Professor Wade’s objective is to ensure that research is conducted and curriculum is developed in systems engineering that will have the greatest impact on addressing the critical challenges that face our global society and nation. As such, his focus has been two-fold. First, it is to guide and inspire the overall field of systems engineering research. The second is to lead research in the area of systems engineering education which has the greatest possible impact due to the multiplier effect of reaching the most students and practitioners in the field.
Jon Wade is a professor of practice at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California at San Diego where he is currently designing transdisciplinary education and research programs oriented around the fundamental principles of contemporary closed-loop systems engineering design. Previously, Dr. Wade was a research professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at the Stevens Institute of Technology where he also served as the chief technology officer of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC) UARC. His industrial experience includes serving as executive vice president of Engineering at International Game Technology (IGT), senior director of Enterprise Server Development at Sun Microsystems and director of Advanced System Development at Thinking Machines Corporation.