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Taylan G. Topcu

Assistant Professor
Taylan Topcu
207 Durham Hall
1145 Perry Street
Blacksburg VA, 24061

Short Bio:

Taylan’s research integrates systems engineering, microeconomics, and data-science to study socio-technical measurement issues in the context of complex systems design. I am interested in two overarching themes: architecture theory and management of safety-critical systems. He specializes in conducting mixed-methods research with a strong empirical grounding, often leveraging government & industry partners such as NASA, INFRABEL (the Belgian National Railroad Company) and MITRE for the research setting and refinement of his theoretical insights.

At Virginia Tech, he serves as the Director of the Systems Engineering Master’s Degree and the Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Mission Engineering

Research Areas

Main Area: Management & Systems Engineering

  • Systems Engineering
  • Socio-technical Systems
  • Management of Safety-Critical Systems
  • Measurement of Productivity and Efficiency
  • Modularity
  • Ph.D. Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech (2020)
  • M.Sc. Systems Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville (2015)
  • B.Sc. Aerospace Engineering, Middle East Technical University (2009)
  • Assistant Professor, Department Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2022 – Present
  • Postdoctoral Scientist, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, the George Washington University, 2020 – 2022
  • Systems Engineer, Tactical Missile Systems Division, Roketsan Missile Industries, Turkey, 2010-2014
  • ISE 5834/49XX – Decision Analysis for Engineers
  • ISE 5204 Systems Engineering Capstone Project
  • Member, Design Society
  • Member, International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Member, The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)