The 2021 Council of Engineering Systems Universities (CESUN) will hold its eighth annual symposium in Charlottesville VA and virtually Oct. 10 – 12. The symposium is co-hosted by CCALS and Virginia State University, and will feature a slate of international keystone speakers: Dr. Tina Comes, TU Delft; Dr. Igor Linkov, with the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center; Dr. Ana Mijic, Imperial College London; and Dr. Masaru Nakano, Keio University. These thought leaders emphasize common themes of resilience, sustainability, environmentalism and diversity, in terms of people and disciplines, in solving the problems facing the world today.

Dr. Tina Comes, TU Delft
Dr. Comes is Associate Professor and Delft Technology Fellow on Designing Resilience. She is also a Full Professor of Decision-Making and Digitalisation at Maastricht University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and serves as Scientific Co-Director of the 4TU Center on Resilience Engineering.

Dr. Comes’ research focuses on the collaborative and informational aspects of resilient societies. Building on foundations in information systems and decision support for crisis and risk management, she investigates the role of information in urgent and ill-defined problems to design better sensemaking and decision support systems. Areas of application include critical infrastructures, industrial vulnerability, supply chain risk management, and humanitarian logistics.

Dr. Igor Linkov
Dr. Igor Linkov is the Risk and Decision Science Focus Area Lead with the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center. He is an Adjunct Professor of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and Professor of Practice in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Linkov’s skills include human health and ecological risk assessment, decision analysis, environmental security, risk assessment for emerging threats, radiation health and safety, guidance development, risk communication, policy analysis, and biostatistics. Dr. Linkov has managed multiple risk assessments and risk management projects in the areas of environmental management, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure, climate change, and systems vulnerability. He is currently developing resilience assessment and management approaches for infrastructure and cyber systems, and was recently selected by the Department of Defense as the Laboratory Scientist of the Year for the second quarter of fiscal year 2020.

He has published widely on environmental policy, environmental modeling, and risk analysis, including 20 books and over 350 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters in top journals, like Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, and Nature Climate Change, among others.

Dr. Ana Mijic, Imperial College London
Dr. Mijic is a Senior Lecturer in Water Systems Integration and a Co-Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation. She is leading the development of novel systems tools focused on quantifying the interaction between the water cycle and sustainable development. Dr. Mijic has worked with the UK Environment Agency to apply systems thinking and systemic approaches to understanding the catchment water system complexity of the Cumbria Catchment Pioneer. She has also led the UK NERC CHANSE project on systems water management and irrigation water use in India. Dr. Mijic was awarded the 2019 Imperial President’s Award for Excellence in Research for Outstanding Research Team.

Currently, Ana is a Systems Analysis Lead for the UK NERC CAMELLIA impact programme, where her work is focused on the development of systems water management models that can represent the integrated water infrastructure planning system, and how grey and green infrastructure solutions and housing design can be integrated to contribute to the overall quality of life in cities.

Dr. Masaru Nakano, Keio University
Dr. Nakano is a Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of System Design and Management at Keio University. He was formerly a researcher at the Toyota Center R&D Laboratories. Dr. Nakano has studied in the fields of robotics, manufacturing system design, simultaneous engineering, global supply chain management, enterprise integration, business process reengineering, marketing and consumer research, and sustainable manufacturing.

Dr. Nakano’s research specialties include manufacturing systems design, business process design, and sustainable society design. He has been a collaborator in joint research between Japan, the US, and Europe, and is the author of Systems Approach for Business Engineering and How Has the Toyota Production System Evolved Around the World? Japan’s Manufacturing Is Lagging Behind.

For more information about the conference and to register, visit the website.

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