Faculty Profile

Dr. Arthur Pyster

Building: Altofer
Room: 319
Email: [email protected]
School:  School of Systems & Enterprises
Department:  School of Systems and Enterprises
Program:  Systems Engineering / Software Engineering
Research Center:  Systems Engineering Research Center
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, PhD in Computer and Information Sciences, Dissertation: “Semantic-Syntax-Directed Translation of Formal Languages”
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, MS in Computer and Information Sciences
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, BS in Mathematics


  • Principal Investigator for Systems Engineering Body of Knowledge Project
  • Principal Investigator for Graduate Reference Curricula for Systems Engineering Project
  • Past Principal Investigator for Software Engineering Graduate Reference Curricula Project
  • Often work on systems engineering competency models and workforce development
General Information

Dr. Art Pyster is a Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology and the Deputy Executive Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center, which is a Department of Defense’s University Affiliated Research Center.  During much of 2007 and 2008, he also served as the Director of the Software Engineering Program at Stevens Institute as well as the Stevens Director for the Applied Systems Thinking Institute.

Before joining Stevens in March 2007, Dr. Pyster served as the Senior Vice President and Director of Systems Engineering and Integration for SAIC. Earlier, Dr. Pyster served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Federal Aviation Administration, where he oversaw information technology investment and policy, created and operated the agency’s information security program, created the agency’s enterprise architecture, operated their process improvement program, and achieved a “green” score on the President’s Management Agenda.

Earlier assignments included being the Chief Scientist for Software Engineering for the Federal Aviation Administration, Chief Technical Officer for the Software Productivity Consortium, Director at Digital Sound Corporation, Manager of Systems Engineering at TRW, and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

During his career, Dr. Pyster directed the creation of three Capability Maturity Models, oversaw more than $10 billion in investment, directed the creation of several software and systems engineering methods, delivered commercial telecommunications systems with extremely low defects, and managed training programs for thousands of engineers and managers.

His professional and research activities emphasize systems and software engineering, especially the integration of those two disciplines and their application to enterprise operations. Currently, he is leading two international research projects. The first effort is creating a reference curriculum for graduate software engineering education. Notably, that reference curriculum explicitly integrates systems engineering into the education of software engineers.  The second effort is creating a body of knowledge for systems engineering as well as a reference curriculum for graduate systems engineering education. 

Dr. Pyster has authored many papers and one textbook – Compiler Design and Construction.  Previously, he chaired the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Corporate Advisory Board. Currently, he is an INCOSE Fellow, the INCOSE Director for Academic Matters, a member of the INCOSE Board of Directors, and a senior member of the IEEE.

Professional Service

International Council on Systems Engineering

  • Director for Academic Matters (2010-present)
  • Member of Board of Directors (2008-present)
  • Chair of Corporate Advisory Board (2008-2010)
  • President of Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter, 1995-1996

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

  • Senior Member since 1988
  • Member of Educational Activities Board (2009)

Enterprise Process Improvement Collaboration

  • Chairman of collaboration from 1994-1996 involving the Software Engineering Institute, Department of Defense, and numerous companies. Created the Systems Engineering Capability Maturity Model and the Integrated Product Development Capability Maturity Model.
Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Member of Advisory Board of the System Design and Operational Effectiveness Program of the College of Engineering from 2004 through early 2007. 
National Defense Industrial Association
  • Member of Systems Engineering Division Steering Committee from 2004-2007

Ohio State University

  • Member and Past Chairman of Visiting Committee of the Computer and Information Sciences Department from 1995-2005
National Software Summit, 1995
  • Summit Chairman. An event that called together leading industrial, government, and academic visionaries to propose an agenda to advance the cause of software for the United States. Keynote speakers included Dr. Arati Prabhakar, then Director of the National Institute of Technology, and Steve Case, then Chairman of America Online.
Association for Computing Machinery
  • Member since 1973
  • President of Santa Barbara Chapter from 1977-78
  • Member of team that created DO-278B, the safety assurance standard for ground-based software


