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Dissertations & Masters Theses

Below highlights PhD Dissertations and Masters Theses I have advised.  See full list of Dissertations and Theses in PDFs linked at end.


Highlighted PhD Dissertations

 “The incorporation of flexibility into products at their early development stage to cope with lifecycle uncertainties: The case of electric vehicle battery packs,” Oliver Mörth-Teo, Institute of Innovation and Industrial Management, Graz University of Technology, June, 2022 (Co-advisor)

“A Model for Set-Based Design at the System-of-Systems Scale with Approaches for Emergent Properties,” Jonathan Page, Department of Mechanical Engineering in Design Engineering, MIT, May 2022 (Reader).

“Safety Implications of Roadway Design and Management: New Evidence and Insights in the Traditional and Emerging Operational Environments,” Sikai Chen, Purdue University, June 2019, (Reader) (Milton Pikarsky award for best PhD dissertation in transportation science and technology.) 

“Potential Housing Bubble with Chinese Characteristics: Analysis and Policy Design through an Operational Model,” Xin Zhang, Engineering Systems Division, 2017 (Supervisor).

“Engineering Options: a proactive planning approach for aging water resource infrastructure under uncertainty,” Kim Smet, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 2017 (Reader)

“Improving the performance of regional electricity markets in developing countries: The case of the Southern African Power Pool,” Amy Rose, Engineering Systems, 2017 (Supervisor)

“Material Diversification in Pavement Management: A Technique to Proactively Deal with an Uncertain Future,” Omar Swei, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, August 2016 (Co-supervisor)

“Institutionalizing Uncertainty: Exploring how infrastructure stakeholders can prepare for uncertain climate futures,” Todd Schenk, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, August, 2015 (Reader)

“Negotiated Collaboration: a study in Flexible Infrastructure Design,” Vivek Sakhrani, Engineering Systems Division, August, 2015 (Supervisor)

Full List of Dissertations


Highlighted Masters Theses

Mark Tozzi, “Strategic Value of Flexibility: Case of Execution and Technology Choice for Carbon Capture System Design and Management,” System Design and Management Program, August 2022.

Joshua DiPietro, “Flexible Design Approach to Fleet Management,” System Design and Management Program, August 2022.

“Speed Through Flexibility: Shortening the Acquisition Timeline of U.S. Defense Capabilities Using Flexible Systems”, Jared Tuinstra, System Design and Management Program, December, 2021.

“ ’Firefighting’ within the U.S. Coast Guard’s Infrastructure Recapitalization Program”, Joshua Fant, System Design and Management Program, August 2021.

“Valuing Investments in Agile Project Design: Example for Upstream Oil and Gas Development,” Katerine Brown, System Design and Management Program, 2020

“Managing Environmental Risks with Flexibility:  Case of Phosphate Fertilizer Industry in Morocco,” Adèle Cadario, System Design and Management Program, 2020

“Analysis of Flexible Design Options for Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuit Products,” Matthew McShea, System Design and Management Program, 2019

“Identifying Opportunities for Flexible Design of Infrastructure: Case Studies of a Space Launch Complex and LNG for Sardinia“, Davide Lasi, System Design and Management Program, August 2018.

“Improving Value of Strategic Defense Systems using Modular Open Architecture” Charles “Barry” Wilson, Technology and Policy Program, May 2017.

“Embracing the Future of Land Transportation: Valuing Flexibility in Design and Technology Options for Autonomous Vehicle Developments in Singapore,” Huiling Eng, System Design and Management Program, December 2016.

“Choosing Flexibility: Exploring the many layers of Decision-Making for a desalination project in Qatar,” Abdullah Al-Misnad, Technology and Policy Program, January 2014.

“Flexible Design: An Innovative Approach for Planning Water Infrastructure Systems Under Uncertainty,” Melanie Wong, Technology and Policy Program, May 2013.

“System Architecture Decisions under Uncertainty: A Case Study on Automotive Battery System Design,” Matthew Renzi, System Design and Management Program, May 2012 (with Qi Hommes).

Full List of Masters Theses tp 2021

Richard’s Thesis Manual, 2021 Version