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Dr. Jose Padilla

Dr. Jose Padilla

Research Assistant Professor
Human Dynamics


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Dr. Jose Padilla has studied the concept of understanding for the last four years and how the concept applies to areas such as Modeling and Simulation (M&S), Systems Science, and complexity. He is currently conducting research into how the concept of understanding can be used in the process of conceptual modeling and in the creation of autopoietic agents.

Dr. Padilla's work in problem formulation with the National Centers for System of Systems Engineering provided insight into the role of humans in the perceived complexity of organizations. Dr. Padilla is part of the M&S Interoperability Group at VMASC researching in the areas of Human Social Culture Behavior (HSCB) modeling and conceptual modeling.


Research Areas of Expertise

  • Human, Social, Cultural, and Behavior Modeling
  • Epistemology of Modeling and Simulation
  • Conceptual Modeling
  • Systems Engineering and Engineering Management



  • Ph.D. Engineering Management, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, 2010

  • Master of Business Administration, Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL, 2003

  • B.S. Industrial Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín, Colombia, 1997


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Best Paper Award, Managing and Engineering Complex Situations – MECS Conference, Norfolk, VA, 2007
  • Epsilon Mu Eta, The Engineering Management Honor Society – ASEM, 2005

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