Faculty Profile

Dr. Brian Sauser, PhD

ADJUNCT FACULTY
Building: Altorfer Academic Complex
Room: Room 301
Phone: 201.216.8589
Fax: 201.216.5541
Email: bsauser@stevens.edu
Website
School:  School of Systems & Enterprises
Education
Ph.D., Technology Management, 2005
Stevens Institute of Technology – Hoboken, NJ
Dissertation: Assessing NASA Strategic Project Leadership in an Era of “Better, Faster, Cheaper”
Advisors: Drs. Aaron Shenhar and George Korfiatis

M.S., Bioresource Engineering, 1998
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – New Brunswick, NJ
Thesis: Modeling the Effects of Air Temperature Perturbations for Control of Tomato Plant Development
Advisor: Dr. Gene Giacomelli

B.S., Agricultural Development with an emphasis in Horticulture Technology, 1993
Texas A&M University – College Station, TX
Research
His research interest is in the management of complex systems.  This includes system and enterprise maturity assessment and the advancement of a foundational science of systems thinking.  His work in systems thinking with Dr. John Boardman has resulted in an insightful book, Systems Thinking: Coping with 21st Century Problems (see http://www.boardmansauser.com). His work on system maturity assessment has been nationally recognized and adopted as a decision support tool by organizations within NASA, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin. His work in System of Systems is nationally recognized and resulted in numerous referred publications and three book chapters.  He is currently the Director of the Systomics Laboratory (http://www.SystomicsLab.com), which seeks to define a science of systems thinking, and the Systems Development and Maturity Laboratory (http://www.SystemReadinessLevel.com) which seeks to advance the state of knowledge and practice in systems maturity assessment. 
General Information
Brian Sauser holds a B.S. from Texas A&M University in Agricultural Development with an emphasis in Horticulture Technology, a M.S. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in Bioresource Engineering, and a Ph.D. from Stevens Institute of Technology in Project Management.  He is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Systems & Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. He teaches courses in Project Management of Complex Systems, Designing and Managing the Development Enterprise, and Systems Thinking. In addition, he is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration Faculty Fellow, Editor-in-Chief of the Systems Research Forum, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Systems Journal, and the Associate Editor of the ICST Transactions on Systomics, Cybernetics, and e-Culture.
Experience
Account Manager/Technology Transfer Agent
ASRC Aerospace, NASA-Kennedy Space Center, FL, 3/03-12/04
•    Participated as a member of the strategic advisory board for the university-affiliated Spaceport Research and Technology Institute.
•    Negotiated and assisted in the development of industry partnerships, licenses and Space Act Agreements (cooperative agreements) for Kennedy Space Center.
•    Cultivated invention disclosures in environmental science, biological science, data acquisition, instrumentation, and wireless systems at various stages through the commercialization process.
•    Provided assistance in the development of the University Spaceport and Technology Development Contract metrics and refinement of processes.

Project Administrator/Technology Commercialization Agent
Dynacs Corporation, NASA-Kennedy Space Center, FL, 3/02-2/03
•    Negotiated and fostered over 15 partnerships, licenses and Space Act Agreements for Kennedy Space Center.
•    Cultivated over 100 invention disclosures at various stages through the commercialization process.
•    Developed and implemented industry focused marketing strategies for Kennedy Space Center technologies in environmental science, biological science, data acquisition, instrumentation, and sensors.

Senior Program Administrator
New Jersey – NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training (NJ-NSCORT)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, 9/97-3/02
•    Managed the operations of a $5.2 million, multi-institutional research center (New Mexico State University, Ohio State University, Rutgers University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Tuskegee University, Utah State University).
•    Developed and implemented multi-institutional, collaborative research and technology programs aligned with NASA strategic plans.
•    Fostered a synergistic relationship between NASA engineers and scientists and university researchers.
•    Directed the integration and application of 20 different projects in 5 multi-institutional research and technology programs.
•    Program Director for all K-12 education and outreach programs.

