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Thomas, John E.

Scholar In Residence


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research overview

  • John is passionate about the promise of sustainable and resilient life experience for future generations. His research interests explore the boundaries of engineering and social science to understand the dynamic relationships between human resilience, psychological development, and the resilience of complex socio-technical systems like critical infrastructure supporting community well-being including energy, water, transportation, communications and cyber-security. Areas of focus include the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral dimensions, capacities, and adaptive processes impacting how humans interact with and depend on complex technological systems amid natural / man-made disasters and catastrophic system failures. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Resilience Engineering Instituteā€”an organization dedicated to the dissemination of resilience knowledge, tools, and resources.


  • resilience, critical infrastructure, critical infrastructure resilience, human resilience, socio-technical systems, socio-ecological systems, community resilience, sustainable engineering, resilience engineering


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courses taught

  • EMEN 4050 - Leadership and Professional Skills
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Accelerate your personal and professional growth with the essential skills required to become an effective leader/manager. Conduct personal development through exercises in communication and leadership effectiveness. Explore leadership styles, managing commitments, change management, negotiation, conflict resolution, organizational culture, emotional intelligence, team dynamics and business ethics.
  • EMEN 4830 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • EMEN 5020 - Finance and Accounting for Engineering Managers
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021 / Summer 2022
    Confidently engage in topics of financial performance, financial statements, time value of money and your own personal finances.' The course focuses on areas relevant to engineering and technical managers, including product and process cost analyses, cost-volume-profitability calculations, discounted cash flow techniques for project selection, creating project and departmental budgets, valuation of intellectual property and entrepreneurial finance.
  • EMEN 5094 - Entrepreneurship for Engineers
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    Explores the process of new venture creation as it relates to both launching a technology-based startup (entrepreneurship), and the introduction of new products and services within an existing firm (intrapreneurship). The course features a semester project that incorporates all elements of the new venture process, enabling engineers to transform their own innovative ideas into viable and sustainable business opportunities.
  • EMEN 5830 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    May be repeated up to 9 credit hours.
  • ENVM 5002 - Analyzing Socio-Environmental Systems
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Learn to use a 'systems thinking' approach to address complex environmental challenges. The objective is to introduce students to thinking about environmental challenges in a holistic manner, helping them to understand the connectivity between different parts of the same system and to identify the synergies and trade-offs contained within most socio-environmental systems.


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