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Austin, Mark

Mark Austin
Associate Professor
2261 A.V. Williams Bldg.

Research Interests 

Systems engineering and integration, systems for Semantic Web technologies, human-computer interfaces for system-level engineering design, formal models for validation and verification of networked engineering systems, CAD for bridge and building systems, and structural engineering and dynamics



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.

Related News 

UMD RASC-AL Team Wins Big, Akin Recognized with PEACH Award
A team of 19 undergraduate students won first place for the RASC-AL theme category and second place in the overall competition. June 27, 2018

Wu Named AAAS Fellow
Wu is amongst 395 other scientists and scholars elected to the rank of AAAS Fellow November 20, 2017

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. September 15, 2017

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. July 15, 2017

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. June 21, 2017

MSSE student Jessica Knizhnik wins INCOSE/Kossiakoff Scholarship
The award recognizes and encourages promising applied systems engineering research students. December 20, 2016

Two UMD Teams NASA BIG Idea Challenge Finalists
Two UMD Aerospace Engineering student teams selected as finalists in NASA's BIG Idea Challenge. December 16, 2016

ENES 489P holds end-of-the-semester design conference
Professionals from Booz Allen Hamilton, Metron Aviation and Engility judged student projects; Textron Systems sponsored prizes. December 9, 2016

Arellano, Carney, Austin win Best Paper Award at ICONS 2015
Ideas for "Natural Language Processing of Textual Requirements" came in MSSE program classes. May 12, 2015

Austin, Delgoshaei, Nguyen win MITRE Award at CSER
Award recognizes research that best describes leading to a transition of systems engineering research into practice. March 23, 2015

Robots learn kitchen skills by watching YouTube videos
Autonomous robots can learn and perform complex actions via observation January 20, 2015

Naviasky, an ECE Student, Spoke at the 2014 Winter Commencement
Electrical and Computer Engineering student Emily Naviasky was selected as the student speaker for the 2014 A. James Clark School of Engineering Winter Commencement. December 17, 2014

Alan Nguyen receives first ManTech Scholarship
MSSE student has skills in operations research, data analytics and optimization. December 18, 2013

Mark Austin wins ISR Outstanding Faculty Award
Austin is honored for his leadership in systems engineering research and education. May 10, 2013

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.” March 25, 2013

MSSE student Mehdi Dadfarnia to speak at NIST seminar
First-year grad student will talk about requirements analysis for safer ambulance patient compartments. March 13, 2013

Work by Mosteller, Austin, Ghodssi, Yang featured in INCOSE Insight
Article highlights platforms for engineering experimental biomedical systems. January 11, 2013

Raghavan, Spyropoulos, Daily, Copeland win ISR awards
Outstanding awards presented at special reception in September. September 14, 2012

Rankin Named UMD Senior Vice President and Provost
STEM proponent to assume post October 1. August 17, 2012

Mosteller wins Best Student Paper Award at INCOSE International Symposium
Award presented for "Platforms for Engineering Experimental Biomedical Systems." July 9, 2012

Mosteller wins Dean's Master's Student Research Award
MEMS microfluidics platform could be used for high-throughput drug screening for biofilm infections. May 15, 2012

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. October 11, 2011

ISR remembers our alumnus Charles Falkenberg and his family
Family died aboard American Airlines Flight 77 on Sept. 11, 2001. September 7, 2011

FAA approves NEXTOR II aviation operations research contract
ISR's Michael Ball and David Lovell lead the University of Maryland NEXTOR II team. June 8, 2011

2011 ISR Awards Ceremony winners announced
Awards given to faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students. June 2, 2011

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. January 28, 2011

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. December 14, 2010

Wang Wins ICS 2010 Student Paper Award
ECE Ph.D. student Yongqiang Wang received the INFORMS Computing Society (ICS) 2010 Student Paper Award. December 1, 2010

Baras is Maryland lead for Systems Engineering Research Center
SERC is a consortium of 20 universities leveraging expertise in systems engineering. November 8, 2010

Baras Gives Lecture on Model Based Systems Engineering at NIST
Professor spoke on the subject of “A Compositional Approach to Complex Systems Synthesis (COMPASS).” September 7, 2010

Beiyu Rong wins Best Student Paper Award at WiOpt
Paper is an important step in linking information theoretic and networking concepts. August 11, 2010

ENES 489P: New Systems Engineering Course for Fall 2010
ENES 489P offers hands-on experiences in systems engineering projects. August 4, 2010

Ephremides is plenary speaker at ISIT 2010
Professor speaks on cross-layer issues in communication networks. June 17, 2010

ISR organizing interdisciplinary student group
Group will give graduate students opportunity for camaraderie and learning. March 11, 2010

Work by Zhou, Lin, Marcus and Fu wins 'Best Theoretical Paper' award
'A Numerical Method for Financial Decision Problems under Stochastic Volatility' is honored at the Winter Simulation Conference. December 18, 2009

Baras, Gu and Jiang Receive NASA Patent Application Award
Professor and alumni develop new method for conditional access in broadcast/multicast systems. July 31, 2009

Ephremides Receives NSF Grant for Cooperative Networking
Research goes beyond the physical layer in defining cooperative techniques for wireless networks. July 29, 2009

Mark Austin, Michel Cukier receive joint appointments
The appointments take effect July 1, 2009. June 25, 2009

Alumnus interview: Ingar Grev
He talks with us about applying systems concepts in the business world. October 15, 2007

Automated Kriegspiel Chess Player (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 22, 2007

A Tree-to-Graph Folding Procedure for Systems Engineering Requirements (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 22, 2007

Three MSSE students graduate
Faber, McNeil, Poorfarhani complete studies May 4, 2005

ISR faculty win two Invention of the Year awards
Faculty recognized in information science and physical science categories April 2, 2005

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 November 8, 2000