John Boardman
John Boardman graduated with 1st Class Honors in Electrical Engineering in 1967 from the University of Liverpool, from where he also obtained his PhD in 1970. His industrial experience has been gained primarily with GEC, having worked for them as an apprentice electrical engineer, then power plant designer, and finally in information processing, initially as a computer programmer and then as a systems analyst. He also worked for MANWEB, a UK regional electrical utility, on CAD systems for electricity distribution networks.
He is currently a Principal of John Boardman Associates, a consultancy and training provider specializing in applied systemic thinking. He was formerly Distinguished Service Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, where he is now Adjunct Professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises. He teaches graduate level courses in 'Systems Thinking' and 'Architecting the Extended Enterprise' and leads the School's research program in Enterprise Architecting. Prior to this role he served as Professor of Systems Engineering at De Montfort University, Leicester where over a period of 7 years he gained external research funding, from industry and government in excess of $5 million.
Dr. Boardman's previous academic appointments have taken him from the University of Liverpool, through Brighton Polytechnic and Georgia Institute of Technology to the University of Portsmouth, which he joined in 1990 as GEC Marconi Professor of Systems Engineering and founding Director of the School of Systems Engineering. In 1994 he became founding Dean of the College of Technology at the University of Portsmouth.
He has over 60 refereed publications to his credit and a textbook published by Prentice Hall: 'Introduction to Systems Engineering'. His seminal work on a soft systems methodology and, in particular, on systemigrams, a graphical notation for capturing strategic intent in extended enterprises, has been recognized internationally. He founded a thriving systems and management consultancy - John Boardman Associates Ltd. in the UK - through which he has consulted to Schlumberger, GEC Marconi, the Commission of European Communities, Rolls-Royce, and the BBC.
Dr. Boardman is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Brian Sauser is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and Logistics at the University of North Texas (UNT). Before joining UNT, he held positions as an Assistant Professor with the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology; Project Specialist with ASRC Aerospace at NASA Kennedy Space Center; Program Administrator with the New Jersey – NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and Laboratory Director with G.B. Tech Engineering at NASA Johnson Space Center.

At NASA Johnson Space Center, Dr. Sauser lead numerous projects in life sciences and engineering for the research and development of technology solutions for human exploration of the Moon and Mars. At Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey he managed the operations of a $5.2M, multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary NASA-sponsored center conducting collaborative research for human space exploration. At NASA Kennedy Space Center, he negotiated and assisted in the development of industry partnerships, licenses and Space Act Agreements in environmental science, biological science, data acquisition, instrumentation, and wireless systems at various stages through the commercialization process. At Stevens Institute of Technology, he served as Director of the Systems Development & Maturity Laboratory with an annual research expenditure of $1M for creating research and thought leadership in systems management and assessment for optimal development/maturation of a system through its lifecycle.

Dr. Sauser’s research interest is in the management of complex systems.  This includes system and enterprise maturity assessment and the advancement of a foundational science of systems thinking.   Dr. Sauser has lead over $6.0M of research in these areas which has resulted in changing the manner in which systems are evaluated and risk is assessed on complex systems.  Products from his research have been adopted in Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, the US Navy, and the US Army, which have resulted in millions of dollars of cost savings and in one instance saved a program from eminent failure.

He teaches courses in Business and Logistics Analytics, Theory of Logistics Systems, Systems Thinking, and Systems Engineering and Management. In addition, he is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration Faculty Fellow, former Editor-in-Chief of the Systems Research Forum, and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Systems Journal.
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