Meet Our Faculty

  • Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau

    Karla Hoffman uses mathematical and statistical modeling to inform decision making. She has worked with a variety of government agencies and corporations on such diverse problems as: •    Planning and scheduling buses at Disneyworld •    Real-time scheduling of concrete trucks throughout Northern Virginia •    Assigning crews to flights for a major airline  •    Determining the scoring process by which tax returns are ranked for audits 
  • Associate Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau

    Edward Huang has focused on enabling, applying, and advancing model-based systems engineering (MBSE) to help transform the state of the engineering design and systems engineering practice. He has architected complex systems including the joint strike fighter production chain, border security system, semiconductor production and scheduling, airport baggage handling system, and pharmaceutical clinic trial distribution network.
  • Assistant Professor, Data Analytics Engineering, Volgenau Assistant Professor, Systems Engineering, Systems Engineering and Operations Research

    Ran Ji is an assistant professor at Department of System Engineering and Operations Research. At Mason, Ran Ji is teaching in Data Analytics Engineering Program. It is important to Ran Ji that his students leave the classroom with a fundamental knowledge of data and visual analytics methodologies and tools to prepare them to be great assets to the future employers.
  • Associate Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau

    It is important to Rochelle Jones that her students leave the classroom with a fundamental knowledge of systems engineering methodologies and tools to prepare them to be valuable assets to their future employers.
  • Kathryn Laskey

    Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau Associate Director, C4I Center, Volgenau

    With just a swipe or a keystroke, citizens of the Information Age expect instant access to vast stores of knowledge. Turning that expectation into reality is Kathryn Laskey’s passion. She develops methods for transforming data from a variety of sources into information to answer our questions and improve our decisions. She has applied her research to areas as diverse as detecting insider threats in information systems, predicting innovations in science and technology, protecting soldiers from improvised explosive devices, and understanding airline delays.
  • Andrew Loerch

    Associate Chair, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau
    Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Volgenau

    Andrew Loerch is the Associate Chair of the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research. He directs the military applications of operations research track in the graduate program in Operations Research. His research interests include the application of mathematical programming to military problems, optimization of multi-year capital budgeting, and management of cyclically scheduled manufacturing facilities.
  • Associate Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research

    Songjun Luo recently joined the SEOR department to support the MSDAE Program as an associate professor. Prior to joining Mason, Luo has been with ZS Associates for 26 years. Founded in 1983, ZS is one of the world’s largest consulting firms with currently 7,000+ professionals specialized in sales and marketing issues using data-driven analytical approaches. Having joined ZS in its infancy and having been a Partner for 20 years with the firm, Luo has played several key leadership roles in the firm, including project lead, client lead, practice lead, and office lead.
  • Associate Professor, Sid and Reva Dewberry Dept of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Volgenau

    Viviana Maggioni’s research interests lie at the intersection of hydrometeorology and remote sensing. Her research activities span from the local scale, by developing advanced environmental monitoring systems at the Mason campus, to the global scale, combining water resources engineering with hydrometeorology and remote sensing to evaluate conditions in remote regions, where ground truthing is impossible, but where environmental and health consequences can be devastating.
  • Professor , Volgenau
    Bill and Eleanor Hazel Endowed Chair in Infrastructure Engineering, Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering
    Affiliate Faculty, SEOR, Systems Engineering and Operations…

    For over two decades, Elise Miller-Hooks has been applying and advancing concepts of operations research to civil and infrastructure systems applications.
  • Assistant Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Operations Research

    Shima Mohebbi develops scalable mathematical models and data analytics to address grand engineering challenges focusing on societal needs. She is motivated to understand how decision-makers' behavior, coupled with the inherent uncertainty in environmental systems, impacts the design and operations of cyber-physical systems. Her specific interests include game theory, simulation, stochastic models, and interpretable data mining with applications in healthcare systems, interdependent infrastructure systems, sustainable urban water systems, and smart cities.