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Daniel A. Nussbaum

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Operations Research Department
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, CA 93943

Glasgow Hall 242
(831) 656-2387
DSN: 756-2387
Fax: (831) 656-2595

Chair of the Energy Academic Group and Visiting Professor of Operations Research
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1971

As the chair of the Energy Academic Group and a faculty member in both the Operations Research Department and the Engineering and Applied Sciences School at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Dan Nussbaum provides several critical functions. He chairs the NPS Energy Academic Group, and provides leadership in the following areas: energy curricula, energy research, and outreach to other institutions. He teaches courses in Cost Estimating and Analysis, mentors students throughout their graduate coursework, including their master's theses, provides Cost Estimating and Business Case Analyses for DoD organizations such as Department of Navy, Department of Air Force, Department of Army, and the Office of Secretary of Defense. He designs, develops and delivers distance learning courses in Cost Estimating and Analysis, especially the world's only all-distance learning Masters in Cost Estimating and Analysis.

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Energy security
  • Energy infrastructure optimization
  • Energy technology
  • Cost/benefit analyses
  • Life cycle cost estimating and modeling
  • PPBES and budget preparation and justification
  • Decision analysis
  • Risk assessment
  • Performance measurement
  • Earned value management
  • Activity based costing
  • Total cost of ownership analyses
Professor Daniel Nussbaum testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on how to improve the acquisition and cost estimating processes in the Department of Defense. Watch the Video (at 23:15) or download the PDF transcript.



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