Robert J. Cloutier, Ph.D.

Robert J. Cloutier, Ph.D.

Systems Engineering Program Chair
Systems Engineering


  • Ph.D. Systems Engineering, (2006) Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. Thesis: “Applicability of Patterns to Architecting Complex Systems”, Advisor: Dr. Dinesh Verma
  • M.B.A. Leadership, (1999) Eastern College, St. Davids, PA
  • B.S. Physical Science, (1978) United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD


Dr. Cloutier's research interests include concept of operations, system architecting, model based systems engineering, complex patterns for systems engineering, visualizing socio-technical systems and a systems engineering metaverse.


Cloutier, R., Baldwin, C., and Bone, M. (2015). Systems Engineering Simplified. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9781498706681

Recent Journal Articles:

Loaiza, JH, Cloutier, R. (2022). Analyzing the Implementation of a Digital Twin Manufacturing System: Using a Systems Thinking Approach. MDPI Systems.

Sebastian, K., Cloutier, R., Hsiao, KT. (2021). A Comprehensive Commercialization Framework for Nanocomposites Utilizing a Model-Based Systems Engineering Approach. MDPI Systems, 9,84. Download at: file:///C:/Users/rober/Downloads/systems-09-00084.pdf

Lippert, K., Cloutier, R. (2021). Cyberspace: A Digital Ecosystem. Systems, 9(3), 48; 

Lippert, K., Cloutier, R. (2019). TRIZ for Digital Systems Engineering: New Characteristics and Principles Redefined. Systems, 7(3), 39,

Glover, T., Cloutier, R., Gill, T. (2018). Development of a Systems Engineering Undergraduate Elective for Chemical Engineering Students. Chemical Engineering Education, Chemical Engineering Division, American Society for Engineering Education, Vol. 52, No. 4

Recent Graduates:

Ifezue Obiako, Ph.D. Systems Engineering. “Toward a Bio-inspired System Architecting Framework: Simulation of the Integration of Autonomous Bus Fleets & Alternative Fuel Infrastructures in Closed Sociotechnical Environments”. University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL. May 2022.

Salter, Cody, D.Sc. Systems Engineering. “Improving Systems Reliability”. University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL. Summer 2018.


  • SE601: Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
  • SE603: Integration and Test
  • SE604: Software Systems Engineering
  • SE605: Project Engineering
  • SE606: Systems Architecture
  • SE610: Systems Thinking