Adam Ross

Adam Ross received his dual B.A. in physics and astronomy and astrophysics from Harvard University in 2000 and his M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics and M.S. in technology and policy from MIT in 2003. He finished his Ph.D in technology, management, and policy in engineering systems at MIT in 2006. Dr. Ross is currently a research scientist in the MIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center (SSRC) and was previously a postdoctoral associate with the MIT Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development (now SSRC) and a research assistant in the MIT Lean Aerospace Initiative (LAI). He is one of the co-founders of the MIT Systems Engineering Advancement Research Initiative (SEAri) and actively conducts research and advises graduate students. 

Dr. Ross has professional experience working with government, industry, and academia including NASA, the Smithsonian, Boeing Satellite Systems, Draper Laboratory, US Air Force, selected U.S. government agencies, Harvard University, and Florida State University performing both science and engineering research.

He is a leading thinker in designing for value robustness and has developed several novel methods for quantitative analysis of alternatives across dynamic futures and multiple stakeholders.

Research Interests: 

Advanced Systems Design and Selection Methods

Designing For Changeability

Managing Unarticulated Value

Systems-of-Systems Engineering 

Tradespace Exploration

Value-Based Decision Analysis



Dr. Ross has more than 60 publications in the area of space systems design, systems engineering, sociotechnical decision making, and tradespace exploration.