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Austin, Mark A.

Austin, Mark A.

Associate Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
2261 A.V. Williams Bldg.

Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985. M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982. B.E. (First Class Honors) from University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 1980.

Chairman, Applications Forum Working Group, International Council of Systems Engineering. Member, American Society of Civil Engineers. Member, Association of Computing Machinery. Member, New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering.


Model-based systems engineering and integration; systems modeling, analysis, and design of cyber-physical systems; algorithms and computational tools for energy-efficient building simulation; semantic approaches to distributed systems behavior modeling; machine learning algorithms for observation and modeling of urban behavior; experimental software development for Whistle.

Mark Austin is PI for new DoD Minerva Research Initiative project

He is using a 'System-of-Systems" approach to understand, model, synthesize and optimize the operations of large-scale, distributed institutions and organizations.

Bipartisan support in Congress for Clark School-led Mid-Atlantic Semiconductor Collaborative

The collaborative, led by the University of Maryland and Booz Allen Hamilton, is uniquely positioned to advance microelectronics technologies as part of the forthcoming Microelectronics Commons initiative.

A Framework for Managing Urban Systems

Sachraa Borjigin explores the potential of multi-domain semantic modeling and real-time planning.

“Digital Twins” Could Help Streamline Urban Systems

Maria Coelho explores potential uses in managing water, transit.

Congratulations ISR Spring 2022 graduates!

We congratulate graduates at all levels who have ISR advisors!

Congratulations to our December 2021 ISR graduates!

ISR advisors graduated 22 Ph.D., 2 M.S., and 4 M.S.S.E. new alumni in December!

ARL to Fund $30M in Equipment Innovations for Service Members

UMD announces with the U.S. Army Research Lab agreements in additive manufacturing and battery research.

A combined semantic and machine learning approach for smart city digital twins

Mark Austin and colleagues explore the approaches and challenges of architecting and running future city operating systems.

Research Review: Combating biofilms with microsystem devices

New microsystems detect, treat bacterial biofilms—the source of many post-operative infections; latest device can sense and treat biofilm inside urinary catheters.

Alum Leonard Petnga to join University of Alabama Huntsville faculty

Petnga will be an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Management.

Coelho, Austin and Blackburn win best paper award at ICONS 2017

The paper describes a new approach to behavior modeling of large-scale urban systems.

MSSE student Jessica Knizhnik wins INCOSE/Kossiakoff Scholarship

The award recognizes and encourages promising applied systems engineering research students.

Arellano, Carney, Austin win Best Paper Award at ICONS 2015

Ideas for "Natural Language Processing of Textual Requirements" came in MSSE program classes.

Austin, Delgoshaei, Nguyen win MITRE Award at CSER

Award recognizes research that best describes leading to a transition of systems engineering research into practice.

Alan Nguyen receives first ManTech Scholarship

MSSE student has skills in operations research, data analytics and optimization.

Mark Austin wins ISR Outstanding Faculty Award

Austin is honored for his leadership in systems engineering research and education.

Austin, Petnga win Best Conference Paper Award at CSER-13

Paper explores “Ontologies of Time and Time-Based Reasoning for Model-Based Systems Engineering of Cyber-Physical Systems.”

Work by Mosteller, Austin, Ghodssi, Yang featured in INCOSE Insight

Article highlights platforms for engineering experimental biomedical systems.

Raghavan, Spyropoulos, Daily, Copeland win ISR awards

Outstanding awards presented at special reception in September.

Mosteller wins Best Student Paper Award at INCOSE International Symposium

Award presented for "Platforms for Engineering Experimental Biomedical Systems."

Mosteller wins Dean's Master's Student Research Award

MEMS microfluidics platform could be used for high-throughput drug screening for biofilm infections.

Baras is PI for $1M NIST cooperative agreement

Austin, Yang are co-PIs; research focuses on standards, test methods and measurement tools for cyber-physical systems.

ISR remembers our alumnus Charles Falkenberg and his family

Family died aboard American Airlines Flight 77 on Sept. 11, 2001.

FAA approves NEXTOR II aviation operations research contract

ISR's Michael Ball and David Lovell lead the University of Maryland NEXTOR II team.

2011 ISR Awards Ceremony winners announced

Awards given to faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students.

Austin, former students and NASA colleague are issued US Patent 7,877,737

Patent awarded for tree-to-graph folding procedure for systems engineering requirements.

ISR's busy November: NSF site visit, 25th anniversary dinner, SAC meeting

The Institute for Systems Research held three major events from Nov. 17–19.

Baras is Maryland lead for Systems Engineering Research Center

SERC is a consortium of 20 universities leveraging expertise in systems engineering.

Baras Gives Lecture on Model Based Systems Engineering at NIST

Professor spoke on the subject of “A Compositional Approach to Complex Systems Synthesis (COMPASS).”

ENES 489P: New Systems Engineering Course for Fall 2010

ENES 489P offers hands-on experiences in systems engineering projects.

ISR organizing interdisciplinary student group

Group will give graduate students opportunity for camaraderie and learning.

Mark Austin, Michel Cukier receive joint appointments

The appointments take effect July 1, 2009.

Alumnus interview: Ingar Grev

He talks with us about applying systems concepts in the business world.

Three MSSE students graduate

Faber, McNeil, Poorfarhani complete studies

ISR faculty win two Invention of the Year awards

Faculty recognized in information science and physical science categories

ISR awarded grant for combined research and curriculum development in systems engineering

Faculty team to develop, widely disseminate, and evaluate an information-centric systems engineering curriculum