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Susan Ferreira

Name

[Ferreira, Susan]
  • Assoc Prof, Industrial,Manufacturing,&Systems Engineering

Professional Preparation

    • 2002 Ph.D. in Industrial EngineeringArizona State University
    • 1990 M.S. in Industrial EngineeringArizona State University
    • 1987 B.S. in Industrial EngineeringArizona State University

Appointments

    • Jan 2012 to Jan 2013 Assoc Prof
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 2006 to Jan 2012 Assist Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 2003 to Jan 2006 Systems Engineer
      Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems & Solutions
    • Jan 1996 to Jan 2002 Senior Systems Engineer
      General Dynamics Information Technology
    • Jan 1990 to Jan 1996 Systems Analyst/Senior Industrial Engineer/Network Analyst
      Motorola IISG
    • Jan 1988 to Jan 1990 Operations Fellowship Engineer
      Motorola IISG
    • Jan 1987 to Jan 1988 Industrial Engineer
      Northrop Corporation

Research and Expertise

  • Research Interest
    Systems Engineering including systems thinking, systems engineering process simulation, requirements engineering, architecture, systems engineering strategy and systems engineering effectiveness.

Publications

      Conference Paper 2013
      • Faezipour, M., Ferreira, S., 2013, A System Dynamics Perspective of Patient Satisfaction in Healthcare, 2013 Conference on Systems Engineering Research, Procedia Computer Science, Volume 16, pp. 148-156.

        {Peer Reviewed} [Refereed/Juried]
      2013
      • Smartt, C., Ferreira, S., 2013, Applying Systems Engineering to Survey Research, Procedia Computer Science, 2013 Conference on Systems Engineering Research, Volume 16, pp. 1102–1111.

        {Peer Reviewed} [Refereed/Juried]
      2013
      • Ferreira, S. Faezipour, M., Corley, H.W., 2013, Defining and Addressing the Risk of Undesirable Emergent Properties, 2013 IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon), pp. 836-840.      

        {Peer Reviewed} [Refereed/Juried]
      2013
      • Faezipour, M., Ferreira, S., 2013, Developing a Systems Thinking Perspective of Hospital Water Sustainability, 2013 IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon), pp. 109-113.

        {Peer Reviewed} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 2012
      • Ferreira, S., Faezipour, M., 2012, Advancing the Development of Systems Engineers Using Process Simulators. 2012 Conference on Systems Engineering Research, Procedia Computer Science, Volume 8, pp. 81-86.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2012
      • Ferreira, S., Faezipour, M., 2012, An Analysis of Processes, Risks, and Best Practices for Use in Developing Systems Engineering Process Simulators, 2012 Conference on Systems Engineering Research, Procedia Computer Science, Volume 8, pp. 87-92.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2012
      • Faezipour, M., Ferreira, S., 2012, A System Dynamics Approach to Water Sustainability in Healthcare, 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference.  
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2012
      • Smartt, C., Ferreira, S., 2012, An Analysis of Systems Engineering Strategy, 2012 IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon).
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2012
      • Smartt, C., Ferreira, S., 2012, A Systems Engineering Perspective on Proposal Management, IEEE Systems Journal, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp. 667-674.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2012
      • Smartt, C. and Ferreira, S., 2012, Constructing A General Framework for Systems Engineering Strategy, Journal of Systems Engineering, Vol. 15, Issue 2, Summer, pp. 140-152.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 2011
      • Smartt, C. and Ferreira, S., 2011, The Archetypes of Systems Engineering Strategy, 2011 Conference on Systems Engineering Research.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2011
      • Faezipour, M. and Ferreira, S., 2011, A Systems Thinking Approach to Address Sustainability in Healthcare Systems, 2011 Conference on Systems Engineering Research.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2011
      • Tejeda, J. and Ferreira, S., 2011, Ideas for a Decision Support System for Predicting Undersirable Emergent Properties, 2011 Conference on Systems Engineering Research.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2011
      • Ferreira, S. and Tejeda, J., 2011, An Ontology Model for Characterizing Emergent Properties from a Systems Engineering Perspective, 2011 Conference on Systems Engineering Research.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2011
      • Ferreira, S. and Faezipour, M., 2011, The Development of an Architecture Framework for Systems Engineering Process Simulators, 2011 International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Symposium.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2011
      • Ferreira, S. and Tejeda, J., 2011, An Ontology for Unmanned and Autonomous Systems of Systems Test and Evaluation, 2011 International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Symposium.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2011
      • Ferreira, S. and Tejeda, J., 2011, An Evolving Understanding for Predicting Emergent Properties, 2011 IEEE International Systems Conference.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2011
      • Ferreira, S., Shunk, D., Collofello, J., Mackulak, G., and Dueck, A., 2011, Reducing the Risk of Requirements Volatility: Findings from an Empirical Survey, Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution: Research and Practice (Journal of Software: Evolution and Practice), Vol. 23, Issue 5, pp. 375-393.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2011
      • Smartt, C., and Ferreira, S., 2011, Advancing Systems Engineering in Support of the Bid and Proposal Process, Journal of Systems Engineering, Vol. 14, Issue 3, Autumn (Fall), pp. 255-266.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      2011
      • Faezipour, M. and Ferreira, S., 2011, Applying Systems Thinking to Assess Sustainability in Healthcare System of Systems, International Journal of System of Systems Engineering, Volume 2, No. 4, pp. 290-308.

