Faculty and Part-Time Lecturers

Azad M. Madni

Professor; Executive Director, SAE Program
Astronautical Engineering Department

AAAS Fellow, AIAA Fellow, IEEE Fellow, IETE Fellow, INCOSE Fellow, SDPS Fellow and Past President, 2011 INCOSE Pioneer Award Winner

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George Friedman

Professor Emeritus
Astronautical Engineering Department

IEEE Fellow, INCOSE Fellow, AIAA Associate Fellow, Past President of INCOSE.

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Elliot I. Axelband

Research Professor Emeritus
Astronautical Engineering Department

IEEE Life Fellow, INCOSE Fellow, IEEE Control Society Past President, Past Chair of IEEE Fellows.

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Jairus Hihn

Lecturer
Systems Architecting and Engineering Program
Email: hihn@usc.edu

Jairus Hihn (Ph.D, U. Maryland) is a Principal Member of the Systems Engineering staff at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has been active in infusing the use of quantitative management and planning methods across NASA especially in the area of cost estimation. He is the Risk and Programmatics chair on JPL’s concurrent engineering team, Team X. He has over 60 publications including recent articles in IEEE Transactions in Software Engineering, Automation in Software Engineering, and Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering. Jairus received ISPA’s Parametrician of the Year Award and the USC SSE Lifetime Achievement.

Michael W. Sievers

Lecturer
Systems Architecting and Engineering Program
Email: michael.sievers@usc.edu

Dr. Michael Sievers is a Senior Systems Engineer at Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a Lecturer in the System Architecting and Engineering Program at the University of Southern California. He teaches SAE 547 (Model Based Systems Engineering) and SAE 548 (Systems/SoS Integration). He conducts research in model-based systems engineering and is a principal investigator on a number of harsh environment, fault-tolerant, high-performance computing research projects. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Kenneth L. Cureton

Lecturer
Systems Architecting and Engineering Program

Mr. Cureton retired from Boeing (Rockwell) after 29 years of experience, and accomplished another 16 years of successful technical leadership in commercial and government sectors. He also served on the NCO Industry Consortium (NCOIC) as Technical Council Chair from April 2010 through April 2011. He teaches Systems Architecting, Systems Architecting and the Political Process, and Advanced topics in Systems Engineering master level courses. His expertise include: Enterprise Systems Architecting, System-of-Systems Modeling and Integration, Complex Networked Systems and Interoperability, and Resilience Engineering.

Mark McKelvin

Lecturer
Systems Architecting and Engineering Program
Email: mckelvin@usc.edu

Dr. Mark L. McKelvin, Jr. is an Engineering Specialist in systems and software engineering at the Aerospace Corporation. In this role, Dr. McKelvin advises customers on model-based engineering techniques and develops solutions to architecture design challenges in cyber-physical and software-intensive systems. His interests are in the application of modeling, analysis, and design of engineered systems, including cyber-physical, embedded, and software systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis in Electronic Design Automation.

Thomas McKendree

Adjunct Associate Professor
Systems Architecting and Engineering Program

Dr. Thomas McKendree is a Raytheon Certified Architect (RCA) and an Engineering Fellow at Raytheon, where he has worked ballistic missile defense, automated vehicle highways, Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems, GPS III, OCX, NASA Space Exploration architecture, the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System, and acted as Regional Chief Technologist for Fullerton operations. He previously interned at The Aerospace Corporation, worked seven years at McDonnell Douglas, and has taught Systems Architecting at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering as an Adjunct Associate Professor. His research interests include systems architecting, decision theory, strategy, molecular nanotechnology, space systems and space logistics.

Contributing Faculty

Michael Arbib, Professor, Computer Science Department
George A. Bekey, Professor Emeritus, Departments of Electrical Engineering
Barry Boehm, Professor, Departments of Computer Science and Industrial & Systems Engineering
Geza P. Bottlik, Adjunct Associate Professor, Epstein Industrial & Systems Engineering Department
John Choma, Professor & Chair, Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering – Electrophysics Department
Keith Chugg, Associate Professor, Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering – Systems Department
Daniel Dapkus, Professor, Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering – Electrophysics Department, William M. Keck Chair in Engineering
David D’Argenio, Professor & Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering Department
Marijan Dravinski, Professor, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Department
Daniel Erwin, Professor, Department of Astronautical Engineering

Henryk Flashner, Professor, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Department
Robert Gagliardi, Professor, Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering – Systems Department
Roger Ghanem, Professor, Departments of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering
Mike Gruntman, Professor and Chair, Department of Astronautical Engineering
Sandeep Gupta, Associate Professor, Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering
Satyandra K. Gupta, Smith International Professor, Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Behrokh Khoshnevis, Professor, Epstein Industrial & Systems Engineering Department
K. Ravi Kumar, Professor, Department of Information & Operations Management
Joseph Kunc, Professor, Departments of Aerospace Engineering, Physics and Astronomy
Stephen C-Y Lu, Professor, Departments of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering and Industrial & Systems Engineering
Michael Mann, Adjunct Professor, Epstein Industrial & Systems Engineering Department

Dennis McLeod, Professor, Computer Science Department
Gerard Medioni, Professor, Computer Science Department
Nenad Medvidovic, Associate Professor, Computer Science Department; Director, Center for Systems & Software Engineering
Jerry Mendel, Professor, Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering
James E. Moore II, Professor, Departments of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Clifford B. Neuman, Research Ass’t Professor, Computer Science Department; Research Assoc. Professor, Information Sciences Institute (ISI)
Antonio Ortega, Professor, Signal & Image Processing Institute (SIPI)
Sheldon M. Ross, Professor, Epstein Industrial & Systems Engineering Department
Firdaus Udwadia, Professor, Departments of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
L. Carter Wellford, Professor, Civil Engineering
Alan Willner, Professor, Ming Hsieh Electrical Engineering – Systems Department

Staff

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  • Dell Cuason

    Department Administrator

    RRB 228
    213-821-5817 (tel)
    213-821-5819 (fax)
    cuason@usc.edu

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  • Hayley Peltz

    Student Services Advisor

    RRB 223
    213-821-4234
    hpeltz@usc.edu