Office Location
Atwater Kent Laboratories, 010
Contact
Phone: 
+1-508-831-4848
Shamsnaz S. Virani
Assistant Teaching Professor
Education: 
BS Electrical Engineering University of Pune, India 1999
MS Human Factors Engineering Wright State University, Dayton 2002
PhD Industrial and Systems Engineering University of Alabama, Huntsville 2008
Systems Engineering grew out of practicing engineers designing and managing complex engineering projects from concept to reality. The Inter-disciplinary nature of WPI engineering programs, the project centric approach to education and the innovative mindset all support the growth of a strong and successful system engineering curriculum and program. More importantly, systems engineering concepts push the domain boundary by not only supporting engineering missions but also humanitarian and social missions. I recently applied systems engineering principles to develop a four year Engineering Curriculum in a High School that involved a multi-disciplinary team of engineering students, high school administrators and teachers. The students developed a thorough understanding of systems engineering principles, especially the soft skills, and helped us develop the school's engineering program from a concept to reality. I particularly enjoy teaching students from different backgrounds as they discover systems engineering as a common language communicating complex systems engineering projects and pursue the same notion of congruity in teaching Modeling Based Systems Engineering that helps students agree on a system's structure and behavior. I also generally emphasize soft skills development in my course because systems engineers often lead the multi-disciplinary teams towards a successful mission. My research interests include System Design Quality and Policy Modeling. In system design quality research I am using measurements to predict design quality factors such as reusability by using machine learning algorithms and other advance data analysis techniques. Policy modeling research builds evidence-based policy analysis on realist review and systems engineering principles. The overall goal of this research is to demonstrate the value of using systems engineering methods in policy design, development and implementation.
Office Location
Atwater Kent Laboratories, 010
Contact
Phone: 
+1-508-831-4848