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U.Va. Appoints MITRE's Garry Jacyna as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar
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Karina H. Wright
Eryn L. Gallagher
MCLEAN, Va., and CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., September 5, 2012 — The University of Virginia recently announced the selection of Dr. Garry Jacyna, a MITRE Fellow and nationally recognized expert in signal processing and systems engineering, as a distinguished visiting scholar at its Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems.
Jacyna's collaborative research will focus on modeling, analyzing and assessing risk to large and complex systems of systems, which include structures such as oil pipelines and the FAA multi-year Next Generation (NextGen) project to integrate unmanned aircraft systems within the National Airspace System. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Jacyna will also present a series of lectures on analyzing and modeling the risks and threats to complex systems.
Jacyna's involvement with the Center began last year through his work with the Center's founder and systems and information engineering professor Yacov Haimes.
"We are extremely pleased that MITRE chose to place a Fellow with the University of Virginia Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems this year," said Haimes. "Garry Jacyna's lectures and his work with our graduate students will add greatly to our program. We are also appreciative of the willingness of Alfred Grasso, MITRE president and CEO, to serve on the advisory board for the systems and information engineering department. His advice and guidance is a great benefit to us."
"Garry's new role as a U.Va. visiting scholar reflects a shared commitment to strengthening our understanding of infrastructure design and modernization to safeguard our nation's critical assets against risk," said Grasso. "We're honored by Garry's appointment and the opportunity to collaborate with one of the world's leading academic institutions."
"Yacov and I have a unified vision for large-scale systems engineering, and we're both interested in the risk component, specifically how to predict if and when a system might fail," said Jacyna. "It's a perfect collaboration."
One of fewer than 20 MITRE Fellows appointed since 1962, Jacyna's specialties include analytical-based performance analysis studies for the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Naval Sea Systems Command, and the Advanced Systems and Technology Office. He has developed and applied cutting-edge algorithms to real-world problems, including acoustic reconstruction tools used to analyze the Russian Kursk submarine disaster.
Jacyna currently serves on the dissertation committee for two of Haimes' graduate students who are using states-based systems engineering to assess risk for large infrastructures. Last spring, Jacyna was the keynote speaker for the Center's 25th Anniversary conference co-sponsored with the University's Darden School of Business.
With MITRE since 1988, Jacyna holds a doctorate and a master's degree in applied mathematics and a bachelor's degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
About The MITRE Corporation
The MITRE Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that provides systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the government. It operates federally funded research and development centers for the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, with principal locations in Bedford, Mass., and McLean, Va. To learn more, visit www.mitre.org.
About U.Va.'s Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems
Founded in 1987, the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems develops theory, methodology, and technology to assist in the management of risk in a variety of engineering systems. We deploy solutions to a number of emerging problems. Industry and government sponsors of research at the Center work closely with faculty and students contributing their unique strengths and interests to the Center.
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