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NPS and AFIT Masters Degree in Cost Estimating and Analysis

 Informational Sessions



This presentation introduces the new, Joint, all Distance Learning, Masters Degree in Cost Estimating and Analysis offered at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).

The Navy and the Air Force are collaborating to meet a need for a distance learning educational program by providing a Master’s Degree in Cost Engineering and Analysis. The two schools have designed and developed the content and plan to deliver it begining March 2011 to the Cost community. Further information is available at http://www.nps.edu/DL/Degree_Progs/MCEA.asp


Dr. Daniel A. Nussbaum
Naval Postgraduate School
Dr. DANIEL A. NUSSBAUM is a Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, in the Operations Research department, in Monterey, California, where he teaches cost estimating, does research, and mentors students.
He has been a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton, Director, Naval Center for Cost Analysis, and has held other management and analysis positions with the US Army and Navy, in the US and in Europe.
He has a BA, in Mathematics and Economics from Columbia University, and a Ph.D., in Mathematics from Michigan State University. He has held post doctoral positions in Econometrics and Operations Research, and in National Security Studies at Washington State University and Harvard University.
He is active in professional societies, currently serving as the Past President of the Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis. He has previously been the VP of the Washington chapter of INFORMS, and he has served on the Board of the Military Operations Research Society.
He publishes and speaks regularly before professional audiences.
Finally, he is married, has two children and five grandchildren. He is a lap swimmer and a dedicated herb gardener.

Greg Mislick
Naval Postgraduate School
Greg Mislick is a Lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School, in the Operations Research (OR) Department in Monterey, California. His expertise is in life cycle cost estimating and modeling, probability and statistics, regression analysis, data analysis, and optimization. He is a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel aviator, with five overseas deployments and 3,000 pilot flight hours in CH-46E helicopters. He has been teaching at the Naval Postgraduate School since August 2000, while also serving as Program Office of the OR Department, the Associate Dean of the Graduate of Operational and Information Sciences, and on numerous subcommittees. He is a joint faculty member with the Systems Engineering Department. His primary Masters degree is from the Naval Postgraduate School in Operations Research in 1988 while on Active Duty. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the Military Operations Research Society, and the Society for Cost Estimating and Analysis. He is a Board member of Leadership Monterey Peninsula and also the Big Sur Marathon, and is race Director for the JUST Run Kids 3k event held twice per year in Monterey. He is an active runner, having completed 28 marathons with a personal best time of 2:25.21.

Alfred E. Thal, Jr.
Air Force Institute of Technology
Alfred Thal is Assistant/Associate Professor of Engineering Management in the Department of Systems and Engineering Management, Graduate School of Engineering and Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He develops and teaches graduate-level courses supporting a number of degree programs that include R&D management, engineering management, systems engineering, cost analysis, and environmental science and engineering. Courses include project management, project risk analysis, engineering economics decision analysis, innovation, and sustainability. He conducts original research and directs student research efforts in multidisciplinary defense-focused areas, with emphasis on innovation, sustainability, and project management.