Shaikh, Muzaffar

Associate Vice President for International Partnerships, Department Head , and Distinguished Professor
Engineering Systems

Dr. Shaikh is a man of faith and family with full dedication to his work. His sports activities
include several marathons, many 5K, 10K, 15K races and over 40 trophies in tennis

Personal Overview

Since his first day of work on February 5, 1968, Dr. Shaikh has continued to dedicate himself to hard work with honesty and integrity.

Educational Background

B.S. University of Bombay, Mechanical Engineering 
M.S. Kansas State University, Industrial Engineering
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Industrial Engineering

Recognition & Awards

Appointed by the Hon. U.S. Commerce Secretary, Donald Evans to the Census Bureau’s Race and Ethnic Advisory Committee, (2003 – 2005)

Recipient of the President’s Award for University Excellence, For three years in a row

Dr. Shaikh is recipient of four Teaching Excellence Awards at Florida Tech

Recipient of the Provost’s Academic Leadership Award

Recipient of 2014 Andrew E. Revay Award for Univeristy Services

Dr. Shaikh is listed on Who’s Who in Engineering, Science, Teaching, and in the World

Professional Experience

Dr. Shaikh has the university level responsibility in assisting corporations with their academic needs. Dr. Shaikh was associate dean of the School of Business (now School of Management) from 1993 to 1997. In May 2003, Dr. Shaikh was appointed to the Race and Ethnic Advisory Committee by the United States Secretary of Commerce for a three-year term. He continues to consult with local corporations in the areas of management science/operations research, statistics, simulation, system/software engineering, SPC/TQM, risk analysis, QFD, AHP and reliability. Dr. Shaikh has been consulting with Airborne Ground Surveillance and Battle Management Systems of Northrop Grumman Corporation for 20 years. Dr. ShaikhÂ’s work and consulting experience includes applications of state-of-the-art techniques in solving marketing, manufacturing, engineering, purchasing, pricing and scheduling, material management and quality management problems at Caterpillar Inc., where he was an internal consultant for over 17 years. At Harris Corporation and Northrop Grumman, Dr. Shaikh has developed complex algorithms and simulation programs in solving defense-related problems.
He has served on 54 doctoral dissertations and 106 master’s thesis committees. Dr. Shaikh has supervised nine doctoral students from civil engineering, operations research and computer science. He was recipient of the School of Business “Teacher of the Year” award in 1991 and 1995, and the College of Engineering “Teacher of the Year” award in 2002. He was also a recipient of the “Faculty Excellence in Teaching” award in 2002. Dr. Shaikh was a Fellow at Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, in 1992. In 1992, he was granted full membership to the Operations Research Society of America. He is listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who of Central Florida, Who’s Who in Engineering Education, and Who’s Who Among American Muslims.

Current Research

Systems Engineering.

Quality Engineering

Management of Technology

Management Science/Operations Research


Software Engineering

Selected Publications


Shaikh, M. A., “Communication Network Simulation Models,” Cover Article of a Special Section in the Transactions of the Society for Computer Simulation, Volume 10, Number 1, March 1993, pp. 23-24.

Shaikh, M. A. and W. H. Moore, “Statistical Interpretation of Absolute Requirements,” in the Joint issue of IEEE/Space and Electronic Systems and INCOSE journals, Vol.33, Number 2, April, 1997, pp. 626-631.

Shaikh, M. A., J.M. Vita, and W. H. Moore, “Project Schedule Recomputation After Risk Inclusion,” System Engineering, the Journal of INCOSE, vol. 1 No. 3, October 1998, pp. 242-249.

Shaikh, M. A., “In search of Knowledge,” Message, the Journal of the Islamic Circle of North America, Vol. 23, No. 4/5, April 1999.

Vandevillle, J., and M. A. Shaikh, “Lessons Learned,” System Engineering, the Journal of INCOSE, Vol. 2, No. 3, October 1998, pp. 242-249.

Shaikh, M.A., and M. Al-Ghafees, “Management of the Hajj Process,” Symposium on One Hundred Years of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, November 20, 1999, Washington D.C.

Shaikh, M.A., and G.A. Cahill, “Some Fundamental Aspects of Interest-Free Islamic
Banking,” International Journal, Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Management, June, 1999,

Adam, H., J. E. Deaton, R. W. Hansrote, and M. A. Shaikh, “An Analysis of GPS Usability
and Human Performance in Aviation,” International Journal of Applied Aviation, Volume 4
Number 1, 2004, pp. 107-132