Professor Amy Thompson

"Complexity in Technology and Business and the Demand for System Engineering"
Monday, October 19, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Marvin K. Peterson Library


The intense global competition of the last two decades to produce valuable and marketable consumer products has led to product complexity and diversity, and production, distribution and service complexity for multinational corporations.

For companies that design and manufacture high-tech engineered systems, the demand for integration of newly developed sophisticated and novel technologies has led to high levels of risk in terms of cost, schedule and system performance within their development cycles.

A well-designed system engineering degree program can produce graduates with unique skills to help companies tackle the design and development of complex engineered products and work systems. Examples, cases, and demonstrations will illustrate this view.

Biographical Information

Amy Thompson received her bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 2001 and her master’s degree in manufacturing engineering in 2004 from the University of Rhode Island. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in industrial and manufacturing engineering at the University of Rhode Island.

She is currently an assistant professor of System Engineering in the newly initiated B.S. System Engineering program at the University of New Haven. Prior to her appointment at the University of New Haven, she conducted research and performed case studies in supply chain and transportation network design that resulted in her being named by the U.S. Department of Transportation as an Outstanding Student of the Year in 2008.

In addition, she has also conducted research in ‘lights-out’ manufacturing, the study of completely automated production facilities. She has worked in several industries including the agriculture, pharmaceutical, medical device, scheduling software, and video game cabinet industries. While at Sandoz Agro Inc. (now Novartis), she was awarded a U.S. Patent for design and development of an eco-friendly fly abatement product.

Her main research interests include system design, development and optimization, and incorporating system thinking, design for environment, and service-based learning into undergraduate engineering curriculum. Amy Thompson currently serves as the Assistant Regional Vice President for the Institute of Industrial Engineers for the Northeast Region.