Dinesh Verma (dverma)

Dinesh Verma

Professor and Executive Director of SERC

School of Systems and Enterprises

Babbio Center 547
(201) 216-5541


Systems Engineering and Product Development Conceptual System Design System Architecture Life Cycle Costing System Supportability

General Information

Dinesh Verma served as the Founding Dean of the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology from 2007 through 2017. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a US Department of Defense sponsored University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) focused on systems engineering research. During his fifteen years at Stevens he has successfully proposed research and academic programs exceeding $175m in value. He has a courtesy appointment as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Biochemistry in the School of Medicine at Georgetown University. Verma served as Scientific Advisor to the Director of the Embedded Systems Institute in Eindhoven, Holland from 2003 through 2008. Prior to this role, he served as Technical Director at Lockheed Martin Undersea Systems, in Manassas, Virginia, in the area of adapted systems and supportability engineering processes, methods and tools for complex system development.
Before joining Lockheed Martin, Verma worked as a Research Scientist at Virginia Tech and managed the University’s Systems Engineering Design Laboratory. While at Virginia Tech and afterwards, Verma continues to serve numerous companies in a consulting capacity. He served as an Invited Lecturer from 1995 through 2000 at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. His professional and research activities emphasize systems engineering and design with a focus on conceptual design evaluation, preliminary design and system architecture, design decision-making, life cycle costing, and supportability engineering. In addition to his publications, Verma has received three patents in the areas of life-cycle costing and fuzzy logic techniques for evaluating design concepts.
Dr. Verma has authored over 100 technical papers, book reviews, technical monographs, and co- authored three textbooks: Maintainability: A Key to Effective Serviceability and Maintenance Management (Wiley, 1995), Economic Decision Analysis (Prentice Hall, 1998), Space Systems Engineering (McGraw Hill, 2015). He was honored with an Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) in Technology and Design from Linnaeus University (Sweden) in January 2007; and with an Honorary Master of Engineering Degree (Honoris Causa) from Stevens Institute of Technology in September 2008.

Institutional Service

  • Promotion and Tenure Chair

Professional Service

  • SERC; ESI/TNO (Netherlands); TeCOSA (KTH, Sweden); DLR (Germany Co-Fournder
  • Research in Tactical Autonomy (RITA) at Howard University Member, External Advisory Board
  • ARLIS, University of Maryland Affiliate Faculty
  • Department of Defense Member, Defense Science Board Task Force on Digital Engineering
  • SERC, DoD, and MITRE Co-Chair - Roundtable on Mission Engineering (collaboration with MITRE)

Professional Societies

  • INCOSE – International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Fellow

Grants, Contracts and Funds

Executive Director of the DoD funded Systems Engineering Research Center, the first University Affiliated Research Center focused on Systems Engineering Research in the United States.

Patents and Inventions

Inventors: Verma, D. and L.H. Johannesen; Supportability Evaluation of System Architectures; Application Submitted. Inventors: Myers, K., D.A. Mroczek, J.D. Beckley, Q.A. Nguyen, G. Plunkett, and D. Verma; Collaborative Engineering Environment for Product Centered Lifetime Support; Number: 631,694; August 1999; Patent Pending. Inventors: Myers, K., J.D. Beckley, G. Plunkett, and D. Verma; Multi-Disciplinary Information Engine for Total Ownership Cost Estimation of Complex Systems; Number: 577, 039; May 1999; Patent Pending. Inventors: Verma, D. and C. Smith; Weighted Wedge Defuzzification for Conceptual System Design Evaluation; Number: 518,213; March 1999; Patent Pending.

Selected Publications

Conference Proceeding

  1. Russell, S.; Verma, D.; Cloutier, R.; Kruse, B. (2022). Identifying and Reusing Expert Knowledge, a Practical Study of Design Patterns. Chapter in a Handbook on Model Based Systems Engineering.
  2. Dunbar, D.; Hagedorn, T.; Blacburn, M.; Verma, D. (2022). Use of Semantic Web Technologies to Enable System Level Verification in Multi-Disciplinary Models.
  3. Wade, J.; Verma, D.; McDermott, T.; Boehm, B. (2018). The SERC 5-Year Technical Plan: Designing the Future of Systems Engineering Research. Complex Systems and Design Management. New York.
    426 W 23rd St, 4R.
  4. Hutchison, N. o.; Miller, W.; Yan, H.; , S.; Vesonder, G.; Wade, J. (2018). Mission Engineering Competencies. American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exhibition. Hoboken.
    1 Castle Point on Hudson.
  5. Polacek, G. A.; Verma, D.; Yang, S. (2016). Influencing Message Propagation in a Social Network Using Embedded Boolean Networks: A Demonstration Using Agent-Based Modeling. INCOSE International Symposium (1 ed., vol. 26, pp. 1509--1523).
  6. Lepore, D. F.; Gavito, V.; Verma, D.; Pennotti, M.; Robinson, B.; Giffin III, R.; Murphy, A.; Guth, B.; Dominick, P.; Larson, W.; Aaronson, Z.; Hutchinson, N. (2011). Developing the next generation of space technical leaders. 62nd International Astronautical Congress 2011, IAC 2011 (vol. 10, pp. 8538-8548).

Journal Article

  1. Dunbar, D.; Hagedorn, T.; Blackburn, M.; Hespelt, S.; Kruse, B.; Verma, D.; Yu, Z. (2023). Driving Digital Engineering Integration and Interoperability Through Semantic Integration of Models with Ontologies. System Engineering (4 ed., vol. 26, pp. 365-378).
  2. Perez-Pereda, M. J.; Babvey, P.; Ramirez-Marquez, J.; Pepe, K.; Verma, D. (2022). Impacts of work-at-home policies on systems engineers and the general population. Systems Engineering (4 ed., vol. 25, pp. 304-341).
  3. Dullen, S.; Verma, D.; Blackburn, M.; Whitcomb, C. (2022). Survey of Set Based Design (SBD) Quantitative Methods. Systems Engineering (24 ed., vol. 2021, pp. 269-292). Hoboken, NE: Wiley Publishers.
  4. Hole, E.; Verma, D.; Jain, R.; Vitale, V.; Popick, P. (2005). Development of the ibm.com interactive solution marketplace (ISM): A systems engineering case study. Systems Engineering (1 ed., vol. 8, pp. 78-92). Hoboken NJ: Wiley Periodicals, Inc..


  1. Blackburn, M.; Verma, D.; Dillon-Merrill, R.; Blake, R.; Bone, M.; Chell, B.; Dove, R.; Dzielski, J.; Grogan, P.; Hoffenson, S.; Hole, E.; Jones, R.; Kruse, B.; Pochiraju, K.; Snyder, C.; Cloutier, R.; Grosse, I.; Hagedorn, T. (2018). Transforming Systems Engineering through Model-Centric Engineering (SERC-2017-TR-111 ed.). SERC.

Series of Books