“I would like to instill in students a passion for thinking critically about systems, and develop the skills required to design and develop engineering systems needed to tackle grand societal challenges of our time and ones to come.”


Dr. Leonard Petnga joined UAH’s Industrial & Systems Engineering and Engineering Management program in August 2017 directly from his postdoctoral work at the US Army Research Laboratory and the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) at the University of Maryland. It is from that institution at College Park that he earned his PhD in Civil Systems (2016) and Master’s in Systems Engineering (2011). Dr. Petnga was also a Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Scholar in the Systems Integration Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In 2013, he won the Best Paper Award at the 11th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research. He is a current member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

His research focuses on knowledge structures for models-based systems engineering and integration of complex systems with an emphasis on cyber-physical systems, and System of Systems (SoS). His work involves the development of procedures for modeling, reasoning and integration of system behavior and structure across domains with applications in transportation (air, ground, and water), unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and Internet of Things (IoT).

View Dr. Leonard Petnga's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Civil Systems, University of Maryland, 2016
  • M.S., Systems Engineering, University of Maryland, 2011
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, National Advanced School of Engineering, Yaounde, Cameroon, 2002

Classes Taught

Selected Publications

  • Petnga, L., & Austin, M. (2016). Model-Based Design and Formal Verification Processes for Automated Waterway System Operations. Systems, 4(2), 23.
  • Petnga, L., & Austin, M. (2016). An ontological framework for knowledge modeling and decision support in cyber-physical systems. Advanced Engineering Informatics, 30(1), 77-94.
  • Petnga L. & Austin M. (2015). Safe Traffic Intersections: Metrics, Tubes, and Prototype Simulation for solving the Dilemma Zone Problem. International Journal on Advances in Systems and Measurements, 8(3&4), 241-254