Honors & Awards
  • 2006 SAIC CEO Award for Excellent Performance and High Potential
  • 2004 SAIC CEO Award for Excellent Performance
  • 2004 Department of Transportation Award for Advancing Information Systems Security
  • 2003 FAA Leadership in Process Improvement Award
  • 1998 Distinguished Alumnus of Ohio State University College of Engineering
Professional Societies
  • Member and Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering
  • Senior Member in the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member of the Association for Computing Machinery
  • Member of the National Defense Industrial Association

Selected Publications
  1. A. Pyster, R. Turner, D. Henry, K. Lasfer, L. Bernstein. (Sep 2009). "Master's Degrees in Software Engineering: An Analysis of 28 University Programs", IEEE Software.
  2. R. Thayer and A. Pyster. (Sep 2005). "Guest Editorial: Software Engineering Project Management 20 Years Later", IEEE Software.
  3. Pyster, A. (2005). "What Beyond CMMI is Needed for Program Success", Unifying the Software Process Spectrum in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol 3840, Springer-Verlag.
  4. L. Ibrahim and A. Pyster. (2004). "A Single Model for Process Improvement: Lessons Learned at the US Federal Aviation Administration", IEEE IT Professional.
  5. R. Anderson, T. Bollinger, D. Brown, E. Draier, P. Machanick, G. McGraw, N. Mead, A. Pyster, H. Schmidt, and T. Shimeall. (2000). "Roundtable on Information Security Policy", IEEE Software 17 (5).
  6. B. Boehm, M. Penedo, D. Stuckle, R. Williams, A. Pyster. (1986). "A Software Development Environment", IEEE Computer 17 (6).
  7. R. Thayer and A. Pyster. (1984). "Guest Editorial: Software Engineering Project Management ", IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering 10 (1).
  8. R. Thayer, A. Pyster, R. Wood. (1981). "Major Issues in Software Engineering Project Management", IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering.
  9. R. Thayer, A. Pyster, R. Wood. (Aug 1980). "The Challenge in Software Engineering Project Management", IEEE Computer.
Conference Proceedings
  1. D. Henry, A. Pyster, K. Lasfer, R. Turner, N. Hutchison. (Sep 2008). "The Development and Current Status of a New Reference Curriculum for a Master's Degree in Software Engineering", Asia-Pacific Conference on Systems Engineering.
  2. A. Pyster, R. Turner, D. Henry, K. Lasfer, L. Bernstein, K. Baldwin. (Jun 2008). "A Draft Reference Curriculum for a Masters Degree in Software Engineering: A Joint Industry, Academic, and Government Initiative", ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.
  3. A. Pyster, R. Turner, D. Henry, K. Lasfer, L. Bernstein. (Apr 2008). "The Current State of Software Engineering Masters Degree Programs", Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training. IEEE.
  4. N. Long, T. Powell, R. Fekecs, P. Petersen, V. Tur-Rojas, A. Pyster. (Apr 2008). "al-Qaeda: An Agile Enterprise", Conference on Systems Engineering Research.
  5. Pyster, A. (1989). "Synthesis- A Reuse/Prototyping Process for Software Development", IFIP Congress.
  6. A. Pyster and B. Barnes. (1988). "The Software Productivity Consortium Reuse Program", COMPCON 1988.
  7. B. Boehm, J. Elwell, A. Pyster, E. Stuckle, and R. Williams. (1982). "The TRW Software Productivity System", 6th International Conference on Software Engineering. IEEE Computer Society Press.
  8. B. Boehm and A. Pyster. (1982). "The Impact of Rapid Prototyping on Software Development Standards - A Position Paper", ACM SIGSOFT Second Software Engineering Symposium.
  1. Pyster, A. (1987). "Compiler Design and Construction: Tools and Techniques with C and Pascal", second edition, Van Nostrand Reinhold.
  2. Pyster, A.. (1980). "Compiler Design and Construction", Van Nostrand Reinhold.
  • ES 677 Governing Development