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Karen Holness

Instructor | College of Engineering and Science - Mathematics and Systems Engineering

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Personal Overview

Adaptable Systems Engineer and Industrial Engineer with over 20 years of process focused work experience across manufacturing operations, military operations, higher education, and research. 

Educational Background

Ph.D. Industrial and Systems Engineering, University at Buffalo, February 2008

M.S. Industrial Engineering, University at Buffalo, June 2004

B.S. Industrial Engineering, University at Buffalo, June 1998

B.A. American Studies, University of Notre Dame, June 1994

Professional Experience

Florida Institute of Technology, Department of Mathematics and Systems Engineering, Instructor, August 2023 - present

Florida Institute of Technology, Adjunct Faculty (Systems Engineering), August 2020 - August 2023

Naval Postgraduate School, Department of Systems Engineering, Distance Learning Lecturer/Assistant Professor, July 2015 - September 2019

Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, General Engineer, August 2009 - July 2015

Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, Industrial Engineer, March 2007 - August 2009

Corning Incorporated, Industrial Engineer, July 1998 - September 2001

NASA Kennedy Space Center, Industrial Engineering Intern, May 1997 - August 1997

Current Courses

SYS 5310 Systems Engineering Principles

SYS 5315 Model-Based Systems Engineering

SYS 5350 Systems Modeling and Analysis

SYS 5365 Decisions and Risk Analysis

SYS 5420 Systems Architecture Fundamentals

SYS 5460 Systems Requirements Analysis


Systems Engineering Supporting Processes: Comparisons, Categorizations/Classifications, Correlations, Combinations, Measurement, Requirements

National Society of Black Engineers, Lifetime Member

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