique systems books. Fellow in INCOSE and AIAA and member of two honor societies. Recipient of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the Department of Energy’s Meritorious Executive Citation.
Wayne Wymore (1927-2011, United States) – Ph.D. 1955. Founder of the world’s first academic program in Systems Engineering in 1960 at the University of Arizona where he served as Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the University Computing Center. INCOSE Charter Member, Board Member (twice), Chapter President, Fellow and Pioneer. Published four books and seven book chapters on Systems Engineering in addition to his rigorous journal-based technical and scientific publications that exceed 100. Consultant to 50 organizations in 13 countries involving 21 fields of application.