SDPS Journal    



Transactions of the SDPS: Integrated Design & Process Science
Transdisciplinary International Journal

Aims and Scope 
The concepts of design and process cut across multiple disciplines. The application of abstract notions of design and process to engineering problem solving is beginning to redefine and expand the notion of engineering in the 21st century. This Journal of the Society of Design and Process Science strives to be the repository of human knowledge covering transdisciplinary notions of design and process in a rigorous fashion. PDF Print E-mail

It has been observed that most work in design and process is interdisciplinary and, until recently, has been scattered in multiple journals covering diverse disciplines. The objective of this journal is to publish state-of-the-art papers in this expanding field, providing an international and interdisciplinary forum for innovations in design and process related areas. The readership of this journal will have a single authoritative source of research papers and collection of best-practices. Consistent with SDPS philosophy, the Journal strives to maintain an international and interdisciplinary balance by relying on experts from the far corners of the world. Authors whose works are interdisciplinary in nature and address design and process science and technology are encouraged to submit papers to this Journal. The readership of this journal includes participants from academia, industry, and government 

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George Friedman

Prof. Friedman is currently the Associate Director of the Systems Architecting and Engineering Program and an Adjunct Professor in the Daniel Epstein Industrial and Systems Engineering Department of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. His research interests include systems engineering, cognitive foundations of decisions and mathematicalmodels, and management of complexity.  Prof. Friedman has 45 years of experience in the aerospace industry in the areas of stealth bombers, missiles, terminally guided submunitions, spacecraft, electro-optical and acoustic sensors, avionics integration and stellar-aided inertial navigation systems. He retired as chief technical officer of Northrop Corporation in 1993 where he was responsible for the development of all engineering processes -- including systems engineering -- as well as the allocation of research and development investments to the operating divisions. He is also a founder, past president and fellow of INCOSE.

Reiner Hartenstein

Dr.-Ing. Reiner Hartenstein is professor emeritus of Computer Science and Engineering at Kaiserslautern University of Technology (TU Kaiserslautern). He is consultant and distinguished expert on Reconfigurable Computing (RC), Reconfigurable Supercomputing, Configware / Software Co-Compilation, and design flows for RC in embedded systems. Hartenstein has published 14 books and more than 400 technical papers. He has been the initiator of the supersystolic array (also called KressArray or Kress/Kung Array) methodology. Reiner is the inventor of the generic address generator (GAG) as an enabling methodology for such data-stream-based computing machines. Hartenstein is also the author and implementer of the early (mid 70ies) trailblazing hardware description language KARL, the most widely used hardware language before VHDL came up. Dr. Hartenstein received all his academic degrees from the EE Department at University of Karlsruhe (TH), where he has been the first graduate student and a Ph. D. student of Karl Steinbuch, the early pioneer of artificial neural networks. Hartenstein is an IEEE life fellow, and FPL fellow and received a number of best paper and best presentation awards. His background from earlier activities also covers pattern recognition, image processing, hardware description languages, and VLSI design tools and methods. Coming back home from having been visiting professor of the University of California at Berkeley in the early 80ies he became the founder of the German Multi University VLSI Design Project "E.I.S. Project".  E-mail:

Michael McGrath

Dr. Michael McGrath is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation. His role is to aggressively drive new technologies from all sources across Navy and Marine Corps platforms and systems, and to develop programs to bridge the gap in transitioning from Science and Technology to Acquisition. Prior to his appointment to this position in 2003, Dr. McGrath spent five years as Vice President for Government Business at the Sarnc Corporation, a leading R&D company with both commercial and government clients. Dr. McGrath has 28 years of prior government experience, in reverse life cycle order. He started in weapon system logistics at NAVAIF in the 1970s, moved into acquisition in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the 1980s, and then into technology development at DARPA in the 1990s. Dr. McGrath holds a BS in Space Science and Applied Physics, and MS in Aerospace Engineering, and a doctorate in Operations Research from George Washington University.

James Moore II

Dr. James Moore is a Professor and Chair of the Damel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. His research interests are in: mathematical programming and connectionist models to study transportation network performance and control, especially in networks subject to earthquake or flood damage; evaluation of new transportation technologies; computational models of the land use/transport system; transportation policy analysis; market based urban planning interventions; and optimal infrastructure investment and pricing policies. Dr Moore received his BS degrees in Industrial Engineering and Urban Planning in 1981 from the Technology Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University in 1982; M of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Northwestern in 1983; and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Infrastructure Planning and Management) from Stanford in 1986. Dr Moore joined Northwestern’s Civil Engineering faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1986, and came to the USC Civil Engineering and Urban Planning faculties in 1988. He received tenure in the School of Urban and Regional Planning in 1993, and in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1997. His principal academic appointment changed to the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2003.

Paul Nielson

Paul Nielson is the CEO and director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. Nielsen is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has a Master of Science degree in applied science from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from the University of New Mexico. Nielsen earned a Ph.D. in plasma physics from the University of California, Davis. Nielsen has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. In 2004, Nielsen was named an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Fellow. Previously, he was the commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, where he managed a science and technology budget of $3 billion annually. He was also the Air Force’s Chief Technology Officer, determining the Air Force’s investment strategy for science and technology activities.