Scientist, Associate
G.B. Tech Science and Engineering, NASA-Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, 12/93-8/95
•    Managed laboratory budgets and personnel for the NASA-Johnson Space Center Advanced Life Support Laboratory.
•    Directed over 15 applied research and technology development projects.
•    Responsible for the investigation, study, analysis and reporting of all laboratory operations.
Institutional Service
Stevens Institute of Technology
•    Undergraduate Student Affairs Committee, 2009-present
•    Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, Faculty Advisory Committee, 2008-present
•    Committee on Committees, 2007-2009
•    Research and Entrepreneurship Day Task Force, 2007-present
•    Health Insurance Advisory Committee, 2007-present

School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology
•    Co-Chair for SSE Research Days, 2008
•    Director of Systems Engineering Management Graduate Certificate, 2005-2008
•    Point of Contact for ARDEC Relations, 2005-present
•    Director of Research Administration, 2006-2007
Professional Service
•    New Jersey Space Grant Consortium Program Council, 2007-present
•    Managing and Engineering Complex Situations, National Centers for System of Systems Engineering, Advisory Board, 2006-present
•    University Space Research Association (USRA) Center for Program and Project Management Research Student Council, Steering Committee, 2005
•    USRA Center for Program and Project Management Research Student Council, Founding Member, 2003-2004
•    NASA Advanced Life Support Education and Outreach Working Group, Secretary, 2001-2002
•    NASA Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program, National Recruitment Coordinator, 2000-2002
•    NASA Advanced Life Support Education and Outreach Working Group, Chair, 2000
Honors & Awards
•    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Faculty Fellowship, Johnson Space Center, 2007
•    American Society of Engineering Education Conference, Engineering Management Division Outstanding Paper, “Using Self-Assessment to Evaluate the Effectiveness of an Engineering Management Course with Cross-Functional Teams,” 2005
•    John F. Kennedy Space Center Certificate of Appreciation, In recognition of key contributions to the establishment of the Spaceport Research and Technology Institute, 2004
•    John F. Kennedy Space Center Certificate of Appreciation, For exceptional support of the 2002 Environmental Cleanup Technology Industry Briefing, 2003
•    KSC Center Director’s Gold Dollar Award, In honor of commitment to safety, teamwork, innovation, and willingness to go above and beyond normal job requirements, 2003
•    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space Coast Chapter Medal of Appreciation, 2002
•    Dynacs Exploration in Excellence Team Award, 2002
•    Academic Professional Excellence in Academic Innovation and Creativity, Cook College, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2000
Appointments

Assistant Professor, 2006-present

Research Assistant Professor, 2005-2006

Professional Societies
•    IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society, 2007-present
•    IEEE Engineering Management Society, 2004-present
•    International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) 2005-present
–    INCOSE Liberty Chapter, SE Development Chair, 2006
–    INCOSE Enterprise Working Group, 2006-present
–    INCOSE Liberty Chapter Board of Directors representative to the Stevens INCOSE Student Chapter, 2006
Grants, Contracts & Funds
Semantic Interoperability and System of Systems
Lockheed Martin – Moorestown, NJ
February 2009 – November 2009
PI: B. Sauser

Systems Engineering Research Development and Architecting
U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Picatinny, NJ
August 2008 – August 2009
PI: B.J. Sauser
Co-PI:  R. Cloutier, A. Mostashari, R. Nilchiani, and D. Verma

Systems Earned Readiness Management for Defense Acquisition
Office of Naval Research – Naval Postgraduate School
December 2008 – December 2009
PI: B. Sauser
Co-PI: J. Ramirez-Marquez

Integrated Design and Operations of Resilient Port Infrastructure Systems and Extended Enterprises
Department of Homeland Security, Center of Excellence in Port Security – Hoboken, NJ
August 2008 – July 2009
PI: R. Nilchiani and B. Sauser
Co-PI: J. Boardman and A. Mostashari