        {Peer Reviewed} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 2010
      • Ferreira, S. 2010, Prospects for Systems Engineering Process Dynamics, 2010 IEEE Systems Conference.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2010
      • Ferreira, S. 2010, The Development of a Systems Engineering Process Simulator Using System Dynamics, 2010 Conference on Systems Engineering Research.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2010
      • Ferreira, S., Valerdi, R., Medvidovi?, N., Hess, J., Deonandan, I., Mikaelian, T., and Shull, G. 2010, Unmanned and Autonomous Systems of Systems Test and Evaluation: Challenges and Opportunities, 2010 IEEE Systems Conference. (INCOSE Track)
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2010
      • Smartt, C. and Ferreira, S. 2010, Leveraging Psychology and Software Engineering Research to Develop Bid, Proposal, and Cost Estimation Heuristics for Systems Engineering, 2010 Conference on Systems Engineering Research.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2010
      • Doelling, K. and Ferreira, S. 2010,  Advancing the Integration of Systems Engineering and Knowledge Management, 2010 Conference on Systems Engineering Research.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2010
      • Sarder, MD, Ali, A., Ferreira S., Rahman, M. 2010. Managing Material Flow at the US Shipbuilding Industry. 2010 International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2010
      • Doelling, K. and Ferreira, S. 2010, Advancing the Integration of Systems Engineering and Knowledge Management, Systems Research Forum, Vol. 4, Issue 1, June, pp. 33-44.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Technical Report 2010
      • Susan Ferreira (one of multiple Core Team Contributors to) Systems Engineering Leading Indicators Guide, January 29, 2010. Version 2, edited by Roedler, G., Rhodes, D.H., Schimmoller, H., and Jones, C.
        {Technical Report} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2009
      • Ferreira, S., Collofello, J., Shunk, D., Mackulak, G., 2009, Understanding the Effects of Requirements Volatility in Software Engineering by using Analytical Modeling and Software Process Simulation, Journal of Systems and Software, Vol. 82, Issue 10, October.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 2008
      • Ferreira, Susan and Sarder, MD. 2008. Using DKAP to Develop a Foundation Systems Engineering Ontology. 2008 Conference on Systems Engineering Research.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 2007
      • Sarder, MD and Ferreira, Susan. 2007. Developing Systems Engineering Ontologies. IEEE 2007 System of Systems Symposium.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2007
      • Sarder, MD, Ferreira, Susan,  Liles, Don H.,  and Rogers, Jaime. 2007. A Methodology for Design Ontology Modeling. PICMET '07 Conference
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]
      2007
      • Sarder, MD B., Liles, Don H., and Ferreira, Susan. 2007. A Generic Product and Process Design Ontology. Proceeding of the 2007 Industrial Engineering Research Conference
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2005
      • Houston, D.X., Ferreira, S., Montgomery, D.C. 2005, Using Unreplicated 2k-p Designs for Characterizing Moderately-Dimensioned Deterministic Computer Models, Quality and Reliability Engineering International, Vol. 25, December: 809-824.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 2003
      • S. Ferreira, J. S. Collofello, D. L. Shunk, G. Mackulak, and P. Wolfe. "Utilization of Process Modeling and Simulation in Understanding the Effects of Requirements Volatility in Software Development," presented at the 4th International Workshop on Software Process Simulation and Modeling (ProSim '03), Portland, Oregon, May 3, 2003.
        {Conference Paper} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2001
      • D. X. Houston, S. Ferreira, J. S. Collofello, D. C. Montgomery, G. T. Mackulak, and D. L. Shunk. "Behavioral Characterization: Finding and Using the Influential Factors in Software Process Simulation Models," Journal of Systems and Software, vol. 59, pp. 259-270, December 2001.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Proceeding 2000
      • D. Houston, S. Ferreira, J. Collofello, D. Montgomery, G. Mackulak, and D. Shunk. "Behavioral Characterization: Finding the Influential Factors in Software Process Simulation Models," in ProSim 2000 (2000).
        {Conference Proceeding} [Refereed/Juried]

