Dr. Paul D. Collopy, Professor Emeritus

Professor Emeritus


301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
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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.

Dr. Collopy served as Technical Program Chair of the 14th Conference on Systems Engineering Research, which was hosted by the UAH Industrial & Systems Engineering and Engineering Management department in March 2016. Dr. Collopy is a member of the Research Council of the Department of Defense Systems Engineering Research Center.

Curriculum Vitae


  • 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


  • Engineering and Systems Design
  • Complex Engineered Systems
  • Systems Science
  • Design of Engineering Material System
  • Technology Management
  • Theory of Systems Engineering

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