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Warren Vaneman, Ph.D.


Warren Vaneman has more than 30 years of leadership and technical experience within the U.S. government.   He currently serves as a Professor of Practice in the Systems Engineering Department at the Naval Postgraduate School, a position he has held since April 2008.  Prior to joining NPS, he held various systems engineering positions, including the Chief Systems Architect of a large world-wide system of systems. This position helped shape his thinking about System of Systems Engineering, and Model-Based Systems Engineering, which became the focus of his research at NPS.

Warren is a Retired Navy Reserve Captain, and veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (1990-91), and Operation Enduring Freedom, in Afghanistan, (2010-11).  The Navy entrusted him to six command tours, including command of a unit in Afghanistan. He has been awarded two Legions of Merit – the sixth highest military award.

After receiving a B.S. from the State University of New York Maritime College, Warren found his way to Virginia Tech in Northern Virginia.  Initially he was enrolled in the Geodetic Engineering Program, within the Civil Engineering Department, but that program was cancelled after taking two courses.  Unsure about his future as a Hokie, he spoke to Marilyn Hedges and Prof. Ken Harmon, at the Northern Virginia Center, who convinced him to pursue a M.S. in Systems Engineering.  He received that degree in May 1997. Having graduated with a desire to learn more, he pursued a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Having successfully worked with Dr. Kostas Triantis during his thesis, Warren invited Kostas to serve as his dissertation committee chair.  Warren received his Ph.D. in December 2002. Due to Kostas’ mentorship, Warren was honored with the Virginia Tech Distinguished Dissertation Award. He continues his affiliation with Virginia Tech, often serving as an adjunct professor.

Warren’s wife Robin is an elementary school counselor, and graduate of George Mason University.  Their oldest son Wyatt was born while they were living in Blacksburg while Warren was working on his Ph.D. course work.  Wyatt is attending George Mason pursuing a degree in Information Technology. Their youngest son Noah will begin his life as a Hokie starting in the fall 2019, as an engineering major.