Courses

      • IE 5354-001 Management of Complex Systems

        This course focuses on the management of the engineering of complex systems including key systems engineering management processes. Topics include acquisition and supply, project planning, assessment and control, earned value management, risk management, decision analysis, technical process integration, configuration management, specialty engineering, international program considerations, benchmarking, systems engineering enablers, Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP) development, and ethics. Special topics related to the management of complex systems will also be presented as time permits.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • IE 5352-001 Requirements Engineering

        This course focuses on system requirements engineering and related processes and methods including requirements elicitation, requirements analysis and modeling, requirements management, validation, and verification. Students will use MagicDraw and DOORS for requirements engineering related activities. Students will be introduced to model-based systems engineering using SySML related to requirements processes covered in the class. Special topics related to requirements engineering will also be presented as time permits.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • IE 5351-001 INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

        The course provides an introduction to systems engineering and includes a survey of key topics related to the discipline. The course includes a high level overview of concepts, principles, and processes required for engineering complex systems throughout the life cycle from concept through disposal. Key topics include systems theory, systems thinking, life cycle stages, technical processes, technical management processes, agreement processes, organizational project-enabling processes, and engineering ethics.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • IE 5353-001 Systems Architecture and Design

        This course focuses on systems architecting and design for complex systems. Topics covered include logical and physical system architecture analysis, system design, implementation, transition to use, and enabling products. Students will be introduced to model-based systems engineering using SySML (Systems Modeling Language) related to the processes covered in the class. Special topics related to architecture and design will also be presented as time permits.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • IE 5352-001 SYSTEMS ENGINEERING I (Requirements Engineering)

        This course focuses on system requirements engineering and related processes and methods including requirements elicitation, requirements analysis and modeling, requirements management, validation, and verification. Students will use the DOORS requirements management tool. Students will be introduced to model-based systems engineering using SySML related to requirements processes covered in the class. Special topics related to requirements engineering will also be presented as time permits.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • IE 5354-001 SYSTEMS ENGINEERING III (Management of Complex Systems)

        This course focuses on the management of the engineering of complex systems including key systems engineering management processes. Topics include acquisition and supply, project planning, assessment and control, earned value management, risk management, decision analysis, technical process integration, configuration management, specialty engineering, international program considerations, benchmarking, systems engineering enablers, Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP) development, and ethics. Special topics related to the management of complex systems will also be presented as time permits.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • IE 5351-001 INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

        The course includes a survey of key topics in systems engineering and provides a high level overview of concepts, principles, and processes required for engineering complex systems. The course establishes a framework for understanding the breadth of systems engineering.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • IE 5353-001 SYSTEMS ENGINEERING II (Systems Architecture and Design)

        This course focuses on fundamental knowledge and understanding of systems architecting and design for complex systems, including socio-technical systems and systems of systems. Topics that will be covered include an overview of the systems engineering processes related to architecture and design, in-depth presentation of architecture development including both logical and physical system architecture analysis, systems architecture synthesis, system design, and implementation. Students will learn and apply model-based systems engineering using SySML (Systems Modeling Language). The class will also cover content related to system verification, end product validation, transition to use, and enabling products.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • IE 5352-001 SYSTEMS ENGINEERING I

        This course is the second in the set of four systems engineering core courses. Topics that will be covered include an introduction to the systems engineering processes that will be used in the course and more in-depth presentation of the supply process, technical planning process, requirements engineering processes, and portions of the system analysis process. The overview will briefly cover terminology, systems engineering processes, the life cycle process and an introduction to the course project. The supply process will introduce the establishment of a program and the agreement between the acquirer of a system and its supplier. Technical planning will cover topics associated with planning a project. The requirements engineering processes will cover the definition and validation of requirements, analysis and management. Students will be introduced to the DOORS requirements management system and will start using it for project assignments.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • IE 5300-004 Special Topics: Systems Engineering III

        This course is the last in the set of four systems engineering core courses and focuses on providing fundamental and applied management and technical knowledge to support the development of large scale complex systems. Topics that will be covered include systems verification and validation, transition to use, expanded systems analysis, other systems engineering roles, systems engineering and the enterprise, specialty engineering and an introduction to model based systems engineering. Additional special topics (including system resilience, early systems engineering) may be covered as time permits.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • IE 5304-001 Advanced Engineering Economy

        The course focuses on methods used for determining the comparative financial desirability of engineering alternatives. The student is introduced to the concept of the time value of money and basic engineering economy techniques.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • IE 5300-001 Special Topics: Systems Engineering II

        This course is the third in the set of four systems engineering core courses and focuses on providing fundamental and applied management and technical knowledge to support the development of large scale complex systems. Topics that will be covered include an overview of the systems engineering processes that will be used in the course and in-depth presentation of risk management, system design and implementation, acquisition, assessment and control, earned value, and technical process integration processes and methods. System design will focus on the methods and techniques for system architecture synthesis using the system technical requirements developed in IE 5352.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • IE 5351-001 Introduction to Systems Engineering

