Dr. Ronald R. Luman is the chair of the Systems Engineering Program in the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering, the largest program in the nation and the first civilian systems engineering M.S. program to gain ABET accreditation. He is also chief of staff of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where he previously served as assistant director for strategy and head of the National Security Analysis Department. He has held various technical leadership roles in design, development, test and evaluation of undersea systems; missile and navigation systems; and ballistic missile defense and intelligence systems architectures.  Dr. Luman is a current member of the Naval Studies Board of the National Academies, where he has served on several NSB committees, most recently the Committees on Mainstreaming Unmanned Undersea Vehicles into Future U.S. Naval Operations and the Committee on Defending Forward-Deployed U.S. Navy Platforms from Missile and Rocket Attacks. Dr. Luman received a D.Sc. in systems engineering from George Washington University, M.S. degrees from Johns Hopkins and Michigan State Universities, and a B.A. in mathematics from Middlebury College. He is a member of the GWU Engineering Hall of Fame and a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering.

Education History

  • B.A. Mathematics, Middlebury College
  • M.S. Technical Management, Johns Hopkins University
  • M.S. Mathematics/Applied Mathematics, Michigan State University
  • D.Sc. Engineering Management & Systems Engineering, George Washington University

Work Experience

Principal Professional Staff, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory


Various reports, papers, presentations.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (2017)
  • George Washington University Engineering Hall of Fame (2015)
  • MIT Seminar XXI Fellow (2004)
  • Barchi Prize, Military Operations Research Society (1999)
  • Stuart S. Janney Fellowship (1997)

Professional Organizations

International Council of Systems Engineering