Students in the newly-established resident MSSE program are required to produce theses, but the first students will not graduate until September 2008. Theses are not required for students in the SEA or distance-learning MSSE programs. Thus, there are no examples of resident MSSE theses. However, Systems Engineering faculty members occasionally co-advise thesis students from other departments.
A partial list of examples is given below and is indicative of some of the projects that students might undertake as theses in Systems Engineering. Note: most of the theses also had an advisor resident in the department awarding the degree. Future MSSE theses will be required to have at least one advisor from the Systems Engineering Department but may also have an outside advisor.
Matthew F. Bouma, “Medical Evacuation and Treatment Capabilities Optimization Model”, M.S. Operations Research (2005). SE Advisor: M. Boensel
Mark A. Leary, “Industrial Chemicals and Pesticides as Potential Terrorist Weapons”, M.S. Applied Physics (1998). SE Advisor: R. Harney
Thomas E. Jean, “Design Considerations for Distributed Combat Systems on Small Combatants Using Cooperative Engagement Capability”, M.S. Applied Physics (1999). SE Advisor: R. Harney
Irfan Alper, "Combat System Design and Test Criteria for ‘Iguana’ Armored Vehicles", M.S. Applied Physics (1999). SE Advisor: R. Harney
Eric M. Skroch, “Interdicting Project Networks With Nuclear Non-proliferation Applications”, M.S. Operations Research (2004). SE Advisor: R. Harney.
Robert D. Sickorez, “Allocating Air Force Career Field Accession Targets: An Optimization-Based Tool”, M. S. Operations Research (2003). SE Advisor: D. Olwell
Matthew K. Martin, “Statistical Monitoring of Suicides in the U. S. Armed Forces”, M.S. Operations Research (2004). SE Advisor: D. Olwell
Er Kim Hua, “Analysis of the Reliability Disparity and Reliability Growth Analysis of a Combat System Using AMSAA Extended Reliability Growth Models”, M. S. Operations Research (2005). SE Advisor: D. Olwell
Ron D. Dupree, “Determination of the Timeline for U.S. Army Aviation Systems to Reach Operational Obsolescence Following Termination of Modernization Funding,” M.S. Operations Research (2003). SE Advisors: G. Paulo and D. Olwell
Jong Seo Hwang, “Analysis of Effectiveness of Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) Using Schutzer’s C2 Theory”, M.S. Operations Research (2003). SE Advisor: G. Paulo
Preston L. Gill, Jr, “Analysis of Stryker Brigade Combat Team Strategic Sealift Deployment Options”, M.S. Operations Research (2003). SE Advisor: G. Paulo
Thomas Orichel, “Adaptive Rules in Emergent Logistics (ARIEL): An Agent-Based Analysis Environment To Study Adaptive Route-Finding In Changing Road-Networks”, M.S. Modeling of Virtual Environments and Simulation (2003). SE Advisor: G. Paulo
Jason H. Ward, “Control System Design for a Biologically Inspired Autonomous Amphibious Robot for Surf Zone Operations”, M.S. Physics (2005). SE Advisor: R. Vaidyanathan
James Pluta, “Control System Development for a Micro Sensor Platform Capable of Aerial and Terrestrial Locomotion”, M.S. Electrical Engineering (expected June 2006). SE Advisor: R. Vaidyanathan
G. Bulbuller, “Real-Time Implementaiton of a Hands-Free Telerobotic Interface”, M.S. Electrical Engineering (expected September 2006). SE Advisor: R. Vaidyanathan
Shawn McCamish, “Distributed Architectures Enabling Collective Control of Autonomous Vehicles with Multiple Modes of Mobility”, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering (expected August 2007). SE Advisor: R. Vaidyanathan