Raymond Paul

As a professional electronics and software engineer, system developer, tester, and evaluator for the past 26 years, Dr. Paul has held many positions in the field of software engineering. Currently, Dr. Paul serves the as the technical director for command and control (C2) Policy. In this position, Dr. Paul manages network enabled command and control systems engineering development for objective, quantitative and qualitative measurements. Dr. Paul’s current research focus is on a dynamic integrated theoretic approach to C2 networks from multiple levels from dyadic to global. Understanding multiple concepts, theories at multiple levels along with attributes of nodes and the links may provide insight to better understand C2 organizational networks that are created, maintained, and reconstituted. Lastly, Dr Paul is developing a methodology for dynamic environment decision making pertaining to real time data from sensors, software/systems and related processes and the risk identification and management framework that includes internal and external variabilities. Dr. Paul holds a doctorate in software engineering and is an active “Fellow” member of the IEEE Computer Society. He has published chapter in 4 books and more than 74 articles on software engineering in various technical journals and symposia proceedings, primarily under DoD and IEEE sponsorship. He has authored chapters in 4 technical books concerning software engineering. He can be reached at < This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it >.

Allam Appa Rao

Dr. Allam Appa Rao is Dean of Engineering Faculty, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, one of the top Universities in India. He has been a Professor from the year 1985. He started his career in Computing field in the year 1969. He had his early training in computers from the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, and ICTP, Trieste, Italy. He obtained his Ph.D. degree for his work in Studies on Computer Performance Evaluation. He has devoted himself to promoting computerization in India in all his endeavors for the last three decades. Dr. Allam Appa Rao has published extensively and received numerous awards for his research work and teaching.

Donald Reifer

Donald J. Reifer is one of the leading figures in the field of software engineering and management with over 30 years of progressive experience in both industry and government. Mr. Reifer was awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1995 for the innovations he brought to the DoD during his assignment. Some of his many other honors include the Hughes Aircraft Company Fellowship, the Frieman Award for advancing the field of parametrics, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and membership in Who’s Who in the West. In 2002, Mr. Reifer was presented the AIAA Software Engineering award for accomplishments in the field. Currently, as President of RCI, Mr. Reifer supports executives in many Fortune 500 firms who are looking to develop investment strategies and improve their software capabilities and capacity. Mr. Reifer also serves as the Principal Investigator on our best software acquisition practices and information warfare SBIR efforts. He is also helping develop a variety of estimating models as a visiting associate on the University of Southern California (USC) COCOMO II team led by Dr. Barry Boehm. Recently, Mr. Reifer managed the DoD Software Initiatives Office under and Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). As part of this assignment, he also served as the Director of the DoD Software Reuse Initiative and Chief of the Ada Joint Program Office. Previously, while the TRW, Mr. Reifer served as Deputy Program Manager for their Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) efforts. While with the Aerospace Corporation, Mr. Reifer managed all of the software efforts related to the Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle).

Jack Ring

Mr. Jack Ring specializes in the application of systems principles and systems engineering practices to the evolution of peopled systems such as business enterprises, and he mentors high tech organizations regarding strategy, innovation, organization, business process and growth. He is experienced in a variety of markets and businesses including industrial, commercial, aerospace, intelligence and the public sector. Jack learned management competencies at General Electric. He is a Fellow of INCOSE and the founder of the INCOSE Intelligent Enterprise Working Group. He has coached and mentored more than a dozen high tech strategies. He is a member of the Systems Dynamic Society and American Association for Artificial Intelligence. He is a frequent contributor to INCOSE’s Insight newsletter and has given several tutorials in international and national systems engineering conferences.

Paul Robitaille

Mr. Robitaille is the President of INCOSE and Director and Corporate Fellow for Systems Engineering at Lockheed Martin and works at their Corporate Headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. In this capacity he is responsible for the improvement and oversight of Systems Engineering across the corporation. He spends a significant amount of his time working with programs to assure systems engineering is being effectively applied and also chairs a 26 person Systems Engineering Council of senior Systems Engineers from each Lockheed Martin Business Unit. The council’s charter is to improve the processes, tools and training for Systems Engineers throughout the company and share best practices. Mr. Robitaille has 30 years of industry experience and worked for Raytheon and GTE Strategic Systems prior to Joining Martin Marietta in Denver, Colorado. He has worked on a wide range of Aerospace and Defense Programs and also was Technical Director on a commercial jet engine thrust reverser program for the Pratt & Whitney 4168 engine. Prior to entering industry Mr. Robitaille served eight years with the U.S. Navy as a gun and missile fire control technician. He holds a BS in Natural Science from Towson State University in Maryland.Mr. Robitaille is currently the President of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and is also a member of the NDIA SE Department and the USAF Center for Systems Engineering Senior Council.

John Salasin

Dr. John Salasin has conducted information processing research for his entire professional career -- on systems ranging in size from the encoder mechanism of a single cell in the Limulus (horseshoe crab) eye to the World Wide Military Command and Control (WWMCCS) system.  His education includes a Ph.D. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Neurophysiology from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in Zoology from George Washington University. His work focuses on developing and applying engineering and management technologies to reduce the cost and risk of large-scale system development. He has worked at universities (University of Minnesota and part-time teaching at George Washington University and American University), FFRDCs (MITRE, IDA, and the SEI), state and federal government, and private industry (GTE). He is currently a Program Manager in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency responsible for research programs in software and systems engineering (Evolutionary Design of Complex Software, Dynamic Assembly for System’s Adaptability, Reliability, and Assurance). He was previously responsible for the Software Engineering Institute. He has worked and published papers in the areas of modeling and simulation, information access in hierarchical storage architectures, privacy, research program management, technology transition, software quality, data management systems architectures, and software/system evolution.

Barbara Sorensen

***Bio Forthcoming***