Alejandro Salado

Assistant Professor

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Research Areas

Main Area: Management Systems Engineering

Specific Areas:  please click the upside down arrow of Topic 3 to 7 below for more details.

Is there an underlying science of good system architecting? Can we scientifically define system elegance? Are elegance and affordability somehow related? And can we use those scientific foundations to increase the chances of developing elegant systems or even to do it in a deterministic manner?

Is it possible to model emergence in complexity? How would that affect the way we design and architect systems? Can we create numerical models of the relationships between the different types of complexities? Can we identify when, what, and how complexity results in chaos or in re-organization? Can we use those findings to architect a system that bounds the risks associated to different types of complexity?

How can we better pursue formally and in practical terms “completeness” in every aspect of systems engineering?

What does systems science tell us about the effects of hierarchical decisions on system and organization performance? Can we use those findings to develop methods that enable linking any decision to the global goals of a system or an organization? Can scientific foundations enable in a deterministic manner defining optimal amounts of decision criteria and judges to be used in a given decision?

Are there scientific foundations that enable in a deterministic manner distinguishing between non-systems, systems, and systems-of-systems, i.e. de-fuzzing their definitions? If systems of systems emerge, can they then be formally designed or architected from scratch? How does distributed governance affect traditional operational effectiveness metrics? Can we find architecting principles that promote positive emergence, i.e. positive consequences of emergent behavior, and limit the negative ones?

  • Ph.D., Systems Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2014
  • MEng., Space Systems Engineering, TU Delft, 2008
  • MSc., Project Management, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, 2009
  • MSc., Electronics Engineering, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, 2010
  • BSc./MSc. (Integrated), Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Polytechnic University of Valencia, 2007

  • 2016 - present, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2012-2015, Systems Engineer, OHB System AG, Germany
  • 2008-2012, Satellite Systems Engineer, EADS Astrium GmbH (now Airbus Defense and Space), Germany
  • 2006-2008, Electronics Engineer/Systems Engineer/Project Manager, NTE S.A. (now NTE-SENER S.A.), Spain
  • 2005-2006, Electronics Engineer (internship), Delta-Utec SRC, The Netherlands
  • 2005, Electrical Systems Engineer (internship), European Space Agency, The Netherlands
  • 2013-2015, Industry Professor of Systems Engineering, Vestfold Buskerud University, Norway
  • 2011-2014, Research Associate, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
  • 2012, Adjunct Professor of Communication and Leadership, ICAI, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Spain
  • 2008-2011, Invited lecturer, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
  • ENGR 5004 Applied Systems Engineering
  • ISE 4304 Global Issues in Industrial Management

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  • A. Salado and R. Nilchiani. (2016) “The Concept of Order of Conflict in Requirements Engineering,” IEEE Systems Journal, Volume 10, No. 1, pp. 25-35.
  • A. Salado and C. Salado. (2015) “Systems Engineering Practices Exhibited in the Creation of a Film Original Score.” INCOSE International Symposium, Seattle, WA, 2015.
  • A. Salado. (2015) “Abandonment: A Natural Consequence of Autonomy and Belonging in Systems of Systems.” 10th Annual Conference on System of Systems Engineering, San Antonio, TX, 2015.
  • A. Salado and R. Nilchiani. (2015) “A Research on Measuring and Reducing Problem Complexity to Increase System Affordability: From Theory to Practice.” Procedia Computer Science, Volume 44, pp. 21-30.
  • A. Salado and R. Nilchiani. (2014) “A Categorization Model of Requirements Based on Max-Neef’s Model of Human Needs,” Systems Engineering, Volume 17, pp. 348-360.
  • INCOSE
  • Best Academic Paper – Conference on Systems Engineering Research CSER, 2015
  • You’re the best contest – 11th European Space Weather Week, 2014
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award in Research in Systems Engineering, Engineering Management and Enterprise Systems,Stevens Institute of Technology, 2014
  • The Fabrycky-Blanchard Award for Systems Engineering Research, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2014
  • The Best Student Paper Award, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2014
  • Fulbright International Science and Technology Award, 2010

Alejandro Salado

Alejandro Salado
Alejandro Salado
  • (540) 231-0483
  • asalado@vt.edu
  • 217 Durham Hall
    (MC 0118)
    1145 Perry Street
    Blacksburg, VA 24061