Dr. Mitchell C. Kerman ‘09 will join the Systems Engineering Research Center's leadership team as the newly appointed director of program development and transition on Oct. 1, 2013.
Kerman's primary responsibilities include strategic communications and outreach to develop and nurture sponsorships, collaborative relationships and key external alliances with industry, government and academic institutions. He is also responsible for promoting and expanding the awareness of SERC programs and initiatives, such as the SERC Doctoral Fellows Program.
“I am extremely excited to be re-affiliating with Stevens as a leadership team member of the Systems Engineering Research Center,” said Kerman. “This prestigious organization has a clear mission to enhance the state of the art and practice of all facets of systems engineering, including the conduct of impactful systems engineering research for the U.S. Department of Defense as well as the training and education of our next generation of systems engineers, systems architects and thought leaders. The SERC is truly unique among the University Affiliated Research Centers in the breadth and depth of its interdisciplinary collaboration base.”
Kerman has a diverse background, with extensive experience in computer modeling and simulation, operations analysis, systems engineering, engineering management and business development.
In his previous position, Kerman was a business development manager for the Advanced Programs Group of Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training's (MST) Integrated Warfare Systems & Sensors (IWSS) in Moorestown, N.J. He also has more than 24 years of combined Navy active duty and reserve experience in submarine warfare, naval coastal warfare, coordination and guidance of merchant shipping, and NATO operations.
Kerman is the author of two textbooks on the topics of computation and introductory computer programming. He has written numerous articles published in technical journals and trade publications, and taught graduate classes in operations analysis and systems engineering.
Kerman earned his bachelor's in computer systems engineering from Arizona State University, a master's in operations analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a doctorate in systems engineering from Stevens.
"I am thrilled to have an alumnus of Dr. Kerman's caliber join the SERC's leadership team," said Dr. Dinesh Verma, SERC executive director and dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens. "He is an incredible asset to the SERC and to Stevens, bringing vast systems engineering expertise within academia and industry which will be invaluable in helping to grow the organization."