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Information Sciences Department
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California 93943

Office: GW 2006
(831) 656-3570
Fax: (831) 656-2595
Email: MNissen[at]

Mark E. Nissen

Professor of Information sciences
Director, Edge Center


Prof. Nissen is an avid researcher and incessant learner. He has been recognized for exceptional research productivity and results, and he feels comfortable across a whole life cycle of research methods (e.g., theoretical, qualitative, computational experimentation, laboratory experimentation, field experimentation, implementation, action research & consulting). Mark truly enjoys mentoring and teaching also. He has been recognized for exceptional classroom innovation, and he has mastered the art and science of developing and teaching distance-learning courses, particularly those that require active student interaction and peer learning (e.g., seminar style). Dr. Nissen serves his internal and external communities as well. He serves on the editorial boards of several leading journals, co-chairs numerous conference tracks, reviews an uncountable number of manuscripts, and participates in many administrative roles within the university and volunteer activities in the community.


  • Ph.D. Southern Cal
    • Business Administration Major
    • Concentrations in Information Systems, Artificial Intelligence
    • Co-Advisors: Omar El Sawy (Jim March’s student) and Walt Scacchi (Rob Kling’s student)
  • M.S. Southern Cal
    • Systems Management Major
    • Concentrations in Systems Management, R&D Management
  • B.S. Berkeley
    • Business Administration Major
    • Concentrations in Finance, Accounting, Applied Economics


  • Naval Postgraduate School:
    • Professor (formerly Associate and Assistant Professor)
    • Joint appointment: Operational & Information Sciences/Business & Public Policy Schools
    • U.S. Navy Third Fleet Representative (formerly)
    • Security: TS/SCI
  • US Office of the Secretary of Defense:
    • Director, Edge Center
    • Command & Control Chair Professor (formerly)
  • Stanford University:
    • Visiting Professor, School of Engineering (sabbatical)
    • Adjunct Faculty, Center for Professional Development
  • U.C. Berkeley:
    • Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business (initial placement)
    • Research Fellow, Fisher Center for Information Technology & Management (initial placement)
  • Consulting:
    • Founder & CEO of independent consulting company Scient Potent
    • Many years consulting for very large to very small organizations
  •  Corporate Experience:
    • 12 years experience in aerospace, electronics & information technology (formerly)
    • Technical, analytical, managerial and executive roles & responsibilities

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