SYSTEMS SCIENCE CENTER LEADERSHIP

Pamela Sydelko

Pamela Sydelko, Pamela Sydelko, Director System Science Global Security Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Director, Systems Science Center

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory

Pamela Sydelko is the Director of the Systems Science Center, which is part of the Global Security Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory.  As a soil scientist and geographical information system specialist, Ms. Sydelko’s early career focused on integrated environmental and land management research and the development of spatio/temporal modeling applications.  Over the last 30 years, she has led the development of numerous innovative modeling, analysis and decision support technologies, focusing on integrated multi-component software systems in diverse domains such as environmental science, energy, and homeland/national security.  

Recently, Ms. Sydelko has been working on her PhD in Systems Science at the University of Hull, UK where she is applying systems thinking approaches within the context of addressing very complex problems requiring the integration of multiple methods and technologies. 

Ms. Sydelko earned her MBA from the University of Chicago, her M.S. in Soil Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her B.S. in Botany/Ecology from North Dakota State University.

Michael Samsa

Michael Samsa is Deputy Director of the Systems Science Center in the Global Security Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory.

Deputy Director, Systems Science Center

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory

Michael Samsa is Deputy Director of the Systems Science Center in the Global Security Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He is an accomplished systems professional who specializes in the development and application of decision support systems and risk management strategies for public and private sector clients. He has extensive operational and leadership experience counseling organizations in methods to improve risk management and decision making in highly dynamic and uncertain environments as diverse as aviation security, emergency public health management, nuclear waste, and large-scale experimental facility design selection.

Prior to joining Argonne in 2002, Michael was a member of the leadership team at Allegheny Energy Solutions, an energy services and commodity marketing firm, where was responsible for financial planning, business forecasting, and acquisition analysis. He also held various leadership positions with the Gas Research Institute (GRI), a natural gas industry research consortium. While with GRI he led the organization’s new business ventures unit where he negotiated new product and service joint ventures valued at over $100 million.

Michael Samsa holds a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin.

Michael J. North

Michael J. North, MBA, Ph.D

Group Leader, Integrated Analytics

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory

Michael J. North, MBA, PhD is the Group Leader of the Integrated Analytics Group and a Principal Computer Scientist within the Global Security Sciences Division of Argonne National Laboratory. He is also a Senior Fellow in the joint Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne. Dr. North has over 25 years of experience developing advanced analytics applications for industry, government, and academia. Dr. North is the lead developer for the widely used free and open source Repast agent-based modeling suite (http://repast.sourceforge.net).

Dr. North has published two books, five conference proceedings, one journal special issue, eight book chapters, four invited encyclopedia entries, 25 journal articles, and over 75 conference papers. According to Google Scholar Dr. North’s h-index is 23 and he has over 4,058 citations to his work. Dr. North and some of his work have appeared on the cover of the July 27, 2007 edition of Science.

Dr. North holds ten college degrees, including a PhD in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. North also holds the Project Management Professional credential from the Project Management Institute, the Professional Software Engineering Master Certification from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society, and the Certified Software Quality Engineer credential from the American Society for Quality. The Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Society for Quality have all recognized Dr. North as a Senior Member. Dr. North has also completed the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Advanced Strategy Program and the Strategic Laboratory Leadership Program.

Charles Macal

Charles Macal, Group Leader, Integrated Analytics, Global Security Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Group Leader, Social and Behavioral Systems

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory

Charles Macal, PhD, PE, is Senior Systems Engineer, Argonne Distinguished Fellow, and Group Leader of the Social & Behavioral Systems Group within the Global Security Sciences Division of Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Macal is recognized globally as a leader in the field of agent-based modeling and simulation and has led interdisciplinary research teams in developing innovative computer simulation models in application areas including global and regional energy markets, critical materials, electric power, healthcare and infectious diseases, environment and sustainability, and technology adoption.

Dr. Macal holds Senior Fellow appointments at the Computation Institute (CI) of the University of Chicago and the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering (NAISE). His work in systems engineering has been recognized by Wolfram Research, developer of the Mathematica computational mathematics system, with a Wolfram Innovator Award.

He received a PhD in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences from Northwestern University and holds an MS in Industrial Engineering and a BS in Engineering Sciences from Purdue University.  He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Illinois and holds senior memberships in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society for Computer Simulation International (SCSI), and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).  

Marius Stan

Marius Stan

Group Leader, Complex Physical Systems

Global Security Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory

Marius Stan, PhD, is a Senior Computational Scientist and the Group Leader of the Complex Physical Systems group within the Global Security Sciences Division of Argonne National Laboratory. He is also a Senior Fellow in the University of Chicago-Argonne Computation Institute and Senior Fellow in the Northwestern-Argonne Institute for Science and Engineering.

The goal of Marius’ research is to discover or design complex physical systems such as multi-component materials, complex structures, and device architectures for energy and electronics applications, including nuclear fuels, battery electrodes, and materials for the new generation computers. To that end, Marius uses multi-scale computer simulations, machine learning and elements of artificial intelligence. Marius has edited and authored eight books/book chapters, more than 80 peer review articles, and more than 120 invited presentations at international conferences. He is currently writing a book on “Models and Simulations of Materials” for Taylor & Francis.

Marius graduated with a B.S. in Physics from the University of Bucharest, Romania and received the Ph. D. in Chemistry from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Romanian Academy. After more than a decade at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Marius joined Argonne National Laboratory in 2010 as a Senior Computational Energy Scientist. Over the last twenty years, Marius has developed an international strategy for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) that resulted in a working party and five international expert groups involving eighteen OECD countries. In 2002, he created the Materials Models and Simulations for Nuclear Fuels (MMSNF) international workshop series that pioneered – and continues to promote – the concept of “multi-scale models and simulations”, a methodology that is now being used worldwide.