Donna Rhodes is a principal research scientist in the Sociotechnical Systems Research Center. She is the director of the Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEAri), a research group focused on advancing theories, methods, and practices for the engineering of complex sociotechnical systems.
She is principal investigator for numerous sponsored research projects on human-model interaction, anticipatory decision-making, human-centered digital engineering practice, and innovative approaches for enterprise transformation under the digital paradigm. Her research involves deep collaboration and engagement with government, industry and other academic partners. She teaches graduate courses, professional courses and custom executive courses, and has advised over 60 graduate students.
Prior to joining MIT in 2003, Dr. Rhodes held senior leadership positions at IBM, Lockheed Martin, and Lucent. She is a Past President and Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and associate editor of the journal Systems Engineering. She has over 150 publications and is co-author of the book Architecting the Future Enterprise, published by MIT Press in 2015. Her contributions in the systems field have been recognized by numerous publication awards, IBM Outstanding Innovation Award, Lockheed Martin NOVA Award and INCOSE Founders Award.
She received her Ph.D. in Systems Science from the T.J. Watson School of Engineering at Binghamton University.