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Thomas Roberts

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Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Professor of Practice
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005
Biography

Dr. Roberts is a systems engineer who returned to academia after a 25-year career participating in some of the largest systems humans have ever created and deployed. These include both commercial and government space-based communications systems as well as terrestrial wireless systems.  He also spent several years developing systems in the healthcare claims management arena. His work included explorations of artificial intelligence and biomimicry in deploying fault-tolerant distributed systems. As an expert in large, distributed systems, his most recent research includes contributions in the understanding of complexity and operationalizing the concept of resilience. His degrees are in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Ethics of Emerging Technologies, and Civil/Environmental Engineering. He teaches sustainable systems engineering including the following classes:

CEE 598 Sustainable Engineering Ethics

CEE 598 System Analysis and Modeling

CEE 400 Earth Systems Engineering and Management

CEE 581/SOS 552 Advanced Earth Systems Engineering and Management

CEE 582/SOS 515 Industrial Ecology

CEE 181/SOS 181/FSE 181 Tech, Social, Sustainable Systems

Research Interests

Systems

Resilience

Adaptive Capacity

Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FSE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
SOS 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
CEE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
CNE 400Earth Systems Engr & Mgmt
CEE 400Earth Systems Engr & Mgmt
SOS 552Adv Earth Systems Engr&Mgmt
CEE 581Adv Earth Systems Engr&Mgmt
SOS 590Reading and Conference
CEE 598Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
FSE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
CEE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
CEE 400Earth Systems Engr & Mgmt
CNE 400Earth Systems Engr & Mgmt
SOS 515Industr Ecol & Design for Sust
CEE 582Industr Ecol & Design for Sust
CEE 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FSE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
SOS 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
CEE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
CNE 400Earth Systems Engr & Mgmt
CEE 400Earth Systems Engr & Mgmt
SOS 552Adv Earth Systems Engr&Mgmt
CEE 581Adv Earth Systems Engr&Mgmt
SOS 590Reading and Conference
CEE 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FSE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
SOS 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
CEE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
CNE 400Earth Systems Engr & Mgmt
CEE 400Earth Systems Engr & Mgmt
SOS 515Industr Ecol & Design for Sust
CEE 582Industr Ecol & Design for Sust
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
CEE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
FSE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
SOS 552Adv Earth Systems Engr&Mgmt
CEE 581Adv Earth Systems Engr&Mgmt
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
CEE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
FSE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
SOS 515Industr Ecol & Design for Sust
CEE 582Industr Ecol & Design for Sust
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
CEE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
FSE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
SOS 552Adv Earth Systems Engr&Mgmt
CEE 581Adv Earth Systems Engr&Mgmt
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
CEE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
FSE 181Tech, Social, & Sustain System
SOS 515Industr Ecol & Design for Sust
CEE 582Industr Ecol & Design for Sust
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 515Industr Ecol & Design for Sust
SOS 552Adv Earth Systems Engr&Mgmt
CEE 581Adv Earth Systems Engr&Mgmt
CEE 582Industr Ecol & Design for Sust
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 181Intro to Sustainable Engineerg
CEE 181Intro to Sustainable Engineerg
SOS 515Industr Ecol & Design for Sust
SOS 552Adv Earth Systems Engr&Mgmt
CEE 581Adv Earth Systems Engr&Mgmt
CEE 582Industr Ecol & Design for Sust