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Jury Procedures for Systems Engineering Decision Making

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 4

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Systems Engineering

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26.1048.1 - 26.1048.12



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Eric D Smith University of Texas, El Paso

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Eric D. Smith is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). He works within the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering (IMSE) Department, in particular with the Master of Science in Systems Engineering Program. He earned a B.S. in Physics in 1994, an M.S. in Systems Engineering in 2003, and his Ph.D. in Systems and Industrial Engineering in 2006 from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. His dissertation research lay at the interface of systems engineering, cognitive science, and multi-criteria decision making. He earned his J.D. from Northwestern California University School of Law.

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Oscar H. Salcedo University of Texas, El Paso

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Bachelors of Science in Mech Engineering, Master of Arts in Political Science, currently pursuing PhD degree in Engineering Education. Director of Corporate Relations for College of Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso, and Coordinator for the Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems.

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Aditya Akundi University of Texas, El Paso Orcid 16x16

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Aditya Akundi is currently a doctoral student at the University of Texas at El Paso in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) track. He earned a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2012. He has worked on a number of projects in the field of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Additive Manufacturing and Green Energy Manufacturing. He is the current president of INCOSE UTEP student chapter along with being involved in UTEP Green Fund committee. His research interests are in Systems Engineering & Architecture, Complex systems, Systems testing and Application of Entropy to Complex Systems.

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Jury Procedures for Systems Engineering Decision MakingTradeoff studies used in engineering choices are organized in a branching tree conceptualstructure that curiously matches the conceptual schema employed by the law to find the bestalternative in the natural world of human occurrences. Just as tradeoff study trees differentiate alevel of attributes and a level of measures, common law legal practice has institutionalized theseparation of the trier-of-law and the trier-of-fact. Recognition of this similarity leads to theinvestigation of how the knowledge employed in each method can inform the other, both havingevolved in rather insular research and practice fields. Broadly speaking, technical tradeoffstudies can lend precision to this hybridization, while legal processes utilized in the jury trialsystem can provide wisdom as to the management of human perceptions and biases. This cross-disciplinary comparison helps engineering acknowledge and engage these human biases with aformulation and analysis of the components and workings of the law. While both decisionprocesses span the breach between complementary qualitative and quantitative regions, theyemploy vastly different apparati that are best studied together. 

Smith, E. D., & Salcedo, O. H., & Akundi, A. (2015, June), Jury Procedures for Systems Engineering Decision Making Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24385

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