Systems engineering and systems engineering education; systems analysis, modeling, and simulation; model-based systems engineering; communications and sensor networks; unmanned vehicles; interoperability; risk/decision analysis; sustainment engineering; life cycle cost modeling; government acquisition; modeling of biological and biochemical systems; self-organizing systems; and climate change.
Dr. John MacCarthy is the Director of the Systems Engineering Education Program at the University of Maryland’s Institute for Systems Research. Prior to this, he spent 28 years as a practicing systems engineer in industry working on large, complex systems and systems of systems of national significance. He has served as a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, a senior technology and policy advisor to a senior government executive, and in a variety of technical leadership positions for SAIC, Northrop Grumman, and TRW. These leadership positions included serving as a Senior Systems Engineer and Manager, Lead Systems Engineer, Manager of Proposal Operations, Deputy Director of the Center for Advanced Technology, Manager of a Systems Engineering Department, and Head of a Systems Analysis and Concepts Section. His experience spans both industry and government, all phases of the acquisition life cycle, and every aspect of systems engineering.
In addition to his experience in industry Dr. MacCarthy spent eight years as an Adjunct Professor of Systems Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and five years as an Assistant Professor of physics at Muhlenberg College (MC). He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in Systems Engineering from George Mason University, and a B.A. in Physics from Carleton College. He is a member of IEEE, INCOSE, INFORMS, NDIA, APS, and AAAS. He has also completed Defense Acquisition University Certification Training in Systems Engineering, Acquisition, and Program Management.
- Nine IDA papers and four IDA documents (2013-215) in the areas of: systems engineering; system cost-effectiveness modeling and analysis; system life cycle cost modeling and analysis; and system reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAM) modeling and analysis.
- An Analytical Approach to Modeling the On-Station Availability of Systems of Unmanned Vehicles, John MacCarthy and Patricia Bronson, 2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting.
- Some Measures of Meteor Burst Footprint, T.D. Bennett, L.L. Bagerly, J.E. MacCarthy, MILCOM ’91 Conference Record, IEEE, 1991.
- Transition Phenomena in Monolayers at the Air-Water Interface, Bhalachandra L. Tembe, John E. MacCarthy, John J. Kozak, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Volume 87, Issue 23, November, 1983.
- The Influence of Closure on the Behavior of the Yvon-Born-Green Equation for a System of Hard Rods, K.A. Green, K.D. Luks, John E. MacCarthy, John J. Kozak, Molecular Physics, Volume 45, Issue 4, 1982.
- A Variational Approach to Statistical Mechanics with Applications to Molecular Monolayer Assemblies, MacCarthy, John Edward, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Notre Dame, 1982.
- A Dynamic Model for in vivo Virus Replication, John E. MacCarthy and John J. Kozak, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Volume 90, Issue 2, May 1981.
- A Variational Approach to the Statistical Mechanics of Hard Discs and Hard Spheres, John E. MacCarthy, John J. Kozak, K.A. Green, K.D. Luks, Molecular Physics, Vol. 44, Issue 1, 1981.
Courses Taught (non-UMCP):
- ENEE/ENMG-660 Systems Engineering Principles (UMBC)
- ENEE-699 Mathematics and MATLAB Fundamentals for Engineers (UMBC)
- ENEE-662 System Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis (UMBC)
- ENEE/ENMG-672 Decision and Risk Analysis (UMBC)
- CMPE-685 Principles of Communications Networks (UMBC)
- General Physics (MC)
- Classical Mechanics (MC)
- Thermal Physics (MC)