Alejandro Salado

Assistant Professor

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Research Areas

Main Area: Systems Engineering

I develop techniques for improving the elicitation of needs and derivation of requirements by means of achieving higher levels of coverage with lower amounts of requirements. These techniques include the development of true model-based requirements, the automated generation of contractual requirements out of model elements, and the incorporation of artificial intelligence as an engineering assistant to the requirements analyst, leveraging organizational knowledge and model structures.

I develop approaches to improve system architecture and design in two areas: 1) Realistic application of fundamental theories and 2) Aggregation of architectural perspectives, with a particular focus to assessing the impact of contractual structures to the system architecture. These approaches are based on decision-based design, value-based engineering, and graph theory.

I study how engineers make V&V decisions and develop quantitative methods to improve those decisions. These methods leverage statistical tools such as Bayesian analysis, psychological methods such as cognitive mapping, and design approaches that we adapt to the V&V domain such as tradespace exploration, set-based design, decision-based design, and MBSE.

I develop instructional approaches to bridge the disconnect between professional practice and college education in engineering. These approaches are aimed at transforming students into decision-makers in ambiguous contexts rather than solvers of idealized problems.

  • Ph.D., Systems Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2014
  • MEng., Space Systems Engineering, TU Delft, 2008
  • MSc., Project Management, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, 2009
  • MSc., Electronics Engineering, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, 2010
  • BSc./MSc. (Integrated), Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Polytechnic University of Valencia, 2007

  • 2016 - present, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2012-2015, Systems Engineer, OHB System AG, Germany
  • 2008-2012, Satellite Systems Engineer, EADS Astrium GmbH (now Airbus Defense and Space), Germany
  • 2006-2008, Electronics Engineer/Systems Engineer/Project Manager, NTE S.A. (now NTE-SENER S.A.), Spain
  • 2005-2006, Electronics Engineer (internship), Delta-Utec SRC, The Netherlands
  • 2005, Electrical Systems Engineer (internship), European Space Agency, The Netherlands
  • 2013-2015, Industry Professor of Systems Engineering, Vestfold Buskerud University, Norway
  • 2011-2014, Research Associate, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
  • 2012, Adjunct Professor of Communication and Leadership, ICAI, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Spain
  • 2008-2011, Invited lecturer, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
  • ENGR 5004 Applied Systems Engineering
  • ISE 4304 Global Issues in Industrial Management
  • ISE 5984 Decision Analysis for Engineers

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  • F. Farkhondehmaal*, A. Salado. 2019. Efficient Population of the Verification Tradespace Using Bayesian Inference. IEEE Systems Journal, In press.
  • A. Salado, P. Wach*. 2019. Constructing True Model-Based Requirements in SysML. Systems 7: 19.
  • A. Salado, H. Kannan. 2019. Elemental Patterns of Verification Strategies. Systems Engineering, In press.
  • A. Salado, A. Chowdhury*, A. Norton. 2019. Systems Thinking and Authentic Mathematical Problem Solving. School Science and Mathematics 119: 49-58.
  • A. Salado, H. Kannan. 2018. A Mathematical Model of Verification Strategies. Systems Engineering 21: 593-608.
  • A. Salado, R. Nilchiani, D. Verma. 2017. A Contribution to the Scientific Foundations of Systems Engineering: Solution Spaces and Requirements. Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering 26: 549-589.
  • A. Salado, R. Nilchiani. 2014. A Categorization Model of Requirements Based on Max-Neef’s Model of Human Needs. Systems Engineering 17: 348-360. DOI: 10.1002/sys.21274.
  • A. Salado, A. Katz*. Monetizing Life Might Be the Ethical Thing to Do. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Tampa, FL, USA, 2019.
  • A. Salado, T. McDermott, K. Davis*, A. Moral. Why Not Teaching System Architecture as a Studio Art Class? Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER), Charlottesville, VA, 2018.
  • INCOSE
  • AIAA
  • IEEE
  • ASEE
  • ASEM
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.
  • Runner Up Paper Award, Industrial Engineering Division, ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, 2019.
  • Exemplary SE Doctoral Dissertation, Omega Alpha Association, 2017.
  • Best Paper Award, Industrial Engineering Division, ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, 2017.
  • New Industrial Engineering Educator Outstanding Paper Award, Industrial Engineering Division, ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, 2017.
  • Best Academic Paper, Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER), 2015.
  • 1st Place, You’re The Best Contest, Space Based Observing System session, 11th European Space Weather Week, 2014.
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award in Research in Systems Engineering, Engineering Management and Enterprise Systems, School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2014.
  • The Fabrycky-Blanchard Award for Systems Engineering Research, School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2014.
  • The Best Student Paper Award, School of Systems and Enterprises, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2014.
  • Fulbright International Science and Technology Award, 2010.

Alejandro Salado to study how engineers form subjective opinions from objective data

Dr. Alejandro Salado Awarded Grant to Study the Automatic Generation of Contractual Requirements from MBSE Artifacts (August 2018)

Dr. Alejandro Salado earns NSF award on building a scientific theory of verification (July 2018)

Dr. Alejandro Salado receives grant for designing and implementing verification strategies in large-scale systems (June 2018)

Dr. Alejandro Salado receives Exemplary Systems Engineering Doctoral Dissertation Award (March 2018)

Dr. Alejandro Salado appointed as INCOSE liaison to ISO (September 2017)

Dr. Alejandro Salado receives two paper awards from ASEE (June 2017)

Dr. Alejandro Salado received grant from the Naval Postgraduate School (December 2016)

Dr. Alejandro Salado received 2-year grant from the Oak Ridge National Lab (October 2016)

Dr. Alejandro Salado's student awarded Fralin Undergraduate Research Fellowship (September 2016)

Dr. Alejandro Salado Recognized as "Teacher of the Week" by VT Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) (February 2016)

Spotlight on New Faculty: Industrial and Systems Engineering (October 2015)

College of Engineering announces 34 new hires (August 2015)

ISE Welcomes Two New Faculty in Fall 2015 (August 2015)

Alejandro Salado

Alejandro Salado
Alejandro Salado
  • 540-231-0483
  • asalado@vt.edu
  • 217 Durham Hall
    (MC 0118)
    1145 Perry Street
    Blacksburg, VA 24061