SIE About

The Systems Engineering program was established in 1975. The Systems and Information Department is consistently rated among the top systems engineering programs in the country.


We are a close-knit group of 25 full and part-time faculty dedicated to teaching, research, and student development.  Department faculty participate in leading–edge research programs funded by a variety of public and private agencies and are leaders in systems engineering professional societies. The department participates in the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics, an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center funded by the National Science Foundation. As researchers, our faculty members develop models and systems to apply technology to real life, while preparing our students to employ the techniques in their professional lives.

Our faculty members apply this expertise in a wide variety of situations.

To site just a few of these instances below:

  • Assistant Professor Nicola Bezzo earned the prestigious 2015 IEEE RAM Best Paper Award for "Robot Makers: The Future of Digital Rapid Design and Fabrication of Robots."
  • With support from NASA, Assistant Professor Cody Fleming and colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing a series of models, reflecting different levels of abstraction and using different analytical methods, to help ensure the long-term safety of the NextGen Air Transportation System.
  • Associate Professor Stephen Patek is a founder of TypeZero Technologies, which produces a series of algorithm-based products to help people better manage and control their diabetes.
  • Each year, after conducting a nationwide search, the U.S. Department of State selects up to 15 Jefferson Science Fellows to work as science advisors at the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Associate Professor Garrick Louis recently returned to Grounds after a year serving as a Jefferson Science fellow in the Office of the Special Representative to the Secretary of State on Global Food Security.
Barry Horowitz, Munster Professor of Systems and Information Engineering, UVa

"As researchers, our faculty members develop models and systems to apply technology to real life, while preparing our students to employ the techniques in their professional lives."

Barry Horowitz, Munster Professor of Systems and Information Engineering, UVa