Semantic Interoperability
Lockheed Martin – Moorestown, NJ
December 2007 – November 2008
PI: B. Sauser

System Maturity Indices for Decision Support in the Defense Acquisition Process
Office of Naval Research – Naval Postgraduate School
January 2008 – December 2008
PI: B. Sauser
Co-PI: J. Ramirez-Marquez

System Maturity Assessment
Lockheed Martin Company, Akron, OH
August 2007 – January 2008
PI: B. Sauser

Systems Engineering Capabilities Assessment
National Aeronautics and Space Administration – Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
September 2007 – August 2008
PI: B. Sauser

Systems Engineering Research Development and Architecting
U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Picatinny, NJ
August 2007 – August 2008
PI: B.J. Sauser
Co-PI:  J. Boardman, J. Farr, W. Jiang, R. Jain, J. Ramirez-Marquez, and D. Verma

Technology Maturity Assessment for Spiral Development
Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems, Bethpage, NY
October 2006 – December 2007
PI: B. Sauser
Co-PI: J. Ramirez-Marquez

Systems Engineering Architecture and Research
U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Picatinny, NJ
August 2006 – July 2007
PI: B.J. Sauser
Co-PI:  W. Jiang, R. Jain, J. Ramirez-Marquez, and D. Verma

Systems Engineering Subject Matter Expert
U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Picatinny, NJ
June 2005 – September 2006
PI: D. Verma
Co-PI: B.J. Sauser

Building a Strategic Systems Approach to NASA’s Project and Program Management: Phase I
University Space Research Association Center for Program/Project Management Research
June 2004 – December 2004
PI: A.J. Shenhar
Investigators: L. Crawford, D. Dvir, D. Milosevic, G. Mulenberg, J. Oswald, M. Poli, R. Reilly, M. Ryan, A. Sage, B. Sauser, J. Stefanovic, H. Thamhain, D. Verma

Faster, Better, Cheaper Management: A Case Study of NASA‘s Strategy- Concepts, Lessons, and Future Recommendations
Stevens Institute of Technology Center for Technology Management Research
2000-2001
PI: A.J. Shenhar
Co-PI: B.J. Sauser

Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC
2000-02
PI: B.J. Sauser
Selected Publications
Journals
  1. Sauser, B.J.. (2006). "Toward Mission Assurance: A Framework for Systems Engineering Management.", Forthcoming in Systems Engineering. Paper No: SE-050303 .  Download  (13.3 KB PDF).
  2. Sauser, B.J.. (2006). "Soil, Rock, Lander... The Systems Engineering Leadership of Mars Pathfinder.", Systems Research Forum. 1:19-26. .  Download  (43.3 KB PDF).
  3. Shenhar, A., D. Dvir, D. Milosevic, J. Mulenburg, P. Patanakul, R. Reilly, A. Sage, B. Sauser, S. Srivannaboon, J. Stefanovic, and H. Thamhain.. (2005). "Toward a NASA-Specific Project Management Framework.", Engineering Management Journal. . 17 (4), 8-16.  Download  (101 KB PDF).
  4. Sauser, B.J., G.A. Giacomelli, and H.W. Janes.. (1998). "Modeling the Effects of Air Temperature Perturbations for Control of Tomato Plant Development.", Modelling Plant Growth, Environmental Control and Farm Management in Protected Cultivation. Acta Horticulturae. 456:87-92. .  Download  .
  5. Sauser, B.J.. "A Return to the Moon: A Systems Engineering Management Framework and the Success of Lunar Prospector.", Systems Research Forum. 1:27-33. .  Download  (40.0 KB PDF).
Report
  1. Sauesr, B.J., J.A. Kohler, J. Gandhi, and D.R. Makufka. "Geographic Variance in University Technology Transfer: Why University Align with a NASA Center.", Submitted to the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management..  Download  (11.0 KB PDF).
  2. Tanna, A. and B.J. Sauser.. "Independence in Project Reviews as Defined by Small World Networks.", Working Papers .
Conference Proceedings
  1. Sauser, B. and J. Boardman.. (Oct 2006). "From Persciene to Emergence: Taking Hold of System of Systems", 27th American Society for Engineering Management National Conference. Huntsville, AL. .  Download  (8.47 KB PDF).
  2. Gandhi, S.J., B.J. Sauser, and G. Eschbacher.. (Oct 2006). "Identifying Heuristic Knowledge of Project Reviews from Alternative Choices.", 27th American Society for Engineering Management National Conference. Huntsville, AL. .  Download  (8.08 KB PDF).
  3. Mikruk, J. and B. Sauser.. (Oct 2006). "System Implementation Strategies: A Case Study in Re-engineering a Project for Success", 27th American Society for Engineering Management National Conference. Huntsville, AL. .  Download  (12.5 KB PDF).
  4. Boardman, J. and B. Sauser.. (Apr 24-26, 2006). "System of Systems - the meaning of of", IEEE International Conference on System of Systems, Los Angles, CA. .  Download  (20.3 KB PDF).
  5. Sauser, B.J., D. Verma., J. Ramirez-Marquez, and R. Gove.. (Apr 7-8, 2006). "From TRL to SRL: The Concept of Systems Readiness Levels.", Confernce on Systems Engineering Research, Los Angles, CA,..  Download  (9.62 KB PDF).
  6. Farr, John V., Sauser, Brian J., Jain, Rashmi, and Verma, Dinesh,. (2005). "Engineering Management Education - Technology Integration, Manufacturing, or the Management of Engineers and Scientists ?", Twenty Sixth Annual American Society of Engineering Management Conference, Virginia Beach, VA. .  Download  (107 KB PDF).
  7. Sauser, B.J., A.J. Shenhar, and E.J. Hoffman.. (2005). "Identifying Differences in Space Programs.", Proceedings of the Portland International Conference for Management of Engineering and Technology. PICMET 2005. Portland, OR. Paper No.: 05R0364. .  Download  (251 KB PDF).
  8. Sauser, B.J.. (2005). "Using Self-Assessment to Evaluate the Effectiveness of an Engineering Management Course with Cross-Functional Teams.", Proceedings of 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference. Portland, OR. Paper No.: 2005-197. (Engineering Management Division Best Paper) .  Download  (34.3 KB PDF).
  9. Sauser, B.J., J.W. Quinn, and A. Helminger.. (2004). "Environmental Remediation Technologies Derived from Space Industry Research.", 34th International Conference on Environmental System, Colorado Springs, CO. SAE Paper No. 04ICES-066. .  Download  (447 KB PDF).
  10. Rodriguez, L., B.J. Sauser and K.C. Ting.. (1999). "Information Flow Analysis of the Lunar Mars Life Support Test Project.", 29th International Conference on Environmental Systems, Denver, CO. SAE Paper No. 1999-01-2046. .  Download  (39.8 KB PDF).
  11. Sauser, B.J., G.A. Giacomelli, P.P. Ling.. (1998). "Development of the Basis for an Automated Plant-based Environmental Control System.", 28th International Conference on Environmental Systems. Boston, MA. SAE Paper No. 981551. .
  12. Giacomelli, G.A., B.J. Sauser, P.P Ling, D. Li.. (1997). "Automated Machine Vision Monitoring and Feedback Control of Plant Growth.", 27th American Society of Plasticulture Congress, Tucson, AZ .
  13. Sauser, B.J.. (1997). "Investigation of the Effects of Temperature Perturbations on Tomato Plant Development.", Proceeding of the Northeast Agriculture and Biological Engineering Conference (NABEC) of the American Society of Agriculture Engineers, College Park, MD. Paper No.: 9712. .
Courses
  • EM 612 Project Management of Complex Systems
  • EM 680 Designing and Managing the Development Enterprise
  • ES 684 Systems Thinking