Dr. Daniel DeLaurentis is professor in Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he also directs the Center for Integrated Systems in Aerospace (CISA). His primary research and teaching interests include problem formulation, modeling, design and system engineering methods for aerospace systems and systems-of-systems. Dr. DeLaurentis annually teaches a graduate course “System of Systems Modeling and Analysis” at Purdue, now regularly having enrollment of greater than 100 students (combined online and residential). In 2016, he received the inaugural Purdue Outstanding Engineering Graduate Student Mentor Award, selected by graduate students in the Aero/Astro School.   

Dr. DeLaurentis also provides national leadership via two key roles. As Director of Purdue’s Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation (i-GSDI), Dr. DeLaurentis advances the mission of the Institute to converge Purdue’s interdisciplinary resources to bring timely, responsive and transformative solutions to the most pressing security and defense challenges facing the nation and the world. As the Chief Scientist of the U.S. DoD’s Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) UARC, DeLaurentis works to understand the systems engineering research needs of the defense community (primarily) and translate that to project opportunities and mapped to the nation’s best researchers and students in the SERC network of 22 universities.  

In addition to being Senior Research Fellow at the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, he is a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).  

System of systems integration is my research area and my passion; integrating technology and diplomacy for mutual benefit is the grandest manifestation of this approach.