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Chris Paredis

Chris Paredis Visiting Professor
(864) 283-7218
4 Research Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
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Dr. Chris Paredis joined the Automotive Engineering faculty in January 2018 as the BMW Endowed Chair in Systems Integration. Previously, he served on the Mechanical Engineering faculty at Georgia Tech (2002-2017), as Program Director at the National Science Foundation (2014-2016) in the areas of systems engineering and design (ESD, SYS, and DEMS—currently the EDSE program), and as research scientist in the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems at Carnegie Mellon (1996-2002).

Dr. Paredis' research focuses on systems engineering and design. His work combines aspects of decision theory, information technology, simulation, and systems theory to support the design of complex engineered systems. In particular, he has contributed to the area of Model-Based Systems Engineering, with a focus on integration between system descriptive models (e.g., in SysML) and predictive analysis models (e.g., in Modelica). Complementary to MBSE, is a focus on decision theory and, in particular, value of information theory. He has recognized that systems engineering and design can be considered as an information gathering process, in which specification and prediction models are gradually refined in search of system alternatives that promise to be most valuable. Value of information theory helps engineers identify the most valuable information sources at each stage in the development process.

Dr. Paredis is a Fellow of the ASME and has served in several leadership roles within the ASME community. He is past Chair of the ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Division, and has served as Conference Chair for the 2007 Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (CIE'07). Dr. Paredis currently serves as co-Editor of the ASME book series, Advances in Computers and Information in Engineering Research.

Dr. Paredis is also very active in the systems engineering community. He was a co-author of the INCOSE "Systems Engineering Vision 2025—A World in Motion" (2014) and he served as the Conference Chair for the 2013 Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER'13).

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the Belgian American Educational Foundation (1989–1990)
  • Robert E. Fulton EIM (Engineering Information Management) Best Paper Award (2004)
  • The Society of Automotive Engineer’s Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (2007)
  • The CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2007)
  • Recipient of a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship awarded by the British Royal Academy of Engineering (2009)
  • The SEIKM TC (Systems Engineering, Information and Knowledge Management Technical Committee) Best Paper Award (2010)
  • Best Workshop Paper at the 2010 International Workshop on Model Based Architecting and Construction of Embedded Systems (2010)
  • Best Workshop Paper at the 4th International Workshop on Multi-Paradigm Modeling (2010)
  • ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Excellence in Research Award (2011)
  • Best Paper Award at SimBuild, Fifth National Conference of IBPSA-USA (2012)
  • INCOSE Outstanding Service Award (2014)
  • Fellow of the ASME (2017)