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Clifford Whitcomb
Distinguished Professor
Department of Systems Engineering
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-3001
Email: cawhitco (at)
PhD - University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1998
Mechanical Engineering
SM - MIT, Cambridge, MA, 1992
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Naval Engineer - MIT, Cambridge, MA, 1992
Naval Engineering
BSE - University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1984
Nuclear Engineering
  • 2010-present Professor
  • Certified Systems Engineering Professional (INCOSE) (2004)
  • Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt (NGSS) (2004)
  • Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Professor of Engineering Management, and Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Endowed Chair in Shipbuilding and Engineering, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA August 2003 – July 2005
  • Eminent Scientist, Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia, PA, April 2003 – July 2005
  • Director, MIT-UTC Systems Engineering Program, Senior Lecturer, and Research Scientist, Leaders for Manufacturing (LFM) and System Design and Management (SDM) Program, Engineering Systems Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, February 2001 – June 2003
  • Associate Professor of Naval Construction and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, July 1998 – February 2001
  • Program Officer, Ship Structures and Systems Science and Technology Division, Office of Naval Research (ONR), Arlington VA, October 1995 – July 1998
  • Ship Design Research Engineer, Carderock Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (CDNSWC), Bethesda, MD, June 1992 – September 1995
  • Shipwork Coordinator, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Groton, CT, October 1986 – May 1989
  • Communications Officer and Assistant Operations Officer, USS Scamp (SSN-588), April 1985 – October 1986
  • Teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in naval architecture and marine engineering and systems engineering.
  • Developing and teaching via distributed learning over the web.
  • Developed and teach Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt, and Champion courses, as well as Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) courses for shipbuilding industry.
  • Developed and teach Naval Systems Architecture and Naval Systems Engineering courses for US Navy acquisition personnel and government contractors.
  • Systems and systems-of-systems (SoS) architecture, naval construction and engineering, Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma, naval systems engineering, naval surface combatant and submarine design and production, robust design and production, submarine propulsion systems, electric power systems engineering, computer and internet-aided product development, multidisciplinary design optimization, and multiple criteria decision making.
  • SNAME Elmer L. Hann Award from the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers for best paper at 2008 Ship Production Symposium, 2009
  • Northrop Grumman Award for Scholastic Excellence in Systems Engineering Analysis, 2008
  • ASNE “Jimmie” Hamilton award for best publication in the Naval Engineers Journal, 2005
  • Dr. James A. Lysnik Student Ship Design Competition, Society of Naval Architects and Naval Engineers, supervised a naval architecture project of a fast naval combatant at UNO that won second place in this international competition, 2005
  • International Student Workboat/Small Craft/Yacht Design Competition (ISWSCYDC), Third Place, 2005 – supervised an undergraduate naval architecture project of a sailing yacht at UNO that won third place in this international competition, 2005
  • ASNE President’s Award for work as Papers Chair for the ASNE Reconfigurability and Survivability Symposium, February 2005
  • Martin A. Abkowitz International Fellowship – MIT, Cambridge, MA 2001
  • SNAME National Student Paper Award - SNAME National Conference, New York 1992.
  • Editor-in-Chief, Naval Engineers Journal, American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE), March 2005 – present.
  • Member, Board of Directors, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), January 2000 – January 2003.
  • Member ASNE, INCOSE.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • Auguston, M, and C. Whitcomb, “System Architecture Specification Based on Behavior Models”, 15th ICCRTS, Santa Monica, CA, 2010.
  • Psallidas, Konstantinos, J. C. Hootman, and C. A. Whitcomb, “Theater Level Impacts of Advanced Air Independent Propulsion Systems on Conventional Submarines”, Naval Engineers Journal, Volume 122, Issue 1, 2010.
  • Psallidas, Konstantinos, J. C. Hootman, and C. A. Whitcomb, “Forecasting System Level Impacts of Technology Infusion in Ship Design”, Naval Engineers Journal, Volume 122, Issue 1, 2010.
  • Whitcomb, Clifford, W. Hlavin, J. Southworth, and C. Addington, "Model-Based Methodology for System of Systems Engineering with Application to the Development of the Architecture for the Unmanned Vehicle Sentry", ASNE Annual Symposium, 2009.
  • Whitcomb, Clifford, W. Hlavin, J. Southworth, and C. Addington, "Model-Based Systems Engineering Approach To US Navy Towing and Salvage Fleet Recapitalization", Towing and Salvage Symposium, ASNE, 2009.
  • Keywords: SoS, Systems Architecture, Naval Systems Engineering, Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma, Lean, Design Optimization, Multiple Criteria Decision Making

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