Thomas C. Ford, Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering

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Education

 2008, Doctor of Philosophy, Systems Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, OH,  Interoperability Measurement, Advisor: John Colombi

 1998, Master of Science in Engineering, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

 1994, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

 1994, Bachelor of Arts in Chinese, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Awards

  • Integrity Applications Incorporated Team Impact Award (as EDDS Team Lead), 2018
  • AFIT Team of the Year (as a member of the Center for Space Research and Assurance), 2015
  • National Reconnaissance Office Silver Medal, 2012
  • Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute, 3-year full-tuition graduate scholarship, 1995
  • Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps 4-year full-tuition scholarship and grant, 1988
  • Brigham Young University, 2-year full-tuition undergraduate scholarship, 1988
  • Eagle Scout, 1981

Publications

JOURNAL ARTICLES

Michael E. MillerF, John M. McGuirlF, Michael F. Schneider#, Thomas C. Ford. “A SysML Language Extension and Method to Permit Modeling of Human-Agent Teams,” Systems Engineering.  Published on-line, May 2020.

Torrey J. WagnerF, Thomas C. Ford. “DoD Applications of Agile Software Development Methods,” Journal of Defense Research and Engineering. Vol1, Issue 3, Special Edition, 2018

Thomas C. Ford, David W. MeyerF, John M. ColombiF, Brian K. Scheller*, and Cody G. Palmer#, “A Method of Assessing Time-Variant Value of Multi-Domain Architectures,” Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation. Published on-line June 29, 2016.

Christos Chalyvidis#, Jeffrey OgdenF, Alan JohnsonF, John ColombiF, Thomas Ford. “A Method for Measuring Supply Chain Interoperability,” Supply Chain Forum. Vol 17, Issue 4, 2016.

Thomas C. Ford, John M. ColombiF, David R. JacquesF and Scott R. GrahamF, “A General Method of Measuring Interoperability and Describing Its Impact on Operational Effectiveness,” Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation. January 1, 2009, 6:17-32. (Invited Paper)

Thomas C. Ford, John M. ColombiF, David R. JacquesF and Scott R. GrahamF. “On the Application of Classification Concepts to Systems Engineering Design and Evaluation,” Journal of Systems Engineering. Vol 12, No. 2, 2009.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Daniel Cipera*, David R. JacquesF, and Thomas C. Ford. “Using MBSE in Satellite Architecture Trade Studies—A Practical Example,” Proceedings of the 2018 Conference on Systems Engineering Research. Charlottesville, Virginia, May 8-9, 2018.

Cody G. Palmer#, John M. ColombiF, Thomas C. Ford. “Evaluating Multi-Domain System-of-Systems Concepts Using Model-based Systems Engineering,” Proceedings of the 2016 Conference on Systems Engineering Research.  Huntsville, Alabama, March 22-24, 2016.

Alan C. JohnsonF, Jeffrey A. OgdenF, and Thomas C. Ford, “A Method of Measuring Supply Chain Interoperability,” Proceedings of the 2010 Institute of Industrial Engineering Research Conference. Cancun, Mexico, June 5-9, 2010.

Thomas C. Ford, John M. ColombiF, David R. JacquesF and Scott R. GrahamF, "Measuring System Interoperability: An i-Score Improvement." Proceedings of the 6th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research. Los Angeles, CA, April 4-5, 2008.

Thomas C. Ford, John M. ColombiF, David R. JacquesF and Scott R. GrahamF, "A Survey on Interoperability Measurement." Proceedings of the 12th International Command and Control Research and Technology Symposium. Newport, RI, June 19-21, 2007.

Thomas C. Ford, John M. ColombiF, David R. JacquesF and Scott R. GrahamF, "The Interoperability Score." Proceedings of the 5th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research. Hoboken, N.J., March 14-16, 2007.

Torrey WagnerF and Thomas C. Ford. “Metrics to Meet Security & Privacy Requirements with Agile Software Development Methods in a Regulated Environment.”  Accepted for Publication by the 2020 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC) in Khalua-Kona, HI, 17-20 February 2020.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Thomas C. Ford, David W. MeyerF, John M. ColombiF, Brian K. Scheller*, and Cody G. Palmer#, “A Method of Assessing Time-Variant Value of Multi-Domain Architectures,” IAI Tech Journal 2016. Integrity Applications Incorporated, Chantilly, VA. 2016.

Thomas Ford, (2015). “Systems Interoperability Measurement,” In Adedeji BadiruF & LeAnn RaczE (Eds.), Handbook of Measurements: Benchmarks for Systems Accuracy and Precision (pp 217-238). November 2015. Boca Raton, FL:CRC Press.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS/SPEECHES

Thomas C. Ford, “Supercomputing with Systems Tool Kit (STK) for Complex System Trade Studies,” Air Force Institute of Technology 2015 Annual Report.

Thomas C. Ford, “Space Resiliency,” Invited Speech, Society of Space Professionals Int’l, December 2013.

Thomas C. Ford, “Interoperability Measurement,” Doctoral Dissertation, Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, OH, August 2008.

Key: * students advised by Dr. Ford, # students advised by others, F AFIT faculty, E External collaborator

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