Stevens Professor Michael Pennotti Named INCOSE Fellow

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) has named Dr. Michael Pennotti, distinguished service professor and program director for Systems Programs in the School of Systems & Enterprises (SSE) at Stevens, an INCOSE Fellow.   

The distinction of INCOSE Fellow is reserved for an elite group of engineering professionals – individuals who are respected for their broad impact within the systems engineering community in both academia and industry.  Pennotti’s contributions span a career of more than 40 years and he joins a distinguished group of, 64 individuals whose contributions to the art and practice of systems engineering are recognized and respected worldwide.    

“It is very gratifying to have our peers from around the globe recognize Dr. Pennotti’s contributions to the systems engineering discipline,” Dinesh Verma, SSE dean and executive director of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC). “This is a true testament to his dedication to students and to systems engineering pedagogy.”

INCOSE Fellows are individuals with significant contributions to the art and practice of systems engineering in industry, government or academia. The award recognizes: practitioners from government and industry who apply knowledge and contribute to the practice of systems engineering in designing and acquiring systems; researchers who develop new knowledge and advance theory; and teachers who disseminate knowledge and develop the next generation of successful systems engineers.

Pennotti joined Stevens in 2002 following more than 30 years of systems engineering leadership at Bell Laboratories, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Avaya. At Bell Labs, he designed, analyzed and improved the operational performance of three generations of anti-submarine warfare systems for the U.S. Navy. From 1984 to 1990 he was Director of Advanced ASW Concepts at Bell Labs. Over the next 10 years, he applied the same principles and practices to solve business problems, while serving on the senior leadership teams of three different companies.

“I am honored to be named an INCOSE Fellow, and especially pleased to be able to share this recognition with my Stevens colleagues,” said Pennotti. “I believe it is as much a tribute to the Systems Engineering program we have built at Stevens as it is a recognition of my individual contributions.”  

As an INCOSE Fellow, Pennotti will have the ability and opportunity to contribute significantly to the INCOSE mission: to "share, promote and advance the best of systems engineering from across the globe for the benefit of humanity and the planet."   

Pennotti is the fifth member of the Stevens SSE faculty to be elected an INCOSE Fellow, joining:  Verma; Dr. William Rouse, Alexander Crombie Humphreys professor; Dr. John Boardman, distinguished service professor; and Dr. Art Pyster, distinguished research professor and SERC deputy director.  In addition to being elected an INCOSE Fellow, Pennotti is a senior member of both the IEEE and the American Society for Quality, and a former trustee of Caldwell College. He holds a Ph.D. from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, an M.S. from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and a B.E.E. from Manhattan College, all in Electrical Engineering.  He is also a graduate of the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute for Technology Executives.  Pennotti’s election as an INCOSE Fellow will be formally announced during a plenary session at the INCOSE International Symposium in Philadelphia, Penn., from June 24–27, 2013.