Research & Innovation

Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) Welcomes Jorge Buenfil as a Doctoral Fellow

Jorge Buenfil has been selected as a SERC ARDEC Fellow.   Buenfil, who is a Systems Engineer with the U.S. Army Armaments Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), headquartered in Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey will focus his research on optimizing networked sensors utilizing Systems Engineering best practices. 

The SERC and ARDEC signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in May 2013.   The MOU was signed by Dr. Dinesh Verma, Executive Director, SERC and Barbara Machak, Acting Director, ARDEC.

The terms of the MOU provides ARDEC employees the opportunity to pursue solutions to U.S. military systems engineering challenges as they pursue a doctoral-level degree, under the SERC PhD Fellows program umbrella.   The memorandum reinforced the dual commitment of the SERC and ARDEC to pursue game-changing research, education and technology development activities which promote stronger national defense and homeland defense.

The SERC and Stevens Institute of Technology, and Picatinny Arsenal have an extensive history of collaboration on cutting-edge research and technology development projects in a variety of fields, including systems engineering, weapons development, software engineering, homeland defense and environmental engineering. They have also joined forces on education programs to train defense industry leaders and military veterans, with Stevens providing onsite graduate education to Picatinny personnel and Picatinny frequently hiring Stevens graduates to serve as its next generation of scientists and engineers.

The SERC Doctoral Fellows program is focused on systems-related research that is in alignment with the SERC’s vision.  Participating organizations select and nominate high potential employees worthy of pursuing doctoral studies in systems-related research.   The Doctoral Fellow program will help systems engineers to develop their abilities, establish working relationships with mentors and conduct research in an environment that is beneficial to government, industry and academia.

Buenfil will begin his PhD program in Systems Engineering at the School of Systems & Enterprises in Fall 2013.    Dr. Jose Ramirez-Marquez, Program Director, Engineering Management and Professor at the School of Systems & Enterprises, will serve as Buenfil’s doctoral adviser.