        The course includes a survey of key topics in systems engineering and provides a high level overview of concepts, principles, and processes required for engineering complex systems. The course establishes a framework for understanding the breadth of systems engineering and is a prerequisite to the other core systems engineering courses (IE 5352, IE 5353, and IE 5354) which cover systems engineering concepts and processes in significant depth and which provide both the fundamental and applied management and technical knowledge to support the development of large scale complex systems.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • IE 5304-001 Advanced Engineering Economy

        The course focuses on methods used for determining the comparative financial desirability of engineering alternatives. The student is introduced to the concept of the time value of money and basic engineering economy techniques.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • IE 5352-001 Systems Engineering I

        This course is the second in the set of four systems engineering core courses. Topics that will be covered include an introduction and overview of the systems engineering processes that will be used in the course, and more in-depth presentation of the supply process, technical planning process, requirements engineering processes, and portions of the system analysis process. The overview will briefly cover terminology, systems engineering processes, the life cycle process and an introduction to the course project.  The supply process will introduce the establishment of a program and the agreement between the acquirer of a system and its supplier. Technical planning will cover topics associated with planning a project.  The requirements engineering processes will cover the definition and validation of requirements, their analysis and management. Students will be introduced to the DOORS requirements management system and will start using it for project assignments.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • IE 5351-033 INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
        This course includes a survey of concepts, principles and processes required to engineer complex systems throughout the life-cycle from concept through disposal. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of advisor.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • IE 5351-001 INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

        This course includes a survey of concepts, principles and processes required to engineer complex systems throughout the life-cycle from concept through disposal. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of advisor.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • IE 5304-001 ADVANCED ENGINEERING ECONOMY
        Analysis of capital investments in engineering and technical projects. Topics include decision analysis methods, cash flows, revenue requirements, activity-based analysis, multi-attribute decisions, probabilistic analysis and sensitivity/risk analysis. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • IE 3312-001 Economics for Engineers
        Tools and methods used for determining the comparative financial desirability of engineering alternatives. Prerequisite: MATH 1426 or concurrent enrollment.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • IE 5351-001 INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

        This course includes a survey of concepts, principles and processes required to engineer complex systems throughout the life-cycle from concept through disposal. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of advisor.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • IE 5304-001 ADVANCED ENGINEERING ECONOMY
        Analysis of capital investments in engineering and technical projects. Topics include decision analysis methods, cash flows, revenue requirements, activity-based analysis, multi-attribute decisions, probabilistic analysis and sensitivity/risk analysis.

        Prerequisite: graduate standing.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2011
      • IE 5352-001 SYSTEMS ENGINEERING I
        A study of systems engineering topics including technical planning and management, supply processes, requirements definition and analysis, functional analysis, and trade-off analysis. Prerequisites: IE 5351.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011
      • IE 5351-001 INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
        This course introduces the evolving discipline of systems engineering. The course includes a survey of the broad, rich, and diverse topics in systems engineering and provides a high level view of concepts, principles, and processes required for engineering complex systems. The course establishes a framework for understanding the breadth of systems engineering and is a prerequisite to the other core systems engineering courses (IE 5352, IE 5353, and IE 5354) which cover systems engineering concepts and processes in significant depth and which provide both the fundamental and applied management and technical knowledge to support the development of large scale complex systems.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2010
      • IE 3312-002 ECONOMICS FOR ENGINEERS
        Tools and methods used for determining the comparative financial desirability of engineering alternatives. Prerequisite: MATH 1426 or concurrent enrollment.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2010
      • IE 5304-001 ADVANCED ENGINEERING ECONOMY
        Analysis of capital investments in engineering and technical projects. Topics include decision analysis methods, cash flows, revenue requirements, activity-based analysis, multi-attribute decisions, probabilistic analysis and sensitivity/risk analysis.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2009
      • IE 5304-001 ADVANCED ENGINEERING ECONOMY
        Analysis of capital investments in engineering and technical projects. Topics include decision analysis methods, cash flows, revenue requirements, activity-based analysis, multi-attribute decisions, probabilistic analysis and sensitivity/risk analysis.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2009
      • IE 5304-001 ADVANCED ENGINEERING ECONOMY
        Analysis of capital investments in engineering and technical projects. Topics include decision analysis methods, cash flows, revenue requirements, activity-based analysis, multi-attribute decisions, probabilistic analysis and sensitivity/risk analysis.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2009
      • IE 5304-001 ADVANCED ENGINEERING ECONOMY
        Analysis of capital investments in engineering and technical projects. Topics include decision analysis methods, cash flows, revenue requirements, activity-based analysis, multi-attribute decisions, probabilistic analysis and sensitivity/risk analysis.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2009