Paul D Collopy, Ph.D.


Dr. Paul D Collopy



Huntsville is one of the world centers for systems engineering, so it is not surprising that UAH is one of the leading universities in systems engineering research.”


Dr. Collopy was appointed Professor and Chair of the Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Department at UAH in 2013. In addition to his work in academia, his career background includes leadership roles with the National Science Foundation and the Value-Driven Design Institute, and engineering positions with Procter & Gamble, Morton Thiokol, and GE Aircraft Engines.

Dr. Collopy is credited as the original developer of economic-based technology value models, and served as the lead advisor to the DARPA System F6 program for its Value-Centric Design for Adaptability technology pillar. Co-inventor on two patents and author of more than forty papers, Dr. Collopy speaks around the world about the design of large complex systems. He has been licensed as a professional engineer since 1981.

At present, Dr. Collopy is serving as Technical Program Chair of the 14th Conference on Systems Engineering Research, which will be hosted by UAH in March 2016.

Dr. Collopy's Complete CV


  • Ph.D., Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1998
  • M.S., Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1993
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1977

Classes Taught

Recent Publications

  • Schomburg K, Collopy PD, Componation PJ and Krejci C (2015) “Systems Engineering and Project Success at NASA,” IIE Systems Engineering Conference (ISERC) 2015, Nashville TN, May 30 – June 2.
  • Collopy PD (2015) “A Formal Representation of Systems Engineering Activities Post PDR,” IIE Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) 2015, Nashville TN, May 30 – June 2.
  • Collopy PD (2015) “Systems Engineering Theory: What Needs to Be Done,” IEEE Systems Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 13-16.
  • Collopy PD (2015) “Technical Risk Management,” IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 8-12.
  • Collopy PD and Mesmer BL (2015) “Report on the Science of Systems Engineering Workshop,” AIAA Paper 2015-1865. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, VA.
  • Componation PJ, Collopy PD, Berg S and Hansen J (2014) “The Role of Requirements and V&V in Project Success,” Proceedings of the 2014 Institute of Industrial Engineering Conference, Montreal, Quebec, June 1-3, 2014.
  • Collopy PD, Deshmukh A and Simpson TW (2014) “Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering Education," Chapter 6 in Systems Engineering for Clean and Renewable Energy, Springer Verlag.
  • Triantis KP and Collopy PD (2014) “A Comprehensive Basis for Systems Engineering Theory.” IEEE Systems Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, April 1-3.
  • Keller S, Collopy PD and Componation PJ (2014) “What Is Wrong with Space System Cost Models? A Survey and Assessment of Cost Estimating Approaches” Acta Astronautica, vol. 93, 345-351.
  • Keller S and Collopy PD (2013) “Value Modeling for a Space Launch System,” v16, 1152–1160, Procedia Computer Science. DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2013.01.121
  • Maddox ID, Collopy PD, and Farrington PA (2013) “Value-Based Assessment of DoD Acquisition Programs,”  v16, 1161-1169, Procedia Computer Science.
  • Felder WN and Collopy PD (2012) “The Elephant in the Mist: What We Don’t Know About the Design, Development, Test and Management of Complex Systems,” Journal of Aerospace Operations, 1(4), 317–327, DOI10.3233, IOS Press.
  • Componation PJ and Collopy PC (2012) “Systems Engineering Theory: Addressing Complexity and Uncertainty in Space System Architecting,” AIAA Paper 2012-5278. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, VA.
  • Lewis KE and Collopy PD (2012) “The Role of Engineering Design in Large-Scale Complex Systems,” AIAA Paper 2012-5573. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, VA.
  • Poleacovschi C and Collopy P (2012) “A Structure for Studying the Design of Complex Systems,” AC-12-D1.6.6, Proceedings of the 63rd International Astronautical Congress, Naples, Italy.
  • Componation PJ, Collopy PD, Reed GS, Shapiro DG, and Jhala A (2012) “Development of a Research Agenda to Explore Value-Based Software Design,” Proceedings of the ASEM 2012 International Confernce, American Society of Engineering Management, Rolla, MO.
  • Bloebaum CL, McGowan AMR, Lightfoot MC, Collopy PD, and Hazelrigg GA (2012) “NSF/NASA Workshop on the Design of Large-Scale Complex Engineered Systems – From Research to Product Realization,” AIAA Paper 2012-5572. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, VA.
  • Collopy PD, Bloebaum CL, and Mesmer BL (2012) “The Distinct and Interrelated Roles of Value-Driven Design, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, and Decision Analysis,” AIAA Paper 2012-5575. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, VA.
  • Cheung J, Scanlan J, Wong J, Forrester J, Eres H, Collopy P, Hollingsworth P, Wiseall S and Briceno S (2012) “Application of Value-Driven Design to Commercial Aero-Engine Systems,” Pages 749-759 in Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 49, No. 3, May, 2012.
  • Collopy PD and Poleacovschi C (2012) “Validating Value-Driven Design.” Proceedings of the 3rd Air Transport and Operations Symposium, Delft, Nederland, June 18-20, 2012.
  • Collopy PD (2012) “A Research Agenda for the Coming Renaissance in Systems Engineering,” AIAA Paper 2012-0799. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, VA.
  • Murphy L and Collopy PD (2012) “Research Needs for Systems Engineering with Models,” Procedia Computer Science, vol 8, 315-320.
  • Brown OC and Collopy PD (2011) “Fractionated Spacecraft: Exploring Possible Futures of Space Systems,” in Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering, eds. Blockley R and Shyy W.   American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Reston, Virginia.
  • Collopy PD and Hollingsworth PM (2011) “Value-Driven Design,” Journal of Aircraft, 48(3) 749-759, May, 2011.
  • Collopy PD (2011) “Valuing Capacity in Air Transportation,” Proceedings of the 2nd Air Transport and Operations Symposium, Delft, The Netherlands, April, 2011.