Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Candidate Seminar


Systems Engineering and Network Science to Improve both Design and Educational Outcomes


Dr. Roxanne Moore


Georgia Institute of Technology


Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 11:00:00 AM


MRDC Building, Room https://bluejeans.com/281835300


Suresh Sitaraman


Engineered systems are growing in complexity, exhibiting feedback loops, nonlinearity, self-organization, adaptation, and emergence. Constructing, validating, and communicating models that capture such highly complex, multidisciplinary systems can pose challenges, even among technical experts. Techniques from model-based systems engineering and network science can provide insights for designing these complex systems under uncertainty and explicitly accounting for humans-in-the-loop. Dr. Moore will present models of different technical and social systems and discuss, as case studies, how the process of modeling these systems resulted in improved decision-making under uncertainty. This work has motivated the need for new systems engineering tools that are readily used outside of traditional engineering disciplines, specifically in policy and educational domains. There are significant opportunities to leverage and blend tools from systems engineering and network science to improve both design and educational outcomes for diverse stakeholders.


Roxanne Moore is a Senior Research Engineer in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering as well as the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on complex systems design, modeling, and simulation with applications in industry, policy, and education with a focus on promoting diversity and inclusion. She has served as PI and co-PI for grants from multiple sponsors including NSF and Amazon. In addition, her STEM outreach programs and curricula have impacted tens of thousands of K-12 students nationwide. She earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2007, and her Masters and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2009 and 2012, under Professor Chris Paredis. Dr. Moore received the Georgia Tech Teaching Effectiveness Award in 2018 and as well as a Woodruff School Fellowship from 2007-2012.